The Captains will use the following criteria as the basis for their decisions on boat allocation:
- Are people rowing for the Club, or for their own pleasure? Rowing for their own pleasure is good, but Captains will be more supportive of members rowing for the Club and to protect the boats allocated to those members representing the Club, especially during the scheduled rowing sessions.
- Competency: This is not paramount, but we do have to look after our very expensive boats. All our boats are expensive and some are more expensive than others. Captains will consider this.
Please help and don’t hinder the Captains. We ask that you are helpful to your Captain and helpful to your Club by being patient and supportive. Please remember that the Club’s Captains and other club officers are all volunteers and giving up their time to help.
RRC boat booking & use protocols
- Members may only use a boat allocated to them by their Captain.
- Crews must book out boats allocated to them in advance in the booking out book. (Allocation of any boat will predominately be done on a first come, first served basis.)
- The protocol for advance boat booking requires you to first ask your Captain. And no member may book out a boat more than one week ahead.
- Captains will give priority when allocating boats to their crews competing for the Club as it is the Club’s policy to support these crews and to limit wear and tear on the more competitive equipment.
- Members must record any faults discovered whilst using a boat in the boat booking book.
- Members must not take parts from other boats without permission from their Captain and should record the facts in the boat booking book so that the necessary repairs can be made / parts can be bought.
Classes of boat (traffic light system)
An up-to-date boat register is posted in the bar, boathouse and on the clubhouse notice boards showing relevant details (weight, ownership, traffic light allocation for each boat).
- Private boats (labelled with a Red spot): these boats were not bought with the Club’s money and so are not available for Club members to row, without obtaining the owner’s express permission.
- Protected boats (labelled with a Yellow spot):
- These are the Club’s boats that the Club’s Captains have agreed to protect for the use of our most committed members – the crews who choose to train and compete on behalf of the Club.
- Captains have authority to prioritise and restrict use of these boats to competing crews.
- Captains do not have authority to restrict access to these boats in the scheduled sessions of other Captains.
- Members are reminded that they must seek prior approval from their Captain if they wish to use one of these boats at any time.
- Club boats (labelled with a Green spot): these boats are available for the use of all members, with their Captain’s prior approval.
Note: In the event of any dispute your Captain’s decision will be final.