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Established 1890 | Affiliated to British Rowing and CSSC


Current Safety Notices

Barrier Closures
7th September 2017

Turning at Putney
22nd August 2017

Lighting-up time
22nd August 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U2 of 2018
Barn Elms Reach to Mortlake Reach - Pre-boat Race Fixtures

U1 of 2018
Horse Reach (Lower) - Richmond Rail Bridge - Arch Closures

U18 of 2017
Richmond Lock, Weir & Footbridge - Exclusion Zone

Head race boating

Civil Service Boathouse is now Open for boating requests for the winter Eights Heads
We can take no further requests for the Women's Eights Head Of the River Race but still have space for the other heads.

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 steve.austin@emanuel.org.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 20 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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