Vesta Veterans’ Head of the River Race

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). The exact course will be announced in due course and clearly described in all documentation, but will be from the vicinity of the Harrods Depository to the old Putney Town RC steps, upstream of Chiswick Bridge.

Entries are now available via the BROE2 online entry system. The deadline for entries is Sunday March 12. If you are not registered with BR for online entries, you should contact British Rowing for assistance.

Entry Notes

We will accept entries from any masters category – open, women or mixed. We are also offering masters novices categories, but BROE2 does not explictly accept them, please use the A category for now – we will move older categories as necessary.

Please note that if we do not attract sufficient entries in a category it might be joined with a neighbour to create competition.

We have space for around of 250 crews in the event. As in previous years we are also offering some open categories; this is primarily aimed at offering those crews not able to secure an entry into the HORR with an opportunity to compete that weekend. This is and will always remain a Masters event so any Masters crew entering this event will take priority over any Open entry. Open, Women’s and Mixed categories might be offered at Novice, IM3 and IM2. Any open crew rated at IM1 or above will not be accepted and will not be allowed to race.

All entries *must* have boating permission from the club they nominate. All entries will be checked and those without permission will be rejected.

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.

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