October 4, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration is now open
for the 2015 Head of the Riverfront. Registration closes at midnight, Thursday, September 24th! After that date, until Sunday September 27, late registrations (including a late fee) will be accepted at the Director's discretion.
We are pleased to announce that starting in 2015, the Head of the Riverfront will be a US Rowing 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.
We wish to alert you to an important change implemented for the 2015 regatta: events formerly categorized as “Collegiate” will now be categorized as “Open”, and open to all except high school and junior crews. First place medals for both the overall winner of the event, and the first place collegiate crew in the event, will be awarded.
NOTE: we cannot accommodate holding a boat or hot seating on the docks, and that two hours is the minimum we recommend between event times for an athlete or line up to not be late to the line and therefore unable to race. Crews are advised to launch 45 minutes before their scheduled race time.
We accept all entries on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants are encouraged to not wait until the deadline to enter.
We will again offer packet pickup at our registration area on Saturday for trailers and coaches arriving on Saturday, and will announce specific times for that closer to the event day.
The only launch/return site for the Head of the Riverfront will be Riverside Park
(the location of the Riverfront Recapture Boathouse
). This is the central area for registration, launch & return, and trailer parking. The start line is located approximately three miles downstream from the boat launching area.
The approximately 2.25-mile racecourse runs North (up river). The finish line viewing area at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
is approximately a 15 minute walk from Riverside Park, easily accessible by way of the Riverwalk
paved pathways leading to the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.
Quick Links & Info:
With spectators from many states in the Northeastern US, the Regatta is a great way to promote your business and support these athletes. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Deborah Baker via email or call 860.713.3131 ext. 326 to ask about the opportunities and benefits of sponsorship, or use our online form to sponsor the Regatta now.
Reserve Your Room
The Hartford Downtown Marriott is steps away from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, where spectators gather. Reserve your room now with a special rate!
Vendor & Exhibitor Information
Register as a vendor; only accepting vending applications until 9/18/15. Food and merchandise vendors desired; community and marketing exhibitors are welcome.