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Clare Novices' Regatta

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Entries for Clare Novices' Regatta have not yet opened for this year.

Clare Novices' Regatta is scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th November 2018. The regatta is generously sponsored by our club sponsors, Metaswitch Networks.

The Course

The course runs approximately 800m upstream from the post furthest downstream on the Reach (near Ditton corner) to Morley's Holt, just downstream of the Pike and Eel. A map is available here. In each race two crews row side-by-side and racing continues in a knockout format.


There are two events for both men and women: the Cup events are for college A crews and the Plate events are for all other crews. However, if a college wishes to enter more than three men's or three women's crews, the respective B crew(s) must also enter the cup event. All events are for novice eights only.

2018 Timetable of Events

See here for the race timetable.

Instructions for coxes

See here for instructions for coxes.

River closure

The river will be closed all day on Saturday. If senior crews wish to have an outing over the lock during these times, they should contact the Senior Umpire, James Bradley (claregatta[at]


Entries must be submitted using the online entry system. Entries for this year's regatta are open until Sunday 11th November. Entry fees are £59 per boat for 2018, and fees must be received by the close of entries.

Late entries will be considered only at the discretion of the Senior Umpire.


Payment is preferably made by direct transfer (account details below) but cheques are also acceptable. Please make them out to "Clare Novices' Regatta" and deliver them to Clare Boat Club, Clare College, Old Court by the entry deadline.

Name: Clare Novices’ Regatta
Account number: 60166812
Sort code: 20-17-19

Please put your college, a 'W', 'M' or 'B' (for women, men or both respectively) and the number of boats entered to CNR in the reference box when transferring the entry fees.

Boat Sharing

Boat sharing is strongly discouraged. Where it is unavoidable, please see the details in this document.

The organisers understand that there may under some circumstances be problems with these arrangements. Any requests for exemption from these rules should be addressed to the Senior Umpire, James Bradley, at claregatta[at]


A full copy of the rules is published here. Particular attention should be paid to eligibility rules, which for 2018 mean that no rowing member of a crew wishing to compete in the regatta may have rowed or sculled before 1st September 2018 and no competing cox may have coxed in a race before the same date. Decisions of any individual rower's eligibility are at the ultimate discretion of the Senior Umpire, James Bradley at claregatta[at]; if there is any uncertainty over a potential competitor's eligibility, a senior representative from the Boat Club of the College concerned must enquire well in advance of submitting any entries.


As always, crews are expected to treat the river respectfully. Particular problems in the past have been urination on the riverbank and littering of water bottles. Crews should ensure they have made use of proper toilet facilities before leaving their boathouses. Water bottles should be either kept in the boat or given to your bank party (they can be emptied into the river to save weight). Crews breaking these rules may be subject to disqualification.


It is likely to be cold during the regatta so crews are advised to bring plenty of warm clothing. Boats may be waiting for significant periods of time while marshalling. A member of the crew's bank party should bring a bag for extra kit to keep it dry during the race.

Social Media

In the weeks running up to the Regatta, we will, in addition to email, be using Facebook and Twitter to relay updates to competitors. If you are involved in the Regatta in any way, whether as a competitor, LBC or marshal, please do follow us on Twitter and 'like' us on Facebook for the latest news.