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A Spring Head Race on the Tideway in London

Auriol Kensington Rowing Club hosts this head race in the spring each year. Raced between Chiswick and Hammersmith Bridges on the outgoing tide. The event is open to Eights, Quads and Fours in selected Open, Women's and Junior categories
Details of the host club can be found at


Hammersmith Head 2023 - cancellation

Following a course inspection on Thursday morning in conditions that are forecast to be closely similar to those expected on Sunday the committee has reluctantly decided that Hammersmith Head 2023 will be cancelled.  The wind direction in particular is problematic and water conditions are expected to be extremely difficult between Barnes Bridge and Chiswick Pier.  This together with forecast wind speeds gusting up to 25mph will make both trailering and marshalling challenging.

The forecast this year is almost identical to that in 2018 when the competition had to be cancelled on the day.  

For all these reasons the Committee has decided to take the difficult decision to cancel the 2023 race.  We are extremely sorry to disappoint crews who were looking forward to racing. 

All entries will be refunded in full.



Sunday 26th February 2023 - Start 9.30 am
Closed River Course: Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge (approx. 2 3/4 miles)

Held under British Rowing Rules of Racing and the Rowsafe code


The race is run in early spring and conditions on the Tideway can be challenging. With 300 boats on the water it is essential that all crews are aware of the rules and where they need to be at any time to ensure a safe and enjoyable event

Please read all documentation on the Information for Competitors page and ensure all your competing crews and coxswains are fully briefed


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