Course & Coxswain

Overview

As most of you are aware, the Heineken roeivierkamp is held on the Amstel river, which runs straight through Amsterdam. It’s not easy to close down one of the cities busiest waterways for a weekend, but somehow we’ve managed for over 44 years.

 

The two-day event sports four distances:

 

Saturday

2500m followed directly by 250m

 

Sunday

5000m with later in the day the final 750m

 

In total your crew will be in the water two to three times, as some fields do not start the final 750m. The Club Eight’s field have a capacity limit on the 5000m as well, with only room for the top 15 crews.

Course Instructions (2015)

This video contains last year’s course instructions. The most important difference with the 2016 edition is that on Sunday, the 5000m race will be held before the 750m. An updated course instruction video will be online about a week before the event. We cannot guarantee we will find catchier tune than this, but we’ll try.

2016 Course Overview

2016 Course from boat, with bridges

COURSE DETAILS

Saturday 2500m
  • Start @ Rozenoordbrug
  • Finish @ Nereus, starboard side finish allowed
  • No later than 5 minutes before start behind Rozenoordbridge
  • 10 minutes before start in designated zone (see cabin before race)
  • High numbers start first
  • ‘Flying-start’
  • Starting difference 20 seconds
    • Min. 15s, max. 25s, penalty points
Saturday 250m (immediately after 2500m)
  • Start @ De Hoop
  • Finish @ Nereus
  • Start in pairs
  • Uneven numbers start in Nereus lane (starboard)
  • Side-by-side & hold at alignment point
  • Side-by-side light paddle to pre-start, aligned over pre-start, build up on signal official
  • Pre-start is 50m in front of start
Sunday 5000m
  • Start @ Ouderkerk
  • Finish @ Nereus, starboard side finish allowed
  • No later than 15 minutes before start behind Rozenoordbridge
  • 10 minutes before start in designated zone (see cabin before race)
  • High numbers start first
  • ‘Flying-start’
  • Starting difference 20 seconds
    • Min. 15s, max. 25s, penalty points
  • Row back lane up to Sköll / Willem III
Sunday 750m
  • Start @ Nieuwe Amstelbrug
  • Finish @ Nereus
  • Gather in zones
  • Uneven numbers start in Nereus lane (starboard)
  • Side-by-side & hold at alignment point
  • Side-by-side light paddle to pre-start, aligned over pre-start, build up on signal official
  • Pre-start is 50m in front of start

Top down view of the course (click to enlarge)

COXSWAINS INSTRUCTIONS

Coxswain’s Meeting

 

On Friday the 11th of March we will brief all coxes on the course. Location is Stelle College, opposite from Nereus. The briefing starts 18:45 for NL crews and 19:45 for EN crews. Please attend this briefing, even if you have been with us for years. We have new regulations and guidelines to keep everybody safe, especially during warm-up and cool down.

Bridges

Overtaking

  • Safety and sportsmanship above all
  • Overtaking crew is allowed to choose ideal course
  • Overtaken crew should not hinder overtaking crew
  • Don’t abuse your right
  • Anticipate: choose bridge opening in time
Please review our rules and regulations