There have been some changes to the Head of the Trent Regatta this year that we would like to bring your attention to.
There are still 6 divisions or racing with Division 1 still all the Singles, the remaining divisions have had the events rotated around to hopefully allow for better sharing of equipment between crews, transitioning from boat to boat with at least 1 buffer division for athletes and overall a more efficient regatta allowing for more overall entries and racing opportunities.
We’ve added the U19 Men’s and Women’s 1x, 2x, and 4x+ (coxed quad) to the event lists to expand the racing opportunities for Jr. athletes.
Due to lower entry numbers we’ve amalgamated the Club and Masters Men’s and Women’s 8+s for added event efficiency and a deeper level of competition.
Entry system / waiver Changes
All entries are now done online through the Regatta Central website. Entry fees are subject to processing fees and Seat fees which will be charged over an above.
Alumni boats will not register online as participants may not be current members of a rowing program. Alumni crew captains must e-mail Neil Horne to request a spot for their boat. Alumni crews will be required to fill out a waiver and submit all crew waivers together to the Control Commission before launching.
All non Alumni boat participants who are registered through the Regatta Central system are coved under their 2018 RCA waiver which was signed upon registering with RCA this season.
Starting in 2018 the Head of the Trent Regatta will be following the RCA rules regarding weighing of Lightweight athletes.
Weigh ins will be open from 6:30am – 9:00am on the second floor or the Peterborough Rowing Club boathouse.
All athletes racing in the Lightweight events can not weigh more than 72.5kg for Men’s events and 59kg for Women’s events.
There will be no test scales available the day before competition or the day of racing
Coxwains are not required to weigh in for any event at the Head of the Trent Regatta.
Regatta Rules and Safety Measures
The Head of Trent Regatta Rules have been added to and clarified to allow all coaches and participants to better educate themselves on what regatta officials are expecting of crews while on the water. This is important to review so everyone remains safe and knows how to avoid violations and the time penalty associated with that violation.
The Safety document will give participants, coaches and spectators a better idea of the lengths that the Peterborough Rowing Club goes through to provide a safe environment for all who attend the Head of the Trent Regatta and we hope it helps everyone enjoy the event safely and responsibly.
View Head of the Trent Regatta Rules HERE
View Head of the Trent Regatta Safety Document HERE
Head of the Trent is an annual regatta held on the historic Trent Severn waterway in Peterborough, Ontario. Participants race along the scenic Trent Canal and Otonabee River in a 4.5km head style race.
The regatta draws competitors primarily from Ontario, Quebec, and the northern United States, with international clubs also participating on occasion. It is regarded as one of the premier events for fall rowing in the region, and competition for entries has grown increasingly more vigorous in recent years. Over 2,000 athletes in over 400 boats race throughout the day making the regatta one of the largest single-day regattas in North America.
Races start at 8:30am and run until sunset with the events split into 6 divisions. Events range from University, Club and Masters to Junior U19 and Recreational events. Crews race from the Parkhill Rd. bridge north through the canal at the rowing club up past the foot bridge int he heart of the Trent University Campus.
The regatta coincides with Trent University’s homecoming celebrations, and provides a unique atmosphere of spectators, festivities and activities. Crews are often cheered along by revelers at the finish line and some of the more narrow portions of the course.