It seems that for once we agree (at least substantially). As for the
extra buoyancy problem the extra weight it is not going to be a factor
for the racing boats, since the only thing we need is a little clip
were we can attach the lights and a safe place for the batteries (the
same kind that we use to attach bike lights to the handlebar but in
this case they should be***to the decks of the boats). If they
were posted inside the splashguard they wouldn't even damage the
aesthetic of the boat. The system that I made for my wife is a little
heavy (we use the same batteries that our 8+ use just because in this
way I can use the BU battery charger), but the lights themselves are
attached with Velcro to the boat and we can take them out in few
seconds during the day and races and the only extra weight is the one
of the Velcro (we still have to carry extra weight to make to the FISA
limits). When she is out there she is the most visible boat in the
river, so I don't have to worry about her safety, but you know the
Velcro wear out and so you have to replace it at least every season.
A set of standard clips for each boat would make life much easier for
everybody, don't you think?
> >HI Carl.
> >Here on the Charles we don't allow the use of bike lights especially
> >the flashing one. By rule since the complete set of navigational
> >lights (green and red in front and white stern light in the back).
> >The Charles is considered an international waterway so theoretically
> >we have to respect the international navigation rules.
> Hi there, Marco -
> I can't comment on a local rule, but generally on navigable rivers a
> boat powered neither by sail nor engine will carry a single 360-degree-
> visible white light. I'm not mad about that, because I think it pre-
> supposes that man-powered vessels are relatively slow, & thus almost
> static objects to be avoided by other traffic, which we know is entirely
> the opposite of reality with rowing shells.
> In view of the high speed of racing shells, I would certainly favour a
> rule requiring full navigation lights - port (red), starboard (green) &
> stern (white), from which its direction & progress can be readily
> determined by other craft afloat. Otherwise it is by no means easy to
> work out from a glance over the shoulder which way an oncoming shell is
> But any light is far better than none, & my complaint was that far too
> many rowers are dangerously careless about carrying any functioning
I would agree on this, if the light is visible. We had some very
close call with boats that had really weak lights. It is important
that eveybody meet some minimum requirement.
> > We still have
> >people that don't respect these rules, but they are less and less
> >every year, since all the clubs are trying to enforce this rule.
> >Rodney is one of the stronger enforcers of these rules since he has
> >poor vision and he has no desire to run over any scullers.
> That is comforting news ;^). How does he find them to avoid them? By
> tapping the water with a stick? I'll have to have a word with him.
About Rodney I am his stick until he finds something better. For me
is not a big problem to identify the shadows of the sculler that moves
in the water without lights, but sometimes can be really scary out
there. Especially when you have some moron in eight with a black boat
(really popular around here) with black oars doing pieces on the wrong
side without lights, but that it is all another story.
> > Since more
> >and more athletes find themselves training during dark hours it would
> >be nice if some of the boat builders will start taking in
> >consideration this factor. I made a great set of lights for my wife's
> >boat, but it cost me a little fortune. The easier solution we have
> >here for scullers is to buy those navigation lights with suctions cups
> >and rechargeable batteries. The problem is that 1 out of 3 times the
> >lights go off and you became a possible target for any coaching launch
> >or eight doing pieces in the river.
> And that, despite your own excellent efforts, is the whole problem
> Marco. Our rowing equipment is stripped down for maximum daylight
> performance, but we must train in the dark so we have to lash up these
> poor compromises.
> That's why I'd like to keep rules simple, international & to the
> minimum. And maybe the steerers of all coxless boats at night should
> have a mirror clipped to their rigger - it may not be ideal for steering
> by, but it will give early warning of a moving light or object in time
> to trigger a careful glance over the shoulder & any necessary avoiding
I am all against mirror because usually people that use them endup not
turning around at all. So I think that the darkness is good time to
use coxes for the longest boats and for the short ones I will go for a
lot lot of attention and supervision.
> > Bigger boats usually have enough
> >space for wires and batteries so boatmen have heir life easy, but it
> >would be nice if this issue could be solve at the root.
> >Have a great day.
> Marco, that's very kind of you but you should know that we British
> *never* 'have nice days', on principle. We just try to get by until
> tomorrow without getting too cold, wet or miserable, while bearing the
> cares of the earth on our shoulders. Or so we like to think. Then we
> pour ourselves another nice warm beer & kick the cat.
> Cheers -
I am sorry to hear that. So I hope your next day is going to be not
May your beer be a little colder and and the weather a little warmer,
and live the cat alone! 8^)