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City Of Oxford Rowing Club

River and Weather Conditions

Flag status: 

The colour of the flag is determined by the Oxford University Rowing Club's (OURCs) and represents how fast (and therefore how dangerous) the stream is on the Isis and consequently shows which OURCs rules are in force. 

The flag colour is updated on the CORC website automatically (see right hand column), and is also displayed on boards in front of the CORC boathouse on the centre column between the two roller doors (but is not updated quite so automatically)!  

CORC uses these flags as a guide to determining its own rules regarding which crews should be allowed on the water (adding one of its own, namely black flag).  

These guidelines still require coaches and crews to carry out safety risk assessments before every outing and to take appropriate measures (e.g. coaches carrying a throw-line, crews using a more experienced cox) as appropriate.  The key question to ask is not "Can we row on this river?" but "If we had an accident, how confident are we that we could rescue our crew and boat safely?"  

The following notice regarding flag status may also be found on the club notice board at the top of the stairs.  

Isis Flag Status
Today's Suntimes

Isis Weather Station

Anu Dudhia's Isis levels webpage

Environment Agency - Flood warnings page for the Thames Region 

Environment Agency - River Thames conditions advice for boaters

Green Flag

1) Normal Rules - all club members can row

Green Flag

Blue Flag

1) No novice coxesNovice crews require experienced coxes. 
2) Normal rowing for other boats. 
3) Spin early at set markers shown on club safety documents (these are posted on the notice board in the boathouse). 
See below also.

Amber Flag

1) No novice crews or coxes. Senior crews with experienced coxes and steers persons only. 
2)  No junior rowing other than experienced J16s and older. 
3) Spin early at set markers shown on club safety documents (these are posted on the notice board in the boathouse). See below also.

Red Flag

1) Senior crews on permission of the club captain or club committee, and private boat owners, only. 
2) Experienced coxes and steers persons only.Boats must have a minimum of four blades. 
 3) Spin early at set markers shown on club safety documents (these are posted on the notice board in the boathouse). See below also.

Grey Flag

OURCs flag not being maintained. Crews should consult the club website or the club captain if this is unclear.

Black Flag

No rowing for any crews. Isis on Environment Agency flood watch.

Upstream

Downstream