London Head of the River Races 2017


The Eights Head of the River Racing Season on London’s Tideway is almost upon us!

This year, Rowperfect are proud to be right at the heart of the action, sponsoring 4 separate events and giving competitors the chance to win a COXMATE AUDIO!  We’ve also got a discount coupon for you on all Coxmate products…. read on to the bottom of the article.

The Races – In order of appearance

Women’s Eights Head


The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race (WEHoRR) founded in the 1930s with 5 crews participating has now become the largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and 320 crews taking part.

It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and, as such, attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.

The 2017 race is on Saturday 11th March at 3:30 pm.

The final draw is now available!

Schools Head of the River

The Schools’ Head of the River Race (SHORR) is the UK’s largest school-age processional head rowing race and is organised by Westminster School for crews aged between 14 and 18 years old.

A significant aim of the Schools Head is to promote rowing in schools and school Boat Clubs.

The 2017 race is on Thursday 23rd March at 1:30 pm.

Entry deadline is Sunday 5th March.

Head of the River

The Head of the River Race (HoRR) was founded by Steve Fairbairn in 1926.  It is rowed annually in March from Mortlake to Putney on the Tideway in London. Over 400 crews of eights take part, making it one of the highest participation events in London. It is the most prestigious men’s head race in the UK and the classic end of the winter training season.

The 2017 race is on Saturday 25th March at 2:15 pm.

Vesta Veterans Head

The special thing about the Veterans Head is that the direction in which the event is raced changes from year to year, dependent on the time of the tides: some years it is raced from Mortlake to Putney other years it will go the other way.

It is open to veteran eights (also known as masters), who race in categories determined by the average ages of the eight rowers.

The 2017 race is on Sunday 26th March at 11:00 am.

Win Coxmate AUDIO!

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Aside from the appeal of competing in these fantastic events, as an added incentive for you to get involved, Rowperfect will be supplying a Coxmate AUDIO amplifier unit as a prize to the winners of one category in each race!

It’s all you asked for and more – The Coxmate Audio is a compact waterproof rechargeable audio amplifier designed for on water use. It delivers clear audio and is designed for durability. It is equipped with long lasting Li Polymer batteries and a digital amplifier for energy efficiency.  And did we mention the low, low price?

Find out more about the Coxmate AUDIO

And read on for that discount coupon…..

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Get your hands on our FREE Tideway Guide

To give you the greatest chance of success at the Tideway, Rowperfect also have a FREE ‘How to steer the Tideway‘ guide, written by top Tideway Coxswain, Martin Haycock, available directly to your inbox.

It explains exactly how to approach each part of the course and position your crew to take maximum advantage of the stream.

Sign up for it here.

Coxmate Coupon Code!

Are you interested in the Coxmate products and didn’t win?

In the Tideway Head spirit, we are giving anyone wanting to buy Coxmate products with a coupon code, giving you 5% off from now until the last race day!

Use the code “TIDEWAYHEAD” at step 2 of the shop checkout.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Christopher George

    Dear Rebecca,
    Shame on yous! There is no such thing as the “London” Head of the River! It is simple “The Head of the River”. As the first one, we tend to be a little possessive about ownership of the title and it is, therefore, assumed that others will (or should!) know its historic location… Yours Mr Grumpy Tunbridge Wells

  2. Rebecca Caroe

    Touche, Cat! Thanks

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