RowAmerica - Head of the Fox Regatta

  • Hosted By: RowAmerica St. Charles
  • 2016 Registered Regatta


Junior Novice = 19 and under, currently enrolled in high school or equivalent, in their first year of rowing.
Junior = 19 and under, currently enrolled in high school or equivalent.
Masters = Adult competitive rowers.
Men's: All rowers are male. One woman can be accepted into the lineup with prior approval of regatta committee.
Women's: All rowers are female.

There are no lightweight categories.



A announcer will call crews to launch 40, 30, and 25 minutes prior to the listed race time. Even so, it is ultimately the crew's responsibility to launch on time. Crews that arrive at the launch area less than 10 minutes prior to their race time may be automatically scratched. Calls to the launch area will be adjusted if the regatta runs late (although regatta staff will make every effort to run on time). 


Crews shall launch from the beach at Ferson Creek Park on the east side of the river. Crews will warm up the east side of the river, heading north to the start line.  Crews will row through the center opening of the bridge up to the buoy and arrange themselves in bow number order.  Crews shall not cross the buoy line onto the course while proceeding to the starting area. 


  • All crews will race a 4k distance with the start at the first set of yellow buoys just north of Red Gate bridge.  
  • Be at the start at least 5 minutes before the official start time of your race. (The distance to the start from the launch area is approximately 4k and may take 25-30 minutes at a warm-up pace.)
  • This is a flying start, in single file. Line up in order based on boat number. 
  • As directed by the starter or marshal, cross the starting line at race pace about 20 seconds behind the preceding boat.  
  • All crews should be at the start 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the race.


USRowing rules will generally be followed.

Refs will be nominally lenient, especially to recreational and novice crews. However, we will expect all crews to be cognizant of the rules and to act with respect and sportsmanship towards other crews and regatta personnel. Protests must be lodged with a referee while the crew is still on the water.

  • Boats racing have the right of way over all other boats. Any non-racing boat that interferes with a race will be subject to a 30-second penalty or possible exclusion from its race.
  • An overtaking boat is considered to be overtaking when it moves to within a boat length of the boat it’s approaching. When passing another boat, the overtaking boat has the right of way, but is obliged to make it apparent to the boat ahead on which side it wishes to pass. Generally, overtaking boats should pass on the starboard side of the boat they are overtaking.  If, in the opinion of the officials, insufficient room is given, a 30-second penalty may be assessed. However, no overtaking boat should press its right of way to the point of collision.
  • Racing boats interfering with other racing boats will be subject to a 30-second penalty or possible exclusion from the race.
  • If one or more rowers is ejected from a boat during a race, the affected crew must stop and remain with those individuals until all are safely out of the water or safety boat arrives.
  • Respect for the safety of other competitors and equipment must be shown at all times. If, in the opinion of the officials, a crew is behaving in a dangerous or reckless manner, that crew may be excluded from its race


All shells must be equipped with a bow ball. Each set of shoes within the shell must be equipped with properly-secured heel tie-downs.


Each crew shall have a bow number indicating its’ place in the starting order.  No crew will be allowed to start without the appropriate bow number being affixed to the bow of their boat in a manner that allows the number to be seen by the starter.  Crews crossing the finish line with the wrong bow marker will be excluded.