Head of the Trent is an annual regatta held on the historic Trent Severn waterway in Peterborough, Ontario. Participants race along the scenic Trent Canal and Otonabee River in a 5km head style race. The regatta draws competitors primarily from Ontario, Quebec, and the northern United States, with international clubs also participating on occasion. It is regarded as one of the premier events for fall rowing in the region, and competition for entries has grown increasingly more vigorous in recent years. Over 2,000 athletes in over 400 boats race throughout the day making the regatta one of the largest single-day regattas in North America. The regatta coincides with Trent University’s homecoming celebrations, and provides a unique atmosphere of spectators, festivities and activities. Crews are often cheered along by revelers at the finish line and some of the more narrow portions of the course. This year's regatta will be held on Saturday September 30th, 2017. The registration period for the regatta will run from Wednesday August 23rd through to Friday September 15th at noon.
The canal will open following passage of the last boat of each previous division through it. It will close twenty minutes after that point in time. Boats are encouraged to get on the water prior to the canal opening to enable quick movement through the canal as soon as it opens. Crews who do not proceed through the canal within the prescribed time period will be disqualified from their event.
Please remember that rowers are not permitted to race in back-to-back divisions (Rule 1a). Dock marshals will be watching for this and disqualify boats that are in violation. Violation of the rule will result in disqualification of the crew from the second event.
Athletes are reminded that while race officials will be in the canal, all safety marshals on the course have the power to ensure safety and monitor adherence to the rules of racing. Marshals may bring penalties or disqualifications as appropriate so athletes are reminded to treat all safety boats, race officials, and fellow competitors with courtesy and respect.
No oarsperson, whether university, club, recreational or independent may compete in successive divisions. This rule does not apply to coxswains.
All universities will be guaranteed entry with their administration fee of one boat per event for all university events (with the exception of the new event described below). Second entries may be acquired only as numbers permit for the university novice eights, university heavy fours and university heavy double events. Any university that is not a member of the OUA will be able to register for university events according to the fee schedule assessed to clubs. Entries for non-OUA universities are guaranteed in the same manner as for OUA universities. Entries must be received by Friday, September 15th at noon. After this date entries will be accommodated as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis — there is no guarantee of entry acceptance after September 15th.
The Club Coxed Four Men and the Club Coxed Four Women events are restricted to club entries only. No university crews, whether representing a university or a club, are permitted to enter these two events. Universities are welcome to enter the other club events following the procedure detailed for club entries. J.V. events are restricted to one crew per university and to a maximum of 10 crews for each event.
All Boats which finish within 5% of the previous year's winning time will be guaranteed an entry into that event, as well as the winner of the over 60 sub-category of the Grand Master Singles. Guaranteed entries are not given in recreational events (see 4.b). The entries will be granted to the individual in single events and to the club, school or university in all other club events. Entries are only guaranteed provided they are received by Friday September 15th at noon. Individuals and crews that qualify for this entry guarantee are shown on the regatta's guaranteed entry list as posted on the website.
All non-guaranteed entries for club events (i.e. 2X, 4+, 8) must be prioritized by the registering club during the registration process.
Eg. If a club wishes to enter 20 events and has 3 guaranteed entries from the previous year's performance, when submitting entries the remaining 17 entries must be ranked, by priority, 1-17. Entry to specific events will be a factor of both the priority given and the demand for entry into that particular event and division. Where several equal priority ranked entries result in an excessive number of entries in a specific event, a random draw will be used.
For club single events, entries will be requested on an individual basis. Individuals may enter themselves or clubs may enter on the rower's behalf. Clubs DO NOT include singles entries in their crew prioritization. Individuals are encouraged to identify their club affiliation, but may enter as "independent." Individuals who qualify for a guaranteed entry must register within the registration period to receive this guarantee. Individuals who are not guaranteed an entry will be selected by random draw.
Entries must be received by Friday, September 15th at noon. Confirmation of crews that have been accepted for each event will be posted on the Head of Trent website September 18th. Following this, should there be any Club or University events with available entry space, entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis until Friday, September 22nd, at which point all entries will close.
For crew events, entries may only be made by clubs, universities, or high schools recognized by the Head of the Trent. New clubs, universities or high schools interested in attending the regatta must express interest to the regatta committee to be added to the registration list. To request addition to the list please contact Andrew Joyce.
A signed Release, Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement form with original witnessed signatures must be provided for every participant in the regatta. Minors (age 17 and under) must use the Parental Consent Release, Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement form, requiring the signature of a parent or legal guardian. Any participant without a signed Release and Waiver form presented to the Head of Trent will not be permitted to race.
Entries from OUA universities are subject to a single administrative fee of $500.00 which covers one entry in each university event.
All entrants for the Masters events must be thirty (30) years of age or over at some time during 2017. Grand Masters entrants must be 50 years of age or over during 2017. No age category handicap system will be observed in the Masters events. The fastest Grand Masters (men and women) who are 60 years of age or older will also receive winning medals. Entrants wishing to compete for this award must declare they are age 60 or over in 2017 where specified on the entry form.
Recreational boats are defined as having a mix of male and female members, or to be of particularly young or mature age, or to consider themselves "recreational" by nature. This means competitive masters or university crews cannot enter this category. First place awards will only be given to crews considered by the judges to be recreational. In keeping with the spirit of recreational rowing, no crews will be guaranteed entry the following year. All recreational events will be run on the short Head of the Trent course, starting from the area referred to as “The Wall.” Recreational crews will be directed to and marshaled from this area.
The following clubs/universities are to use the Peterborough Rowing Club boathouse parking and docking facilities:
All others are to use the west bank of the river next to the University Athletic Complex. Boat trailers will be directed where to park in this area by Head of Trent staff. All vehicles with boats on the car top must park on the AC (West) side of the river.
There will be a meeting for coaches and coxswains at 8:00am in the upstairs of the PRC Boathouse on race day. Important information and last minute instructions will be announced at that time. A representative from each club/university must plan to attend.
Registration will run from August 23rd at noon through to September 15th at noon.
All athletes must complete a release form and submit this prior to competing in the regatta. The forms must be submitted to the regatta registration desk located in the Trent Athletics Building. Forms can be obtained online and brought to the registration desk at the regatta. Alternatively, they may be picked up at the registration desk the day of the regatta and returned before you row.
Athletes applying for entry into single events will be required to complete an online release and will not need to submit the paper based disclaimer. The online release must be completed before single entry applications will be accepted.