Vesta Veterans’ Head of the River Race

The 2018 Race

The 2018 edition of the Vets Head will take place on Sunday March 25, 2018 (somewhat unusually, this will be the day after the University Boat Races, not after the Men’s Head).

More details to follow later in 2017.

The 2017 Race

The 2017 edition of the race took place on a reverse course, on a flood tide on Sunday March 26, 2017 from just downriver of Hammersmith Bridge to just upriver of Chiswick Bridge. The finalised results are here:

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