Abingdon Head of River

April 15, 2019

Abingdon Head of River
The Abingdon Head of the River Rowing event saw nearly 400 boats rowing from Culham Reach, 1850m upstream on the River Thames, to the finish line across from Wilsham Road.
Abingdon Head of River
Head racing takes the form of time trials. Crews set off one at a time and are timed from start to finish. The boats started off in groups of nearly 100 in four divisions.

The first boat from the first division to come in was competing in the Op 8+ event and came in with a time of 7:03, the fastest time all day. Op 8+ means Open 8 rowers + cox (I think). The team was from B T C (Southampton) Rowing.
Abingdon Head of River
The Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue were to be seen along the course to help and keep rowers safe throughout the day.
Abingdon Head of River
After competing crews rowed back to Rye Farm Meadow,
Abingdon Head of River
passing town landmarks like the Old Anchor Inn.
Abingdon Head of River
This is crew 143 from Wallingford Rowing Club in event Op J16 2x, which probably means Open Junior up to age 16 with 2 crew.
Abingdon Head of River
There is a lot involved in getting the boats from the River back to their trailers without bumping into anybody. Stewards guide this as well as the rowing.
Abingdon Head of River
All the oars seem to be kept like a big wigwam near the landing stages.
Abingdon Head of River
Competitors and spectators could then enjoy a BBQ, local beer, tea, cakes and Morris Dancers. There was also the WWII event from yesterday’s post nearby.

The event was organised by Abingdon Rowing Club.

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2 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. John  |  April 16, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Very nice event and well organised, however I don’t understand why the many boats not involved in coaching were exceeding the Thames speed restriction quite frequently, including sea rescue above. They all know the rules,

  • 2. ppjs  |  April 16, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    The + sign indicates a coxed boat; a x sign means sculls (two oars per rower) as opposed to sweep (single oar per rower): 2x = double sculls; 4x = quadruple sculls(quads). A tough sport in either form.

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