Rowers fill the river for the York Small Boats race 2018

L-R: Ben Bollans, Dan Lewis, Andy Wilkinson and Pat Evans record the fastest time of York Small Boats Head 2018 on the River Ouse. Photograph: Richard Sharpe, SI Events Photography

More than 300 boats took part in this year’s York Small Boats Head rowing race run by York City Rowing Club.

One of the club’s highest profile races, the Small Boats Head takes the form of a time trial from Fulford Landing to King’s Staith in the heart of town, and the sunny conditions for this year’s race (November 18) were perfect.


Across three divisions and 70 categories, around 700 competitors aged from 13 to over 80 raced over 3km in one, two and four person boats.

There was excellent representation from neighbouring clubs across the Yorkshire region, with crews also travelling from as far away as West Norfolk, Berwick and Talkin Tarn to take part.

Fastest crew

A York City quadruple scull of Ben Bollans, Dan Lewis, Pat Evans, and Andy Wilkinson took home bragging rights as the fastest crew of the day.

The home club took a total of 19 wins, with neighbours St Peters and the University of York also collecting a number of trophies.


Chris Polack, head of the organising team, said: “It has been a great day’s racing with 332 crews racing over 3 divisions.

“The conditions were perfect and there has been a lot of positive feedback from the athletes.”

York City Rowing Club looks forward to welcoming clubs back for the next event on the River Ouse which will be the Yorkshire Head, Saturday 2nd March 2019.

If you fancy giving rowing a go yourselves, or if you are returning to rowing, check out our webpage to find out more about our squads and how to sign up for our taster sessions in July and August.