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Battle Of The Thames BOTT  - Year 8

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Fancy racing in Brazil for Team England?
If so here is your chance to go for it in 2018. GBSUP are partnering with BSUPA to support England team selection for the ISA World and European Championships. BSUPA have decided their selection will be based on your best two results from the 14' class races at Blue Chip’s Battle of the Thames (April 28th), BaySUP’s Battle of the Paddle (July 21st) along with the St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup (May 19th).
Full details on the process of selection along with all personal commitments can be  the BSUPA and GBSUP websites. 

   This is the 2017 Battle of the Thames - The Results

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.

The BOTT 5 year calendar 
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
28th April 27th April 25th April 24th April 30th April

The Great Paddling Boarding Experience

on the Glorious River Thames in Kingston

Choose your own personal challenge:-
2 miles, 6 miles or 10 miles.
Enter a Mega Board Fun team
The Dragon Board challenge is free to all BOTT competitors..


GB SUP Challenge Tour

All the gain - none of the pain

You can paddle all or any part of the BOTT
course and use any board you like on the Tour
without the pressure of racing
Paddle the Battle of the Thames course
as part of the GB SUP Challenge Tour
Be part of it !

You will get the event "T" shirt, bib, event time, number
and a huge sense of achievement of being part of

The Battle of the Thames

Online Advanced Entry Only
Registration for all entries (closes at midnight Friday 20th April)
No Registration will be accepted for the event after midnight 20th April 2018
The 2018 BOTT will be limited to 200 competitors  
Registration fee  £35  
Registration fee £5  Mega Board team member entry  
We are pleased to confirm that BOTT has an equal gender agenda....
Prize money, Prizes, Medals, T shirts  (and appreciation)
  • Commemorative lightweight smooth wicking and quick drying T shirts for all competitors
  • All podium places will receive a reusable thermos travel mug
  • Prize giving will happen soon after the last competitor finished
  • 1st female and male over the line of the 10 mile course will also have their name inscribed on the event shield:
  • 1st 2nd and 3rd in each of the classes will get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals (male & female and i-SUPs)
  • 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

Dragon/a> Board team entry is FREE to all BOTT
competitors and registration
will be taken when you collect your
race number on race day

4 Dragon boards supplied for the event

Click here for competitor insurance and river licence requirements

Click here for cancellation refund policy along with the BOTT rules

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 of 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 numbers and 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 28th February.
  • No registration changes can be made whatsoever after registration closes on Friday 20th April. 
10 Mile BOTT race with Medals
& prize money
Men's 14'-  ISA World and European Championship qualifier Men's 12'6
Ladies 14'- ISA World and European Championship qualifier Ladies 12'6
 10 Mile BOTT race
with Medals
Men's 14' i-SUP Men's 12'6 i-SUP Men's Surf Style  
Ladies 14' i-SUP Ladies 12'6 i-SUP Ladies Surf Style  

6 Mile N1SCO course
with Medals & Prize money
Men's N1SCO
Ladies N1SCO      

2 Mile Mini BOTT course
with Medals
Men's Surf Style Men's Surf Style i-sup Junior surf style
Ladies Surf Style Ladies Surf Style i-sup Junior Race

Short Course Mega Board Fun Race with Medals Mega Board Teams

GB SUP Challenge Tour Any Board      

(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:
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
As this is a National Qualifying event, the performance paddlers
will start in the first wave.. see the starting sequence below
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 –  14’ Men - 10 mile BOTT course - ISA Championship qualifier
  •  10:48 –  12’ 6 Men - 10 mile
  •  10:51 –  14’ Ladies - 10 mile BOTT course - ISA  Championship qualifier
  •  10:54 –  12’6 Ladies - 10 mile
  •  10:57 –  Surf Shapes - 10 mile BOTT course
  •  11:00 –  N1SCO Race  -  6 mile course
  •  11:03 –  GB SUP Challenge Tour - Any Board - up to 10 miles
  •  11:06 –  2 Mile Fun Race -  Mini BOTT course competitors
  •  11:09 –  Mega Board Fun Race  -  2 mile fun course
  •  11:12 –  Hobie Peddleboard & Prone - 10 mile course


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 except for the GB SUP results.  
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 distribution:

  • Medals: 1st 2nd and 3rd in each of the 9 classes will get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals
    (men & women and i-SUPs)  
  • Event T shirts: all participants will be issued with an event T shirt

Check out the final course map here    Race Course

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

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Sponsors of BOTT 2017

Event Location:  Thames Sailing Club, 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 is due to finish at about 16:00 but the finish time will be very loose