Head of the Rock

  • Hosted By Rockford YMCA Rowing Club
  • USRowing Registered

Welcome to the 2017 Head of the Rock Regatta!

The members of the YMCA of Rock River Valley Rowing Club want to welcome you to our 32nd annual regatta to be held on Sunday October 8, 2017!  We also want to thank our sponsors and volunteers in helping put on this event.  We hope you will enjoy the competition and our fantastic rowing venue.  The club constantly strives to improve our event.  Again this year the club is utilizing professional timing services which will employ the use of FinishLynx cameras, splits will also be reported (1000 meters, mid-course and 1000 meters from the finish)

For results on your smart phone go to:

TBD on RC app, also note we will have 3 split timers on the course again this year on popular demand.

To view the event live online:


As the sport of rowing grows, so does our event.  Last year, in terms of registrations, the Head of the Rock is one of the top five head race in North America.  We want to continually improve our event, and in the near future, maybe even this year, we may find it necessary to close registrations early so as not to exceed the number of boats that we can launch and retrieve in a day.  With this in mind we encourage you to register early.  In order to ensure your spot in our event we request that you pay by credit card at time of registration.  We will honor all registrations by college and university teams who will be paying through their schools regular channels.

We will have special reserved parking for singles and doubles on a first come basis. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT EVENT TIMES IN THE EVENT LIST ARE TO SERVE AS GUIDELINES.  THE FINAL POSTED SCHEDULE ORDER OF EVENTS WILL NOT CHANGE, BUT TIMES BETWEEN EVENT MIGHT.  ALL CHANGES AND WILL BE POSTED ONCE AVAILABLE.  Note changes are necessary as factors such as the number of boats in each event will influence the final schedule.  The final schedule will be available sometime on Friday prior to the event.  Final Event Schedules will be placed in race packets, so please review them after you pick them up. No handicaps will be applied to race times.

For headquarters and registration issues, please email hotr2017@gmail.com

The following have what medals will be  issued based on number of entries. In addition,an overall points award will be given for the club and collegiate level.   

Medal Issued



All Races


4 or more


7 or more

Honorable Mention 1

11 or more

Honorable Mention 2

15 or more

Honorable Mention 3

19 or more

Website http://www.headoftherock.org
Host/LOC Rockford YMCA Rowing Club
Contact Jane Johnson
Email janejohnson@rockriverymca.org
Phone 815-978-9015
Sanctioned By
Chief Referee Nikola Vajda
Juniors Yes
HS/Scholastic Yes
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite Yes
Adaptive No
Inclusion Yes
Entry Fees (USD)
Fee cap: $1,500.00 per club

Note: to receive the fee cap all entries must be submitted under one account per club
Max entries 750 entries. This venue has a restriction on how many entries are permitted. Registration is closed when this cap is reach ( or the deadline passes, whichever occurs first.)