While the pandemic is far from over, in some countries where vaccines are widely available, large-scale sporting events are now retuning to the athletic calendar. In the rowing world, Henley and the Olympic Regatta have been the most notable examples of this welcome reappearance. A recent Notice to Mariners issued by the Port of London Authority illustrates how British rowing is, apparently at least, slowly moving back to something like the good old days of 18 months ago.
Vesta Rowing Club is happy to announce that we have secured agreement for a change of month for the running of The Scullers Head from December to September. This year’s event will take place at 14.00 on September 18th. The committee has been discussing this potential move for some time and having missed out on the last edition due to the pandemic feel that now is a good time to make the change. Moving the event to September not only puts the event into a more logical position within the framework of the autumn heads, but also brings with it the hope of better weather and more flexibility with daylight hours.
The website statement goes on to flag a potential problem for all organisers of Tideway head races:
With the news of Hammersmith Bridge’s reopening to river traffic it is our firm intention to run the full championship course from University Stone Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide. However at the moment it is not clear under what circumstances (if any) the bridge might be re-closed, so we can’t guarantee to run a full course. To mitigate this risk we will also put in place a contingency plan for running a shorter course that will take place entirely above Hammersmith Bridge. It is our hope to have more information before entries close, so that all competitors will know on what basis they are competing in the event.