Dear Parents

Arrangements for Marlow Spring Regatta - Monday 1st May 2017


The race schedule and draw can be found on the Marlow Spring Regatta website.

Events Entered by HSOBC:

Wave 1: WJ13 4x+, WJ14 2x

Wave 2: WJ14 8x+, WJ14 1x

Wave 3: WJ13 2x, WJ14 4x+


The bus will depart at 6:30am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gate on Headley Way at 6:20am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE outside the boarding house but rather wait outside the gate. Transport is available back from Marlow at the end of the day for those who need it.

If your daughter is NOT racing in the first wave of races and ONLY in second or third waves (please see above for which events are in which wave) then she may travel to the venue with parents. If you are planning on doing this please let your daughters coach know through your year reps and ensure that your daughter arrives no later than 2 hours before their earliest race time.

Itinerary: Marlow Spring Regatta

Please note that it is the girls responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Please note that once you boat, you may have a wait on the water before you race so make sure you don’t over hydrate, ensure you have had a loo stop prior to racing and have cold weather kit available.

06:20: Meet and Hedley Way

06:30: Bus departs Hedley Way

07:20: Arrive at Marlow

07:30-08:00: Rig boats


08:39: First scheduled Wave 1 HSOBC race (WJ13 4x+ Heat)

The final possible Wave 1 race involving Headington is scheduled at 10:42 (WJ14 2x Final)

11:33: First scheduled Wave 2 HSOBC race (WJ14 8x+ Heat)

The final possible Wave 2 race involving Headington is scheduled at 14:21 (WJ14 8x+ Final)

15:21: First scheduled Wave 3 HSOBC race (WJ13 2x Heat)

The final possible Wave 3 race involving Headington is scheduled at 17:57 (WJ14 4x+ Final)

De-rigging and trailer loading will take place throughout the day as and when boats are finnished being used (all girls who race during the day must help de-rig and load the trailer). No girl may depart before their boat, blades and riggers are loaded onto the trailer and their coach has given them permission to depart.

Kit and Food

Please ensure that you have:

- Water bottles with electrolyte replacement fluid.

- Food.

- A good breakfast before you depart (eg: Poridge, toast and a banana).
- Post Race: Make sure you have food for after each race; pasta, a banana / fruit, a cereal bar.

- Kit: You will need a change of kit for after your races. Make sure you have enough warm kit for when you are sitting around even if it means you bring a blanket down.It may be cold so please come prepared!


Please ensure that all girls racing have read the Competitors Instrucitons (which can be found on the regatta website)and inspected the course map and circulation pattern.

The safety and welfare plans as well as the event risk assessment can also be found on the regatta website.


Races can be viewed from the towpath on the Marlow bank of the river. No parents are to follow races by bicycle and parents are also not allowed in the trailer park and boat launching area.

Our crews can be disqualified if parents breach these rules. Please do not be offended if a coach tells you to stop following a race or to move away from a prohibited area.

Please do not discuss race results with your daughter or any other rower during the regatta, this is for the Headington coaches to do and comments from parents (however well meaning) can hinder subsequent performances.

There will be a Headington gazebo near the finish of the regatta course where parents can congregate.


There is limited parking available in the car park on Lower Pound Lane, please see the course map for directions. Parking will be at a cost of £5 per car.


Lower Pound Lane