Rowing Regattas generally take place during the summer months and usually consist of short side-by-side sprint events, with heats and finals.
"General" refers to a mix of skiffing, cutters, dinghies and other rowed craft.
Head of River and Long Distance Events
Rowing Head of the River and Long Distance events generally take place in the winter months and are usually processional races with competitors being set off at time intervals and judged on the basis of comparative timing or by bumping (catching up the boat in front). Many of the long distance events on the Tideway are raced over The Championship Course and apart from the Boat Race and Wingfield Sculls may begin from Mortlake or Putney depending on river conditions.