The Fours Head has a capacity of 450 crews when run over the full Championship Course (limit for 2020 over the shortened course TBA). Entries are invited in Open and Women’s Quad Sculls, Coxless Fours and Coxed Fours in the following four categories (24 events in total):
Please note that these categories will NOT be further subdivided into bands.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Open to crews from any registered British or overseas club or institution (including academic and school clubs, and composites).
Senior crews must enter Championship if they contain crew members who have competed (in either rowing or sculling) within the last THREE years at any of the following events:
- The Olympic regatta.
- The World Rowing Championships.
- A World Cup regatta.
- The World Rowing Under-23 Championships.
- The World Rowing Junior Championships.
- The Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Races (Blue or Reserve races, but not Lightweight).
- A semi-final at Henley Royal Regatta.
- A final of a Championship/Elite event at Henley Women’s Regatta.
Crews (including those eligible for Sch/Jun) may also choose to enter Championship if:
- Some or all of the crew were top 5 finishers in our race last year (in an overall category e.g. Women’s Quads).
- The expected speed of the crew will make them competitive in Championship.
If you choose to enter Champoinship (without being required to do so), please state in the Notes part of your entry on BROE2 WHY you believe it is safe and appropriate for the crew to go off with the fastest entries.
CLUB: Open to crews from any registered British or overseas club that are not required to race in Championship and are not eligible for Academic or School/Junior. Composites are permitted.
ACADEMIC: Open to crews not required to race in Championship, and in which all of the rowers/scullers are current, full-time students at a single British or overseas academic institution. Composites are NOT permitted, with the exception that the cox may belong to a different club (academic or otherwise). Any student crew not meeting the above criteria may enter Club. Crews which are eligible for Sch/Junior should enter that and not Academic.
SCHOOL/JUNIOR: Open to crews where all sculling/rowing members were born after 22 November 2001 and meet the requirements of the British Rowing Rules of Racing 4-3c. Composites are not permitted. Please note that under our conditions of entry all coxes must be J17 or older. Coxes of junior crews do not need to be junior themselves.
The Fours Head reserves the right to limit the total junior entries to a third of our overall capacity (usually 150), and to a maximum of four crews per event per institution. This applies across the Sch/Jun and Championship events.
- We have no categories for masters crews (although the Veteran Fours Head which takes place the same weekend does), coxed quads, or mixed crews.
- All crews in a particular event (e.g. Women’s Championship Quads) will be marshalled together.
- The six Championship events will start first.
- Start order for crews in the Championship events will be based on their club’s result in Band 1/Championship in the same event the last time the race was run and on CRI. Clubs should indicate on their entry where the crew CRI/prior results may not be representative and this will be considered.
How to enter
- Entries will open on British Rowing Online Entries (BROE2) on Monday, 26 October 2020. All entries must be made via BROE2.
(Tip: members can renew up to 8 weeks before their membership expires and retain their renewal date.)
Scottish and overseas competitors and entries secretaries:
If you have never had access to BROE2, register here https://britishrowing.azolve.com/. If you previously had a BROE2 login which no longer works, contact onlineentry@BritishRowing.org to get your access restored.
- Entries will close at noon on Friday, 6 November 2020. Entries will be Accepted in BROE2 in the order that they become PAID for, do not contain placeholders, and meet all required criteriabefore or shortly after the close of entries. No further entries can be accepted after the close of entries.
- Entry fees (£70 per crew) should be made either via the Online Entry system, or by direct payment into our bank account (see event notes in Online Entry system for account details). Payment will be treated as being received when it shows in our bank account.
Entry fees will be refunded for crews that are withdrawn before the close of entries. Entry fees will not be refunded for crews scratched after the close of entries or if the event is cancelled.
- Visiting crews must get permission to boat from a host club on the Tideway before entering.
- Owing to limited space for trailers, visiting clubs wishing to boat from Putney must get permission from us to do so BEFORE requesting boating permission from a Putney host club (N/A for 2020). Contact email@example.com to request Putney trailer access/confirm you will not be bringing a trailer to Putney on race day. Trailer/boating access will be granted (until the maximum is reached), if you meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Your trailer has at least five boats FOR OUR RACE on it.
- You are not bringing a trailer because you are borrowing boats from a Putney club.
- Your boats will have been left with a Putney club before race day and will be collected at a later date, so you will have no trailer movement on Putney Embankment on race day.
- You are bringing your boat on a car roof top, to be unloaded very early and the car removed.
- Your boats are coming on someone else’s trailer who has already got Trailer Access Permission from us (give us the other club’s name).
Additionally we can give provisional Trailer Access Permission for a trailer with fewer than five of your boats for our race, with a definite, credible commitment to give trailer space to other club/s you know.
- Before being entered, competitors who have recently moved to the UK after previously rowing in another country should contact British Rowing (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 020 8237 6700) to ensure that they are allocated an appropriate Personal Ranking Index.
Conditions of entry
- The race is held under British Rowing’s Rules of Racing, Code of Conduct and Row Safe; the Instructions to Crews; and any other instructions issued by the Committee.
- In the event of a serious transgression either before, during or after the race (e.g. undeclared substitutions, unsafe behaviour, or behaviour deemed to be unsportsmanlike) the Committee may disqualify not just the crew involved but all crews from the Club it represents and refuse entries in future years.
- The Committee does not accept any liability for crews or their equipment.
- No crew or competitor may compete in more than one event.
- The committee reserves the right to reject crews entered if there is concern that a crew may cause danger to itself or others. All crew members entered should be capable of completing a ten mile outing and being on the water for up to three hours.
- All coxes must be J17 or older i.e. have been born on or before 31 August 2004. Younger coxes may be accepted if evidence of their competence and experience is sent to the Entries Secretary email@example.com.
- If a substitution made after the close of entries causes a crew in Club or Academic to meet the criteria for Championship, it will no longer be eligible for the Club or Academic prize although it will be eligible for the Championship prize.
- Crews given permission to race for Time Only will be given a time but will not be awarded a finish position in the published results.
How to make substitutions
All substitutions MUST be made at least 1 hour before the race starts. Any crew subsequently found to contain undeclared substitutes will be disqualified.
- Until the close of entries, you can make any number of substitutions in BROE2.
- Between the close of entries and an hour before the race starts, you can substitute up to 50% of the rowing/sculling members of the crew plus the cox in BROE2.
- If you need to substitute more than 50% of the rowers/scullers, you may request to race for Time Only. As it is not possible to make these subs on BROE2:
Up to 10pm the day before the race, contact the Entries Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On race day: email email@example.com, or call 07775 504526 (do NOT call this number at any other time).
Got a question?
Please contact the Entries Secretary Richard du Parcq on 020 8392 9070 (until 10 PM on the day before race day) or firstname.lastname@example.org.