posted by Roy Sinclair - 17 Mar 2009

The Tideway Eights Head of the River Race will be held on Saturday 21st March on the River Thames from Mortlake to Putney with last years winning crew from Leander Club leading off the maximum entry of 420 crews at 11.15am.

Eleven eights from Scottish clubs will take part this year with entries from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Strathclyde Universities competing together with club entries from the Glasgow and Clydesdale Rowing Clubs. In the starting order, the highest placed Scots crew is Glasgow University starting at position 90 and at 243 followed by Glasgow Rowing Club at 137, Edinburgh University at 178 and 369, Aberdeen University at 184 and 420, Strathclyde University at 200 and 415, Clydesdale ARC at 277 and St Andrews University at 287.
Other Scots involved include two members of the Leander Club whose crews are due to start in positions 3 and 9 of the usual large national and international field.

The following day sees another record entry of 182 crews for the Vesta Veterans Head taking place over the same stretch of water with a start at 12 noon. A mens and a mixed crew from Aberdeen Boat Club will take part in this event along with a composite mixed crew containing lady members from the Inverness, Strathclyde Park and Sons of Thames clubs who will race with the men of the Maldost Boat Club from Croatia.

Nearer to home, the Scottish Schools Head takes place on Saturday on the Dullater stretch of the Forth and Clyde Canal where crews from Aberdeen Schools, Castle Semple, George Heriots, George Watsons, Clydesdale and St Andrew clubs will challenge for the various race categories in coxed fours and coxed quads.

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