Head of the Hudson

  • Sep 17, 2023
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  • Albany, NY (USA)
  • Hosted By: O.A.R.S., Inc. dba Albany Rowing Center
  • USRowing Sanctioned Regatta

2023 Head of the Hudson Regatta

7 am Coaches/ Coxswain/ Bow Seat meeting bullet points:


  • Only crews and launching supporters are allowed on the docks.  Dock space is very limited and we need to launch and land a lot of boats.  Come to the dock with a plan for how to launch efficiently.
  • Crews must launch 30 minutes before the start of their event. 
  • After launching, crews must wait for an all-clear signal from the launch before crossing the course to the travel lane.
  • Once cleared to cross the course, crews should proceed to the far shore as quickly as possible and then proceed north along the eastern (Rensselaer) shore of the river. When traveling under the (I-90) bridge, do not use the arch closest to shore, it is shallow and hazardous.  Otherwise keep reasonably close to the far shore and out of the buoyed race lane.
  • Any crew arriving at the start after the last boat in their event has started, but before the last boat has crossed the finish, will be timed at the discretion of the officials.  Any crew arriving at the start after the last boat in their event has crossed the finish line will not be timed.


  • Crews should row up well past the starting line, but do not go north of the overhead power lines.  Once in the start marshaling area, crews should try to line up in bow-number order. The starting-line official will be in a launch directing crews to enter the starting-chute marked with orange buoys. When entering the starting-chute, rowers should be at half to three-quarter power. The second orange buoys mark the point at which crews should be at full power so that they will be up to speed when they cross the official start line.
  • Crews start the race north of the I-90 Bridge opposite the red triangle (navigation mark), proceed south back through the I-90 bridge (be aware of the abutments!) and then through the railroad bridge. Even though the course is relatively straight, it is deceptive near the railroad bridge.  Bow seats and coxswains please be aware there is an adjustment to get through the correct arches to the east of the bridge island. The finish line is at the Corning Preserve Amphitheater.  
  • When approaching the finish line (large white buoy), crews should stay closer to the center of the river in the race lane to avoid collisions with crews returning to the dock along the Albany shore. Crews approaching the finish line must continue paddling well past the finish and around the turning buoy so as not to impede other boats that are finishing.
  • Crews will be instructed by a marshal to turn upriver towards the western (Albany) shore toward the receiving docks. 


  • Crews may pass on either side.
  • Crews being overtaken must not impede the overtaking crew.  In other words, yield to the crew that is overtaking.
  • Passing crews must stay well clear of the shell being overtaken and must maintain their lane until they are at least two boat lengths ahead.
  • Passing is not allowed, nor is the crew being overtaken required to yield, in cases where the overtaking crew’s position clearly prevents safe passage or where there is insufficient room to yield.  In other words, passing is not allowed when there is danger of colliding with a bridge.
  • Overtaking crews are encouraged to communicate to the boat they are passing, which direction they would like the slower crew to yield.
  • Failure to yield right of way may result in a 60 second penalty.  Note that we cannot give anyone time back, we can only take time away as a penalty, so be careful and strategic about passing!
  • Any boat rowing out of either the travel or race lane may be disqualified.
  • Any notification of a foul or protest must be given to the finish line marshal while the crew is still on the water. 
  • Any protest that is not upheld, earns a disqualification for that boat.


  • Returning crews should row in single file up the from the finish line turning buoy, through the railroad bridge arch closest to shore, taking care to keep out of the race lane.  Be aware there may be a back-up, as return dock space is limited. Eights will be retrieved on the launch dock, smaller boats will be retrieved on the return dock at the boat-ramp. Once on the dock, be as quick as possible to accommodate other returning crews.