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 we now offer 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.
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.
We have an exciting new sponsor for this year's Masters events: Faster Masters Rowing is donating a 1-year training plan as a raffle prize.
When you enter a Masters event at Weybridge Silver Sculls you are placed in a draw to win a 1-year Faster Masters training programme for your crew - one for Masters Men and one for Women's Masters. Each month includes a training plan, land training, technique advice, psychology tips and a rowing lifestyle article.
This prize will be drawn from all entrants to any Masters event category in the Silver Sculls. So if you race more than once, you get an entry for each race you do - programme details at fastermastersrowing.com
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.
THE COURSE AND EVENTS OFFERED
River Thames, 3000 metres upstream from Miskins Wharf.
The Head is run over four divisions. All events are offered for 'open' and women:
Must be made via British Rowing Online Entry (BROE2)
BROE2 will open for entries on Tuesday September 10th and close at 12 noon on Thursday October 10th - or when the maximum is reached. We are limited to 120 in each division.
This may be reduced to 100 entries per division if weather conditions look hostile.
Enquiries can be made via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry, neither email nor telephone entries will be accepted.
FEES AND PAYMENT
Payment is required to be included in the start order.
£14 per competitor per event (coxes free) in advance; £16 if payment is received on the day.
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, or the £16 fee will apply.
Bank details for BACS transfer are available in BROE2 and can be given to you if you email us, as above.
OVERSUBSCRIPTION & WAIT LIST
If entries are suspended early, then a waiting list will be opened - email email@example.com with club name, names of crew, and event you wish to enter.
Priority will be given to all paid entries at the time entries close or if paid within 48 hours after entries are suspended, based on the order entries are received - but irrespective of actual date of payment.
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