EIGHTS AND FOURS HEAD

The Eights & Fours Head is run on the second Sunday in February, just a week after Peterborough Head. Limited to boats with 4 or more oarsmen, it has proven popular with both the Oxford & Cambridge colleges in recent years, as well as to schools throughout the country.

In common with the other Head Races run by Bedford Rowing Club, multiple divisions have to be run owing to limited marshalling space. This system provides the opportunity for competitors to race in several different boats and combinations throughout the day, and makes the events attractive the crews wishing to seat race in impartial conditions.

Whilst the British Rowing Rules of Racing prohibit a competitor from racing more than once at the same status, Head Races can elect to apply Local Rules which add to or even override the Rules of Racing. BedfordRowing Club's Event's Committee does this, such that any competitor may race serval times at the same status, as long as the overall crew composition differs. This encourages seat racing.

SMALL BOATS HEAD (SPRING)

The Spring Fours & Small Boats is usually run on the second Sunday in April.

In common with the other Head Races run by Bedford Rowing Club, multiple Divisions have to be run owing to limited marshalling space. This system provides the opportunity for competitors to race in several different boats and combinations throughout the day, and makes the events attractive the crews wishing to seat race in impartial conditions.

Whilst the British Rowing Rules of Racing prohibit a competitor from racing more than once at the same status, Head Races can elect to apply Local Rules which add to or even override the Rules of Racing. Bedford Rowing Club's Event's Committee does this, such that any competitor may race serval times at the same status, as long as the overall crew composition differs. This encourages seat racing.

BEDFORD AMATEUR REGATTA

Established in 1853, Bedford Amateur Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in the country. It is organised by the Bedford Regatta Committee, which includes representatives from all five clubs in Bedford.

Held over a 1200 metre course on the River Great Ouse from County Bridge to the Suspension Bridge, the regatta is limited to Eights & Fours only, with the Committee deciding on which events to offer. In most years, a Plate event is also run, ensuring that first round losers in certain events with 12 or more entries are guaranteed a second race.

For more information, please see the Regatta's own website.

SPRINT REGATTA

The Sprint Regatta is held in July on the Sunday between Henley & the British Rowing Junior National Championships.

In common with the three head races run by the Club, entries are invited at any status.

SMALL BOATS HEAD (AUTUMN)

The Autumn Fours & Small Boats is usually run on the second Sunday in October.

In common with the other Head Races run by Bedford Rowing Club, multiple Divisions have to be run owing to limited marshalling space. This system provides the opportunity for competitors to race in several different boats and combinations throughout the day, and makes the events attractive the crews wishing to seat race in impartial conditions.

Whilst the British Rowing Rules of Racing prohibit a competitor from racing more than once at the same status, Head Races can elect to apply Local Rules which add to or even override the Rules of Racing. Bedford Rowing Club's Event's Committee does this, such that any competitor may race serval times at the same status, as long as the overall crew composition differs. This encourages seat racing.

Contact Details

Bedford Rowing Club
The Boathouse
Duckmill Lane
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 0AX

Tel : 01234 353183

Email : captain@bedfordrowing.co.uk

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