Competitors

2019 Onsite Registration Guide

Onsite Registration information can be found below.  Please expand the sections to view information and if you have any questions please email regatta@hocr.org

Athletes with guaranteed entries are reminded that you must still register the entry for the 2020 Regatta – entries are not automatically ‘rolled over’ from the previous year.

Guaranteed Entries for the 2019 HOCR can be found HERE

  • 2020 Entry Deadlines

    Singles Applications: Due August 1st at 11:59pm EDT

    Doubles and Crew Applications: Due September 1st at 11:59pm EDT

    Accepted Entries will be posted on RegattaCentral within a week of the corresponding deadline.

    Directors’ Challenge: September 30th or when events fill to capacity.

    NOTE: Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Sculling Entry Applications

    Singles –  Closes August 1, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

    2020 Entry Fee: $135

    Doubles –  Closes September 1, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

    2020 Entry Fee: $270

  • Sweep Entry Applications

    Step 1: Submit 2020 Institutional Registration 

    More information about Institutional Registration can be found in the tab below.

    Step 2: Submit 2020 Entry Applications (Closes September 1, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT)

    Guaranteed entries and non-guaranteed entries will be submitted through the same application site. Institutions may submit up to four non-guaranteed sweep-oared entries in men’s event-divisions and up to four non-guaranteed sweep-oared entries in women’s event-divisions.  Institutions may submit no more than one non-guaranteed entry per event-division.

    2020 Entry Fees:

    Eights: $570

    Fours: $305

    Coxed Quads (Youth Only): $340

  • Institutional Registration Card (IRC) Required for crews applying to 4x+, 4+, 8+, or YOUTH 1x and YOUTH 2x

    All organizations planning to submit sweep-oared or Youth 1x, Youth 2x, or Youth 4X+ entries into the Head Of The Charles must first submit an Institutional Registration. Individual athletes and scullers are not required to submit an IRC. 

    One IRC will cover the whole institution/rowing club. The Primary Contact listed for each institution must be 21 years of age or older.

    Alumni and Graduate Crews: Alumni and Graduate crews are considered as separate institutions from their affiliated school, college, or university and will not be permitted to share entries with their affiliated academic institution.

    Institutions must first complete their IRC before they will be able to submit Crew Entry Applications.

    Colleges and Universities: Institutions representing college and university teams comprised of undergraduate students eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics in accordance with NCAA rules must require members to compete as part of their college or university institution through the use of one recognized Institutional Registration Card.

    Only one Institutional Registration Card will be accepted from each college or university with the following exception: two Institutional Registration Cards, one for men and one for women, will be accepted from a single institution (school, college, or university) in cases where men’s and women’s rowing programs have been historically separate, or where men’s and women’s rowing programs are administered separately.

  • Overview and Deadlines

    The Head Of The Charles® Regatta Directors are pleased to continue the Directors’ Challenge Mixed Eight, Quads, Mixed Double, and Parent/Child Double Sculls tradition, for the 2020 Regatta. These Directors’ Challenge events benefit the permanent endowment of the HOCR and ensure the continued success of the event. We thank you for your participation and support of the Regatta.

    Please note: the limitation that no one, including coxswains, may compete more than once will NOT apply to the Directors’ Challenge Quadruple Sculls, Mixed Eight, Mixed Double Sculls, or Parent/Child Double Sculls.

    Deadlines for the 2020 Regatta will be available in 2020.

  • Directors' Challenge Mixed Eight

    DEADLINE:

    September 30, 2020

    REGISTRATION: Will Open on June 8th at NOON EDT on RegattaCentral

    Entry Fee & Donation:

    Entry Fee: $590; Tax-Deductible Donation: $1675

    SIZE OF EVENT-DIVISIONS

    The maximum number of accepted entries will be 40 hulls.

    Specifications of the Mixed Eight Special Event:

    Mixed Eight: Four male rowers and four female rowers.  Other combinations may be considered but will be ineligible for event awards.

    ENTRY RULES

    The limitation that no one, including coxswains, may compete more than once in the Regatta will NOT apply to the Directors Challenge Mixed 8+

    The event is open to all experienced crews.

    There are no guaranteed entries and no guaranteed entry privileges at any future Head Of The Charles Regatta. Winning an event-division in this event, or coming within 5% of the winning time, will not earn the institution or the individual competitors a guaranteed entry into any event at the succeeding year’s Head Of The Charles Regatta, nor will it have any bearing on the Club specification at any future Regatta.

    Each entry must comply with all the general rules governing the other events of the Regatta, except where otherwise stated herein. Entry applications will be accepted only from crews comprising U.S.A. residents who are members of a USRowing-member institution and/or an organization having “institutional membership” in the Regatta, or, if competing “unaffiliated”, are individual members of USRowing, and from foreign nationals who are in good standing with their nation’s FISA-recognized national governing body. The names of the individual scullers, and their affiliation, must be stated on the application form. In this event only, entries will be accepted from composite crews. No one may represent an institution of which he or she is not a bona fide member. If there is more than one entry from a single institution into an event-division, they should be identified by sequential letters of the alphabet or by an entry name.

    Competitors may solicit corporate sponsorship for their boats (display of sponsor’s name on the boat and/or name the crew for the sponsor in the Regatta program provided all individuals are individual members of USRowing or, if a foreign national, their equivalent FISA-recognized national governing body) only with prior approval from the Head Of The Charles Regatta.

    OTHER RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

    The person responsible for operating the steering of the boat is strongly recommended to attend coxswain’s training. The starting gap between crews, normally 8 to 10 seconds, will be increased to about 15 seconds (subject to the Starters’ instruction) in this event. Regatta officials (River Control) may actively warn crews to correct their course around hazards (for example, bridge arches at Weeks footbridge, at Anderson bridge and at Eliot bridge).

    CLOSING DATE: September 30, 2019.

    Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis (receipt of completed application form and full payment of entry fees by the Regatta office) at any time prior to 11:59PM on the day of the deadline, subject to a maximum number of 40 accepted entries. Substitution of any member except the steers-person prior to registration is permitted, provided all other entry rules and specifications are met. No substitutions are permitted once a crew’s boating form has been submitted at registration.

    STARTING ORDER:

    Returning entries will be seeded according to finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta. All new entries will be seeded based upon experience listed on the application form and by the discretion of the office.

    AWARDS:

    Awards (winners only) will be presented at the last awards ceremony after racing on Sunday. Awards will be given to both the overall winner (w/ handicap) and the boat recording the fastest time in each event-division.

    First place medals: 2 ½-inch individually struck bronze medallions will be awarded to the members of the winning crew.

    Subsidiary medals: 1 ¾-inch individually struck bronze medallions will be awarded to the runner-ups of the event. A subsidiary medal is awarded per every 10 entrants per event-division (up to a maximum of 5th place for at least 40 entrants), as for other events in the Regatta.

    ROWING ATTIRE:

    There will be fun prizes awarded for the most creative rowing attire in the Directors’ Challenge Mixed Eight. The judges for this awards category will review passing crews from the Reunion Village. Attire should not in any way prohibit a steer-person’s ability to navigate the course.

    This event does not contribute points towards the Points Trophy.

    AGE HANDICAPS: 

    The Directors’ Mixed Eight event will be age-handicapped. Average age of crew will be used to calculate handicap. Crews whose average age is 30 or less will have no time adjustment. Crews whose average age is 31 or higher will have their time adjusted according to a smooth curve of time-adjustment based on the age-handicaps for Long Distance races developed by the ARA, as published in the British Rowing Almanac (2009). There will be an adjustment made to the handicap calculation if racing conditions are deemed to significantly change the standard times.

    Download all handicaps calculated to the nearest 0.5 second:Directors’ Challenge Handicaps

  • Directors' Challenge Doubles

    The Head Of The Charles®  Regatta Directors are pleased to present the Directors’ Challenge, Parent/Child and Mixed Doubles, to benefit the Endowment of the Head Of The Charles Regatta. Thank you for your participation in the Directors’ Challenge events and your continued support of the Regatta. Please note: the limitation that no one, including coxswains, may compete in the Regatta more than once will NOT apply to the Directors’ Challenge Quadruple Sculls, Mixed Doubles or to the Parent/Child Doubles.

    Deadline: 

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    Parent/Child Double and Mixed Double:  Will Open on June 8th at NOON on RegattaCentral

    Please understand that the Directors’ Challenge Doubles often fill quickly.

    Entry Fee & Donation:

    Entry Fee: $310; Tax-Deductible Donation: $280

    Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis (receipt of completed application form and full payment of entry fees by the Regatta office) at any time prior to 11:59 PM on September 30, 2020.

    Size of Event-Divisions:

    The maximum number of accepted entries will be 80 (sum of both divisions). The mixed double will operate with an age-handicap system. The parent/child event will not be handicapped.

    Specifications of Double Scull Special Events:

    Mixed Doubles: One male sculler and one female sculler only.
    Parent/Child: No handicap, any gender, any age. Participants must be related.

    Entry Rules:

    The limitation that no one, including coxswains, may compete in the Regatta more than once will NOT apply to the Mixed Double or to the Parent/Child Double Sculling Events.

    The events are open to all experienced scullers.  Athletes participating in the Directors’ Challenge Doubles must, at a minimum, be enrolled in high school. College athletes should be aware that participation in this event may affect their NCAA eligibility.

    Mixed Double Handicap:

    The Directors’ Challenge Mixed Double will be age-handicapped. Average age of a crew will be used to calculate handicap. Crews whose average age is 30 or less will have no handicap. Crews whose average age is 31 or higher will have their time adjusted according to a smooth curve of time-adjustment based on the age handicaps for Long Distance races developed by the ARA, as published in the British Rowing Almanac (2009). Standard time for the Directors’ Challenge Mixed Double will be taken at 17 minutes. There will be an adjustment made to the handicap calculation if racing conditions are deemed to significantly change the standard times.

    Download all handicaps calculated to the nearest 0.5 seconds:Directors’ Challenge Handicaps

    Competitors must race in traditional (sliding seat, fixed rigger) racing shells.

    For these events, there are no guaranteed entries and no guaranteed entry privileges at any future Head Of The Charles Regatta. Winning either event, or coming within 5% of the winning time, will not earn the institution or individual competitors a guaranteed entry into any event at the succeeding year’s Head Of The Charles Regatta, nor will it have any bearing on the Club specification at any future Regatta.

    Each entry must comply with all the general rules governing the other events of the Regatta, except where otherwise stated herein. Entry applications will be accepted only from doubles comprised of U.S.A residents who are members of a USRowing-member institution and/or an organization having “institutional membership” in the Regatta, or, if competing “unaffiliated,” individual members of US Rowing and foreign nationals who are in good standing with their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body. The names of the individual scullers, and their affiliation, must be stated on the application form.

    Competitors may solicit corporate sponsorship for their boats (display of sponsor’s name on the boat) only with prior approval from the Head Of The Charles Regatta.

    Substitution of any member is permitted, provided all other entry rules and specifications are met. No substitutions are permitted once a crew’s boating form has been submitted at on-site registration.

    Starting Order:

    Returning entries naming the same two athletes who competed in the previous years Regatta will compete before all newcomers and be seeded according to their time in the preceding year’s Regatta. All new entries will be seeded based upon experience listed on the application form and by the discretion of the office.

    Awards:

    Each participant will receive two commemorative Sportgraphics photographs.

    Awards (winners only) will be presented at the awards ceremony on Sunday.

    FIRST PLACE MEDALS:

    2 1/2-inch individually struck bronze medallions will be awarded to the members of the winning crew in the Mixed Double.

    SUBSIDIARY MEDALS:

    1 3/4-inch individually struck bronze medallions will be awarded to the runner-ups in the Mixed Double. A subsidiary medal is awarded per every 10 entrants (up to a maximum of 5th place for at least 40 entrants), as for other events in the Regatta.

  • Directors' Challenge Quads

    In 2005, by a majority vote of the Head Of The Charles® Board of Directors, the Regatta introduced a “special” quadruple scull event to benefit the Endowment of the Head Of The Charles Regatta. We thank you for your participation in the Directors’ Challenge Quad event and your continued support of the Regatta.

    DEADLINE:

    September 30, 2020

    REGISTRATION: Will Open on June 8th at NOON on RegattaCentral

    Entry Fee & Donation:

    Entry Fee: $420; Tax-Deductible Donation: $760

    SIZE OF EVENT-DIVISIONS

    The maximum number of accepted entries will be 35 hulls in each event.

    SPECIFICATIONS OF QUADRUPLE SCULLING EVENTS

    Men’s divisions: Male scullers only

    Women’s divisions: Female scullers only

    ENTRY RULES

    The limitation that no one, including coxswains, may compete more than once in the Regatta will NOT apply to the Directors Challenge for Quadruple Sculls.

    The event is open to all experienced scullers and will have two divisions for male and female crews. Applicants must detail steers-person’s relevant steering experience. The Head Of The Charles Regatta will review all entries and reserves the right to exclude any entry deemed to have insufficient experience to safely navigate a course as difficult as the Head Of The Charles Regatta in a quadruple sculling boat. The races will be held on the last day of the Regatta. There is no longer an age minimum for the Directors’ Challenge Quad Race.

    Competitors must race in traditional (sliding seat, fixed rigger) racing shells equipped with a steering mechanism. Crews may race in shells with coxswain (coxswain may be of either sex in any event-division). There will be no weight-limit set for coxswains in this event, with no separate category for quadruple sculls with coxswain, and those without coxswain. Crews will not be allowed to start the race in a boat lacking an adequate steering mechanism operated by a sculler, or a coxswain.

    There are no guaranteed entries and no guaranteed entry privileges at any future Head Of The Charles Regatta. Winning an event-division in this event, or coming within 5% of the winning time, will not earn the institution or the individual competitors a guaranteed entry into any event at the succeeding year’s Head Of The Charles Regatta, nor will it have any bearing on the Club specification at any future Regatta.

    Each entry must comply with all the general rules governing the other events of the Regatta, except where otherwise stated herein. Entry applications will be accepted only from crews comprising U.S.A. residents who are members of a USRowing-member institution and/or an organization having “institutional membership” in the Regatta, or, if competing “unaffiliated”, are individual members of USRowing, and from foreign nationals who are in good standing with their nation’s FISA-recognized national governing body. The names of the individual scullers, and their affiliation, must be stated on the application form. In this event only, entries will be accepted from composite crews. No one may represent an institution of which he or she is not a bona fide member. If there is more than one entry from a single institution into an event-division, they should be identified by sequential letters of the alphabet or by an entry name.

    Competitors may solicit corporate sponsorship for their boats (display of sponsor’s name on the boat and/or name the crew for the sponsor in the Regatta program provided all individuals are individual members of USRowing or, if a foreign national, their equivalent FISA-recognized national governing body) only with prior approval from the Head Of The Charles Regatta.

    OTHER RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

    The person responsible for operating the steering mechanism of the boat is strongly recommended to attend coxswain’s training. The starting gap between crews, normally 8 to 10 seconds, will be increased to about 15 seconds (subject to the Starters’ instruction) in this event. Regatta officials (river control) may actively warn crews to correct their course around hazards (for example, bridge arches at Weeks footbridge, at Anderson bridge and at Eliot bridge).

    CLOSING DATE: September 30, 2020.

    Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis (receipt of completed application form and full payment of entry fees by the Regatta office) at any time prior to 11:59PM on the day of the deadline, subject to a maximum number of 90 accepted entries. Substitution of any member except the steers-person prior to registration is permitted, provided all other entry rules and specifications are met. Substitution of the steers-person requires prior approval. No substitutions are permitted once a crew’s boating form has been submitted at registration.

    STARTING ORDER:

    Returning entries will be seeded according to finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta. All new entries will be seeded based upon experience listed on the application form and by the discretion of the office.

    AWARDS:

    Awards (winners only) will be presented at the last awards ceremony after racing on Sunday. Awards will be given to both the overall winner (w/ handicap) and the boat recording the fastest time in each event-division

    First place medals: 2 ½-inch individually struck bronze medallions will be awarded to the members of the winning crew in each of the men’s and women’s divisions of the event.

    Subsidiary medals: 1 ¾-inch individually struck bronze medallions will be awarded to the runner-ups in each of the men’s and women’s divisions of the event. A subsidiary medal is awarded per every 10 entrants per event-division (up to a maximum of 5th place for at least 40 entrants), as for other events in the Regatta.

    ROWING ATTIRE:

    There will be fun prizes awarded for the most creative rowing attire in each division of the Directors’ Challenge Quad. The judges for this awards category will review passing crews from the Reunion Village. Attire should not in any way prohibit a steer-person’s ability to navigate the course.

    This event does not contribute points towards the Paul Revere Points trophy.

    AGE HANDICAPS: 

    The Directors’ Quadruple Sculling events will be age-handicapped. Average age of crew (whole years rounded down, individual ages rounded down, as of race-day) will be used to calculate handicap. Crews whose average age is 30 or less will have no time adjustment. Crews whose average age is 31 or higher will have their time adjusted according to a smooth curve of time-adjustment based on the age-handicaps for Long Distance races developed by the ARA, as published in the British Rowing Almanac (2009). Standard times for the races will be as follows: the Men’s and Women’s quadruple scull standard times will be taken as 16 min and 18 min, respectively. There will be an adjustment made to the handicap calculation if racing conditions are deemed to significantly change the standard times.

    Download all handicaps calculated to the nearest 0.5 second: Directors’ Challenge Handicaps