Job Descriptions – Durham Small Boats Head

Landing Stage Marshals (3)

  • Instruct crews boating at DARC to boat – lowest number first. All crews to have left DARC 20 minutes before start of division.
  • Direct crews to empty spaces on landing and help crews as necessary
  • Any boats not boating in time may be awarded time penalties – record any late crews or those not following instructions
  • Instruct crews returning to landing stage

Landing stage marshals in place 1 hour before the start of the division and then again to help crews returning to the landing stage.

Start Marshals (6)

  • Organise competing crews in the marshalling area in accordance with the marshalling plan.
  • Send crews on to the start.
  • Must be in position 45 minutes before the start of the division.
  • Collect equipment from City Boathouse office one hour before start of division.

Start timing team

  • Starter (1)
    • Announce the competing crew to the starter and say ‘GO’.
  • Lead Start Marshal (from above 6)
    • Holds crews back and sends to start with suitable gaps.
  • Start timing (2)
    • Time the crews through the start using the tablet computers.
    • Actually very easy and full training will be given.
    • Do not allow racing to start until umpires report that the course is clear; safety boat confirm they are on station; and finish timing is ready.
  • Start Stopwatch & Assistants (2)
    • Back up timing using stop watches and record order of crews across the start.

Start timing team must be in position 15 minutes before the start of the division. Meet timing team at City Boathouse 30 minutes before the start of the division.

Umpires/Race Monitors (4)

(British Rowing qualified umpires only can fill these positions)

  • Umpire at Kingsgate
    • Dunelm Landing
    • Ensure crews are below Kingsgate in time for marshalling (all crews below Kingsgate by 5 minutes before start of division)
    • Hold any late crews at end of marshalled boats and record late crews for possible time penalties
    • Umpire minute reach and Kingsgate corner during race, warning crews as appropriate
  • Umpire below Elvet
    • Ferens Walk incline
    • Ensure crews are below Elvet in time for marshalling (all crews below Elvet by 10 minutes before start of division)
    • Send back any crews arriving at Elvet after this time
    • Umpire Elvet Bridge during race, instructing crews to take appropriate arch if necessary
  • New Elvet Bridge Umpire
    • New Elvet Bridge
    • Ensure crews are below Elvet in time for marshalling (all crews below Elvet by 10 minutes before start of division)
    • Send back any crews arriving at Elvet after this time
    • Umpire New Elvet Bridge corner during race
  • Baths Bridge Umpire
    • Baths Bridge
    • Ensure crews are below Baths in time for marshalling (all crews below Baths by 15 minutes before start of division)
    • Send back any crews arriving at Baths after this time
    • Watch racing from New Elvet through towards finish. Warn crews if necessary. Note any crews not following warnings for possible time penalties.

All umpires need to be in position 25 minutes before the start of the division. Collect equipment from City Boathouse office 30 minutes before the start of the division.

Finish timing team

  • Finisher (1)
    • Shout to let crews know they have finished
  • Finish timing (2)
    • Time the crews through the finish using the tablet computers. Lead timer to ensure the area between DARC and finish is clear of crews 15 minutes before start of division. Send back crews arriving after this time.
  • Finish Stopwatch & Assistants (4)
    • Back up timing using stop watches and record order of crews across the finish
    • Give advamce warning to the finish timing team of the crew numbers of boats approaching the finish
  • Finish marshals (2)
    • Tell crews to wind down and keep moving above the finish. Hold crews wishing to return downstream after the race above City Boathouse fence until racing is completed.

Finish timing team must be in position 15 minutes before the start of the division. Meet timing team at City Boathouse 30 minutes before the start of the division.

Safety Boat and Marshalling boat

  • Safety Boat drivers (2)
    • Drive and man safety boats. One boat will position below Elvet Bridge (Ferens Walk) and one above (New Elvet Bridge) during the race. Safety boat drivers must have experience.
    • Safety boats must also help with marshalling at the start.
  • Safety Boat crew (2)
    • Second man/woman to accompany safety boat driver.

Safety boats must be in position 45 minutes before the start of the division until the last boat has finished. Meet at City Boathouse one hour before each division to collect lifejacket.

  • Marshalling Boat (1 driver, 1 crew)
    • Help marshal the crews into order, particularly below Prebends Bridge, monitor crews in this area and follow the last crew up the course to the finish. (Collect buoys after the last division)

Miscellaneous Marshals

  • Car Park Attendant
    • Organise trailer parking
    • Turn away ALL cars (those towing trailers to be removed after trailers have been un-hitched)
    • Cars with sculling boats should be sent along the stone track to park at the top of the Racecourse.

Car Park attendant to be in position from 6.30am until 9.30am.

  • Control Commission (2)
    • Check the safety of boats particularly bowball, heel restraints, buoyancy covers, coxes lifejackets
    • Check crews are adequately dressed for conditions
    • Recoed details, refer failures to umpire
  • Control (2)
    • Run event and give out numbers etc., weigh coxes, check entry fees paid, do substitutions, collect numbers.
    • Monitor radio traffic throughout the day and respond to requests from officials as appropriate.
  • Number collectors (2)
    • Collect plastic number from boats as they come off the water
  • Equipment Manager (ideally same person all day)
    • Distribute equipment to marshals prior to the division, collect in after the division and reset ready for the next division
  • Lead Results Person
    • Use computer programme to calculate results between divisions