October 2, 2016 | 8:30 am to 5 pm
The Head of the Riverfront is a USRowing Registered Regatta. Every USRowing-sanctioned event is led by a jury of USRowing-trained and certified officials, and registration with USRowing designates the regatta as a nationally recognized safe and fair event. Now in its 18th year, the Head of the Riverfront offers head-style competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate and masters rowers.
This year we're pleased to welcome over 600 entries, representing 64 clubs and schools. Coaches, competitors and spectators are encouraged to review the information below on the schedule of events and directions to our park.
Please note: coach & coxswain meeting will be held at the boathouse Sunday morning at 7:00AM.
Trailers may be parked at Riverside Park overnight. Trailers may arrive beginning at noon on Saturday, October 1, and are parked on a space-available basis. Some trailer parking is on a paved surface, some parking will be on grass. Although not required, it is encouraged that the towing vehicle be unhitched and removed from the trailer parking area to maximize the space for trailers and crews for rigging of equipment. Riverside Park closes its gates at sunset on Saturday, so trailers arriving on Saturday must do so prior to 6:00PM. The gates will reopen at 5:00AM on Sunday, October 2, the morning of the event. Due to limited parking it is suggested that teams make every effort to share trailers with other clubs or teams participating at the regatta.
From North of Hartford, take I-91 South to Exit 33, Jennings Rd. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Jennings Rd and then take your first right onto Leibert Rd. The park entrance is on your left.
From South of Hartford, take I-91 North to Exit 33, Jennings Rd. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Jennings Rd and then take your first right onto Leibert Rd. The park entrance is on your left. From East of Hartford, take I-84 West to Exit 51, I-91 North and then take Exit 33, Jennings Rd. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Jennings Rd and then take your first right onto Leibert Rd. The park entrance is on your left.
From West of Hartford, take I-84 East to Exit 51, I-91 North and then take Exit 33, Jennings Rd. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Jennings Rd and then take your first right onto Leibert Rd. The park entrance is on your left.
Directions for Spectators/Team Buses/Competitors/All Passenger Vehicles
Plan on a 10 minute walk from this parking area to the boathouse. There are steps/ramp connecting the parking area to the park. If you are bringing in food/hospitality items for a team tent, follow the directions for the boat trailers, but be aware that there is a drop off/unload area and that ONLY utility trailers and their tow vehicles (not individual autos) will be able to park in Riverside Park. This location will place you at the launch site, where the boat trailers will be & the Riverfront boathouse: the finish line is an easy walk from this area, and will take less than 15 minutes. For GPS - input 410 Market Street, Hartford, CT, or use the map below (this will bring you to the CITGO station at the parking lot entrance). A parking fee of $15.00 directly benefits the Riverfront Recapture youth rowing program. Members of our youth rowing team and parents will be on-site to collect your contributions in the parking lot.
NEW for 2016:
The City of Hartford is more stringently enforcing regulations regarding the set up of tents, cooking grills, and the permitting and inspection process for such structures. As a result, to comply with the direction from the Fire Prevention Chief/Fire Marshal for the City of Hartford, only tents that are rented from and provided by the Riverfront Recapture and have been assured to meet the regulations may be used. Teams must register and submit payment for tents through the regatta tent registration process: no team-provided tents will be allowed to set up. Teams may bring their grills, warming tables, etc, but these must only be operated in the designated space adjacent to, but not underneath, their tents assigned to each organization. Riverfront Recapture will obtain the necessary permits for these uses.
Questions? Contact Regatta Deputy Director Gretchen Gregg via email, or at 860.841.7952.
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