Head of the Lake

  • Hosted By: Lake Washington Rowing Club
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

The Head of the Lake is a USRowing Registered Regatta. We adhere to the USRowing Rules of Rowing as outlined in the USRowing Rules of Rowing Manual.

For HOTL specific information, please refer to The 2016 Head of the Lake race booklet .

Head of the Lake Penalty Summary HOTL Course Map

  • Dangerous corner! “Pocock Turn”  If the racing shell of any crew or individual crosses over the port side buoy line the individual rower or crew will be disqualified.
  • “Montlake Cut” and 100m east of the University Bridge to the South end of Ivar’s restaurant. Any crew or individual rower entering the warm up lanes (while racing) or racing lanes (while warming up) in these two areas may be excluded. Referee will determine this based on the circumstances.
  • Navigational buoy past Foster Island: If a crew holds down (port side) while making this turn the crew will be excluded. All rowers must keep rowing!  NOTE: If a crew has to hold down to avoid colliding with another crew the referee stationed there will take note and make an allowance for this.
  • Where buoys mark the boundaries of the course a crew or individual rower will be penalized 10 seconds for each buoy they pass incorrectly.
  • Interference with another crew either failing to yield safely to allow a boat to pass (blocking their path intentionally) or the passing boat not allowing time for the crew they are passing to yield to the passer safely will result in a penalty being assessed. It will be at the referee’s discretion as to the penalty assessed. 


  • Penalty Code     Description                                                                 Penalty                                               
  • TP                        Traffic Pattern Violation                                            reprimand / warning
  • TPX                      Traffic Patter Violation with Collision                         exclusion
  • OO                       Out of start order                                                        reprimand / warning
  • OOX                     Out of start order                                                        exclusion
  • IN                         Invisible Number                                                         no race time
  • CBX                     Cross Buoy line/ Pass in no pass zone                      exclusion
  • FCX                     Force Crew into opposite traffic                                  disqualification
  • MB                       Missed Buoy                                                                10 sec
  • HDX                     Hold Down on Turn                                                      exclusion
  • FY                        Failure to Yield                                                            60 sec
  • FYX                      Failure to yield with contact                                         exclusion
  • IF                          Interference                                                                  60 sec
  • IFX                        Interference with contact                                             exclusion
  • NPX                      Pass in no pass zone                                                    exclusion
  • UP                         Unsafe pass                                                                  60 sec
  • UPX                       Unsafe pass                                                                   exclusion
  • DRX                       Flagrant Disregard for Rules                                        disqualification
  • FF                          Fail to Follow instructions                                              60 sec
  • FFX                        Fail to Follow instructions                                              exclusion
  • LRX                        Leave Rower in water alone                                         disqualification