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Annual Events Calendar 2018 - 2019

This calendar is a list of forecasted river events held on the tidal Thames between the Estuary and Teddington.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all events on the tidal Thames, but does include major events likely to have an effect on navigation. Mariners are also advised that there may be other events of which the PLA have not been informed.

Events that require a River Closure or Local Traffic Control will be promulgated by Notices to Mariners, in addition to being displayed on this calendar

Vessels in these areas around times indicated are to proceed with caution, with special attention to their wash and should avoid obstructing the races or stopping in the area adjacent to the race course.

Latest information on the events may be obtained from the district Harbour Service Launch, call sign Thames Patrol, or from London VTS on the port working frequency.

Please note that events on the tidal Thames require Harbour Master consent - if you wish to organise an event on the river, please refer to our Event Organiser Guidance Page.

 
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Date TBC Type Event Name Description Location Club (click for map) Start Time Finish Time District
Tue 11 Dec 2018   Paddling Event THCC Christmas Paddle Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activities Centre to
Hilton Dockland Pier
Tower Hamlets Canoe Club 19:30 21:30 M
Sat 15 Dec 2018   Sailing Event Christmas Riverbanking: Toe in Water Barnes Bridge to
Hammersmith Bridge
London Corinthian Sailing Club 12:30   U
Sat 15 Dec 2018   Rowing Event Remenham Challenge Barnes Bridge to
Putney Bridge
Vesta Rowing Club 09:00 11:30 U
Sun 16 Dec 2018   Sailing Event Christmas Riverbanking: Toe in Water Barnes Bridge to
Hammersmith Bridge
London Corinthian Sailing Club 12:30   U
Sun 16 Dec 2018   Rowing Event Quintin Plum Pudding Race Isleworth Drawdock to
Quintin Boat Club
Quintin Boat Club 11:15 13:15 U
Sun 16 Dec 2018   Rowing Event Thames Plum Puds Chiswick Pier Trust to
Thames Rowing Club
Thames Rowing Club 11:00 13:00 U
Mon 31 Dec 2018 TBC Fireworks Event New Year's Eve Fireworks & Light Display Info

This event involves a river closure.

Recreational mariners will need to apply to the Marine Policing Unit for a licence to attend. Further details will be promulgated nearer to the time of the event. A Notice to Mariners for the Fireworks and Light Display will be promulgated prior to the 2019 event.

Westminster Bridge to
Charing Cross Railway Bridge
TBC   M
Mon 31 Dec 2018   Fireworks Event New Year's Eve Fireworks & Light Display Info

This event involves a river closure.

Please refer to Notice to Mariners M67 of 2018 for further details regarding licences for Recreational Vessels. A Notice to Mariners for the Fireworks and Light Display will be promulgated shortly.

Westminster Bridge to
Charing Cross Railway Bridge
23:40 00:20 M
Sun 6 Jan 2019 TBC Paddling Event Frank Luzmore Kayak Marathon Richmond Canoe Club to
Teddington Lock
Richmond Canoe Club TBC   U
Sun 20 Jan 2019   Rowing Event United Hospitals Winter Regatta Info

The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner: As and when it is safe to do so competitors may overtake in the restricted zones As and when it is safe to do so competitors may follow the racing line.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
09:30 16:00 U
Sun 27 Jan 2019 TBC Rowing Event Quintin Eights Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Barn Elms Boathouse
Quintin Boat Club 09:00 12:30 U
Sun 17 Feb 2019 TBC Rowing Event Boustead Cup Mortlake to
Putney Bridge
Thames Rowing Club 10:30 11:30 U
Sun 17 Feb 2019 TBC Rowing Event Casey Trophy Mortlake to
Putney Bridge
Thames Rowing Club 12:30 13:30 U
Sun 24 Feb 2019 TBC Rowing Event United Hospitals Head of the River Race Info

The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner: As and when it is safe to do so competitors may overtake in the restricted zones As and when it is safe to do so competitors may follow the racing line.

Kew Pavilion to
Chiswick Bridge
10:15 13:45 U
Sat 2 Mar 2019 TBC Rowing Event Hammersmith Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Barn Elms Boathouse
12:00 15:30 U
Fri 15 Mar 2019 TBC Rowing Event Schools' Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Fulham Railway Bridge
11:30 15:30 U
Sat 16 Mar 2019 TBC Rowing Event Women's Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Fulham Railway Bridge
10:30 14:00 U
Sat 23 Mar 2019   Rowing Event Lightweight University Boat Race Putney Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
13:40 14:40 U
Sat 23 Mar 2019 TBC Rowing Event Team Keane Sculling School Spring Regatta Kew Railway Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
11:15 15:30 U
Sat 30 Mar 2019 TBC Rowing Event Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Fulham Railway Bridge
10:15 13:45 U
Sun 31 Mar 2019 TBC Rowing Event Vesta Veterans Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Fulham Railway Bridge
12:30 16:00 U
Sun 7 Apr 2019 TBC Rowing Event Oxbridge Watermen's Challenge Putney Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
TBC   U
Sun 14 Apr 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
15:15   M
Tue 16 Apr 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
18:00   M
Thu 25 Apr 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
18:45   M
Sat 27 Apr 2019 TBC Rowing Event Hammersmith Amateur Regatta Mile Post to
Chiswick Steps
08:00 18:00 U
Sat 27 Apr 2019   Rowing Event Hammersmith Amateur Regatta Mile Post to
Chiswick Steps
08:00 18:00 U
Wed 1 May 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
18:30   M
Sat 4 May 2019 TBC Rowing Event Chiswick Amateur Regatta University College London Boat Club to
Chiswick Bridge
Quintin Boat Club 08:30 18:30 U
Fri 10 May 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
18:45   M
Sat 11 May 2019 TBC Rowing Event Borne at Chiswick Bridge Regatta Kew Railway Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
08:30 18:30 U
Sun 12 May 2019   Rowing Event AHOY 50K in a Day Info

From the AHOY Centre to Margaretness and return.

The Ahoy Centre to
Margaretness Lighthouse
10:30   M + L
Thu 16 May 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
18:45   M
Thu 16 May 2019   Paddling Event Witney to Westminster Teddington Lock to
Waterloo Bridge
13:00 19:15 U + M
Sat 18 May 2019   Sailing Event Boatacs Trophy Race to Stangate Creek Info

Race from the Leigh Buoy across Sea Reach into the River Medway to Stangate Creek

Leigh Buoy to
Stangate Creek
Essex Yacht Club 14:00   L
Sun 26 May 2019 TBC Rowing Event United Hospitals Bumps Info

The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner: The rowing crossing point at Syon will be moved to a temporary position off Brentford Lock As and when it is safe to do so competitors may overtake in the restricted zones As and when it is safe to do so competitors may follow the racing line.

Syon Reach to
Chiswick Bridge
11:00 15:30 U
Mon 27 May 2019 TBC Rowing Event United Hospitals Bumps Info

The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner: The rowing crossing point at Syon will be moved to a temporary position off Brentford Lock As and when it is safe to do so competitors may overtake in the restricted zones As and when it is safe to do so competitors may follow the racing line.

Syon Reach to
Chiswick Bridge
12:00 16:20 U
Thu 30 May 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
17:30   M
Thu 13 Jun 2019 TBC Rowing Event Admiral of the Port's Challenge Race HQS Wellington to
Westminster Boating Base
18:00 20:30 M
Thu 13 Jun 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
17:00   M
Sat 15 Jun 2019 TBC Rowing Event Barnes and Mortlake Regatta Info

The regatta is being held with racing crews, rowing with the tide, between Kew Rail Bridge and Chiswick Road Bridge. The rules related to the restricted zone underneath Chiswick Bridge are suspended for crews involved in racing only, and only when it is safe to do so.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Boat Club 08:30 19:00 U
Fri 21 Jun 2019 TBC Paddling Event SUP Richmond Get on Board Event Kew Bridge Drawdock to
Petersham / River Lane Drawdock
15:00 19:30 U
Sun 23 Jun 2019 TBC Paddling Event Richmond Hasler Marathon Richmond Bridge to
Teddington Lock
Richmond Canoe Club TBC   U
Mon 24 Jun 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
19:15   M
Sat 29 Jun 2019   Sailing Event Race to Upnor Info

Race from the Leigh Buoy across into the River Medway to Upnor.

Leigh Buoy to
Upnor
Island Yacht Club 11:30   L
Sat 29 Jun 2019 TBC Rowing Event Richmond Amateur Regatta Eel Pie Island to
Buccleuch Gardens
08:30 19:00 U
Sat 29 Jun 2019 TBC Rowing Event Team Keane Sculling School Summer Regatta Kew Railway Bridge to
Chiswick Bridge
TBC   U
Sat 29 Jun 2019 TBC Rowing Event Tudor Pull Teddington Lock to
St Katherine's Pier
09:00 16:30 U + M
Sat 6 Jul 2019 TBC Rowing Event Thames Historic Barge Driving Race Greenwich Pier to
Westminster Bridge
13:00 15:00 M
Sun 7 Jul 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
12:00   M
Mon 8 Jul 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
19:00   M
Sat 13 Jul 2019   Sailing Event Race to Harty Ferry Info

Race from the Leigh Buoy across the Estuary to Harty Ferry on the River Swale

Leigh Buoy to
Harty Ferry
Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club 11:30   L
Tue 23 Jul 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
18:45   M
Wed 24 Jul 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
19:15   M
Sat 27 Jul 2019 TBC Paddling Event White Swan Raft Race White Swan Public House to
Eel Pie Island
TBC   U
Mon 29 Jul 2019 TBC Rowing Event Port of London Challenge Race HQS Wellington to
Chelsea Harbour Pier
19:00 20:30 M
Mon 29 Jul 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
18:00   M
Tue 30 Jul 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
19:00   M
Tue 6 Aug 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
18:45   M
Wed 7 Aug 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
19:15   M
Sat 10 Aug 2019   Sailing Event Race to the River Blackwater Info

Race up the Estuary to the River Blackwater

Leigh Buoy to
River Blackwater
Essex Yacht Club 09:30   L
Mon 12 Aug 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
18:30   M
Wed 4 Sep 2019 TBC Rowing Event Doggett’s Coat & Badge TBC   M
Thu 5 Sep 2019   Rowing Event Meridian Pull Cremorne Wharf to
The Ahoy Centre
19:00   M
Sat 7 Sep 2019   Sailing Event Interclub Cruiser Challenge Race Info

Circuit race in the Estuary to and from the Leigh Buoy

Leigh Buoy to
Leigh Buoy
Benfleet Yacht Club 10:00   L
Sun 8 Sep 2019 TBC Paddling Event Thames Tidefest Kew Bridge to
Kew Railway Bridge
10:00 17:00 U
Wed 11 Sep 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
19:00   M
Sat 14 Sep 2019 TBC Rowing Event Great River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves controlled navigation and a River Closure; please see separate Upper and Middle Notice to Mariners for this event.

Greenwich to
Twickenham
11:00 14:00 M + U
Sat 21 Sep 2019   Sailing Event Race to Queenborough Info

Race from the Leigh Buoy across the Estuary and into the River Medway, finishing on the River Swale at Queenborough.

Leigh Buoy to
Queenborough Yacht Club
Benfleet Yacht Club 09:00   L
Sun 22 Sep 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
12:45   M
Sun 29 Sep 2019 TBC Rowing Event Tideway Regatta Chiswick Bridge to
West India Docks
TBC   M + U
Sat 5 Oct 2019   Rowing Event AHOY 50K in a Day Info

From the AHOY Centre to Margaretness and return.

The Ahoy Centre to
Margaretness Lighthouse
09:00   M + L
Sun 6 Oct 2019 TBC Rowing Event Pairs Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Barn Elms Boathouse
09:30 13:00 U
Sun 6 Oct 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
13:15   M
Sun 20 Oct 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
11:45   M
Thu 24 Oct 2019   Rowing Event The Barrier Challenge Margaretness Lighthouse to
The Ahoy Centre
15:15   M
Sat 23 Nov 2019 TBC Rowing Event Fuller's Head of the River Fours Races Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Kew Railway Bridge to
Fulham Railway Bridge
TBC   U
Sun 24 Nov 2019 TBC Rowing Event Veterans' Fours Head of the River Race Info

This event involves a river closure.

This event involves a river closure please see the separate Notice to Mariners.

Fulham Railway Bridge to
Kew Railway Bridge
08:45 12:15 U
Sat 7 Dec 2019 TBC Rowing Event Vesta Scullers Head of the River Race Kew Railway Bridge to
Fulham Railway Bridge
Vesta Rowing Club TBC   U