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Henley Sculls: Saturday 5th November 2022


Dear Parents and Athletes,


Henley Sculls is 3,000 meters upstream from the bottom of Greenlands to the Royal Regatta Finish. There are two divisions of racing: Headington have entered crews in the J14-J18 categories.


Please note that all girls should use school transport to get to the event unless she has permission via email from the Head of Rowing to meet us at Henley, if dropping your daughter off please ensure that she is there no later than; 8:00am for division 1, 11am for division 2.


Location:


The event is being run from the Meadows just downstream of Leander Club:


Lion Meadow

Henley-on-Thames

RG9 2LP


Please refer to the 'spectators' section below for the best spectator viewing options.


The Draw: Headington crews will be confirmed with the rowers this week at training.


Division 1 (Starts at 10am):

J18 1x

J18 4x

J16 2x

J14 4x+


Division 2 (Starts at 1pm):

W 4x-

J16 1x

W 1x

J15 1x

J15 4x+


The start order can be found by following this link.


Transport:

Those racing in Division 1

The bus will depart at 7:00am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 6:45am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. THE GIRLS MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE while waiting outside the boarding house. Transport is also available back from Henley at the end of the days racing. This will be in limited number. Please inform Helen Leigh (hbleigh@headingtonschool.com) if your child will be returning on the provided transport.


Those racing in Division 2

The girls racing in division 2 (J15 ONLY) are encouraged to make their own way/chare share to Henley. If your child needs transport she will need to be on the 7:00am departing bus. Please inform Helen Leigh (hbleigh@headingtonschool.com) if those racing in division 2 require transport. The girls will be excused by their coaches once their boats have been derigged and loaded onto the trailer.


Itinerary: Henley Sculls - 5th November 2022 Please note that there are many girls racing and that it is their responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Also, once the girls boat they may have to wait on the water before racing so they will need to make sure to have had a loo stop prior to racing and that have warm rowing kit available.

Henley Sculls Itinerary


- Division 1

06:45: Meet outside school gym 07:00: Bus departs from Headington. 08:00: Bus arrives at Henley - begin rigging boats 08:40: Dressed and ready for pre-race chat at the trailer. Warm up then boat. There will be no time for anything else. 09:00: Earliest boating time for division 1 athletes. Please note: rowers are responsible for ensuring that they have boated at the correct times, rowers need to have inspected the draw and made note of boating times. Crews that are late may not be allowed to race. I have instructed coaches that under no circumstances are they to chase girls to get boated! 09:30: In marshalling area (warm kit is needed as rowers may be there for a while) 10:00: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so rowers are to row straight to the start. After the race any breakages or other equipment issues should be reported to the coaches immediately.

Division 2


11:00: Meet by the trailer if you are making your own way to Henley. Check boat is rigged. 11:30: Dressed and ready for pre-race chat at the trailer. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else. 12:00: Earliest boating time for division 2 athletes. Please note: rowers are responsible for ensuring that they have boated at the correct times, rowers need to have inspected the draw and made note of boating times. Crews that are late may not be allowed to race. I have instructed coaches that under no circumstances are they to chase girls to get boated! 12:30: In marshalling area (warm kit is needed as rowers may be there for a while). 13:00: Approximate start time for Division 2: it could be earlier so rowers are to row straight to the start. After the race any breakages or other equipment issues should be reported to the coaches immediately.


Kit and Food


The girls will need:


- Water bottles with electrolyte replacement fluid.


- Food - appropriate for race day, if you are not sure what to bring please have the girls ask their coaches


- A good breakfast before departing (eg: Porridge, toast and a banana).


- Make sure to have a meal for after the race, such as pasta and banana / fruit and some food for after the training row.


- Kit: It will be cold and possibly wet so training and racing kit will be needed.

Make sure you have enough warm and waterproof kit for when you are sitting around. Coxes and athletes will not be allowed to boat if they are not properly attired for the weather conditions.


- Appropriate footwear as it may be quite muddy.



Viewing is possible along the full length of the course from the tow path on the Berkshire side of the river.


Please see the following statement from the race organisers regarding parking:


We strongly encourage competitors and spectators to Car Share.

There will be a £7/charge for parking (Towing vehicles, Coaches/Minibuses exempted). The aim of this charge is to reduce the numbers of vehicles on site. Excessive numbers of vehicles I'm afraid cause us issues in terms of space, managing ground conditions and subsequent repair costs.


Please see the following documents:

All event safety documents can be found on the event website

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