Dear Parents and Athletes,
Arrangements for Hampton Small Boats Head 2016:
There will be 2 divisions at 10:00 and 14:00 raced over 3000m downstream from Sunbury Lock on the River Thames: Headington have entered crews into both divisions. Please note that all girls must use school transport to get to the event unless only in racing in Division 2 or if she has permission from the Head of Rowing to meet us at Hampton. If your daughter is racing in Division 2 only and wishes to arrive later there is no school transport available, she will need to make her own way to the event and ensure that she is there by 10:30 at the latest.
Headington is boating from the Hampton School Boathouse on the north bank of the River, there is no access for parents to the boathouse or the surrounding yard. If you are dropping your daughter off please do so at the gate to the yard.
There is currently no draw available on the event website.
The girls will be given their crews during the week preceeding the event.
The bus will depart at 6:45am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gate on Headley Way at 6:30am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE outside the boarding house but rather wait outside the gate. Transport is available back from Pangbourne however, where possible, please can parents arrange transport back from the event. No girls may depart the event until the trailer is fully loaded.
Itinerary: Hampton Small Boats Head: Saturday 19th Novmeber 2016
Please note that there are many girls racing and that it is their responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Also, once you boat, you may have to wait on the water before you race so make sure that you have had a loo stop prior to racing and that you have warm rowing kit.
06:45: Charlton bus departs from Headley Way.
08:00: Charlton bus arrives at Hampton - begin rigging boats
08:30: Boats rigged for Div 1
08:45: Dressed and ready for pre-race chat at the trailer. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else.
09:00: is the estimated earliest boating time for girls. Rowers note: you are responsible for ensuring that you have boated at the correct times. Crews that are late may not be allowed to race. I have instructed coaches that under no circumstances are they to chase you to get boated!
09:45: In marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you may be there for a while).
10:00: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so ensure that you row straight up to the start.
Once you have completed your race, you need to report any breakages or other equipment issues to your coach immediately.
Those arriving for division 2 must be at the venue by 10:30am at the latest
All boats for Division 2 rigged by 11:30
Division 2: Those racing in Division 2 will need to meet at the trailer at 12:30, dressed and ready for a pre-race chat. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else.
13:00: estimated earliest boating time.
13:45: In marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you may be there for a while).
14:00: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so ensure that you row straight up to the start.
from 15:00: De-Rig and load trailer. No girl may depart before the trailer is fully loaded.
Kit and Food
Please ensure that you have:
- Water bottles with electrolyte replacement fluid.
- Food - appropriate for race day, if you are not sure what to bring please ask your coaches
- A good breakfast before you depart (eg: Porridge, toast and a banana).
- Post Div 1: Make sure you have a meal for after your race, such as pasta and banana / fruit
- Post Div 2: Make sure you have a meal for after your race, such as pasta and banana / fruit
- Kit: It will be cold and possibly wet so you will need a change of kit for after each race. Make sure you have enough warm and waterproof kit for when you are sitting around even if it means you bring a blanket down. Coxes and athletes will not be allowed to boat if they are not properly attired for the weather conditions.
- Wellington boots
Headington are boating from the Hampton School Boathouse on the north bank of the river, there is no parking or spactating in this area and access to the boathouse and yard is for coaches and athletes only.
Viewing is possible along the full length of the course; from the towpath running on the south (Molesey) bank from the start at Sunbury Lock to the finish at the western end of Platt's Eyot. Most supporters gather at the eastern end of Hurst Park, opposite Platt's Eyot to cheer on at the finish.
Teas are usually provided by Hampton School Boat Club in a refreshment tent in Hurst Park.
There are toilets located at Molesey Boat Club which is downstream of the finish. There are also usually mobile toilets at Sadlers Ride and in the car park.
Spectating (South Bank):
Boathouse (North Bank):
Lower Sunbury Road