Head of the Riverfront

The 2021 Head of the Riverfront will be held on Sunday, October 3. 

The Head of the Riverfront offers head-style competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate and masters rowers. 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.

We are excited to announce registration for the regatta and the “hospitality” are both now open. After a year off for the pandemic, we are confident that together with you all we can enjoy a safe, fair, and fun regatta.

  • Registration: Regular regatta registration is open until midnight, September 24. Following the registration deadline, 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 to not wait until the last days before the deadline to enter.
  • Tent Reservation: Teams must register and submit payment for tents through the regatta tent registration process Deadline for tent registration is midnight, September 22. NOTE 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.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at regatta@riverfront.org. 

  • Regatta Map
  • Regatta Packet
  • Regatta Risk Mitigation Plan
  • COVID-19: Safety remains a top priority, and the Head of the Riverfront organizers have reviewed current COVID guidance and regulations from the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford, USRowing, and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Recognizing that this guidance is subject to change, the following best practices have been established as a baseline for the 2021 Head of the Riverfront. Each registered participant and attendee is encouraged to follow any additional protocols for sanitizing, face coverings, and distancing that allow them to participate in the event in a way that is enjoyable and maximizes their safety and the safety and health of all. Please do not place our volunteers and race personnel in the position of having to remind people to be respectful.
    USRowing’s Medical Commission is encouraging all members to get vaccinated as soon as possible in order to protect each other as we can get back to usual boathouse activity and return to large-scale regattas. Note that the The Connecticut Interscholastic Conference 2021 Fall Sports COVID-19 Guidance August 12, 2021: Vaccination Joint Statement Issued by CT DPH (July 20, 2021) states “The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), and many youth sports organizations in our state are joining together in this message to encourage interscholastic Athletic Directors and other youth athletic team administrators to help all of their athletes 12 years and older stay on the field and in the classroom this fall by helping them get vaccinated.”
    If you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19, do not come to the regatta! If you have been notified that you are to be quarantined due to potential COVID exposure, honor that and do not attend the Head of the Riverfront.
    The Head of the Riverfront is confident that the majority of those participating in the 2021 regatta have followed the recommendations of public health officials. We ask that everyone establishes a respectful physical distance between themselves and our volunteers, the race officials, and participants from other schools and clubs. If you are interacting directly with volunteers, race officials, or Riverfront Recapture staff we ask that you wear a mask (whether indoors or outside). Examples would include crews interacting with dock control, coaches picking up race packets, or athletes claiming medals. Masking is mandatory in indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status, per the City of Hartford. 
    The Head of the Riverfront will be putting additional space between trailers to the best of our ability and the constraints of the venue. We have no doubts that participants will be considerate of others as they rig their equipment and move around the venue. Coaches and athletes should be aware that in an effort to create a responsible distance between crews in the queue to the dock or other traditionally congested areas that additional time should be planned to ensure delays are minimized. Cooperation with these basic health and safety guidelines will allow us all to enjoy a full slate of competitive events and welcome the support and encouragement of families and supporters.

Head of the Riverfront 2019

Congratulations to all of the competitors in the 2019 Head of the Riverfront on an an excellent day of racing. 

2019 Trophy Winners:
Discover RE Cup, Men’s 1st Jr 4+: RowAmericaRye
Muncie Cup, Men’s Open/Collegiate 8+: Wesleyan University
LaPerla Plate, Women’s Open/Collegiate 8+: Tufts University
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+: Saugatuck Rowing Club
Mowell Trophy, Women’s Jr Novice 8+: Saugatuck Rowing Club
Marfuggi Points Trophy: RowAmericaRye

View all 2019 results here

We wish to thank the US Rowing officials, the hundreds of volunteers, and our support from public safety organizations for helping to ensure a fair, safe day of competitive racing.

Please direct all media inquiries to Tara Cantor via email, or at (860) 986-8553.
Other questions? Please contact Regatta Deputy Director Gretchen Gregg via email, or at (860) 841-7952.

Thanks to all of our sponsors!