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Men's Boat Race 2024

River events

Our calendar of upcoming competitions to be held on the tidal Thames between the estuary and Teddington

The tidal Thames is home to world-renowned boat races and local sailing club dinghy meets.

Due to the nature of the river, events can be cancelled or rescheduled, often at short notice. 

Where possible, the calendar will be updated, but confirmation should be sought from the organisers.

While not an exhaustive list, it includes 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 the subject of Notices to Mariners, in addition to being displayed on this calendar

Vessels in these areas around the 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.

The 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.

Events on the tidal Thames require Harbour Master consent - if you wish to organise an event on the river, refer to the guidance listed at the bottom of this page.

The Boat Race 2023

The Boat Race

Early spring

The Boat Race, between the University crews of Oxford and Cambridge, was first raced in 1829.

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Eights Head of the River Race

Early spring

The Head of the River Race is rowed annually in March from Mortlake to Putney on the Tideway in London. Up to 400 crews of eights take part.

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Eights Head of River Race competitors 2008
Riess Ballard boat rowing race

Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager


The historic sculling race on the Thames for recently qualified watermen, was first contested in 1715.

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The Great River Race


Described by many as "London's other Marathon", the Great River Race is London's most colourful and spectacular river event.

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Women on the Thames in a row boat race
walking cycling

Thames Vision 2050

Destination Thames

The river is an iconic draw for people from near and far. We will nurture the Thames as a centre for travel, sport and culture.

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