Local Rules of the River

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All Vesta members should be aware of and obey the following local rules:

  1. At the turn of the tide, crews will not conduct race rate pieces.
  2. At low tide, with an outgoing tide, crews proceeding upstream on the bank between the black buoy and the mile post, will not move out from the bank to overtake other crews.
  3. At low tide, with an outgoing tide, crews proceeding downstream between the mile post and the black buoy, will not conduct race rate pieces.
  4. With an outgoing tide, proceeding upstream on the Surrey bank, whilst approaching Kew Road Bridge, if a crew or sculler is unable to pass under the inside arch, they must stop. Either wait to pass through the inside arch or wait until a coach can confirm it is clear to pass through the centre arch.

Low tide is defined by the bottom of Barn Elms slipway showing above water.

Exception – a coach can override these rules, so long as the coach is close enough to the crew that the cox or steersmen can clearly hear any command from the coach and the coach is positive that no safety risks exist.

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