Teams of Helpers - Your Team Leader is the Coord Umpire. As well as reporting in to the Helper Coordinator at Monkton Boathouse, please report to your Team Leader when you arrive. If, later, you need help, please contact him or her first.
Your position is just above Newbridge. You may need to warn crews which are steering badly at that point. It is not uncommon.
NOTES FOR RACE MONITORS
Please arrive in good time to reach your position. (see Map) You should position yourself on the apex of your bend so you have a good view up and downstream. You will probably have to walk there which could take half an hour. Please be in place in time to check the crews going to the start. On arrival at your location examine river for obstacles and report arrival to Safety Coordinator who is positioned at the railway bridge.
Chivvy crews up to start if necessary.
New advice this year: It is a great help to the starters and marshals above the start if crews arrive in the correct order. To help this to happen, the numbers of the boats which have launched from Saltford will be radioed to you in the order in which they launched, during the launching process. You should write these numbers in a list, and note when they pass you. in a brief radio message, broadcast to all officials, report if a boat passes your point way out of order, and also report when the last boat going up to the start passes your point.
The aim will be to launch boats in the correct order. Please help to maintain this order as crews proceed to the start. Monitors A, B, C, D should keep a close watch on the order in which Crews arrive and should ensure that they are in the correct order. The marshalling area of the start is going to be crowded, so if boats arrive there out of order it is very difficult to make corrections that stage.
If a small number of boats are late and may hold up the start, they may be held at Minerva until the rest of the division has raced past. Event control will be listening to the radio conversations and, in consultation with the starter will decide if crews should be held in this way.
Please note the rules of circulation. The movement of boats is complicated. Also note that crews boating from Minerva are allowed to warm up downstream of their club until the first boat arrives upstream from the Saltford end. As soon as this happens, the Minerva boats must be told to turn and move upstream, slotting in to their correct marshalling order.
There are some foreign crews which may not understand English!
Your main task is to monitor the safety of competitors and to summon help to cope with any emergency.
Give instructions to crews to avert a collision or accident and avoid interference. Stop a crew if necessary for safety reasons. Pass warnings to other officials.
The following are for guidance only. Please use your common sense to evaluate each situation.
If you think an incident might occur - you might
- Warn a crew to move to port (left) or starboard (right) so that overtaking crew can pass
- Steer a crew around a danger
- Tell a crew to stop
- Make a written note of crew(s) involved, brief details of incident & action taken.
- Is a safety boat required? If so, Radio or phone Safety Advisor
- State your monitor position, whether incident up or downstream and state briefly what has happened and how many boats you think are needed. Safety boats will be summoned by the Safety Advisor if necessary. They also have our radios so may hear your original message.
- Consider whether racing crews should be stopped. Only do this if the river is blocked. If so, Stop crews approaching and inform all upstream monitors to stop crews in their area and ask the starter to suspend racing. Use red flags and whistles and loud hailers.
DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER
CALLING FIRST AID, SAFETY BOAT OR AN AMBULANCE
- If you need to summon help, radio or phone the Safety Advisor or the Secretary.
Equipment needed in bag 01
|Kit requirements in bag 01|
|Filled Clipboard||2||Clipboard and clips|
|Radio pack||3||Radio||Use Chan 1|
Phone and Radio Please make sure that your mobile phone is fully charged, switched on and ready to receive calls. Check that its number is recorded accurately on the list. Put into memory, so that you can dial numbers quickly if necessary, the following numbers, which are available on the current phone list:
- Monitor 2b *
- Make sure that your radio is firmly secure in its holder.
- One radio network now covers the whole course. Use channel 1. There are one or two bad reception areas and some messages may have to be passed on.
- NEW ADVICE:To facilitate urgent and emergency messages, leave a gap of two or three seconds between transmissions.
- Listen - Make sure that there is no-one else transmitting before you start
- Try not to use personal names when using the radio, e.g. ask for the
Starter rather than Fred Bloggs, start with: -
Hello (their position) this is (your position). Then carry on with your message. If you require a response say Over. (I require a reply) at the end of your message. If you don't require a response say the word Out. (I do not require a reply)
- When responding to a call, answer:- (your position) Then give your response
- Say Roger.... If you have received the message and understood it. If you did not catch all of the message, simply respond .... Say again
- Remember, think about what you are going to say before you speak into the radio and keep it brief! Safety messages are the most important. If there is an incident happening, then do not use the radio until the problem has been resolved.
please liaise with the person who is taking over from you when you finish your duty, and hand on equipment. At the end of the day, please bring all equipment back to the Monkton Boathouse.
Please feel free to suggest improvements to these notes.
Thank you for your help.