The HOH course for 2011 is more extensively buoyed than in past year. The warm-up area is essentially the same, with six large, four-foot high red buoys marking the centerline of the river. Crews should always stay to the right heading either downstream (south) or upstream (north), keeping the buoys on their port side. Don’t cross over between the buoys – always go to the end before turning.
The starting chute is marked by 20 red buoys and one large, four-foot buoy right at the start. After the start, there will be a series of straight lines of small yellow buoys marking the edge of the course. Each segment will be about 500 meters long. When turns occur, they will be marked by a large orange buoy. Always keep the buoy line on your port side.
At the turn before the wire (about 1.2 miles to go), there will be a series of large orange buoys marking the center of the river, which is narrower at this point. Ensure that you keep to the right, both during the race and while returning.
The last 1000 meters is straight. The buoys in the last 500 meters will all be red, so you will know when you are close to the end! The finish will be marked by a large, four-foot high red buoy. Be sure to stay to the right of that buoy to ensure that your bow number and RFID tag are correctly read. After you finish, be sure to keep rowing until you are clear of the finish-line area.
There will be several large yellow buoys at several points along the course, warning of various hazards, such as sand bars or downed trees. Keep those buoys on your starboard side.
See map below.