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 45 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

This video contains a short impression of the course. The video below contains images from the water and instructions on how to take te bridges.

Top down view

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

Coxswain’s Meeting

On Friday the 9th of March we will brief all coxes on the course. Location is Roeicentrum Berlagebrug, 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.

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Bridges

  • Rozenoordbrug
  • Utrechtsebrug
  • Berlagebrug
  • Take note of which bridgehead is safe

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