Coronavirus Advice Clarification: Fixed Seat

British Rowing has clarified the schedule for a return to crew boat rowing for the fixed seat and gig rowing community

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British Rowing recommends that fixed seat and gig rowing clubs apply the advice set out in the ‘Coronavirus Advice – Returning to Rowing’ document. As with all clubs, the advice should be used to form an appropriate risk assessment for the local environment the club operates in.

Clubs should base their return to crew boat rowing on the following timetable:

TimingAllowed Boats
Phase Dfrom 1 AugustNo boats with more than two rowers, no coxed boats
Phase Efrom 15 AugustNo boats with more than five individuals
Phase Ffrom 29 AugustAll boats allowed
Phase D
Timing:
from 1 August
Allowed Boats:
No boats with more than two rowers, no coxed boats
Phase E
Timing:
from 15 August
Allowed Boats:
No boats with more than five individuals
Phase F
Timing:
from 29 August
Allowed Boats:
All boats allowed

Particular considerations for fixed seat boats are:

  • Wherever possible at least two metres should be maintained between individuals, however, where this is not possible during launching/lifting, mitigations should be taken such as wearing face coverings.
  • When in the boat, individuals should maintain the maximum distance possible and avoid face-to-face contact as much as possible e.g. avoid turning to speak to a crew member or stopping for prolonged periods.

The next iteration of the British Rowing ‘Returning to Rowing’ document will be updated to reflect the advice above for fixed seat rowing.

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