Head of the Fort

  • Hosted By: University of the Fraser Valley
  • Sanctioned by RCA and Rowing BC (2021)






•    The Regatta is being held on the Bedford Channel, Fort Langley

•    Trailer parking will be assigned. Contact us with the size of your trailer. Arrive before 630 am.

You may need to park at a designated off-site area once your trailer is unloaded at our “loading/unloading zone”.

•    There is car parking at the Fort National Historic Site and the end of Mavis ave, east of the bridge at Marina Park, and over the bridge at the Fort Camping day use area. Parking near the venue is reserved for Officials only. Additional street parking is spread throughout the village.

Event Categories 4k(head race)

    •    Juniors - includes Coxed Quad event
    •    Seniors/Open
    •    Novice
    •   Masters(aged 21 plus) - handicapped for age
    •   700 m Dual Sprints -  top 6 raw times in certain events


        Tentative Dual Sprints(700m):

        Flight 1 -  Womens Open 4x/4-                                                         Flight 2 - Mens Open 4x/4-

                          Jr. Womens  Coxed 4x+                                                                    Jr. Mens  Coxed 4x+

         Mens 2x/2-/1x  (handicapped for boat class)                           Womens 2x/2-/1x (handicapped for boat class)

                          Jr. Mens 2x/2-/1x                                                                               Jr. Womens 2x/2-/1x     


Launch Schedule

•    Official Welcome and Coach/coxswain’s meeting @ 7:30 am.

7:50 am: Kwantlen Nation Drumming Sendoff - launching begins for Flight 1.

8:35 am: Dock closed

8:35-8:40 am:Pre-start line-up begins at the pump-house 1km west of the

bridge).  You will be directed.

8:45 am: FLIGHT 1 race begins - running start every 15 seconds.

10:00 am: Flight 2 launch begins.

10:50 am: Dock closed

10:50-10:55 am: Pre-start line-up begins at the pumphouse.

11:00 am: FLIGHT 2 race begins - running start every 15 seconds.




1:00 pm: Launch first 24 boats for Dual Sprints

1:25 pm: Pre-start line up begins

1:30 pm: First race starts - duals start every 3 minutes

2:30 pm: Launch remaining boats for Dual Sprints

2:55 pm: Pre-start line up begins

3:00 pm:  Second races begin - duals start every 3 minutes



      • Trailers with 8’s will park and wet launch at Brae Island/Fort Camping. Boats will need to be safety-checked by an Umpire before launching.
      • Crews will race east, keeping to the starboard shore, slower crews moving  closer to shore to allow faster boats to pass. Keep the red buoys to your port side.
      • There will be TWO bridge spans open for each direction. The middle span is CLOSED and marked with large buoys.
      • There are two large buoys BEFORE the end of the channel to turn around and return west. No passing zone at the turn. Yield to faster crews.
      • The overtaking crew has right of way and the overtaken crew must yield water away from the overtaking crew. No crew may compromise the safety of another during passing. Water safety is the responsibility of both crews, especially at tight turns. Listen to officials if they ask you to delay passing. Disqualification will result for failing to heed an official’s warning or compromising the safety of another crew.
      • On the return, continue to keep closer to the starboard shore, red buoys on your port side. Note the boathouses and fishing docks on the starboard shore before you reach the bridge.
      • Finish line is same as start - west of the rowing boathouse and dock.
      • After finishing the race, all crews must remain in the cool down area, until after every boat has come through the finish line (unless directed by an official). 
      • Crews can move into the cool-down area, keeping the same course in that area as the race course. There is still another 1km row in that cool-down area.

Boats not Finishing

•    If you retire or choose not to complete the course for any reason, please advise the nearest Umpire/safety boat.


•    Competitors and crews participate in the race entirely at their own risk. The decision to race is that of the competing crew alone.  The organizers will not accept any liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, or during or after the event.


  • Fort Langley has a great deal to offer with regards to amenities.
  • Rail and River Restaurant will be offering take-out breakfast and lunch on-site.
  • Fort Langley Youth Rowing Society will be offering snacks and drinks for sale.

Check out “Local Attractions” on Regatta Central for things around town and lodging.


Head race results will be awarded as follows:

There will be ribbon awards for 1s place in each race (dependent on 4 or more in the boat category)

Special Awards for Fastest (handicapped for age/sex/boat class)

  • Junior Women’s Crew
  • Junior Men’s Crew
  • Open Novice Crew
  • Womens 1x
  • Mens 1x
  • Womens 2x
  • Mens 2x

The club garnering the highest points overall will win the completely unique Head of the Fort Aggregate Trophy!

Duals are for FUN ONLY - no awards.