Cambridge Winter Head 2021 – COVID-19 Information

All Competitors
The Cambridge Winter Head (CWH) 2021 is taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure that we keep possible transmission to a minimum while permitting safe and enjoyable racing, CWH encourages competitors to take lateral flow tests to exclude COVID in the days leading up to the Head.
By entering the CWH, competitors agree:

  • to abide by the general Government restrictions and advice as provided by the organisers of CWH, in particular maintaining social distancing and adopting additional hygiene procedures
  • that in the event of even a mild illness until COVID is excluded by the absence of symptoms or a negative test they will not attend the event
  • that if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, or are informed that they should be self-isolating, while attending CWH, they and any accompanying household members should leave immediately and inform the COVID-19 Officer by phone
  • that if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, or are informed that they should be self-isolating, shortly after attending CWH, they should immediately and inform the COVID-19 Officer by phone or email

Crew administration should be completed online wherever possible: BROE will remain open for crew substitutions on race-day; Entries into the non-BR events can be edited via the link sent on entry-submission. Additional queries should be addressed to and a telephone number will be added to for on-the-day enquiries.

In accordance with BR Guidance, competitors are advised to:  

  • arrive in their race kit and bring spare kit with them and be prepared to change in their vehicles where possible
  • once home, shower/bathe immediately and wash and dry any kit used at the competition
  • bring their own hand sanitiser/hand wash gel
  • frequently wash their hands, especially before and after eating food and before and after using the toilet
  • bring their own mugs/flasks and water bottles

The event may not be able to carry out pre-boating safety-checks. As always, it is the responsibility of the crew to ensure their boat is safe and prepared according to the Rules of Racing and RowSafe guidance.

The CWH Competition COVID-19 Officer is Gill Cooper, who may be contacted at

Cambridge-based Crews
Please boat from your usual boathouses, following the COVID-precautions in place there,
We will not be able to accommodate additional crews on Stourbridge Common apart from our visitors from outside Cambridge, so if you need to share equipment/personnel between crews, please ensure you have enough time to safely return to your boathouse and carry out any hygiene measures stipulated by your club. In most cases this will mean that you should avoid entering affected crews in adjacent divisions.

You are strongly encouraged to collect race numbers in advance if possible, as specified on the event poster. One person should collect all numbers for a club’s entries unless pre-arranged otherwise.

Visiting Crews on Stourbridge Common
Visiting clubs should have made their own risk assessment around attending the competition and how to manage attendance including unloading trailers, rigging boats, boat sharing etc
Whilst we expect visiting crews to be self-sufficient with regards to cleaning shared equipment as stipulated by their club, and other precautions, please ask at Race Control if problems arise which you are not equipped to resolve and the organisers will endeavour to help.

As usual, portable toilets will be available for use on Stourbridge Common. Refreshments will also be available for purchase, including hot drinks, our famous bacon sandwiches and cakes (disposable cups available for those who haven’t brought a mug!). We expect to be able to accept contactless payments.

To safeguard our volunteers, we ask that you wear a face-covering while boating and when you visit the registration desk at Race Control to collect your numbers or are inside the refreshment tent.

Lockdown or implementation of other restrictions
In the event that significant changes to the COVID-19 rules or guidance mean that the event becomes unviable, then it will be cancelled. Depending on the extent of unrecoverable expenses incurred, we would expect to issue a full, or near-full, refund of entry fees.

Risk Assessment

Our COVID Risk Assessment can be viewed here.