Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, vendors, and spectators for another great day of racing and camaraderie. We look forward to seeing you all back again next year, Saturday, September 29, 2019!
New This Year All lightweight crews are required to weigh in.
The weigh station will be open from 7:00 am to 10 am only. There will be no practice scale. One trial only will be permitted for weigh-ins. Lightweight rowers or crews that exceed the required weight by the expiry of the time permitted, may still race but with the status of exhibition (which means they will get a time, but won’t get a ranking or medal). Athlete identity will be verified at weigh ins only.
MASTERS ROWERS / CREWS MUST PICK UP AND RETURN BOW AND BACK MARKERS SEPARATELY FROM THE CLUB UNLESS THE HEAD COACH SPECIFICALLY ASKS FOR THOSE EVENTS.
RULES OF RACING
RCA rules of racing will be adhered to with the following exceptions: 2.3 Categories of Rowers and Proof of Age and Identity Junior / Under 19 — A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 19 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 18. Grade 7/8 / Under 15 - A competitor who in the current calendar year does not attain the age of 14 or who is currently and has been continuously enrolled in Grade 7 or 8 as a full-time student. Open— A rower or coxswain of any age may compete in an Open event.
To adhere to NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 Competition against Prospective Student Athletes no junior aged (high school) athletes can compete in the Open or University/Collegiate category where there is a University entry from the U.S.A. 2.6 Weighing of Coxswains - there will be no actual weighing of coxswains. 2.9 Mixed Events - there must be a minimum of 50% female rowers, but there may be more women than men; there must be a minimum of 1 man 2.10.1 - Lightweight Competitors - The weigh station will be open from 7:00 am to 10 am only. There will be no practice scale. Lightweight rowers or crews that exceed the required weight by the expiry of the time permitted, may still race but with the status of exhibition (which means they will get a time, but won’t get a ranking or medal). Athlete identity will be verified at weigh ins only. 7.6 Crew changes before the First Heat - changes accepted only up to 2 hours before, not 1 hour
The 38th Annual Head of the Welland - Five Bridges Fall Classic
The South Niagara Rowing Club invites you to join us Saturday, September 22, 2018
Five bridges and a great mix of open water to navigate
5.2 kilometres (3.2 miles) of unobstructed powerboat-free waterway
Fully buoyed course
Pan Am Games 2015 Brand New Facility
Finish Lynx Video Timing System, accurate to 1/1000th of a second
Real-time results posting
Paved trails on both sides of the course to watch the race on foot or bicycle
Grandstands at finish line
Indoor washroom facilities
Plenty of room for crew tents
Hosted by the South Niagara Rowing Club in late September every year since 1980, the Head of the Welland is run on the North Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre. In its 37th year - with partnerships with the Province of Ontario and the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation the Head of the Welland ~ Five Bridges Fall Classic is truly on its way to becoming a must attend event.
The board, coaches and members of the South Niagara Rowing Club thank all the sponsors who have contributed in so many ways to making the Head of the Welland a success. Please click here to see our sponsors page on headofthewelland.ca and the links to sponsor websites.