Head of the Riverfront

The 2022 Head of the Riverfront will take place on Sunday, October 2.

Regatta registration is anticipated to open the week of August 22, 2022. We accept all entries on a first-come, first-served basis until the registration deadline. Following the registration deadline on September 23, 2022, additional waitlisted entries will be evaluated based on our ability to accommodate them and, upon acceptance, also be subject to the late entry fee. Registrants are encouraged not to wait until the last days before the deadline to enter.

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. Riverfront Recapture is a private, non-profit organization leading the effort to reconnect metropolitan Hartford with the Connecticut River by providing access to four Riverfront parks in Hartford and East Hartford. Each year, beginning in 1998, we host a head style regatta offering competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate, and masters rowers.

Our Venues

Tents & Grills
Notice: The City of Hartford stringently enforces 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. Assignment of spaces will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.


We were so pleased to host a successful Head of the Riverfront in 2021, with entries from 70 clubs and schools, and look forward to continuing to grow in 2022. Congratulations to all of our competitors in the 2021 Head of the Riverfront for an excellent day of racing.

2021 Head of the Riverfront Trophy Winners:
Discover RE Cup (Men’s 1st Jr 4+): Pelham Community Rowing
Muncie Cup (Men’s Open/Collegiate 8+): Tufts University
LaPerla Plate (Women’s Open/Collegiate 8+): University of Massachusetts
Turcotte Cup (Men’s Masters 8+): New Haven Rowing Club
Hobart Family Cup (Women’s Masters 8+): New Haven Rowing Club
Guzman Bowl (Women’s 1st Jr 8+): RowAmericaRye
Greater Hartford Jaycees Bowl (Men’s 1st Jr 8+): RowAmericaRye
Reige Plate (Men’s Jr Novice 8+): RowAmericaRye
Mowell Trophy (Women’s Jr Novice 8+): Saugatuck Rowing Club
Marfuggi Points Trophy: RowAmericaRye

View all results here.  

All media inquiries should be directed to Tara Cantor via email or at (860) 986-8553.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any race-related questions at regatta@riverfront.org.