Vesta Veterans’ Head of the River Race

The 2019 Race

The 2019 edition of the Vets Head will take place on Sunday March 31, 2019 at 1330 BST.

The race will run over the traditional course, from University Stone Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide.

The 2019 race entries will open in late January and close two weeks before the race. Entries will be through the British Rowing BROE2 online system. If you are a foreign crew who have not used the system before, please contact BR directly –

Boat Hire

As organisers we don’t get directly involved with equipment rental.

We would suggest contacting the local schools or universities, who will be unlikely to have crews in the Masters event, e.g. Dulwich College, Westminster School, Imperial College, University of London and so on. (British Rowing have a useful section on their website to search for local clubs.)


All entries will need to have nominated their boating location. You need to speak to the locations directly – Vesta’s is handled by the Deputy Captain, whose email is

Novice entries

For each boat class (8s and Quads) and entry type (Open, Female, Mixed), the lowest 20% when listed by CRI will be separated in a category-adjusted ‘Novice’ band. We acknowledge that many masters rowers, in particular our many foreign entrants, might have low CRIs that do not reflect their experience and speed. If you know that your CRI is lower than it should be, please do let us know! We will contact all entries before making the switch.

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 (and quads), 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