Last night went well albeit rather late.......everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we saw some good racing, which is what it is all about.
For tonight we MUST speed up getting crews to the start. Not just marshal on Stourbridge, Control and Railway Bridge but all the way down the start including racing marshals on their way down too. If you see a crew dawdling and not closed up to the crew in front, chivvy them along. Marshalls should not ask a crew to do something...they should tell them.
In planning best use of marshals for this year so we could cover the extra slots needed, we had to fine tune the provision of race marshals while also planning for the possibility that Roger might not have been with us for medical reasons which, fortunately, did not happen. In doing so, while we referred to crews etc per Club, the overall instruction remains unchanged namely that race marshals report to Roger - after sighing in and collecting tabards (to be returned at end of shift) - at the A14 bridge when he will decide the actual allocation.
They marshal sign-in sheets have been suitably tweaked so please remember race marshals are to take instruction from Roger.
One Club has incurred a fine for videoing a racing crew from a bike which is strictly against the standing instructions we lay down. Last night, I saw at least two users of wheelchairs sharing the towpath with us and they are entitled to expect their safety – together with that of the elderly and children - will be considered carefully. It would be all too easy for a sideways glance when approaching a small cluster of people behind which the view of a wheelchair, elderly person of child, would be obscured.
Any repetition tonight will incur a full fine which, to remind you, is the amount of an entry fee of £160. I am inclined to apply the same penalty to anyone riding a bike using a mobile phone while watching racing....but have yet to consult the rest of the Committee.
Tonight sees our sponsors and some long standing supporters of the CRA watching the races from the enclosure opposite First Post Corner together with the Mayor. While I am sure no one will be a sensate soul, I believe it reasonable for this showcase to Cambridge rowing to justify requiring all crews to wear tops at all times. No bare chests please .....no funny remarks; we have heard them all before. Fines tonight.
Fines etc etc from last night will be notified separately. I have seen one fine raised last night for foul language and we will double the rate for swearing if there is any repetition tonight.
Please note that after 1.00pm – I am late today – the Bumps committee can only be contacted for routine queries at Control which is open from around 4.00pm. None of us has a job description that says we have to use mobile devices to be in contact 24/7 and if anyone who does have such skills wishes to volunteer some of us would be only too happy to handover.
Good luck for tonight.