The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race
The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race – 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. Over 100 volunteers donate their time on race day and the Committee are grateful to each and every one. Our aim is to organise the largest and most iconic women’s distance rowing race in the world.
The 2018 race is on 10 March at 9:45am.
Joint Statement about the 2018 Races
You may be aware that in 2018, the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and the Head of the River Race will be taking place on consecutive days over the same weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. The organising committees of the two events are excited about the prospect of a weekend of great racing on the Tideway.
In order that both events can run smoothly, we will need to ask for the help and cooperation of all clubs, both local hosts and visitors. There will be close to double the normal number of crews around the Tideway, and this presents a number of logistical challenges, especially since both races have early start times.
At this stage, we want to make people aware of some extra restrictions that will be in place regarding trailer movements on Putney Embankment during the weekend. All the following guidance and rules will apply equally to clubs attending either, or both events.
- Every trailer from a visiting club will require a permit to access the Embankment. Boating permission will not constitute permission to bring a trailer onto the Embankment.
- Where possible, visiting clubs are encouraged to share trailers, either between clubs, or with boats for both the men’s and women’s races.
- Putney based clubs are encouraged to temporarily move any trailers off the Embankment during the weekend. We are in negotiations regarding a location for parking.
We trust that clubs will understand the need for these restrictions and, with your help, we are confident of delivering two great races.
The Organising Committees of the WEHoRR and HORR