Dear Parents and Athletes,

Arrangements for Reading Small Boats Head 2016:

There will be 3 divisions at 9:30, 12:30 and 15:30 raced over 3700m downstream on the Reading stretch: Headington have entered crews into all three divisions. Please note that all girls must use school transport to get to the event unless she is only in racing in Division 3 or if she has permission from the Head of Rowing to meet us at Reading. If your daughter is racing in Division 3 only  and wishes to arrive later there is no school transport available, she will need to make her own way to Reading and ensure that she is there by 12pm at the latest. 

The purpose of the first event is to get the girls into good habits and routines for the season. With that in mind please do not help the girls with rigging or with carrying their boats.

The Draw:

The draw is yet to be made but rowers will be told their crews and events early this week.

Please keep an eye on the event website for the published draw.


The bus will depart at 6am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gate on Headley Way at 5:50am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE outside the boarding house but rather wait outside the gate. Transport is available back from Reading however, where possible, please can parents arrange transport back from Reading. No girls may depart the event until the trailers are fully loaded.

Itinerary: Reading Small Boats Head: Saturday 1st October 2016

Please note that there are many girls racing and that it is their responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Also, once you boat, you may have at least 1h:30min on the water before you race so make sure that you have had a loo stop prior to racing.

6:00am: Charlton bus departs from Headley Way.
7:00am: Charlton bus arrives at Reading - begin rigging boats
7:25am: Boats rigged for Div 1

7: 30am: Dressed and ready for pre-race chat at the trailer. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else.

7:40am: is the estimated earliest boating time for girls. Rowers note: you are responsible for ensuring that you have boated at the correct times, more information regarding timings will be release on the event website in due course. Crews that are late will not be allowed to race. I have instructed coaches that under no circumstances are they to chase you to get boated! 

9:15am: In marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you may be there for a while).
9:30am: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so ensure that you row straight up to the start.

Once you have completed your race, you need to report any breakages or other equipment issues to your coach immediately.

All boats for Division 2 must be rigged by 9:30am

Division 2: Those racing in Division 2 will need to meet at the trailer at 10:30am. Dressed and ready for pre-race chat. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else.

11am: estimated earliest boating time.

12:30pm: Div 2 starts.

All boats for Division 3 must be rigged by 12:30pm

Division 3: Those racing in Division 3 will need to meet at the trailer at 13:00pm. Dressed and ready for pre-race chat. You will then warm up and boat. There will be no time for anything else.

1:30pm: estimated earliest boating time.

3:30pm: Div 3 starts.

from 4pm De-Rig and load trailer. No girl may depart before the trailer is fully loaded.

Kit and Food

Please ensure that you have:

- Water bottles with electrolyte replacement fluid.

- Food.

- A good breakfast before you depart (eg: Poridge, toast and a banana).
- Post Div 1 and 2: Make sure you have a meal for after your race, such as pasta and banana / fruit
- Post Div 3: Have a good snack for after racing.

- Kit: You will need a change of kit for after each race. Make sure you have enough warm kit for when you are sitting around even if it means you bring a blanket down.


There will be a small HSOBC marquee available for parents at the event. Please can parents help with putting this up and taking it down at the end of the day.

Refreshemnts for parents will be for sale by Reading Rowing Club


Reading Rowing Club
The Boathouse
Thames Promenade
Richfield Avenue