How to stop wrecking boats!

In Cornwall they used to wave lanterns at night to attract seafarers onto the rocks. No lanterns required at DARC – boat wrecking is becoming a regular occurrence, with 2 top boats badly damaged in the last couple of weeks.

We need to stop breaking boats now.

Marking the shallows

The Club has bought some mini buoys. These will be in place by the weekend on the shallows to show the area over which boat hulls should not go, together with posts indicating the start and end of the shallows.

With the crew going downstream close to the concrete wall there is room for the upstream crew in the centre of the river. But take no risks, if in doubt STOP and GIVE WAY to the downstream crew. If you are doing a couple of trips turn at the regatta start to avoid ‘the shallows’ entirely.

Come clean and report Damage

Want to see grown men cry. How do you think the Captain and the Boat Warden feel when they hear news of yet another boat wrecking incident. And for the damage to go unreported is even more of a sickener.

Boat warden Bill Grant explains, “There is a tendency to not report damage perhaps just putting a fin back in and sticking some tape over it.” Accidents do happen .. but that’s different from carelessness and sheer negligence .. if you do some damage

  1. Enter it in the book
  2. email boatwarden@durham-arc.org.uk  to order obtain/order any components
  3. identify the cause of the accident, the location, how to avoid something similar in the future and share the information
  4. offer to help with repairs

USE THE HIRE CAR PRINCIPLE (Crunch through the gears and leave sand on the upholstery??) No crews should ALWAYS check their boats before taking them on the water, and before putting them away. That way we can know if the damage was caused by the previous users. Clean and check all moving parts before the outing ,and wash the hull and decking down afterwards.

LOOKING AFTER BOATS Follow the Explore rowers lead. They give as much care and attention to getting the boat from the boat shed to the water and back, as to their rowing. Clean and check all moving parts before the outing, and wash the hull and decking down afterwards. As Bill says, “A clean boat is a happy boat, and it goes FASTER too”.

ROWING AT NIGHT It’s that time of year again so if you do decide to row at night

  1. Make sure you have all the correct lights and that they are working properly
  2. Have an experienced cox and crew who can react quickly in an emergency
  3. Do not assume that other river users will be navigating safely or have adequate lights