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Established 1890 | Affiliated to British Rowing and CSSC


Current Safety Notices

Swimming in the river
20th June 2017

Transiting Richmond Weir
13th June 2017

High tide clarification
25th May 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U6 of 2017
Horse Reach to Mortlake Reach - Temporary Water Quality Monitoring Buoys

U5 of 2017
Richmond Lock & Weir Draw Off 2017 - Weirs Open 29th October to 19th November

U3 of 2017
Cross Deep to Woolwich Reach (Upper) - Traditional Rowing Events in London 2017

Head race boating

Thank you for boating with us this season. We hope you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing you for Pairs Head in October.

Permission To Boat

Before you put on BROE that you intend to boat from the Civil Service Boathouse for a Head Race, you should request permission from the Boating Co-ordinator. Please use the form below.

For Schools Head boating enquiries please do not contact Cygnet or BBLRC nor apply via the form below. Instead please contact Emanuel School on scullcoach[at]yahoo.co.uk 

Boating limits

Once these numbers are reached we will close our hard for boating.

Singles Pairs/Doubles Fours/Quads Eights
80 boats 80 crews 60 crews 60 crews

Boating Fees 

For some events we charge a small boating fee, to cover costs. This is not a deposit
Boating fees should be paid when collecting your numbers - no boating fee, no numbe

Single Scull events Pairs Events Fours Events Eights Events
No fee No fee 10 per crew 15 per crew

Note: Fees may vary for some Veteran Races

Important Information

  • If you're new to the Tideway please read this excellent article on what to expect
  • Bring wellies if you don't want cold, wet feet (a welly wallah is also very useful)
  • Please boat promptly at your allotted time as there are always lots of boats to get afloat.
  • Always join the queue for boating with your bows facing forward unless otherwise instructed.
  • Please don't cover the hard in blades, it slows boating down and they may get damaged.
  • Porta Loos are provided on Duke's Meadows for most big Head Races.
  • Further toilets facilities as well as showers are available in the Boat House
  • For the bigger head races food & drink can be bought from the stalls in front of the boathouse.
  • Our fully licensed bar will be serving refreshing beverages after your race.
  • Litter bins are provided, please use them or take your litter home with you.

Boating Diagram

Take a look at this diagram for detailed parking/rigging/boating instructions

boating diagram

Unfortunately we can no longer accommodate crews wanting to stay overnight at the Civil Service boathouse during Head Race weekends

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