Annual Fall Regatta, the Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic

Annual Fall Regatta, the Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 09:00

South Niagara Rowing club is hosting our  Annual Fall Regatta, the Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic,   Saturday September 28th.  We anticipate over 40 teams competing, not just Canada, but including teams from the USA, from the states of New York, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Local clubs competing include the host club - South Niagara Rowing Club (SNRC), Brock University, Niagara Falls Rowing Club, Notre Dame, Ridley College and St. Catharines Rowing Club.  We believe this is another great event showcasing our waterways and bringing revenue to various businesses in Welland.

Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic Regatta– September 28th

South Niagara Rowing Club hosts the Head of the Welland Regatta, which has been taking place for many  years and is truly becoming a must attend event. Head races are time trial / processional races that typically take place in the early autumn. Boats begin with a rolling start at intervals of 10 – 20 seconds and are timed over a set distance.

The 5.2 kilometre race on the Welland Recreational Canal takes the athletes through the heart of Welland, traveling under five different bridges that span its banks.  Annually, the Head of the Welland attracts about 1,000 high school, university, developmental youth rowers and masters athletes and an additional 400 spectators/ parents / coaches from Ontario, and many neighbouring states such as New York, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  

The subtle twists and turns of the waterway, punctuated with its multiple and sizeable bridge abutments makes for exciting racing and risk reward areas for passing slower crews. Racers finish at the beautiful Welland International Flatwater Centre.

The first race commences at 9am. Come and join the excitements and this great event for Welland and the Niagara Region.