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.


Results 2013 Head of the Rideau

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.


Head of the Rideau draw is now posted

September 26, 2013

Download the draw for Sunday's Head of the Rideau.


Head of the Rideau registration now open - September 29, 2013

September 12, 2013

Here is the link for Head of the Rideau registration.

The Ottawa Rowing Club hosts the annual Head of the Rideau regatta on Sunday September 29, 2013 at the Rideau Canoe Club at Hog's Back.

Here is the course map, regulations and race schedule all on two pages!

ORC rowers, spouses/partners, and parents are encouraged to volunteer at the Head of the Rideau. Details on how to volunteer can be found here.

Here is the link for Head of the Rideau registration.

In the meantime,you can download the Head of the Rideau regulations and the event order for the regatta.

Here are the current OUA regulations for universities competing at the Head of the Rideau.

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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Launch: Rideau Canoe Club at Hogsback.
Start: Black Rapids, South of Hunt Club Rd.
Trailers: In the field beside the Rideau Canoe Club.
Regatta HQ: Inside the Canoe Club.
Parking: There is no parking at the site. Look for parking around the streets and buildings near the Canoe Club.



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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