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Battle Of The Thames BOTT  - Year 7

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Every paddler gets to the barrier:- as the 10 mile race goes on, the whole body gets tighter. This is when you knuckle down and just keep going, you don’t give up!  Pushed on by fellow competitors and thrilled spectators, the paddlers push through to the finish arch.

FREE commemorative wicking and quick drying sports "T" shirt designed by Procella Clothing

 This is the Battle of the Thames….


supported by



Chloe Tyler of “Flex Massage Ltd” is an undergraduate sports therapist studying in her first year at the University of East London.

For the last two years, Chloe has been qualified as a level 3 ITEC Swedish massage, she has been working voluntarily with sports teams offering massage for both relaxation, injury prevention and exercise recovery purposes. Chloe is progressing her sports therapy degree and looking to gain experience in different sporting backgrounds.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the Battle of the Thames paddle-boarding
event, offering to give free 15 minute injury prevention and recovery massage for post event paddlers."

10 Mile BOTT race with Medals & prize money equally shared Men's 14' Men's 12'6 Men's 12'6 i-SUP  
Ladies 14' Ladies 12'6 Ladies 12'6 i-SUP  

 10 Mile BOTT race
with Medals
      Men's Surf Style
      Ladies Surf Style

6 Mile N1SCO course with Medals & prize money equally shared     Men's N1SCO  
    Ladies N1SCO  

2 Mile Mini BOTT course
with Medals
    Men's Surf Style Men's Surf Style iSUP
    Ladies Surf Style Ladies Surf Style

Check out the final course map here    Race Course

Online Advanced Entry Only
Registration for all entries (closes at midnight Friday 28th April)
No Registration will be accepted for the event after midnight 28th April 2017
The 2017 BOTT will be limited to 200 competitors  
Registration fee  £35
Registration fee £5
Mega Board team member entry

Click here for competitors insurance and river licence requirements

Click here for prize money distribution

Click here for cancellation refund policy along with the BOTT rules

World Qualifier
Round 1
 The final will be held in Carlise Bay
Barbados 28th - 30th October 2017
Dragon Board Team entry is free to all BOTT competitors and registration
will be taken when you collect your race number on race day
Don't mis out on the first World Qualifying Sprint Challenge

We can not accept multiple entries on the same registration form.

All competitors must register as an individual. Each entry form is automatically logged with a date and time or registration
and your race number is automatically generated the moment you register. 

If you try to register more than one competitor on the same entry form:-
  • All Event Participants are required to declare and collect their race number and their free commemorative "T" shirt at the event registration desk between 08:00 and 09:45 on the day of the event.
  • There will be a £10 administration charge to make any registration changes whatsoever after you have registered
  • No registration changes can be made whatsoever after registration closes on Friday 28th April

(Scheduled start 15:00)
4 Dragon boards will be supplied for the sprints

  • Got a Mega Board ?  Want to join in the fun? 
  • Blue Chip SUPer Club will cover the Thames Licence for all the Mega Boards
  • The Mega Board Fun Race will take part between the Club and Kingston bridge

Due to the large number of entrants, we will again operate a staggered start:
(subject to the Race Director's final decision)
Race start sequences will be as follows with 3 minutes between each start : -
Once the signal for the start of the first race has sounded, all other starts will be
automatically locked in place with 3 minute intervals with no delays or restarts
NOTE: all competitors must be on the water behind the start line
and ready to race at 10:40 -
You will not be allowed to launch between 10:35 and 11:10
  •  10:45 –  2 Mile Fun Race -  Mini BOTT course competitors
  •  10:48 – Mega Board Fun Race  -  2 mile fun course
  •  10:51 – N1SCO - 6 mile BOTT course
  •  10:54 – Surf Shapes - 10 mile BOTT course
  •  10:57 – 12’6 Ladies - 10 mile
  •  10:00 –  14’ Ladies - 10 mile BOTT course
  •  11:03 – 12’ 6 Men - 10 mile
  •  11:06 – 14’ Men - 10 mile BOTT course


Event schedule Race Course Risk Assessment Catering by Yiro
To Follow
10 mile course   Megaboard course
Click here for the full wording of the waver and agreement including event rules Check out the fantastic menu

  • 07:30 Club opens
  • 08:00 Race Number collection & signing in (closes at 09:45)
  • 10:00 Safety Briefing - Leashes must be worn
  • 10:45 Battle of the Thames Start
  • Lunch will be available from 12:00 onwards
  • 14:30 Prize Giving
  • 15:00 Dragon Board sprints

Local reasonably priced hotels from just £49  
   Travel Lodge Hotels close to BOTT                                       Premier Inn Hotels close to BOTT


  • Each competitor will receive an event "T" shirt.
  • 1st 2nd and 3rd in each of the 12 classes will get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals (male & female and i-SUPs)
    • 14' hard shell & iSUP combined - over the line of the 10 mile course will receive: 1st £150, 2nd £70, 3rd £30 (male & female)
    • 12' 6 hard shell over the line of the 10 mile course will receive: 1st £150, 2nd £70, 3rd £30 (male & female)
    • 12'6 iSUP 10 mile class will receive 1st, £150 - 2nd £70 - 3rd £30 (male & female)
    • 12'6 N1SCO 6 mile class will receive 1st, £150 - 2nd £70 - 3rd £30 (male & female)
    • Prize money will be paid via bank transfer
      • Prize money is subject to the following thresholds in each class:
        • 1-4 paddlers, no prize money / 5-9 paddlers, 50% prize money / 10+ paddlers, full prize money
  • All competitors will be put into a free draw for all the other prizes so everyone has an equal chance of coming away with a prize
  • Prize giving and prize draw will happen soon after the 10 mile race
  • 1st over the line of the 10 mile course will also have their name inscribed on the event shield:
  • Medals for the 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 2 mile Mini BOTT race (hard shell and inflatable)
1st male and female over the line of the 10 mile BOTT course will also have their name inscribed on the event shield:
  • 2011 Ryan James
  • 2012 Pete Holiday
  • 2013 Jamie Mitchell
  • 2014 Ryan James
  • 2015 Ryan James
  • 2016 Ollie Shilston
  • 2017 ????
Junior Class:  Up to 18th birthday: For safety reasons, As this event is taking place on the River Thames, juniors are required (unless specifically agreed in writing with the Race Director) to have a designated responsible experienced adult paddling with them as their escort at all times whilst on the water including taking part in either the 2 or 10 mile course. NOTE: Juniors entering the 10 mile course will be included with the adult results and not separated in any way.  
Surf Class:  Length: - - 12’ 6” maximum, no weight limit, Hard shell boards must be a surfboard style in shape with the minimum dimensions, nose 17” wide (12” back from nose), 14” tail (12” up from the tail) and maximum thickness of 5”. Basically, most 12’ 6” or less crossover / surf style standard production boards such as the "Starboard Cruiser" will fit into this category.  i-SUP boards, 12' 2" or less. The Race Directors decision will be final in all cases.

Medal and Prize distribution:

  • Medals: 1st 2nd and 3rd in each of the 12 classes will get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals
    (men & women and i-SUPs)  
  • Prizes: As this is an all inclusive SUP event, all race numbers will be pulled out of the hat at random to will all the prizes supplied by our sponsors, so the paddlers that finish at the back of the fleet could win the best prizes..!

  1. I am aware of the physically strenuous nature of this event, the risks both medically and physically. By registering for the event I confirm I am healthy and fit (physically and medically) enough to complete this event. I accept that should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the event which is likely to affect my ability to compete will be reason to withdraw in accordance with these conditions.

Please read the following waivers and agreements carefully:
By registering for the event, you acknowledge that you have both read and understood all text presented to you as part of the registration process. They include releases of liability and waiver of legal rights, and deprive you of the ability to sue certain parties.
NOTE: if you are registering for a number of competitors, you are accepting total and unequivocal responsibility to ensure that each person you are registering reads, accepts and complies with paragraph "a." above and the event "waver and agreement" on the link below.   
Click here for the full wording of the waver and agreement including event rules

River Thames Licence details:

  • As the "Battle of the Thames" will be held on the River Thames, all craft including Stand Up Boards must have a Thames Licence to paddle their boards on the Thames. (one licence per paddler)


  • British Canoe Union Members will already have a full British Waterways licence and £10m third party insurance.
  • You may already have a Thames Licence

The Environment Agency charge £8.50 for a River Thames Licence.

Board hire for the event - Board model to be confirmed  (12'6 race class)  
Limited availability so book early 

BOTT 2017 Supported by
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Event Location:  /span>Thames Sailing CClub, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HH, there is limited parking at the TSC
(No overnight parking)
but plenty of parking on the streets opposite the club, click on the right hand image for a detailed parking map

TSC is just in the Low Emission Zone

  • "Home cured bacon" rolls available from 08:30
  • The BOTT races will include the  "Battle of the Thames"  10 mile race from TSC down past Queen's Promenade, past the riverside bars and restaurants, under  Kingston Bridge, then turn back upstream  past the island of Ravens Ait and then all the way upstream past the glorious Hampton Court Palace and under Hampton Court bridge before turning back down passing the start line and turning left at Ravens Ait Island, then back upstream  to Hampton Court bridge and then the final dash down to the finish arch at Thames Sailing Club.  
  • The Mega Board Fun Race: from TSC down past Queen's Promenade, past the riverside bars and restaurants, under  Kingston Bridge, then turn back upstream for the final dash to the finish arch at Thames Sailing Club.   NOTE: single paddlers will have priority at all times, mega boards will be disqualified if they obstruct any single paddler.
  • Licensed Bar open at 12:00
  • Lunch will be served continuously from 12:00  Catering by Yiro
  • The BOTT event is due to finish at about 16:00 but the finish time will be very loose