The 2017 Docklands Head was held on Sunday November 5th in what proved to be very challenging conditions over parts of the dead straight 2750 metre course. The backdrop of Canary Wharf was visible under the clear sky as the competitors mustered in calm conditions at the start in the Royal Victoria Dock. Conditions worsened after 1000 metres then calmed as the crews entered the Royal Albert Dock when crews benefited from the strong tail wind. For some of the competitors it was a testing weekend having raced previously on the Saturday at Henley or Kingston.
The cold westerly wind was consistent and both divisions recorded very similar times without one favouring the other. As usual all events were offered and the overall winner was Curlew IM2 4- who rowed strongly and managed the difficult conditions better than most.
Despite the threatening westerly wind the event went ahead on time and without incident.
Over 143 crews took part in the event from fourteen clubs and schools. The junior events were well attended and some close ties were recorded. Prizes were awarded to events with three or more entries and overall prizes were awarded for twenty events.