Vesta Veterans’ Head of the River Race

Latest: Vets Head 2017 Results

Update: Friday 24th

At the moment, while we are monitoring conditions, our race is still on. We are hopeful given our racing is on the flood tide.

Please monitor Twitter or Facebook; we will also send messages to entries secretaries if there is news. 

The 2017 Race

The 2017 edition of the race will take place, on a reverse course, on a flood tide at 11am, Sunday March 26, 2017; the day after the men’s head. (Start Time Calculation).

Entries are now closed.

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The draw is now available (some boating locations updated, 22-30, Friday 17th):

Please note: numbers for non-Putney locations will be delivered by the HoRR with their numbers. Putney numbers (i.e. London RC to Barn Elms) will be available from Vesta from 9am on Sunday morning.


(updated, Tuesday 21st, 2pm)

About the race

The Vesta Veterans’ International Eights Head of the River Race is a rowing race held annually on the River Thames over the Championship Course. The direction in which the event is raced changes from year to year, dependent on the time of the tides: ideally it is raced from Mortlake to Putney but other years it will be raced the other way. It is open to veteran (now known as masters) eights, who race in categories determined by the average ages of the eight rowers. The race generally takes place on the day following the Head of the River Race.

Contact details

Any questions, please contact the entries secretaries by email here.

The Small Print

To ensure that the Veterans’ Head of the River Race is not subject to VAT the organisers are obliged by VAT regulations to include the following statement in promotional material for the event – “The Vets Head is organised by Vesta Rowing Club, an amateur sports club, that applies any surplus on the event to further the sport of rowing.”

Photo Credits

Photos on this page kindly provided by Ben Rodford Photography.




Results from past Vesta Veteran’ Head of the River Races