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Current Safety Notices

Lighting-up time
9th September 2018

Barrier Closures
7th September 2017

Turning at Putney
22nd August 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U18 of 2018
Barn Elms Reach to Lambeth Reach - Tideway Foreshore Festival and River Events

U17 of 2018
Mortlake to Barn Elms Reach - River Closures - 2018-19 Head of the River Closures

U12 of 2018
Richmond Lock & Weir Draw Off 2018

CUrrent SAFETY Notices

Latest news and information from the TRRC or CWSA on all matters regarding safety and navigation.
If you have a question about any of these notices please leave a comment or contact the CWSA

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  • Lighting-up time

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 9th September 2018


    Sunset is now at about 7.30pm so any evening outings are will require lights on the boat. Having a correctly lit boat is not just a PL requirement, it's also a legal requirement. The club has suitable lights so please use them - and recharge them afterwards.

    It's also advisable to where light or white kit when out in dark conditions


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  • Barrier Closures

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 7th September 2017

    See the timetable of Thames Barrier Closures

    These will almost certainly have an effect on the predicted tide. Remember to always navigate according to the direct of the visible stream, even if it contradicts what the tide table say should be happening.

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  • Lighting-up time

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd August 2017

    From the regional Rowing Safety Advisor:

    In a few weeks summer will end, but already the nights are beginning to draw in with 15 minutes difference between sunrise in a week. Can you remind any crews boating in the evenings that they should consider if they need lights. The chances are that the batteries for lights haven’t been changed from when they were last used in the spring. Check that the batteries are in good condition and replace if necessary. Many clubs are beginning to have good lights for their boats and I will name Latymer School, as a club who have shown what is possible.

    Cygnet have USB charged lights that simply attach to the boat decks with a strong magnetic tape. It couldn't be easier so no excuses. The lights and charger are (or should be) with the cox boxes.

    BBC weather publish sunrise and sunset times and legally your boat must be correctly lit if out before sun rise or after sunset. Details are in the Rowing Code (page 15 & 16) or see below. Also note the bit about wearing bright or white clothing in low light

    boat lights

    boat lights 2

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  • Turning at Putney

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 22nd August 2017


    I think you will have noticed that a large barge has been moored projecting into the turning gap. There have already been some incidents of crews being swept on to the barge. We are hoping to get the PLA to accept that the positioning of that barge is hazardous to rowers, especially weaker ones. To do that we need to be able present the PLA with a report every time a crew has difficulties in the gap, however minor.

    So, please ask your members to inform you every time they have difficulties so they or you can generate a report. It will be the only way we can prove to the PLA what happens at the Gap.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Mitchell,
    TRRC / PLA Liaison

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  • Events in September

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st August 2017

    Please see the NtM links below for events at our end of the river in September that may possibly effect your outing plans:

    The Great River Race (on the Flood tide)
    Saturday 9th September, all afternoon, river closures above Richmond Lock between 15.00 and 18.00

    Sunday 10th September, 10.00 – 18.00, Strand-on-the-Green area

    SUP Big Ben Challenge
    Saturday 23rd September, 10.00 from Putney Embankment

    Hasler (Kayak Marathon) Finals
    Sunday 24th September, 10.15 – 13.30, above Richmond Bridge (includes river closures)

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  • Swimming in the river

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 20th June 2017

    A reminder about swimming in the tideway during this hot weather

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  • Transiting Richmond Weir

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th June 2017

    Compliance with Closed Arch Signs

    Close arch signs

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  • Turning at Putney - update

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th May 2017

    Today (25/05) the PLA will be restoring the mooring buoys in the temporary turning point. Once this work is completed the turning point reverts to the end of the moored boats at Putney Pier as shown in the PLA Rowing on the Tideway publication.

    Make sure your coxes and steers are aware of this before they boat and that care is taken if one of the clippers is in the vicinity of Putney Pier.

    Antony Reynolds

    Rowing Safety Adviser | Thames Regional Rowing Council

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  • High tide clarification

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 25th May 2017

    The PLA have asked me to clarify where the time for High Water is considered with respect to the Tideway Code revision below. High Water at London Bridge is the time to used.

    Antony Reynolds

    Rowing Safety Adviser | Thames Regional Rowing Council


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