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By The WEY

November is 'Super Safety Month' at Weybridge RC

Throughout the month I'll be highlighting matters to do with safety whether on, off or beside the river. Today, weirs... of the tumbling, little and pool kind - and in anything more than benign summer conditions.
 
Without wishing to teach experienced rowers how to paddle, it's important that newer or less experienced members understand the way the river flows and how this can affect safety. You really don't want to get too close to a weir; it's a very frightening experience. 

We have three on the downstream stretch: Tumbling Bay, Little and Sunbury weirs. Give all of them a wide berth, but in particular, avoid turning within 100m of Sunbury weir. When you are turning (but not at Tumbling Bay weir), keep 100% focused on a quick and smooth manoeuvre to keep your bow to the stream to enable control.

Looking on Tumbling Bay weir from the Surrey bank

The weirpool opposite Weybridge Ladies is a continuing game of skill. It's perfectly possible to manage it when it's bubbling away if you go around the outside and use the swirls to your advantage. If you don't know how to do it... don't try it. If you are with experienced coaching support either in your boat or on an accompanying launch, you can learn.
 
Active rowing members will be interested to know that we conducted some experiments this week in order to review the current boating code, and the Committee are discussing these today by email. Subject to approval we may allow a limited release over this weekend before a full committee discussion at the meeting on Monday 2nd November, then plan to monitor closely for the next couple of months.
 
Stay safe, folks.
 
Clive Capel
captain@weybridgerowing.org.uk

Just upstream of Sunbury weir 
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