The Head of The Dart is an historic rowing event over eight miles that alternates direction annually: Totnes to Dartmouth one year, Dartmouth to Totnes the next.

In 2015, it was decided that due to the growing number of Stand Up Paddlers, to run the event over 2 days, with the Rowers on the Saturday and SUP on the Sunday. This will continue each year, allowing clearer water and less congestion at the start and finish areas.

Back in 2008 one of the UK’s prominent SUP competitors and Devon local John Hibbard, enquired about adding a SUP division to the rowing event.  The rowing clubs were extremely kind to allow a small group of local SUP paddlers to complete the eight mile course.

As the sport has taken off and grown in the UK, so have the numbers of SUP racers and 2013 saw a fully subscribed event, with entry limited to one hundred stand up paddlers. Numbers were capped at 150 in 2015 and we saw a full entry. Inclement weather saw a number of pre-event withdrawals but nevertheless, a hundred paddlers made for a great spectacle!


Confirmed date for the 2019 event: Sunday 14th April
Start: Totnes, next to the Rowing Club
Finish: Dartmouth, opposite Coronation Park, between fuel barge & pontoon (downstream of the Higher Ferry)


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  1. Would you guys be interested in joining the Exeter Canoe Club marathon races on the Exe and Exeter Canal !9 April and at Totnes Circuit (12 July). Other races available if organising club is willing. Further details see Exeter CC webb site- exetercanoeclub.org.uk

    • Thank you Dennis, I’m sure there’s a number of local stand up paddlers who would be very keen to participate. There’s a good SUP scene in Exmouth and quite a few on the Exe now. When you have info on the events, the UK online SUP magazines will definitely assist in promoting. We can pass on their details if you need them.

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