Scullers’ Head 2018

The 2018 edition of the race will take place on Saturday 1 December, 2018.

The race will start at 10:00am and, returning to the normal direction, it will be raced on the ebb tide, marshalling on the Surrey Bank from Chiswick Bridge to Barnes Bridge and beyond, the start line will be the University Stone at Mortlake, finishing at the downstream end of Putney Pier.


The current forecast for 09:00-12:00 is for a southerly, steady 15mph wind with gusts of 30+mph. This suggests sections of the course will experience relatively high winds against the ebb tide flowing in the opposite direction, with a high potential for rough conditions including breaking waves. The forecast also includes heavy rain over the same period. We have been monitoring the forecast throughout the week and do not expect the forecast materially change before the race start time at 10:00 tomorrow morning.

The safe wellbeing of everyone competing in and running this event is our priority. Whilst we have strong, on-water safety measures established we were expecting to run a race for over 500 crews and must make very considered decisions regarding the safe running of the race. Therefore , on balance we feel it appropriate to call off the race. We know this will be a disappointment to everyone.

Competitors can expect a partial refund recognising the costs already incurred – we will provide a further update in due course, once costs have been finalised.


The confirmed draw is now available.

Competitor Instructions


Weighing in will take place at Mortlake Anglian and Alpha and Vesta on the morning of the race between 8am and 9am.


Numbers will be delivered to AK (inc the Hammersmith clubs and Fulham Reach), Cygnet (inc. Tradesmen), TSS, Mortlake (inc Quintin), UL, PTRC.

Those boating from the Putney clubs (i.e. between Barn Elms; and London RC and Putney High School) should collect from Vesta Rowing Club from 0730 on race day.

Results and Prize Giving

Results will be published after the race has finished on Saturday 1st December.

The overall fastest female and male scullers, and categories winners will be invited to a prize giving ceremony at Vesta Rowing Club on Wednesday 5th December at 20:00 to celebrate their success.

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The Small Print

To ensure that the Scullers Head is not subject to VAT the organisers are obliged by VAT regulations to include the following statement in promotional material for the event – “The Scullers 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

Thanks to Rachel Clarke for some of our photos above, which we have taken the liberty to cut and treat.

Results from past Vesta Scullers’ Heads

A list of previous winners.








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