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Saturday, 14 October 2023
Under British Rowing Rules of Racing​ and adhering to the RowSafe code

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 (four-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 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 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 

 

River Thames, 3300 metres upstream from Little Weir,  finishing at Elmbridge Canoe Club.

The Head is run over four divisions at 9:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30.

Please make sure your athletes are capable of rowing up to 10k total and strong enough to race 3.3k upstream.  There is often stream by October and the prevailing wind is a SW (head wind on the race course) so it can be a tough race.

            ENTRY NOTES & RULES

 

Competitors are encouraged to race in more than one division, but may not race twice in the same event. For any event, you may only race in the division assigned.

Note 1 - Senior events: 

  • You must enter a senior event in Div 4 if you are competing for the Silver Sculls or Houghton trophies

  • In Senior events, if possible, more than one tier will be run. 

Note 2 - Masters: 

  • Masters events will be offered Mas B-I (Open and Women).  Please advise if you would like a J entry. 

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

  • Masters 'Novice' events. No athlete may have more than 8 sculling points or have previously won a head or regatta. We ask for your honesty for this please.

Note 3 - Junior events: 

  • J17 and J18 events may be combined if insufficient entries to run separate events

 

Please advise at time of entry:

  • if you would not be prepared to race for time only, in the event of no suitable opposition, or

  • if there is an event that you can be reassigned to - even if in a different division.


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

            FEES AND PAYMENT

Payment is required by date of close of entries, to be included in the start order.

  • £17 per seat 

 

Payment by bank transfer or BROE2 (see BROE2 for details). No cheques please.

Bank details for BACS transfer are available in BROE2 under 'event details'.

Cancellation policy:

Our suppliers all now have punitive cancellation policies so we are sorry, if we have to cancel, we will be obliged to retain a portion of entry fees such that we don't make a hefty loss. We are sorry to have to do this.

            ENTRIES

 

Must be made via British Rowing Online Entry (BROE2) - sorry, neither email nor telephone entries will be accepted.

BROE2 will open for entries Monday, September 4th at 11 am and close at 12 noon on Thursday, October 5th - or when the maximum is reached. We have a maximum entry of 120 per division (Divs 1, 2 and 3 ) and 100 Div 4. We may reduce the size of the division in case of inclement weather. 

 

Enquiries can be made via email: silversculls@weybridgerowing.club

Please note: this is a British Rowing affiliated competition.  We are asked to bring to your attention that the British Rowing membership insurance is only valid for UK residents who are resident in this country for more than six months in a year.

        

EVENTS OFFERED

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            OVERSUBSCRIPTION

 

  1. If entries are suspended early, we will hold a waiting list division for events.

  2. Priority will be given first to crews that can row to and from the event, then to entries where there is space on a trailer that is already coming, then to single scullers with boats on cars, and then to 'new' or extra trailers.​

  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

  4. In case of adverse conditions we may be required to reduce the size of the divisions. Please prioritise your entries.

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