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Old 21 March 2005, 12:20   #1
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The Boat Race

Anybody going to be out this SUNDAY for the Oxford / Cambridge Boat Race?

It starts at 1505 but there are river closures so you`ll need to be in place to watch it before then.

The PLA website and theboatrace.org have details.

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I was planning going down with a few people from my rowing club.

Was going to take the RIB but doesn't look like I can if the river will be shut.......
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You can I think if your anchored up. You cannot follow it up the River but we had a very good view of the finish at Mortlake Bridge.

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Can someone clarify this matter for me please?
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NOTICE TO MARINERS U4 of 2005

The Universities Boat Race. Putney to Mortlake 27th March 2005[/B]

THE UNIVERSITIES BOAT RACE

PUTNEY TO MORTLAKE 27th MARCH 2005
START TIMES



1435
ISIS versus GOLDIE


1505
OXFORD versus CAMBRIDGE


General


This year marks the 151st running of the Universities Boat Race. There will be 2 races between Putney and Mortlake on the afternoon of Sunday 27th March 2005. The Isis versus Goldie Race will start from Putney at 1435 and this will be followed at 1505 by the Oxford versus Cambridge Race.

Tideway Week Programme - 21st to 26th March 2005

During the week leading up to the Boat Race, crews will be practicing on the course daily and there will also be a number of races and rehearsals, as follows:

Thursday 24th March 1200 Veterans’ Race

Friday 25th March 1120 – 1400 River closure for Practice Starts

Saturday 26th March 1300 & 1400 Rehearsal Races

The Veterans’ Race and Rehearsal Races will use the entire Boat Race course and will be followed by a number of launches in each case.

On Friday 25th March, the section of river between Fulham Rail Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge will be closed to through navigation from 1120 until 1400 to allow Practice Starts by the crews and following launches. The closure will be indicated by two Harbour Service launches, exhibiting flashing blue lights, one stationed just downstream of Fulham Rail Bridge and the other stationed just upstream of Hammersmith Bridge.

All vessels navigating in the area between Putney and Mortlake during Tideway Week are to exercise particular care, are to monitor VHF Channel 14 and are to follow all instructions passed by Harbour Service Launch Masters in the area.

Boat Race Day - Sunday 27th March 2005

The section of river between Wandsworth Bridge and Kew Railway Bridge will be closed to through navigation at 1320. Thereafter, the river will be re-opened in stages following the Oxford versus Cambridge race, beginning at the downstream limit of the closure at Wandsworth Bridge at approximately 1520.

The river closure will be indicated by Harbour Service Launches, exhibiting flashing blue lights, one stationed just downstream of Wandsworth Bridge and the other stationed just downstream of Kew Rail Bridge.

All vessels within the area between Wandsworth and Kew Railway Bridges are to proceed to their appointed moorings or anchoring places before the river is closed at 1320. All other craft must clear the area before that time.


Mooring of Vessels

Vessels which have been allocated positions, in accordance with moorings applications to the Port of London Authority’s Marine Services Officer, must be secured to mooring buoys or anchored as directed.


Vessels Following the Races

Each race will be followed by a flotilla of craft authorised by the Harbourmaster, including Umpires, Supporters, Safety, Police and Port of London Authority craft.

No other vessels may be underway on the closed section of the river.

Astern of the Boat Race, a Port of London Authority Harbour Service launch will follow up, progressively opening the river.


Wash

Whilst every effort will be made to minimise wash during the races, owners and masters of vessels attending the event or moored along the course are advised that they should take suitable practical precautions against the effects of wash.

Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14.

Date Published: 23-Feb-05


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Whilst every effort will be made to minimise wash during the races, owners and masters of vessels attending the event or moored along the course are advised that they should take suitable practical precautions against the effects of wash.
And they're not joking either! The wash created by the PLA harbour launches following the race has to be seen to be believed.

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Does anyone know for sure if I can moor up near the finish (just before the river is closed) and watch the end of the race from my rib?

If not I'll give PLA a call.
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Last year we had a pretty good view of the finish from the bridge upstream of the Stagg Brewery. We milled around rather than anchored. I`m sure if you spoke nicely to the PLA launch early enough they would allow you to anchor downstream of the brewery, near the moorings.

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One option might be to moor at Chiswick Pier www.chiswickpier.org.uk

I don't know what the plans are this year, but there's normally a good party going on there!

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