Head of the Cam 2018

EARLY NOTICE: The Head of the Cam 2019 will be on Saturday April the 27th (see the CRA diary). Small note: if you’ve heard about the footbridge work, we now have confirmation that this will not affect our event.

The Head of the Cam Race will be held on SATURDAY 28th APRIL 2018.

Closing date for entries: 6 pm on Wednesday the 25th. The preceptive will notice that this date is in the past; entries by special request only from now on.

The draw and entry list is now available. Results in the same place.

Race control is Queens' coaching room (upstairs). Numbers are available from 7:45.


  • Course of 2,600m upstream on the river Cam. Four divisions, VIII's, IV's, smaller boats. CRA, College classes. Click on the map for a larger version, or explore via google maps..

  • Prizes of tastefully engraved glasses for category winners. Winners will be announced and prizes handed out at 4 pm at Queens' Boathouse.

  • Note that this year we are not a BR event, but will do our best to accomodate off-Cam folk.

Enquiries and entries: please contact the Race Secretary, William Connolley, at headofthecam@gmail.com / 07985 935400.

For entries, please state your crew details:

  • Club, boat type (VIII, 4+, 4-, 4x, 2, 2x, 1x, etc),

  • Crew status (CRA / College 1st Mays, 2nd, etc.),

  • preferred division,

  • and any constraints with crews in other divisions.

There are four divisions, at times:

  • Division 1: 09:00

  • Division 2: 10:40

  • Division 3: 12:20

  • Division 4: 14:00

I used to ask people to provide an estimate of your expected time, to be used for seeding purposes. However, I generally found this not-terribly-useful. Rather than actual numbers, good / average / slow for your class is most useful. This is only useful for the VIII's, or anyone outstandingly fast or slow. An accurate estimate is most important for crews hoping to race without overtaking or being overtaking, either of which can slow you down. If you've got no idea of your time (new crew, visiting crew, whatever) then don't worry. Known college Mays will be seeded in last year's finish order.

Divisions tend to fill up for the VIII's, for which we have a rough limit of 25 per division. But (within reason) we can accommodate as many sculls and small boats as you like.

  • Entry: £8.00 per rowing seat; coxes are free.

  • Payment may be made online to:

    • "Chesterton Head of the Cam Race Account", sort code 40-16-08, account 44154835.

    • Please also mail me and CC meg.richards@btopenworld.com so we can track payments.

  • Slightly less conveniently, cheques, payable to CRA, should be sent to:

    • W M Connolley, 28 Silverdale Avenue, Coton, CB23 7PP.

    • Put your crew name(s) clearly on the back or on an enclosure.

Useful notes

  • Race control is at Queens boathouse, upstairs. We're open from 7:45 for numbers.

  • To help marshalling and ensure a prompt start, it will help if the VIII's can make some attempt to come up the reach in reverse order.

  • The overtaking rule is, as is previous years, "cede the racing line to the faster crew".

  • The start Marshall will endeavor to be flexible about the start order, particularly at the tail of the divisions, either at crews requests or as seems suitable to them..

  • Visiting crews: boating facilities are available at various places along the Cam; you may be able to make arrangements with local clubs. Failing that, facilities are available from Combined Boathouse, by prior agreement. Please get in touch with me by email.

Entry deadline: everyone wants to know what the entry deadline is, so that they can submit their entry 5 minutes before it, or more likely a day afterwards.

Post event notes

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Link to archive of 2016's page.

Link to archive of 2017's page.