The Flag is set by the CUCBC Executive Committee to instruct as to which crews may boat given the current river conditions (wind, stream, fog etc.). For the early morning periods, a preemptive flag will be set the night before based upon the weather forecast and will be reviewed the next morning prior to lighting down. Outside of Full Term the flag is not operational.
|The flag is currently Cambridge Blue|
Changed 2017-03-26 16:18:52
The current Flag status is displayed on the CUCBC Website (at the top) and can also be accessed on a WAP phone (http://m.cucbc.org/). Please note that a 'physical' flag will no longer be flown above Goldie Boathouse.
|Green||There are no restrictions on which crews may boat.|
Boating is restricted to University crews, first VIIIs, men's crews in the top 2 divisions of the May Bumps and women's crews in the top division of the May Bumps as well as first fours and tub pairs.
Members of crews permitted to boat under a Yellow Flag may do so in fours or small boats (i.e. single and double sculls and pairs) with the express permission of the Club Captain and/or Boatman.
|Red/Yellow||The river is closed, except to tub pairs between Jesus Lock and Chesterton and University crews with the express permission of their Head Coach.|
|Red||The river is closed to all crews.|
N.B. Where the Flag permits a given crew to boat (i.e. green or yellow flag), the final decision lies with the cox and coach as to whether that crew is able to handle the conditions and thus whether boating is appropriate.
Where the Yellow Flag is set due to fog, all crews are expected to carry white lights on the bow and stern, even during daylight hours.
A yellow flag will be set at 22.00 hours in preparation for the following morning if, based on the Meteorological Office Cambridge forecast:
At the later of lighting down minus 30 minutes or 06.00 hours, the yellow flag will be confirmed for two hours or lowered. There will be no strict criteria for this as the decision will be taken based on personal observation of conditions at the river. However, suggested guidelines are that the flag should continue to be raised if:
A red flag will be raised if conditions are unrowable, such as completely frozen or if the water level has risen 1.5 metres or more or if ice exceeds 1 mm thick more than 2 metres from the bank.