A record-breaking number of rowers from 6 states will compete in Riverfront Recapture’s 15th annual Head of the Riverfront Regatta along the Connecticut River on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
More than 3,000 rowers in 608 boats will compete in the various races along the river near Hartford, Connecticut beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the men’s college eights. This year’s field — with rowers from Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maine, and Connecticut — represents the largest regatta in the history of the event. The number of boats has increased by 31 percent over last year’s 467 entries.
The race course, located on the scenic Connecticut River, runs upstream for 2.25 miles, beginning near the Wethersfield Cove and ending at downtown Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. The race will take each boat about 20 minutes. Registration will take place at the Boathouse in Riverside Park, where crews also will launch their boats. After an 8:30 a.m. start, races will continue throughout the day until 3:15 p.m.
Spectators can get good views of the races along the riverbanks at Charter Oak Landing in Hartford and Great River Park in East Hartford or from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in downtown. Admission is free.
Races will include eights, fours, doubles, and singles in collegiate, high school, adaptive, and masters divisions. The emphasis at this year’s regatta is on youth, with 67 percent of the rowers in high school or the 8th grade.
The Head Race is the culmination of an active Community Rowing season that focuses on teaching adults and teenagers how to row on the river. The centerpiece of Riverfront Recapture’s recreational programming, Community Rowing continues to attract new rowers while giving more experienced rowers the opportunity to improve their skills and move into a masters’ level of competition.
City and suburban high school students, rowing together as Riverfront Recapture crews, will compete against nearly 25 crews from public and private schools, as well as rowing clubs. These include Avon, The Brunswick School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich Academy, The Gunnery, Middletown, New Canaan, Simsbury, and Montclair (New Jersey) High School, Saugatuck Rowing Club, and Connecticut Boat Club.
Riverfront Recapture’s adult (masters) teams will compete against many other masters rowing teams, including the New Haven Rowing Club, Norwalk River Rowing Association, Farmington Valley Rowing Association, the Saugatuck Rowing Club, Blood Street Sculls from Old Lyme, Saratoga Rowing Association, Middletown Park and Recreation, and Northampton Community Rowing.
Please go to CT River Regatta for more information.