Head of the Housatonic Regatta -- Saturday, October 8, 2016


Trailer Registration is Open!


Trailer registration on Regatta Central has opened for all scholastic, college, and club/masters programs to ensure we do not overflow at Indian Well State Park. Trailer registration will run through 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.  Programs that skip this step will not be able to register their entries, so please register your trailers as required!

Use this link (https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/venue.jsp?job_id=4714&org_id=339) to get directly to the trailer registration page on Regatta Central.  Once there, click on the brown box that says Click Here to Register to begin the process.

Single scullers who cartop are NOT required to preregister their cars -- this requirement is for trailers only.

Event registration opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.  Please register your crews promptly -- especially scholastic entries -- because many events fill in the first two or three days of registration.  We will fill slots off the waiting list to the greatest extent possible.

More information to come as we help you prepare for another exciting day of racing on the Housy.

New Haven RC


Head of the Housatonic Visitors Guide

Welcome to the Head of the Housatonic Regatta!  Whether you are a competitor, a family member or friend, or just someone interested in rowing, we hope you have a great time at the regatta. For first-time regatta attendees, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your visit.


Crew is a physically demanding sport that also requires a high degree of technical skill. Athletes sit in a boat called a crew shell, facing the stern, which means they are unable to see the race course in front of them. Some rowers compete holding two oars each (sculling), and some hold one oar each (sweep rowing). Some sweep boats also have a coxswain who steers the shell and motivates the rowers. Shells range in size from one rower (single scull) all the way up to eight rowers.  At this regatta, we have events for almost every type of boat, and for every age athlete from ninth-graders up to octogenarians.

The Racecourse

The Head of the Housatonic is a 2.7-mile race. The starting line is a half-mile to the right (downstream) of Indian Well State Park, from where you will watch the regatta.  The finish line is at the New Haven RC boathouse, some two miles to the left (upstream) of the park. At the point the shells are passing the park, the rowers have already been racing for 3-5 minutes. The very fastest crews (college men) will finish the race in about 13 minutes, while some of the older single scullers can take up to 20 minutes to complete the course (or longer if there is a headwind).

Each boat is identified by a unique bow number.  It's a good idea to bring binoculars so you can more easily find the boats from your team as they pass by. Yelling to encourage your favorite crew is encouraged!  The athletes can hear you clearly under all but the most adverse weather conditions.

Indian Well State Park

While you are at the park, we hope you will take advantage of our vendor tents.  Regatta t-shirts or other rowing souvenirs make a great gift for yourself, or for the athlete you are here to cheer for.  We also have vendors selling food and beverages for spectators. Many rowing programs set up their own tents for their supporters.

There are permanent rest rooms in the central building just north of the main parking lot at Indian Well State Park. Port-a-Potties are also available at numerous locations throughout the park.

Race Results

Cell phone service in the Park can be challenging at times, but preliminary racing results are posted online approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of each race.  A paper copy of the preliminary results is posted near the Registration Tent as well.


If you have any questions or need any assistance from regatta staff, please make your way to the Registration Tent and we will be happy to help you. Thanks for joining us!

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