Maidstone Small Boats Head

Our Autumn race will take place on Sunday October 20th 2024. 

Race details.

4 divisions at 9.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm. 

The event is rowed over a course of approximately 2500 meters upstream from Allington to Maidstone and is run under British Rowing Rules of Racing, MSBH Rules and takes account of the guidance laid out in Row Safe. The race is open to all BR registered clubs. All competitors must be BR registered and have RACE level membership, or have purchased a day ticket for the competition via British Rowing.

Event Classes: Senior, Junior, Masters

Boat types: 4+, 4x+ (no coxless quads or fours are allowed), 2x, 2-, 1x. All fine boat types available in all events except mixed (no 2- or 1x).


Senior; Open and Women. Crews will be grouped into event classes where appropriate. The event reserves the right to use a combination of points and information supplied by clubs to band crews. Senior Mixed will be one class.

Junior; Open and Women with event classes grouped by age from J14 to J18. (J14 may not enter 4+ or 2- as per British Rowing Rules). Under a local rule junior crews may be coxed by a senior.

Masters; Open, Women and Mixed with event classes grouped by age from Masters A to J. Where appropriate, events may be combined using the handicap system set out in the Rules of Racing. The Rules of Racing state that “the category spread can include all categories, if necessary, to give all entrants a race, but in principle the spread should not normally exceed 3 where entries allow”.

Entry Fee: £13.50 per seat (no charge for coxswains). Medals will be awarded where a minimum of two crews race in an event. Pennants are awarded for the fastest overall crews in the Open, Women, Junior Open and Junior Women classes (crews racing as ‘time only’ are eligible for pennants at the discretion of the Organising Committee).

Entries will open at mid-day on Monday 15th January and close at mid-day on Friday 23rd February. All entries must be made via BROE. Payment should be made through BROE or by bank transfer direct to MIRC (Bank HSBC, account number 71230964, sort code  40-31-06). Payment must be received in order for crews to be allowed to race. The Organising Committee reserves the right to suspend or close entries early if the event is oversubscribed.

It is intended that the race order will be published by Tuesday 27th February latest.

For enquiries concerning entries please contact the Entries Secretary, Clive Harlow by email:

Please see below for documents relating to the race. All competitors/coaches should please read these carefully. There is also a video of the full course   which should be watched by all coxes and steerers.

Event PosterEntry details, events and classifications.TBC
Start OrderStart order by division.
Course MapCourse map showing main features and hazards.MSBH Course Map March 2024
Instructions and RulesCompetitor instructions and race rulesTBC
Safety PlanFull details of safety procedures and officials responsibilities with circulation diagramsTBC
Welfare StatementMSBH Welfare and safeguarding policyTBC
Parking MapNo parking for cars at the club except towing vehicles or if carrying boats. For nearest public car parks please see map.Car parking map
Risk AssessmentEvent risk assessmentTBC
Emergency Action PlanAdditional planning for a more serious incidentTBC

All photographs courtesy of Clive Harlow