Entries in the 2020 Fours Head 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 any crew (including 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 (icluding composites) that are not required to race in Championship and are not eligible for Academic or School/Junior.
ACADEMIC: Open to crews that are 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 entry and to a maximum of four crews per event per institution. This applies across the Sch/Jun and Championship events.
Prioritisation of entries
The 2020 Fours Head has a very significantly reduced capacity compared with previous years. The main constraint is the number of ‘self-contained groups’ (loosely referred to as ‘bubbles’) which can be safely accommodated at the host clubs above Hammersmith Bridge. This means that there is no exact maximum number of crews, although we expect that it will be around 175.
Entries will be prioritised using the following criteria:
- Competence – all crews must be able to demonstrate a high degree of watermanship and competence. Clubs should not enter ‘novice’, beginner or otherwise inexperienced crews.
- Local crews able to boat and race directly from their home club – i.e. crews from Tideway clubs ABOVE Hammersmith Bridge.
- Visiting crews from Tideway clubs between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridge that have historically supported the Fours Head by hosting visitors and/or providing launches/drivers.
- Trailering efficiency and distance travelled – to maximise the number of visiting crews that can boat from host clubs in a COVID-19 secure manner, we will favour entries from clubs bringing multiple boats on a single trailer from a single club ‘bubble’ and from those clubs with a shorter travelling distance between their home club and the Fours Head (for this purpose defined as the centre of Chiswick Bridge). Given the overall capacity limit, this is likely to mean no more than 15-20 miles in practice. If your club is further away than this, we request – with regret – that you do not enter.
- Entries will not be accepted this year from overseas clubs.
- 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.
- All competitors will need to complete a Covid-19 declaration before race day. Details about this will be published in due course.
How to enter
- Entries will open on British Rowing Online Entries (BROE2) at 7am on Monday, 26 October 2020. All entries must be made via BROE2. Clubs are requested to make their entries as soon as possible to help us understand entry levels from local, lower-Tideway, and other visiting clubs.
- Entries will close at noon on Friday, 6 November 2020. Entries will only be considered for acceptance at that point if they have been PAID FOR and DO NOT CONTAIN PLACEHOLDERS. 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.
- Refunds: Entry fees will be fully refunded for crews that are withdrawn before the close of entries or that we do not accept. Entry fees will not be refunded for crews scratched after the close of entries, and may not be refunded or may only be partially refunded if the event is cancelled after the close of entries (more information on this will be provided here before entries open).
- Visiting crews (including Tideway clubs between Hammersmith and Putney Bridges) SHOULD NOT request permission to boat from a host club this year. We will allocate accepted visiting clubs to hosts after the close of entries. However, if your club has a preference or has already made an arrangement with a host club, please contact email@example.com to let us know what this is.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 to win the Club or Academic event although it will be eligible to win the Championship event.
- 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. It is ESSENTIAL that we know who is in each crew for COVID-19 security as well as to meet the British Rowing Rules of Racing.
- 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 cannot access BROE2 on race day, call the Entries Secretary on 020 8392 9070 (from 7am).
- 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, contact the Entries Secretary on email@example.com or on 020 8392 9070 (race day only, from 7am).
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.