Reading Small Boats Head 2017

This year's Reading Small Boats Head will take place on SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER As in previous years, there will be 3 divisions, each racing 3700 m downstream, and starting at 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30.

Entries are now CLOSED, we thank those clubs and crews who have entered. There are still however a large number of unpaid entries, and there is a possibility of withdrawing crews opening up spots.

If you or your club has missed the boat (as it were), and you might still like to race, then please e-mail us your requested entries (just events, no crew lists at this stage), and we will put together a waiting list. Please note, this waiting list will be operated on a 'first come, first served' basis as withdrawing entries open up spaces, and that we cannot guarantee any crew on this list a race.

Any outstanding payments should be should be carried out using the BROE2 system. The draw for the event will be carried out on the evening of Monday 2 October. Crews withdrawing before noon on Sunday 1 October will be refunded.


This year's event will be held using the new British Rowing points system, and as such we have had to make some changes to the way in which the Open (Men's) and Women's event are organised. We have tried to do this in such a way that we maintain opportunities for doubling up, and offer sufficient flexibility for clubs and individuals to race in their preferred division. Our solution is by necessity experimental, and we would welcome any feedback from competitors or coaches.

Open (Men's) and Women's events for each boat type are each split into three Categories: OPEN, INTERMEDIATE, and BEGINNER. Crews should use the following guide to determine which category to enter:

OPEN: Open to all, but predominantly aimed at those crews who would have raced at IM1 or above.

INTERMEDIATE: Aimed at crews who would have raced in the IM1 - IM3 region.

BEGINNER: Aimed at crews with little or no competitive experience, or those in the IM3 - NOV region.

In the event of a category having more than 8 entries, it shall be split into two tiers of 4 or more crews according to the CRI points values of the entered crews.

For example: An Open M.1x category with 12 entries might be split into a 5-boat T1-Open M.1x, and a 7-boat T2-Open M.1x.

Please note: It is possible that crews entering into INTERMEDIATE or BEGINNER may be judged as having too many CRI points for that category, in which case the event organisers may inform the club in question that the crew will be raced as time-only if the line-up cannot be changed. 

Please contact events@readingrc.com with any queries.