PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that it is expanding the 2015 Head Race National Championships from a masters only event to include junior and under 23 categories and is partnering with the Merrimac River Rowing Association to hold the regatta in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The Head Race National Championships has been a masters only event since its inception in 2012. This year the event will be run on Saturday, Oct. 3 in conjunction with the Textile River Regatta, which will be held Oct. 4.
“We’re looking for ways to offer more racing opportunities to our members at the national level,” said USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique. “Since offering the regatta as a masters only event we have seen substantial growth on the youth levels and under 23 levels, so we thought it made sense to add those categories to this event and offer a full head race across the board.”
Dominique said the regatta will feature junior racing in the same 18 events contested at the youth national championships, which includes both sculling and sweep categories, and that four categories will be offered on the under 23 level, including singles sculls, quadruple sculls, fours and eights.
The Masters National Head Race Championships was last run in November, 2014, in Augusta, Georgia, the day after Head of the South on the Savannah River. The event has not yet been held in the Northeast where there is a large rowing community.
The Textile River Regatta is an annual head race held on the Merrimack River that features racing in junior, open, masters and collegiate categories.
According to long-term regatta director, Jay Feenan, the Textile River Regatta has grown to the point that the number of entries have had to be limited and that adding the Head Race National Championships will allow organizers to expand the race to a two-day event and offer more to all participants.
“The intent is to go to a two-day event and grow the total number of entries and make an individual day’s events more manageable,” Feenan said. “It will enhance the environment for the organizers, as well as the teams and individuals that come to race. The Textile River Regatta growth has been mostly among the junior population and we would like to balance the events and offer rowing opportunities across all segments.”
For more information on the 2015 USRowing Head Race National Championships, go here.
For information on the combined event, go here.