Next Boat Race

8 - 9 December 2017

(18th Schools Boat Race)

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Funding Notice to 2017 Entrants of SA Schools Boat Race

09/10/2017
SASRU retains limited funds in the Schools Boat Race Development/Support Fund for the...

Invitation to South African Schools Boatrace

09/10/2017
St Andrew’s College, in conjunction with the South African Schools Rowing Union, invi...

Registration for School's Boat Race 2017 now open

09/10/2017
Registration has now opened. Registration closes at midnight Friday 10 November 2017....

Invite and information - Boat Race 2016

25/10/2016
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South African Schools Boat Race 2015 Registration Form

29/09/2015
South African Schools Boat Race 2015 Registration Form

Participating Schools

  • Assumption Convent School, Germiston, Gauteng
  • Bishop Bavin School, Bedfordview, Gauteng
  • Bishop's Diocesan School, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Clarendon Girls School, East London, Eastern Cape
  • The Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
  • Germiston High School (Boys & Girls), Germiston, Gauteng
  • Grey High School, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
  • Jeppe Boys' High, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Holy Rosary School, Edenvale, Gauteng 
  • King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Mondeor High School (Boys & Girls), Mondeor, Gauteng
  • Parktown Boys High, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Selborne College, East London. Eastern Cape
  • SA College School, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Somerset College, (Boys & Girls), Somerset, Western Cape
  • Springfield Convent School, Springfield, Western Cape
  • St Alban's College, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
  • St Andrew's School for Girls, Bedfordview, Gauteng
  • St Benedict's College, Bedfordview, Gauteng
  • St Dunstan's College (Boys & Girls), Benoni, Gauteng
  • St Mary's School. Waverley, Gauteng
  • St Stithian's Boys College, Randburg, Gauteng
  • St Stithian's Girls College, Randburg, Gauteng

The SASRU Boat Race Challenges ...

"That once each year, the gentlemanly pride of each of South Africa's leading schools for boys
convene at an agreed venue in a trial of strength and wits,
to participate in a race for eight-oared boats over a distance of six-and-one-third kilometres."

"That once each year representative ladies from South Africa's leading schools for girls
convene at an agreed venue in a trial of strength and wits,
to participate in a quadruple sculls race over a distance of four-and-one-half kilometres"

The SASRU Schools Boat Race takes place in response to the "Boat Race Challenge"

That once each year ...

The SASRU BOAT RACE takes place on a suitable Saturday as close to the first weekend, as possible in December. This falls early in the school holidays of all provincial and independent schools - towards the middle of the South African rowing season when schools' should be nearing the end of the endurance-training and strength-training part of the season, before the 2000m sprints season which culminates in the Schools' Rowing Championships in March.

The pride of South Africa's schools ...

When the BOAT RACE started in 2000 there were ten South African schools that rowed eights. All but one of these participated in the inaugural BOAT RACE in Cape Town in 2000. The Girls race was introduced in 2001.

A race for eight-oared boats ...

Entries are confined to each school's First VIII and First Quad. Composite crews are not permitted, however Schools that do not normally row eights/quads are nevertheless invited to put together an eight/quad for the SA SCHOOLS BOAT RACE. The Challenge is an event for schools only.


As for the annual SA Universities Boat Race, the race takes the form of a head-race, to determine "pairings" (with the two fastest crews going to the A-Final; the next two to the B-Final etc). Once "pairings" have been determined, the Challenges are issued by the Captains and two-boat racing over the same course and distance determines the winner and final rankings.

At an agreed venue.

The original idea was that the SA Schools Boat Race should be hosted in turn by the four main rowing provinces at a local provincial venue selected by the host province. However, after the first SA Schools Boat Race in Cape Town, the second in Port Alfred was so successful, that it is was believed the race should alternate between these two venues. Currently the BOAT RACE takes place at Port Alfred each year, this venue has become the traditional Boat Race venue since 2001. 

Floating Trophies

Four magnificent Boat Race Floating Trophies have been provided:
  • for the winning school eight and quad
  • for the second-placed school eight and quad

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Banking Details

South African Schools Rowing Union
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 00 424 046 4
Branch: Eastgate (018 505)