Schools' Head of the River

Friday 15 March 2019

Start: 12:00

Entries are invited in the following categories:

Championship Eights
School first Eights
School/Junior 2nd 8o
School/Junior 3rd 8o
J16 Championship Eights
J16 First Eights
J16 Second Eights
J15 Championship Eights
J15 First Eights
J15 Second Eights
Championship Girls Eights
Girls School First Eights
J16 Girls Eights
J15 Girls Eights
Coxed Fours
School/Junior Coxed
Junior 16 Coxed
School/Junior Girls Coxed
Junior 16 Girls Coxed
Junior under 15 Coxed
Coxless Quads
Junior 16
School/Junior Girls
Junior 16 Girls
School/Junior Mixed

The event is run under British Rowing Rules with these special conditions:

  1. All Participants in the race must be in full-time education in schools or sixth-form colleges, and must be 18 or younger on the day of the race.
  2. No composite entries are allowed or ‘flags of convenience’ crews.
  3. A significant aim of the Schools Head [taking place on a School day] is to promote rowing in schools and school Boat Clubs. Where possible, Schools should have first call on rowers who also row with clubs.
  4. All competitors must have attained their 13th birthday.
  5. A club may only enter a 2nd or 3rd crew if a genuine first crew has been entered.

It is a condition of entry that all those taking part are competent swimmers. The committee take every precaution to ensure the safety of competitors, but is not to be held responsible for accidents.


The fastest Eight will receive the Head Trophy and a pennant. All other winning crews receive pennants. Individual medals will be awarded to all members of winning crews. The second and third crews in Championship events will be awarded silver and bronze medals. The Thames Team Trophy will be awarded to the school with the fastest aggregate time of any three eights.


On British Rowing Online Entry


Eights: £120, Fours: £70

All enquiries should be directed to the following address:


It is now a British Rowing rule that ALL boats must display standard boat identification. Further details can be obtained from British rowing.

All coxes should have watched the Tideway coxing video which may be accessed on youtube.

As before, we would like to remind coaches that the 3rd Eights event is for genuine 3rd Eights, and not an alternative J16 event

All crews should adhere to the Row safe code and note the following: The Committee emphasise that rowing on the Tideway is very different from rowing on still or non-tidal waters. Good coxing and watermanship are essential if the race is to be an event which is safe and enjoyable for all participants. We therefore urge coaches to use their discretion in making their entries, and consider whether weaker crews should be entered. We also remind them that it is permissible to use coxes who are older than the age group they are coxing.

Boating Arrangements

We would encourage you to make the same arrangements as you did last year. Boating capacity is available at Emanuel and at Barn Elms. You MUST contact the club where you intend to boat in good time, and indicate your boating arrangements on the entry form, in the space provided.

The 2020 race will take place on Wednesday 18th March start 1230