Clyde Head of the River Race for Eights and Fours



We would like to invite all fellow rowers to this event.  A poster for display is available here – HOR 2019 Poster


The final draw has been made and can be found here.


The course will be on the River Clyde from the straight upstream of Dalmarnock Bridge to level with the Nelson Monument in Glasgow Green, a distance of 4000m approximately. The organising committee reserves the right to change the course length if competitor safety requires it.


There will be two divisions, the first starting at 12:00 am and the second at 2:30 pm.


Where an event has fewer than 3 entries, those crews will be moved to the next event upIn case of too few Women Masters entries, these crews will be moved up to the respective Open Masters event. Crews unwilling to be moved should indicate this with their entry.

This information is available in PDF: HOR 2019 Crew Invite


The Gibson Quaich will be awarded to the HOR Fastest Crew overall. Individual Pennants will be awarded to the winners of each status.

Clubs who have winning crews in Fastest Overall and Junior U18 categories, for both the open and women, will receive an extra pennant.

No crew can win more than one category per division. A minimum of 3 crews is required to receive a prize.


Start order will be drawn, grouped by event.


The entry fee will be:

Eights: £64 Senior/Master, £48 Junior
Fours/Quads: £32 Senior/Master, £24 Junior

All are inclusive of Scottish Rowing levy.

Payment should accompany the online entry, preferably bank transfer.
Bank details:

Account name: Clydesdale ARC
Sort Code: 80-91-25
Account no: 00226400

Please use the reference ‘HOR19’ and your club name, and let the regatta team know you’ve paid on

A £5 deposit will be required for the bow numbers upon collection. These numbers will have to be collected by club.


The Masters Division will be run with the standard Scottish Rowing handicapping system. Please specify to which category crews belong on the entry form. The finish position in the Head overall will not be affected by the handicapping system.


The online entry system can be accessed via
Online entries and entry fees should be received no later than 16:00 on Saturday 9 March 2019.


The regatta will be held under Scottish Rowing rules and will also abide by the Rules of the River. All competitors must make themselves aware of these rules prior to racing.


Registration and racing information is available on the club’s website under ‘Information for Competitors’.






Four’s and Eight’s Head Course
(Click to enlarge)

Clydesdale’s 8s and 4s HoRR takes root from the original Fours Head of the Clyde as started by Glasgow University in 1950. Such was the success of the early events that assistance was required in the logistics, planning and organisation. The University students asked Peter Grieve, a former President and Life Member of CARC, for help and it was duly given. Students came and went, but Peter remained until ultimately the event was organised by Peter with the assistance of members from Clydesdale.

In 1997, eights were invited to compete on the traditional course of 4000m which starts on the straight above Dalmarnock bridge and finishes at Nelson’s Monument in Glasgow Green. It is a timed processional race and is open to all grades of rowing. Originally, there were pennants for clinker and shells only.

It was the first open Head of the River Race in Scotland and requires skill in rowing and coxing over its sinuous course. The race has enjoyed entries from many clubs in Scotland and other parts of the UK. One notable entry was from Nottingham BC which had on board the three times World Champion Peter Haining. Clydesdale member Gillian Lyndsay, Olympian and World Champion, raced on a number of occasions.

So, should you take part and complete the course, take a moment to reflect on those who have raced down this river before you and wonder if your efforts will be noted in the same light.