Head of the Rideau

  • Hosted By: Ottawa Rowing Club
  • Sanctioned by RCA and ROWONTARIO (2021)

The Head of the Rideau (HOTR) is fast approaching on Sunday, September 26, 2021. This is the flagship head race for the ORC and is very popular with clubs from across Ontario, Quebec, and northern New York. The HOTR is a great day of racing, on a beautiful course, located right here in Ottawa at Mooney's Bay and the Rideau River.

Entry fees:
                Singles: $40 (HST included)                        Doubles: $55 (HST included) 
                Fours: $80 (HST included)                           Eights: $95 (HST included)
* The RCA/RO per seat fees are in addition to the above entry fees.  The per seat fees will be added to your invoice in Regatta Central.

Entries from all universities are subject to a single administrative fee of $565.00 (HST included), which covers one entry in each Ontario University Athletics (OUA) sanctioned university event. Additional entries may be purchased at the rates referenced above. The single administrative fee does NOT include the RCA/RO per seat fees. 

Any boat, university or individual that scratches an event after entries are closed on September 17th 11:59am (noon) will be charged a flat scratch fee of $60 per entry (in addition to the entry fee). Late entries may be accepted after the entry deadline closes if the program allows. A late fee of $60 per entry applies (in addition to the entry fee) to all entries submitted after September 17th, 11:59am (noon).

Crew name changes will be accepted until 11:59pm (midnight) on Friday, September 24.



COVID Protocol 

  • The HOTR Competition site are all of the grounds, parking lot and docks surrounding the Rideau Canoe Club (RCC). The Covid Protocols apply tho the HOTR competition Site.
  • All participants, coaches, volunteers must register upon arrival. Bring Identification and do your Covid Screening on Site. You will be given a bracelet upon registration that must be worn at all times, either on wrist or ankle. Control Commision will not let rowers on the water if they have not checked in at registration.
  • ONLY Athletes and coaches are allowed on the HOTR Competition Site
  • Masks must be worn at all times on the HOTR Competition site, unless sitting and eating 2m away from others.
  • No spectators allowed on the HOTR Competition Site. Spectators can watch races on the Mooney’s Bay (beach) side of the Rideau River
  • No participants or coaches will be allowed inside the RCC facilities. 
  • Read all Covid Protocols in document found in the link below


A Coaches meeting will begin at 7:00 am on the day of racing. A virtual explanation of the Race course will be available soon. 



Head of Rideau Draw

Regatta Race Brochure

Head of Rideau Race Course Map  and Explanations

Penalty map

Regatta parking instructions can be found here. 

Regatta Emergency Action Plan

Regatta Covid Plan

Website http://www.ottawarowingclub.com/hotr-regatta/
Contact Peter Burpee
Email peburp@gmail.com
Phone 613-851-9301
  Information Packet
Sanctioned by  
Chief Umpire Melanie Bryce
Juniors Yes
HS/Scholastic No
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite No
Para No
Inclusive No
Entry Fees (CAD)
Standard Cost Late Cost
Doubles $55.00 $115.00
Eights $95.00 $155.00
Fours $80.00 $140.00
Singles $40.00 $100.00
RCA Seat Fee $3.50
ON 2021 Seat Fee $2.00
Plus taxes if applicable