ROWING AND SCULLING AT NIGHT
These rules are set and policed by the Environment Agency and are strictly applied to all rowing clubs throughout the UK. The Committee is not trying to make life difficult for you, it is trying to make Marlow RC a safer place from which to row and scull.
ALL ROWING/SCULLING BOATS MUST SHOW LIGHTS AFTER SUNSET when they use the river. This means you must comply with, lighting up times as published in the London newspapers. Do not wait for pitch darkness before using lights. You are committing an offence if you do not show the correct lights and will have no defence should you be involved in a collision.
Members of the Committee and Coaches have the authority to instruct athletes not to boat unless they are carrying the correct lights. Any breaches of this basic safety rule will be reported to the Captain and may result in suspension from rowing.
a. YOU MUST SHOW A WHITE LIGHT, MOUNTED ON THE BOAT (not on your head), TO BOTH THE BOW AND STERN.
b. You should always boat with two white lights. One on the bow and one on the stern. Should a light fail, then the remaining light should be mounted on the bows of the boat and you should return to the boathouse immediately.
c. Flashing lights should NOT be used as main lights.
d. Rechargeable cells should only be used with care as they are liable to expire without warning. They should be completely discharged and recharged before each outing.
e. You are advised, not to fix lights to riggers, as they can be obscured by your body when negotiating bends and turning.
f. Halogen/Krypton and ordinary bike lights, which comply with BS 6102 are recommended.
g. LED lights of sufficient power may also be used.
h. A cheap torch can also do the job, but make sure that it has a wide beam.
i. It is recommended that you wear a light colourd shirt or a flourescent bib.