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Many thanks to Matt Drożdżyński (Kings) for setting this up.

Vortex Edge Blades

Use of Vortex edge blades on the Cam

Having now looked extensively into the whole question of vortex edged blades and their use on the Cam, we are now happy for clubs to use this type of blade provided they are the modified type which came in at the tail end of last year. Therefore any club having purchased these blades after October 2009 may use them.

If anyone is unsure whether your blades conform then if a photograph of the blade edge is sent to me (safetyadvisor[at] I can let you know.

Small Boats Regatta 2010

Final results are now available.

Thank you to all competitors, marshals and umpires for a good few days of racing.

Congratulations to the following event winners:

Event Winner(s) Club
Delafield Championship Sculls Ro Bradbury Jesus
Fairbairn Junior Sculls (men) Moritz Schramm Fitzwilliam
Fairbairn Junior Sculls (women) Ulrike Bauer First and Third
Forster Fairbairn Pairs (men) Alex Thomson
Henry Hughes
Lowe Double Sculls (men) Tom Coker
Charles Pitt Ford
First and Third
Lowe Double Sculls (mixed) Peter Ford
Ro Bradbury
First and Third
Lowe Double Sculls (women) Bridget Senior
Zoe Rutterford
St. Edmunds
Magdalene Silver Pairs (men) Steve Purvis
Matt O'Connor
Magdalene Silver Pairs (women) Anne Hempel
Rachel Croft
First and Third
Maiden Sculls Kristen Foxwell Fitzwilliam
Peter Brandt Sculls Dave Mackenzie Fitzwilliam

Involvement with town clubs

Captains voted on the 19th April 2010 to change the rules on involvement with town clubs as follows:

The rule now gives a clear line:

On a term by term basis, each person should either only row during CUCBC hours (whether that be weekend hours, evening hours, flag, etc), or be not eligible for CUCBC competitions in that term.

(This may not be the exact wording used for the handbook, but this is the meaning intended.)

Note that this (by implication) allows:
- Training with a town club as your primary club
- Racing with a town club
... as long as all use of the River Cam is within CUCBC hours.

Swan Attacks / Sewage

There have been a number of recent attacks from the swan know as Mr Asbo or Stalin at the bottom of the Reach and into Plough Reach. There are moves afoot to have him relocated, however in the mean time please ensure that all crews take care that they don't antagonise him, even if it means stopping in good time and manoeuvring round him. All coaches should keep a wary eye open for him and get their crew to react accordingly.

It was noted at the recent Moorings Meeting that there have been a number of occasions when the sewage system at the Travellers' camp has overflowed into the small drainage ditches, which eventually connect to the Cam in and around Plough Reach. Although the risks are considered low we are coming up to the time when the flow in the Cam starts to slow and so the water changeover is reduced. I will ask you all to stress to your crews that they clean and cover any open cuts and thoroughly wash their hands after every outing. They must also ensure that water bottles and food are protected if they are in the bottom of the boat, in a plastic bag for example, to prevent the river water contamination.

Adam Lister

CUCBC Safety Adviser

Boat Races 2010

Congratulations to the Cambridge Blue Boat for their victory over Oxford at The Boat Race on Saturday 3rd April 2010. Congratulations also to Goldie, the Cambridge reserve boat, for defeating Isis.

On Sunday 28th March, the Henley Boat Races took place. Congratulations to CULRC for winning their race against OULRC. CUWBC were unfortunately not so lucky this year, losing to stronger Oxford crews in all of their races.


Lent Bumps 2010

The Lent Bumps 2010 took place Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th February. Many thanks to all who took part for a successful week's racing. Final results are now available.

Lents 2010 – Final Results Men Women

» Lent Bumps » Division Times » About the Bumps » Information for Spectators

New Early Morning Rule

The following rule will be in place from Monday, 25th January, 2010 until Saturday, 27th February, 2010 inclusive. It was decided to be introduced during the Captains' Meeting of 21st January.

"That for the 10 minutes following lighting down, no boat will be permitted to be on the water, save for college first VIII's and university crews."

(As it is now after 27th February, this rule is no longer in force.)

University Fours 2009

Final results:

Event Winner(s)
Mens' Coxed Fours (first division) Queens' M1 and Downing M1
Mens' Coxed Fours (second division) Queens' M2
Mens' Coxless Fours Lady Margaret M1
Womens' Coxed Fours (first division) Downing W1
Womens' Coxed Fours (second division) Christs W2

Flag guidelines

The following guidelines for the use of the yellow and red flags have been produced by the CUCBC Safety Advisor, Dr Tom Davies.

A yellow flag will be set at 22.00 hours in preparation for the following morning if, based on the Meteorological Office Cambridge forecast:

  • The forecast wind speed is 35 mph or more, or
  • The forecast temperature is 0°C or less and the forecast wind speed is 25 mph.

At 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:

  • The wind is "too strong or gusty"
  • Current exceeds 5 mph
  • Fog does not allow another boat to be seen at 150 metres
  • Ice exceeds 2 mm thick more than 1 metre from the bank
  • There are conditions where hypothermia would be a risk for crews held static for 10 minutes, based on the forecast criterion.

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. Discretion will be exercised when the water level is between 30cm and 1.5m above normal.

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