St John's College Boat Club and the Regatta Blue Club would like to invite you to support our Men's 1st VIII and 2nd VIII as they take to the River Thames in London in the Men's Head of the River Race.
At a length of over 4 miles and 374 yards, or 6.8 kilometres, all crews will power their way through the infamously choppy tideway waters from the start at the University Pole in Chiswick, to the finish at Putney Pier. This is widely known as one of the most gruelling races in the sport.
To support our crews, anywhere along the river from Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge will provide you with a view of the racing. There are a few pubs and restaurants in which one can sit to watch the racing in comfort. The most popular place to watch the racing (where large crowds will gather) will be Hammersmith Bridge, where our crews will pass under before taking on the final straight of the course.
We will be boating from midday at Cygnet Boat Club, near Barnes Bridge. Here too will be a good place to send off our crews before the race.
After the race, there will be some sort of evening gathering (details to follow) to (hopefully) celebrate a successful day of racing at one of the countries most competitive rowing events.
The crews are:
SJCBC Mens 1st VIII (211)
Sebastien de la Fuente
James Plumstead (subbing. James Prior)
Coxswain: Alice Cunliffe
SJCBC Mens 2nd VIII (258)
Coxswain: Suzie Thorpe
See the draw for timings here: