Head of the Rideau results

September 28, 2015

The Head of the Rideau was a huge success again this year, over 270 boats, more than 400 athletes, 8 hours of exciting racing! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers for your hours of support in making Head of the Rideau 2015 the best ever!

Download the 2015 Head of the Rideau results.


42nd Head of the Rideau Regatta: Unofficial Draw and Call for Volunteers

September 23, 2015

The ORC will be hosting Head of the Rideau this Sunday, September 27 at the Rideau Canoe Club facility at 804 Hog’s Back Road on the Rideau River at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

Rowers will enjoy a scenic 5.2 km race along the Rideau River culminating with an exciting finish in Mooney’s Bay. Rowers from all over Ontario, Quebec and beyond will participate in a full day of racing on Sunday beginning at 7:50am until 5:30pm.

Parking may be limited around the regatta site so walking, biking, taking public transportation to the regatta is encouraged. If you are driving, there is access to limited street parking around the Canoe Club and there is daily parking at the marina across the river for $4 per day.

The unofficial draw can be found here.

One of the reasons why The Rideau is so popular is the great work by our volunteers. If you can help and join our team of volunteers, let us know! Below are descriptions of volunteer positions. All rowers (including friends and family) are asked to consider giving some of their time to help make The Rideau a continued success.

There are multiple time slots available so even if you are racing, you can still volunteer. High school students can also receive Volunteer Hours.

Some possible volunteer roles are:

On the water - along with one other person, you would be situated in a coach boat as a spotter at a particular point along the course to keep things moving smoothly and communicate any issues. This is also a great way to see the races and get to know fellow rowers. The driver requires a boater licence.

Food Bake Sale - while food trucks will be on-site, this position helps with a separate bake sale/snack table by donating baking, serving, taking requests, doing cash, and/or helping with set up/clean up. This is done with our parent volunteer co-ordinators. If you can’t volunteer on regatta day but can bake, we welcome contributions to the bake sale selection! Baked goods can be dropped off to the bake table at the regatta.

Dock - ensuring that boats get on and off the docks smoothly is an important role and we are always looking for people who are able to communicate the need for efficiency to the rowers and also be able to deal with any last minute hiccups (missing blades, hot seating, equipment issues, etc).

Bow ball and shoe check - working at Control Commission through which all boats must pass, you are helping the Control Umpire check that bow balls are in place and that shoes are secure and tied down before boats proceed to the docks and launch.

Bow Marker Collection - making sure all bow markers are collected at the dock immediately after the race.

Volunteer floaters - helping as needed and filling in if volunteers cannot show or have a conflict.

Umpires - this is a trained position, but please indicate if you are interested in joining our umpire ranks.

Please express your interest by sending an email to with your name, contact number (cell), position in which you are interested, and time slot in which you are interested (A, B and/or C):

A) Races 1-2, 8-11:30:
B) Races 3-4, 11:30-14:30:
C) Races 5-6, 14:30-17:30:


Entries open for Head of the Rideau 2015 - Sunday September 27

September 5, 2015

Rules of the 2015 Head of the Rideau can be found here and the event list for the regatta can be found here.

Download the information sheet for the regatta here.

Registration through Regatta Cetral is now open and can be found here



41st Head of the Rideau Regatta - Sunday September 27, 2015

September 5, 2015

The Ottawa Rowing Club, is pleased to invite you to attend the 41st running of the Head of the Rideau Regatta to be held on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at the Rideau Canoe Club facility at 804 Hog’s Back Road on the Rideau River at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

The Head of the Rideau regatta is Ottawa flagship rowing regatta held continuously every year since 1973. Rowers enjoy a scenic 5.2 km race along the Rideau River culminating with an exciting finish in Mooney’s Bay. Rowers from all over Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern US participate annually in this challenging head race held each autumn.

Open to varsity and club rowers alike, the Head of the Rideau offers races for all ages and boat classes, with a short course race for novice athletes. Race weekend will kick off with the Rideau Canal Flotilla on Saturday morning at 8:00 am through Ottawa’s downtown core on the scenic UNESCO World Heritage waterway; the Rideau Canal. Launching will be at Dow’s Lake and participants will row down the canal to the National Arts Centre. The flotilla this year will be limited to ‘Singles’ boats only.

Sunday boasts a full day of racing, from 7:50 A.M. until 17:30 P.M. Spectators can enjoy the regatta from one of several enjoyable vantage points: the Hog’s Back Park/Bridge overlooking the finish line, Mooney’s Bay Park and Beach alongside the course, or from the marina directly across the river from the Canoe Club. Awards will be presented Sunday immediately following the regatta at the Rideau Canoe Club facility.

Registration is open now until September 19th at 12:00 noon.

An information package for the regatta can be downloaded here.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at:

Regulations and the event list for the 2014 Head of the Rideau regatta on Sunday, September 28 are now available.

The regatta starts and finishes at the Rideau Canoe Club on Hog's Back Road. Here's the map to find it.

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2013 Head of the Rideau on North Country Public Radio

October 4, 2013

Listen to Brian Storosko and others talk about last weekend's the Head of the Rideau on North Country Public Radio in upstate New York.


Regatta Information

Date:  Sunday, September 27th, 2014

Location: Rideau Canoe Club
                        804 Hogs Back Road

Start: Black Rapids: south of Hunt Club

Phone: 613-241-1120

Event Information - 2014 HOTR regulations

Registration  Here is the link for registration.

Event Schedule
            7:15 – Coaches & Referee Meeting
            7:00-10:00 – Weigh In
            9:00 – 16:00 Races:  race schedule
            17:30 – Presentation of the Kandahar Trophy

Course Map

Head of the Rideau course map





2014 Head of the Rideau results

September 29, 2014

The ORC hosted the Head of the Rideau regatta this past Sunday and it was a terrific success. The weather could not have been more perfect with a perfect blue sky, warm sunshine and calm water. Summer had a little bit more left to give and we definitely took advantage of it. The day included some great racing and the ORC wants to thank all those clubs and universities that made the trek to Ottawa again this year.

We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2016 and adding to the pool of competitors. We want to also give a huge thank you to all of our regatta volunteers and race officials. The HotR is only possible with the hard work of our many volunteers and officials who manage the pre-event planning, on-water racing, docking, start and finish lines, on site food, regatta registration, and the list goes on. It is a small army of people who help out and we thank you many times over for all you do.

The Kandahar Trophy for rthe top university team at the regatta went to Queen's University beating Trent University by one point.

Download the results of the 2014 Head of the Rideau here.

2013 Head of The Rideau Results

September 29, 2013

Here are the results of today's Head of the Rideau.
Thanks to all the competitors, spectators and volunteers for an excellent day of racing on a spectacular late September day.


Safety Notes and Regatta Rules

The Head of the Rideau is sanctioned by both Rowing Canada and RowOntario. The Regatta follows Rowing Canada’s Rules of Racing with some variation for local conditions. Confirm the rules when you check-in.

Regatta Rules:

  1. Do not stop a shell underneath a bridge. Some of the corners are blind.
  2. Boat traffic goes one direction at a time. Row to the start only when the course is closed. Do not proceed without explicit permission from the marshal.
  3. You must adhere to marshals’ instructions at all times. The Dock Marshal, especially, will insist on your cooperation.
  4. Lightweight athletes must weigh-in at time of team check-in. Lightweights weigh-in at: women, 135lbs; men, 165lbs.

Equipment Requirements:

  1. In shells fitted with shoes, tie-down straps must connect the heel of the shoe to the bottom of the foot stretcher.
  2. All shells must be fitted with a bow ball.
  3. All shells must be fitted with bow marker holders. These will not be provided at the regatta and shells will not be allowed to race without one.
  4. Racing shells must meet the requirements of the Canadian Rules of Racing.

Course Obstacles:

The course includes sharp turns, two bridges, a number of channel markers, and natural obstacles sometimes close to the shoreline. These may cause problems for coxswains and scullers not used to this type of course. Please make sure your athletes have the necessary skills for their events.


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