With 8800 athletes, 1900 boats, and 100+ trailers, the HOCR can be a daunting event. The Regatta Directors advise all competitors (new and old) to review the guidelines below to ensure that once on-site, all competitors have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
FRIDAY, OCT 22
- Docks will be staffed by HOCR event volunteers from approximately 12:30 – 5:30 PM. No Boats may launch after 5:30 PM and must be off the water by 6 PM.
- Crews practicing on Friday should be aware that at 2PM two large Charles River Tour Boat will navigate the length of the course for the Coxswains Tour of the river. If you are planning to practice between 2PM and 3PM, please make way for these boat.
SATURDAY, OCT 23
FINISH AREA LAUNCH SETUP (FALS) GUIDELINES:
- Good Sportsmanship must prevail at all times.
- Each boat must have a Bow Number Card affixed to bow. Shirt Number Card (bib) must be worn visibly on back of each single sculler, each bow seat rower, and each coxswain. An additional Shirt Number Card (bib) will be provided for ALL boats and must be affixed to stern decking with tape (supplied).
- All boats must have an appropriate bow ball affixed firmly or will not be able to launch for practice or racing. Competitors are responsible for obtaining their own bow ball, if necessary.
- All boats will be checked for heel-ties before launching. If heel-ties are not attached, boats will be asked to step aside to properly fix them before launching.
- Crews should have all oars ready at dock area, prior to walking their boats to the docks.
- Crews are to tie-in at their dock before launching and ready to row upon leaving dock (i.e., do not tie-in on the water). This should be done in a smooth fashion. Crews have about 2–3 minutes to load, tie-in, and launch.
- When returning after their race, crews have 3–4 minutes to clear docks after landing. HOCR volunteer "Oar Catchers" will help take the oars away, to nearby onshore.
- Docks are restricted to competitors plus one boat representative, and HOCR Volunteers, for safety reasons.
- Docks are parallel to the shore so only one side may be used. Depending on the Dock Master’s call, a dock may be used for launching and landing. Please listen carefully to the Dock Master of that dock for specific instructions. Launching crews may take priority over landing crews.
- Crews must proceed single file from the FALS dock, downstream to the Start Line.
- Crews must proceed reasonably quickly off the docks, with no stopping to watch races while on the water, and no power strokes. Be mindful other boats will be behind you, heading single file towards the Start Line, so no sudden stops please.
- It is imperative coxswains and scullers follow instructions from Dock Masters or FALS Race Officials (in marked jackets).
- Suggested launching is 75-minutes before race time. If you need more time, adjust accordingly.
- Some docks may be wet, or there may be water between the dock and the shore. Competitors should wear proper footwear and plan accordingly.
- Please be careful putting in and taking out boats. The Charles River may be shallow and/or rocky near docks, and can present a hazard to skegs and rudders.
- Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 12:00 noon: “How to Cox the Perfect Head Race” coxswain clinic led by Yaz Farooq
o Location: Laviettes Pavillion at Harvard University’s Murr Athletic Center, 65 North Harvard Street, Boston, MA (near Anderson Bridge)
o Cost: $15
- Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: River Tour
o Departs from Weld Boathouse and returns to FALS: all participants will disembark at the Finish Area Launch Site and not at Weld Boathouse. Preference on the boat will be given to novice coxswains. Parents and returning coxswains and scullers may be asked to stay on shore.
o Cost: $5 (free to clinic attendees)
- Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at 8:00AM: “How to Cox the Perfect Head Race” coxswain clinic led by Yaz Farooq
o Location: Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, 80 Gerry’s Landing Road (across from Cambridge Boat Club)
o Cost: $15
Thanks and best of luck in your last week of preparations!