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Current Safety Notices

Hamhaugh Island Fire Safety Training
28th September 2019

Fulham Football Ground Works (Updated)
22nd July 2019

Chiswick Pier navigation
10th July 2019

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U39 of 2019
Horse Reach (Lower) - Richmond Rail Bridge - Arch Closures

U38 of 2019
Barn Elms Reach (Upper) - Hammersmith Bridge - Reduced Headroom

U37 of 2019
Horse Reach (Lower) - Richmond Lock, Weir & Footbridge - Refurbishment Works

Head race boating

Civil Service Boathouse is now open for booking for Scullers Head.
We are currently FULL for Fours Head and for Vets 4s Head 2019.

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 Maks.Orzel[at]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 £5 per crew £10 per crew £20 per crew

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.
  • Portable toilets 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.

Traffic Management
Please note that the local authority are becoming increasingly strict about traffic and parking on Duke's Meadows during Head Races. Marshals are in place to helps so please obey their instructions: they are not trying to be obstructive but are trying to ensure that Duke's Meadows remains open for Head Race boating by meeting the council's requirements. You cooperation and understanding is much appreciated. Full Traffic Management Plan (pdf)

Boating Diagram

Take a look at this diagram for detailed parking/rigging/boating instructions. Click on the image to enlarge

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