THE WINGFIELD SCULLS
BRITISH AMATEUR SCULLING CHAMPIONSHIP AND
CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE THAMES

 
In 1830, lawyer Henry Colsell Wingfield presented a pair of miniature silver sculls ‘to be held by the best’ as long as they agreed to race in single sculls on his birthday, 10th August, ‘for ever’. Unfortunately due to the timings of the competative racing season this has not been possible and the race now takes place in November. 

The course is the 4 ½ mile (6.8 km) ‘Championship Course’ (most famously used by the Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race) from Putney to Mortlake complete with tide, bends, shallows, rough water, driftwood and other river users.
 
Eighty eight men and, since 2007, seven women have held the title ‘Champion’.
 Of the fourty one champions since the second world war, twenty six have been to the Olympics and fifteen have medalled.
   
 
 
 
BRITISH AMATEUR SCULLING CHAMPIONSHIP AND CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE THAMES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RACE
 
The race is the contest for the Silver Sculls presented by Mr. Henry C.Wingfield in the year 1830 to scullers on the Thames, for the annual Championship of the Thames, incorporating the British Amateur Sculling Championship.
 
The Women’s Championship was founded in 1928 but the title left the Thames when the National Championships were founded.  The Wingfield Family Society has presented a new trophy for the Women’s Championship in 2007.
 
The race is open to all scullers of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, registered to race with British Rowing and will be raced over the Championship course from Putney to Mortlake.
 
The management of the amateur championship shall be in the hands of a committee made up of all the previous champions.
 
The committee shall meet at least once a year to examine the entries and appoint an umpire.  The committee reserves the right to refuse or return any entry up to the time of the start of the race.
 
The Championship will be run under the guidance of Row Safe and the TRRC/PLA’s code of conduct for rowing on the Tideway.  All those involved with the Championship should be familiar with both Row Safe and the TRRC/PLA’s code of conduct for rowing on the Tideway.
 
The umpire will conduct a briefing an hour before the start of the race, all those involved in the Championship race must attend; safety officer, medical officer, competitors, launch and following-boat drivers, aligner and distance judges.