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  • Writer's pictureHelen Leigh

Wallingford Regatta: Sunday 30th May 2023

Dear Parents and Athletes, Wallingford Regatta is being run at Dorney Lake over 2000 meter 6 lane races over 2 division of racing. Headington have entered crews in both Diviosn 1 and 2 in the J15, J16 and J18 age groups. Please note that all girls should use school transport (see transport section below for timings and information) to get to the event but if you wish to drop your daughter off at the race venue please let coaches know by email or Spond so I know not to expect them on the bus. If dropping your daughter off please ensure she has liaised with her coach regarding when she should arrive at the venue for her race. Rower drop off and/or pick up is at Dorney Lake.

Location: The race venue address is:

Dorney Lake

Off Court Lane

Windsor

SL4 6FJ The Draw:

The draw can be found on the event website. The girl's crews will be confirmed at training early this week (if they have not been already). If your daughter is told she is racing but is in fact now unavailable for any reason please let me know as soon as possible.

Transport: The minibus will depart at 6:30am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 6:20am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping during the morning departures. The ROWERS MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE while waiting outside the boarding house. Transport will be available back from Dorney to school for all rowers. If being collected by parents after racing; no girls may depart the event until the trailer has been fully loaded and/or they have been dismissed by their coach. Itinerary: Wallingford Regatta - Sunday 30th May 2023 Please note that there are many girls racing and that it is their responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. 06:20: Meet outside school gym

06:30: Bus departs from Headington. 07:30: Bus arrives at venue - begin rigging boats from 08:54- 9:00 : Division 1 heats begin for Womens School 8+


from 10:30 - 10:36: Division 1 heats begin for Womens J15 8+ from 12:00: Division 1 finals begin for Womens School 8+


from 12:36: Division 1 finals begin for Womens J15 8+ from 14:36 - 14:42: Division 2 heats begin for Womens J16 4x-


from 16:48 - 16:54 Division 2 heats begin for Womens Challenge 8+


from 17:54 Division 2 final begin for Womens J16 4x-


from 18:48 Division 2 final begin for Womens Challenge 8+

Boats will be derigged and loaded onto the trailer throughout the day as racing continues. No girl may depart before their boat and blades have been fully loaded onto the trailer and they have been dismissed by their coaches.

19:30: Approximate departure time from race venue - the girls will be able to contact parents when we are departing Dorney

20:: Approximate return time to Headington

Kit and Food

The girls will need: - A Large water bottle (1L) 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). - A snack for after each set of races (if doing more than 1). If not sure what to bring; your daughter's coach can advise her. - Kit: The girls will be required to race in a HSOBC lycra and white t-shirt, in the event of wet or cold weather the girls may wear HSOBC leggings and splash jackets. If they do not have any HSOBC kit yet please let me know. Spectating


Parking information for the day is published on the event website. There is a charge per car and parking can be pre-paid at a lower rate via the website. I would ask parents to please not enter the trailer park or approach the girls while they are at the trailer, rigging their boats and launching or landing for their races. The girls and coaches do not require any help with these activities. Please may I also remind parents that only coaches are permitted to follow races.

Policies and Documents The following documents should be read/reviewed by all girls competing this weekend:

- Competitor Instructions - Course Map Any other safety documentation including risk assessments, welfare policy and Covid-19 measures for the event can be found on the event website If there are any changes to the information provided above I will email them to parents with as much notice as possible.

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