The ground at Dorney is still recovering from the Olympic building works and progress has been delayed by a cold Spring. It is now clear that areas we normally use will not be available for the regatta and we will need to adopt some different arrangements this year. Our plans are summarised below, but may be subject to further change, so please bear with us.
Trailers will be able to access the site between 2pm and 8pm on Friday and from 6.30am on Saturday and Sunday. Trailers will not be admitted to the site after 8pm on Friday or before 6.30am over the weekend. Those arriving on Friday will be able to offload in the main car park at the boat house, but will be required to move their trailers afterwards and park on the Drove Road, which is on the far side of the course behind the island. There will be staff available in the car park to direct offloading and direct drivers to the Drove Road.
Those arriving on Saturday and Sunday will be directed to the Drove Road on arrival and will park and unload there. Staff will be available to organise this process. Later arrivals will inevitably be further from the boating pontoons and may have a long carry. Any trailers leaving the site on Saturday or Sunday will be able to use the road on the island, but must proceed with care as there will be cyclists on the road following races.
Racking and Rigging
Racking will be available on the road behind the boathouse. There may be further racking in the main car park, but clubs should bring trestles as a contingency. There will be no racking on the grassed area beside the boathouse and no access to that area, which has been re-turfed.
Traffic Flow and Parking
General traffic will enter by the Arboretum Road and will be directed towards car parking from the Ash Tree. Cars may be parked only in designated areas as much of the site has been reseeded and would be damaged. The general car parking area will be adjacent to the spectator tents. There will also be a designated area for regatta sponsors and officials.
Spectator Marquee and Retail Concessions
As the usual site on the bund has been reseeded and will not be available the spectator marquee will be located near the Ash Tree, about 1500m down the course. Retail concessions will be adjacent to the spectator tent.
Turfed and Reseeded Ground
Competitors and spectators must not enter any areas of the site that have been roped off. These areas are under recovery and not yet ready for use. Cars or footfall could do significant damage. Please follow any instructions from regatta officials or volunteers or Dorney staff to avoid damaging these area. Competitors should note that the regatta reserves the right to disqualify competitors who disregard this request or instructions from regatta officials.