Dear Parents and Athletes.

Arrangements for the Vesta Scullers' Head of the River 2018:

The Scullers' Head of the River is raced on the River Thames over approximately 4 miles from the start at the University Pole in Chiswick to the Black Bouy at Putney. The start time for this years race is 10am. Crews are set off approximately every 10 seconds so if you look at the crew race number, you can work out what time the crews will be coming down the course. The best place to view the race is from the Hammersmith Bridge.

Please ensure that each girl racing brings £5 cash to pay Imperial College Boat Club for boating permission on the day. Thank you.

The Draw:

The draw can be found on the event webiste.


The bus will depart at 6am at the latest. Please meet outside the school gym at 5:45am. Please note that there are boarders and girls who may be sleeping. YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY NOISE outside the boarding house. Transport is available back from Putney however, where possible, please can parents arrange transport back from the event. No girls may depart the event until the trailer is fully loaded.

Itinerary: Saturday 1st December 2018

Please note that it is the girls responsibility that they follow the coaches instructions and the timings below. Please note that once the crews have boated they will have a long wait on the water before racing. The girls will therefore have to make sure that they do not over hydrate and have had a loo stop prior to racing, all girls will need to have cold weather kit available.

05:45: Meet outside the school gym.

0600: Bus departs Headington School

0730: Arrive at Putney Embankment

0800: Boats rigged

0830: Pre-race chat, warm up and boating

from 0930: In marshalling area (make sure you have warm kit as you may have to wait at the start) - crews that are late for marshalling may be penalised or even disqualified.

1000: Approximate start time: it could be earlier so ensure that you row straight to your marshalling area.

Once you have completed your race please make sure that you report any breakages or other issues immediately to your coach.

1130 onwards: Off the water.

from 1130: De-Rig and load trailer (all girls who race during the day must de-rig and help load the trailer). No girl may depart before the trailer is fully loaded and ready to depart.

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 Race: Make sure you have pasta for after your race, a banana / fruit, a cereal bar.

- Kit: You will need a change of kit for after your race. Make sure you have enough warm kit for when you are sitting around even if it means you bring a blanket down. It may be very cold, please come prepared.

- £5 cash for boating permission

Wellington boots are essential for boating at Putney

Parking and Spectating:

Headington are boating from Imperial College on the Putney Embankment but there is very limited parking in the vicinity of the Putney Embankment.

Viewing is possible along the full length of the course but the best place to spectate is from Hammersmith Bridge.


Imperial College Boat Club



SW15 1LB

All Athletes - Please ensure that you read the following:

1) Marshalling Instructions

2) Key Information

3) Competitors Instructions