The 2016 Clydesdale Head of the River Race for Single Sculls and Double Sculls was held on Saturday 22 October.
The Scullers Head is unique in the Scottish Rowing Calendar and has been since 1967. It is without doubt the definitive sculling event in Scotland. A processional race over the 4km course on the River Clyde from Dalmarnock to Glasgow Green, sees more than 100 single scullers contend for the honour of “Fastest Sculler” and the Peter Grieve Quaich.
The Scullers Head is the only event in Scotland where your finishing position from one year determines your starting position for the next year. All new entries start at the back of the pack. The fastest sculler from the previous year leads the competitors down the course at 10 second intervals. Competitors vary from novice to those knocking on the door of international competition, who complete the course in about 15 minutes. The first winning time of 1967 still stands as the course record: 13 minutes and 40 seconds as set by George Parsonage.
A rare spectacle to behold as 100 single sculls congregate at the Dalmarnock bend before racing downstream. Competitors jostle for position all the way down the course, seeking advantage at every bend and pushing on when opportunity arises. Local knowledge is an advantage, but no substitute for sheer guts and determination. In 2007 a second division was added for double sculls only.
Rules of Racing
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.
Crew Invitation and Poster
The 2016 Head of the River Race for Scullers will take place on Saturday 22 October at 12 noon for the single sculls, and 2:30pm for double sculls. Entries closed at 4pm on Saturday 15 October 2016.
A Poster is provided for display in your clubhouse listing the divisions and awards and summarising the event details.
Draw and Information for Competitors
The draw for the 2016 Scullers Head is available to download:
Please also read the Information for Competitors.
All participating clubs and competitors are reminded to check their boats for adequate heel restraints and bow balls.
The results of the 2016 Scullers Head are available to download:
Historical results follow: