Reading Small Boats Head 2019

Thank you to all those who entered and raced this year, and congratulations to those who won their categories. We hope everyone had an enjoyable day - in spite of the continual rain

Full results can be found online here.

We hope to see you all again next year!


Entries for this year’s event are now closed, and the draw can be found here.

Please also take note of the Competitors Instructions and the event Boating Times documents.


This year’s event will be held on Saturday 12 October. As always, there will be three divisions, starting at 0930, 1230, and 1530. Each division will race 3700 m downstream on the Thames at Reading.

Entries will open at 08:00 on Thursday 12 September, and will close at 12:00 on Monday 7 October, or when the first 150 fully paid entries for each division have been received.


Entries for the event are managed using the British Rowing BROE2 system.

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 experienced crews who are aiming to race at a high level.

INTERMEDIATE: Aimed at crews with several years of competitive experience.

BEGINNER: Aimed at crews with little or no competitive experience.

In the event of a category having more than 10 entries, it shall be split into two tiers of 5 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.