Saturday, 17 October 2020
Under British Rowing Rules of Racing​ and adhering to the RowSafe code

UPDATE 15-Oct-20:

Clubs, Coaches, Entries Administrators:
Please read here for a further key update

UPDATE 11-Oct-20: The Start Order is published. We will update with boating locations and boat times imminently.

***Competitors' instructions must be read by every competitor, please***

UPDATE 21-Sep-20:

Clubs, Coaches, Entries Administrators: Please read our update here

Hosted by Weybridge Rowing Club since 1956, the Weybridge Silver Sculls is the oldest sculling head on the non-tidal reaches of the Thames. Many famous scullers have won the trophy including Sir Steve Redgrave, Guy Pooley (4-times winner), Chris Baillieu, Dan Topolski and Tim Crooks. The event was expanded a few years ago to include double sculls and J14 coxed quads, boys and girls.

For many years the event was run more or less single-handedly by the late Derek Roy, but these days the work is shared amongst a committee who, together with some 50 umpires, marshals, time-keepers and other helpers, keep the event running smoothly.

            PRIZES

 

Medals to be awarded to the winners of each event provided that at least three crews enter and two compete. Second place medals will be awarded for events with more than 8 entries. In addition, there are four trophies, which the individual winners hold for a year:

  • The Weybridge Silver Sculls: awarded to the fastest single sculler in a senior or masters event in Division 4.

  • The Demerara Cup: awarded to the fastest single sculler in a junior event.

  • The Houghton Cup: awarded to the fastest single sculler in a senior or masters women's event in Division 4. This cup, which was previously presented at the old Weybridge Regatta in the 1920s, replaces the Amy Gentry Cup, lost in 2009.

  • The Bonnie Bird Cup: awarded to the fastest single sculler in a junior women's event.

            THE COURSE AND EVENTS OFFERED

 

River Thames, 3300 metres upstream from Little Weir

The Head is run over four divisions. All events are offered for 'open' and women:

            ENTRY NOTES & RULES

 

Competitors are encouraged to race in more than one division, but may not race twice in the same event. In Senior events, if possible, more than one tier will be run. If not possible, then the second entry will be rejected.

Note 1 - Senior events: 

You may race in senior events of the same boat type in more than one tier if available, provided the entries are in different divisions. The tier boundaries will be constant across divisions.  Unless you state otherwise, your first choice entry will be placed in the lowest tier for which you are eligible; subsequent choices will be placed in higher tiers.

You MUST enter Div 4 if you are competing for the Silver Sculls or Houghton trophies

Note 2 - Masters: 

  • Masters categories may be combined and handicapped according to British Rowing rules if insufficient entries are received in any one category. 

  • Masters 'Beginner' is likely to be no old points, no PRIMax>10, CRIMax<20, and will be age independent for all Masters.

  • Masters entries may be moved to an appropriate Senior category if it is not possible to make a Masters event, unless you state otherwise.

 

Please advise at time of entry if:

  • you do not want to move and would prefer to race for time only.

  • you do not wish to race if the only option is for time only (in the event that there is no nearby event that you can move to).


Competitors are reminded that boats must display standard identity codes. The requirements are summarised at BritishRowing.org.

            ENTRIES

 

Must be made via British Rowing Online Entry (BROE2)

BROE2 will open for entries mid September and close at 12 noon on Thursday October 8th - or when the maximum is reached. We have a maximum entry of 75 per division

 

Enquiries can be made via email to: silversculls@weybridgerowing.org.uk. Sorry, neither email nor telephone entries will be accepted.

            WELFARE STATEMENT

Latest update: 01-Oct-20

In accordance with British Rowing’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy, the organising committee of the Weybridge Winter Head believe that the welfare and wellbeing of all children is paramount. All children, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or ability, have equal rights to safety and protection.

 

All suspicions, concerns and allegations of harm will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

 

A Welfare Officer for the competition is appointed every year and acts as the point of contact for any concerns or allegations. Their contact number is posted in the boating areas at Cowey Sale and Walton Rowing Club throughout the duration of the competition, and in the latest Instructions to Competitors [opens in new tab].

Contacts

Welfare Officer, Judy Csiki-Sarsby: 07974 090881

BR Child Protection Officer (CPO): 020 8237 6700

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Local police: 0845 125 2222

Please initially report any concerns to the Welfare Officer.

            FEES AND PAYMENT

Payment is required to be included in the start order.

£16 for first event / £14 for second event per competitor - please see update

 

Payment by bank transfer (see BROE2 for details) or by cheque made payable to 'Weybridge Rowing Club' please and sent to: Silver Sculls, Weybridge Rowing Club, Thames Lock, Jessamy Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8LG.

Bank details for BACS transfer are available in BROE2 and can be given to you if you email us, as above.

            OVERSUBSCRIPTION & WAIT LIST

 

  1. If entries are suspended early, then a waiting list will be opened - email silversculls@weybridgerowing.org.uk with club name, names of crew, and event you wish to enter.

  2. Priority will be given first to crews that can row to and from the event, then to single scullers with boats on cars, and then trailers. 

    1. In order to keep on top of social distancing doubling up in consecutive divisions will be given priority over doubling up where waiting on-site will be required. 

  3. Refunds will not be given for scratched entries or entries withdrawn after the entry has been accepted (once entries are suspended), unless the event is cancelled