ENTRIES for the first race of the season on the River Dee, tomorrow's North of England Head of the River, are the best for five years.
There will be 115 crews contesting the 25 classes, with the home clubs seeking more success than they achieved last year when visiting crews claimed the headship and 17 other pennants.
In the morning race starting at 10.30 from Eccleston Ferry, 15 veteran eights in nine classes will start ahead of 23 women's crews in five classes, followed by 17 junior quad sculls contesting four pennants.
Among the veteran F/G entries, Royal Chester's Ken Worden will be competing for the 61st consecutive time.
The afternoon division, starting at 2pm, will be headed by Agecroft, who will be followed by another 50 crews in nine classes.
Grosvenor start second with The King's School three places behind.
Overall, there will be 32 crews from the six Chester clubs racing in 21 eights and 11 fours.