See you 21st September, 2024!
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What is the Great River Race?
It started in 1988 with 61 boats crewed by a bunch of enthusiasts ranging from young scouts to hardened offshore rowing veterans coming from diverse organisations such as rowing clubs, pubs, schools, boating societies and the armed services. It now has around 300 crews taking part and is an international event with competitors from America, Australia, and many European countries.
This is a race for ‘fixed seat’ only craft and a large variety of boats take part including the traditional Thames Watermen’s Cutters. The race is based on the Watermen principle and so each crew must carry a passenger and cox along with a 3’ x 2’ flag. A handicapping system is used to ensure fair play.
The Great River Race is now a charitable trust run by volunteers and with over 2,500 competitors competing for 36 trophies, it has become the biggest and most prestigious event of its kind in Europe.
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Who can take part?
Adult, Junior and Disabled competitors are invited to take part. There are Junior categories for under 14, 16 and 18 crews and Veteran categories for V40+ and V60+. The Junior crews must have a responsible adult, 18 or over in the boat as either the cox or passenger. You must decide if you are entering age related classes before filling in the Entry Form because this affects your invoice. Juniors have a discounted rate.
There are normally several mixed crews where 50% men and 50% women row and Women only classes where obviously it is a 100% female crew. In all classes the cox and / or passenger may change places with a rowing crew member as long as they adhere to the gender or age restrictions of that class.
How to enter?
Know your boat details before going to the Entry Form. What is the name of the boat and what type of boat is it? Perhaps it’s in this Boat Type list. If your boat is not on this list then please provide a type-name that you consider the most appropriate. If it has not entered the GRR since 2009 and therefore unlikely to be on our database you might have to complete a Measurement Form.
Secure your crew members. Please don’t enter lots of boats hoping you will be able to crew them. The number of boats taking part will be restricted and so we won’t be offering full refunds to anyone who withdraws later.
Your boat will have to carry public liability insurance for £5million. Normally it will be covered by your Club insurance but if you are entering privately our partner organisation, broker Chris Moon, will provide ‘on the day’ insurance at a cost of about £60 to £70 per crew. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Remember you will have to sign at the Registration Desk on race day to confirm you have such public liability insurance in place.
You must also provide us with the number of a smart phone which will be carried on the boat on which you have downloaded the “Follow My Challenge” App. This uses the GPS chip in a smartphone to track your location in real time, and this data is displayed on the race map which provides an accurate start time and finish time for each boat. For further information click on Race Timing.
ENTRY FORM. Now you have all your information – go for it! On our receipt of your form you will be emailed a Paypal Invoice for the entry. Please remember your entry will only be registered once your invoice has been paid. With a limited number taking part in the event outstanding invoices could mean that your entry will have to be removed to make room for another entry. You will have 3 weeks to pay the invoice from your receipt of the invoice. Entry costs £75 for each adult including the cox and passenger and £54 for under 18s. A Paypal invoice will be emailed to you when your Entry form has been received. A non-refundable deposit of £100 for each boat will be payable within 3 weeks of receiving the Paypal invoice and the balance due by the 15th of August. Entries will only be confirmed on receipt of full payment and please be aware that entries that remain unpaid by the 15th of August will be replaced by crews on the waiting list.
How to get your boat to the start
There are 4 options:
Accommodation & bus transfer
The GRR has partners who provide these services so please do note their contact details. The GRR office won’t be able to help you with these enquiries.