The Head of the River Race is rowed annually in March from Mortlake to Putney on the Tideway in London. Over 400 crews of eights take part, making it one of the highest participation events in London.
- 2013: March 23rd, 12:45pm
- 2014: March 29th, 2:30pm
The HoRR Committee strongly recommends that all competing clubs show their crew coxes the video "Coxing a Tideway Head" at least once before the race. To watch the video or to purchase your own copy please visit the video page.
On the day of the race, and in the preceding days, there are a lot of crews using the Tideway, and for many of them they are on unfamiliar waters. On Race Day there is a river closure from about 1 hour before the start of the race, and the normal rules are suspended, but they apply at all other times. There is a very good map showing application of the rules of the river available on the Port of London Authority Website, and it is considered essential that all crews should download it, and keep it with them.
There is also an article on the Thames Regional Rowing Council website discussing various aspects of Safety around, and during, Head races on the Tideway. This is also essential reading for all crews, coxes and coaches.