Head of the Mississippi

  • Hosted By: Minneapolis Rowing Club
  • 2016 Registered Regatta


Racing Map - /cms/uploads/minneapolis_rowing_club/files/2014%20HOTM%20racing%20map.pdf

MRC Launch and Return Traffic Pattern: /cms/uploads/minneapolis_rowing_club/files/2014%20Launch_return_at_MRC_8x11.pdf


Regatta Information and Schedule

Minneapolis Rowing Club is pleased to welcome you to the 34th Head of the Mississippi Regatta October 5, 2014. 

REGISTRATION – Will be available on Regatta Central beginning September https://www.regattacentral.com/index.jsp  This is the only way you can register for races for the HOTM.  Entries close Friday September 26.


Trailer and shells can be parked at River Flats Park – see directions – next to the University of Minnesota’s Boat House.  Security will be provided beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday.  There is no parking of trailers at Minneapolis Rowing Club.



The race is rowed upstream and has several bridges, channel markers and other obstacles to be aware of.  It is a beautiful course beginning at Minneapolis Rowing Club and ending aprox. 3 miles upstream.  Please refer to the local rules for further information.



A representative from each club/University racing needs to attend ONE of the meetings.  At the River Flats Park – 7:30 AM OR Minneapolis Rowing Club – 8:15 AM.



Races begin at 9:00 AM.  Watch your time and allow at least 30 minutes to row to the starting area from River Flats Park. Please be aware of your time.  Boats late to the line will not be allowed to race unless directed to do so by the officials. 

If you wish to add a boat or change ages in a boat please do so at least one hour prior to scheduled race time.  If you wish to scratch a boat please do so ASAP.



Are provided in your packet.



“Masters”: Rowers who have attained or will attain the age of 27 during the calendar year.  A competitor’s age is determined as of December 31 or the current calendar year. 

 “Juniors”: High school or community rowing programs where the oldest rower will not have attained the age of 19 by the end of the calendar year in which the race occurs.

“Novice/Freshman”: Any rower who began rowing May 2014 or later and/or is in their first year of rowing at the collegiate level.

“Open/Collegiate”: Any rower or crew representing a college or university, either as a club or varsity sport, and any non-collegiate rower or crew not otherwise classified or affiliated. NOTE: No Junior may cox or row in a boat entered in any collegiate events.



Handicaps are based on the standard USRA rules.  If you fail to provide ages for each rower on Regatta Central registration they will be assigned the age of 27 and averaged at that.



Any protest can be made it writing at the registration area with 60 minutes of race finish.  A $25 protest fee must accompany a written protest note.  The $25 will be returned if protest is upheld.



Will be given for first place finishers that have at least 2 entries.



There is pay box parking at the River Flats Park.  Once full there are several pay lots in the area and street parking above the River Flats Park (look for stairs to come back down).  All meters are enforced so pay attention.

NO PARKING will be allowed on the park grounds – except the trailer.


SCHEDULE: See Regatta Central


COURSE, WARM-UP and LANDING:  See Local Racing Rules


OTHER CONCERNS: The Head of the Mississippi is the same day as the Twin Cities Marathon – so please plan your travel accordingly.