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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


We have currently suspended the event for new entries as we have exceeded our limit of 300 entries. As a result, we will be implementing our steps to ensure a balanced entry as stated on the event poster:

-       Up to 50% of the entry will be reserved for Senior crews

-       We reserve the right to cancel events that are under subscribed

-       For each individual junior event each club will be restricted to a maximum of two entries per event

Incomplete entries will be transferred to a waiting list. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact us by e-mail ( As accepted crews withdraw, they will be replaced by entries from the waiting list, up to the close of entries on 16th Feb.



Sunday 27th February 2022 - Start 1.30 pm
Closed River Course: Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge (approx. 2 3/4 miles)

Held under British Rowing Rules of Racing and the Rowsafe code

DRAFT for 2022 (Final documents will be confirmed with the draw)

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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