Weather and River Conditions

View Isis weather station data, from the weather station based at CORC.

Useful links for the local weather and river conditions in the Oxford area:

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 detemining 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 throwline, 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.



 

Green Flag

 

• Normal rules - all club members can row.

 

Blue Flag

 

• No novice coxes

• Novice crews require experienced coxes.

• Normal rowing for other boats.

• 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

 

• No novice crews or coxes. Senior crews with experienced coxes and steerspersons only.

• No junior rowing other than experienced J16s and older.

• 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

 

• Senior crews on permission of the club captain or club committee, and private boat owners, only.

• Experienced coxes and steerspersons only.

• Boats must have a minimum of four blades.

• 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.

Spinning markers

Upstream

Downstream

Thanks to Chris Thomson for producing these illustrations.

City of Oxford Rowing Club

City Boathouse

Meadow Lane

Oxford

OX4 4BL

Tel: 01865 242576

Want to become a member?

Please visit the membership page for more information.

Current OURC's flag status:

Isis Flag Status Today's Suntimes

For information on what the flag status means, visit the Weather and River Conditions page.