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Battle Of The Thames BOTT  - Year 9

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Battle of the Thames sponsored by "Made for water"
We are pleased to have Zhik as our main sponsor for the 2019 BOTT
Zhik are joining us in our continuing fight against single use plastic by supplying every competitor with a
Zhik 700ml sports reusable drinks bottle

Plus, Zhik are also giving special
prizes for the 1st 2nd & 3rd places
in the 14' category

In total Zhik are supplying over £4,000
worth of sponsorship goodies directly
to our BOTT competitors
A note from our sponsor
"Zhik are delighted to be able to support the Blue Chip Battle of the Thames race. We come from competitive sailing where at the last Olympics more medalists wore our gear than any other brand, we come from the Ocean where the last Volvo Ocean race was won buy a boat using our kit. We are Made For Water and we are very pleased to be able to support such wonderful and growing sport. We wish every athlete the very best of luck and hope that each and everyone has a thrilling, fun and safe race!"

   This is the 2018 Battle of the Thames - The Resultsa>
and the course video

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 Paddle Boarding Experience

on the Glorious River Thames in Kingston

Choose your own personal challenge:-

The BOTT Grand Tour

(AKA The Leisure Fleet)

All the gain, none of the pain

or you can race the

2 miles, 6 miles or 10 miles.

Enter a Mega Board Fun team
The Dragon Board challenge is FREE to all BOTT competitors..


Join the Battle of the Thames

Grand Tour

This is the Leisure Fleet

This most definitely is not a race
All the gain, none of the pain

Paddle the Battle of the Thames
course as part of the BOTT Event
Be part of it !

You will get the event medal, bib number, event time
and you can also purchase the event Training Shirt
and a hugh 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 2019
The 2019 BOTT will be limited to 200 competitors  
It is a condition that by registering for this event, you consent to the publication of photos and/or video and or/audio of you
Click here for full Photo and Video consent details
Registration fee  £25
Single Registration fee £33
Including a Commemorative "T" Shirt:
Final registration inc. "T" shirts 31st March 19
Registration fee £5  Mega Board team member entry

If you have entered but not received your confirmation, please check your junk mail first then contact us at

There will be a limited number of N1SCO boards to rent for the N1SCO fleet, please contact us for further information or to book a board

We are pleased to confirm that BOTT has an equal gender agenda....
 Medals, T shirts  (and appreciation)
  • 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:
  • Medals for the 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 2 mile Mini BOTT race (hard shell and inflatable)

Dragon 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:-
  • Registration Fee: For 2019 the registration fee has been reduced to reflect that there will be no prize money awarded this year.  
  • Event medals will be given to all participants that complete the course they registered for.
  • All Event Participants are required to declare and collect their race numbers 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 19th April. 
  • If BOTT has to be postponed for safety reasons due to events beyond our control such as extreme weather conditions or excessive river flow, the event will be rescheduled to Saturday 15th June 2019

BOTT Grand Tour Any Board

10 Mile BOTT race with Trophies Men's 14'     Men's 12'6
Ladies 14'    Ladies 12'6

 10 Mile BOTT race with Trophies Men's 14' i-SUP Men's 12'6 i-SUP Men's Surf Style Men's Prone
Ladies 14' i-SUP Ladies 12'6 i-SUP Ladies Surf Style Ladies Prone

6 Mile N1SCO course with Trophies Men's N1SCO
Ladies N1SCO      

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

Short Course Mega Á multi person Board Fun Race with Trophies Mega Board Teams

(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
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 11:05
  •  10:45 –  14’ Men - 10 mile BOTT
  •  10:48 –  12’ 6 & Prone Men - 10 mile
  •  10:51 –  14’ Ladies - 10 mile BOTT
  •  10:54 –  12’6 & Prone Ladies - 10 mile
  •  10:57 –  N1SCO Race  -  6 mile course
  •  11:00 –  The BOTT Grand Tour - Any Board - Any Distance
  •  11:00 –  Surf Shapes - 10 mile BOTT course
  •  11:00 –  2 Mile Fun Race -  Mini BOTT course competitors
  •  11:00 –  Mega Board Fun Race  -  2 mile fun course
  •  11:00 –  Hobie Peddleboard  - 6 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 can order an event T shirt at the time of registering, last orders 31st March

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 2019

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