Head of the Rock

  • Hosted By: Rockford YMCA Rowing Club

Welcome to the 2021 Head of the Rock Regatta!

The members of the YMCA of Rock River Valley Rowing Club want to welcome you to our 33rd annual regatta to be held on Sunday October 10, 2021.  We also want to thank our sponsors and volunteers in helping put on this event.  Without them we would not be able to host this event for 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, 2 splits will also be reported.

New for 2021, we added 2 new dock access points so we will have a new grounds traffic pattern to follow. New food trucks will be added too.


As of today, Illinois has removed all masking requirements, but we recommend to have a mask if you're in a large group of people in a confined space on the grounds that is not within your pod.

For results on your smart phone go to:

TBD on RC app, also note we will have (tbd) split timers on the course this year on popular demand.

To view the event live online:


As the sport of rowing grows, so does our event.  The last several years have been a challenge with COVID-19 and high water flooding the 2 previous years for the Head of the Rock, but we have not gone away. 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 EVENTS MIGHT.  ALL CHANGES 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 early on Friday prior to the event.  Final Event Schedules will be placed in race packets, so please review them after you pick them up.  

NOTE: Handicap times will be applied to all Masters races within the brackets.

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
Contact Jane Johnson
Email janejohnson@rockriverymca.org
Phone 8159789015
Chief Referee Not yet posted
Juniors Yes
HS/Scholastic Yes
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite Yes
Para No
Inclusive No
Entry Fees (USD)
Plus taxes if applicable