HOCR Lottery

Please see below for information on how entries are selected for the Head Of The Charles Regatta.

Singles and Doubles Entry Acceptance:

Single scullers are guaranteed entry to the event of their choice in the Head Of The Charles Regatta on the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within the top 25% of finishers in an event-division in which they competed in the preceding year.   Guaranteed entries for double sculls will be awarded following the same procedure as single sculls.  However, applications must name the same two individuals who competed in the preceding year.

On the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within the top 25% of finishers in an event-division in which they competed in the preceding year, single scullers are guaranteed entry acceptance into the singles event of their choice, provided all conditions of eligibility, deadlines, fees, etc., are met. Except for variances, which only the Managing Directors may grant, a blind draw in early August shall determine all other entry acceptances as follows: Single scullers who in the preceding year were not accepted, did not apply, or who placed outside the top 25% but within the top 50% (based on entries) in their event-division, will be drawn first, followed by those whose finish was outside the top 50% in their event-division. The singles draw will take place in early August.

Single scullers who in the preceding year were not accepted, did not apply, or who finished outside of  the top 25% but within the top 50% in their event-division, will be drawn first,

  • Singles whose finishes were outside the top 50% in their event-division will be drawn second;

The singles draw will take place in early August.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the 2017 Veteran I/II, Senior Veteran I/II, and Grand Veteran event-divisions will be determined on the basis of finishing within the top 25% of the event-division in the athlete’s respective age class (60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+).

Entry acceptance for Double Scullers shall be conducted following the same procedure as Single Sculls. The finishing percentages apply only to double scull entry applications naming the same two individuals who competed the prior year. Any other combination will be considered a new entry. In the Youth and the College-Championship Doubles only, guaranteed entries will be applied to the institution rather than to individual athletes. The doubles draw will take place in early September.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Grand Master or Veteran Double will be determined on the basis of finishing within the top 25% (based on entries) in the Grand Master or Veteran Double within the Senior Master Double event-division.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Lightweight and College-Championship Double will be determined on the basis of finishing within the top 25% of the winning time in the  Lightweight or College-Championship Double (respectively) within the Championship Double event-division.

 

Sweep Entry Acceptance:

On the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within the top half (based on entries) of the sweep-oared event-division in which they competed the preceding year, institutions are guaranteed entry acceptance into those same event-divisions, provided all conditions of eligibility, deadlines, fees, etc., are met. If a medal was earned in a Club event-division, such guarantee may be transferred, at the time of entry application, to the same division (Men’s/Women’s) and boat type (Fours/Eights) in another sweep-oared event. Institutions planning to compete for the College-Championship (CC), Club (C), Grand-Master (GM), orVeteran (V) Special Medals should elect to do so when submitting athlete line-ups. Designations may be made on-site at Registration.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Grand Master and Veteran Fours and Eights will be determined on the basis of finishing within the respective top half of all Grand Master or Veteran crews registered within the Senior Master Fours and Eights. In addition to such ‘guaranteed’ entries, an institution may submit up to four sweep-oared non-guaranteed entry applications in men’s event-divisions and up to four sweep-oared non-guaranteed entry applications in women’s event-divisions with the following restrictions:

(A)       Institutions may submit only one non-guaranteed entry per event-division.

(B)       Including guaranteed entries, an institution may have no more than three entries in a single event-division (i.e. if in an institution has three guaranteed entries in a single event-division, they may not submit an additional non-guaranteed entry application in that same event-division).

Except for Charity Program entries, and except for variances, which only the Managing Directors may grant, a blind draw from among the applications in each event-division shall be used where necessary to determine the final entry acceptances in each sweep-oared event-division as follows:

  • Applications from institutions that, in the previous year, were not accepted, did not apply, and those that finished outside the top 50% but within the top 75% of finishers, based on entries, will be drawn first;
  • Applications from institutions that, in the previous year, finished outside the top 75% of finishers, based on entries will be drawn second.

What if my application isn’t accepted?

All entries are run through the draw, so you are automatically placed on a waitlist based on the original draw results. As space becomes available due to scratches, the Regatta Office will reach out to the entries on the waitlist. You will be notified by October 1 if the Office is able to accept your entry. After October 1, no more entries can be accepted from the waitlist.