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Head race boating

Civil Service Boathouse is now open for booking for the Winter and Spring Tideway Heads 2020. We are now FULL for Vets Head in March.

Important Information

If you're new to the Tideway please  read this excellent article on what to expect.

Bring wellies (and ideally a wallah) if you don't want cold, wet feet.

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

Refreshments can be purchased from the BBLRC stall in front of the boathouse. 

Litter bins are provided, please use them – or take your litter home with you.

Boating fees and limits

For most heads we charge a small boating fee – to cover costs.
This fee is not a deposit and should be paid in cash when collecting your race numbers. No boating fee, no number

Once the boat limit is reached the hard will be closed for boating:

Boat class Boating fee      Boat Limit
Singles no fee 80 boats
Pairs/Doubles      £5 / crew 80 crews
Fours/Quads £10 / crew 60 crews
Eights £20 / crew 60 crews

Boating Diagram

Please click on the diagram below to enlarge for detailed parking/rigging/boating instructions.


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)

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 do not contact Cygnet or BBLRC nor use the form below.
Please contact Emanuel School:  Maks.Orzel[at]emanuel.org.uk 

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