We are pleased to announce the return of the Scullers’ Head of the Potomac for 2019!
September 22, 2019
Awards ¦ Contact Information ¦ Course ¦ Definitions & Eligibility Rules ¦ Dock Assignments ¦ Entries ¦ Entry Fees ¦ Equipment ¦ Finish ¦ General Information ¦ Parking ¦ Racing ¦ Registration ¦ River Map ¦ Schedule of Events ¦ Sportsmanship ¦ Start ¦ Trailers ¦ Driving Directions to Thompson Boat Center and Potomac Boat Club
Welcome to the 2019 Charlie Butt Scullers’ Head of the Potomac Regatta!
The 39th annual Charlie Butt Scullers’ Head of the Potomac Regatta will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 over a 2.8-mile course that extends down the Potomac River along the Virginia shore across from the Georgetown/Foggy Bottom waterfront in Washington, D.C. The sculling events that give the regatta its name will be complemented by sweep events. Results will be available at Regatta Headquarters (Potomac Boat Club) and at Thompson Boat Center no sooner than one hour after each race. Spectators will find excellent viewing from the foot of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown; the banks of Roosevelt Island (entrance on the Virginia side of the river); the Washington Harbor complex; the Thompson Boat Center near the intersection of Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue N.W.; and the footpath and park in front of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Online registration is available via Ronin Racing. To guarantee a place in the regatta, and to avoid a late entry charge, entries must be submitted by Sunday, September 15. From September 9 to September 15 there will be a late fee of $5 per entry.
Entries – Please register online at Ronin Racing.
Online registration ends on Sunday, September 16. There will be no registration on race day.
Race packets will be released only upon submission of all waiver forms. Under no circumstances will a competitor be allowed to pick up a packet and race without payment of the entry fee or submission of a complete waiver form. Please fill out waivers on Ronin Racing here.
The official address for the regatta is:
Charlie Butt Scullers’ Head of the Potomac Regatta
Potomac Boat Club
3530 Water Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Regatta Headquarters will be located at
Thompson’s Boat Club
2900 Virginia Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20037
For complete entries submitted by September 9:
Singles – $30.00
Doubles and Pairs – $40.00
Quads – $55.00
Fours – $65.00
Octuples and Eights – $70.00
After September 9, add $5.00 per entry.
For an event to be a medal event, a minimum of three entries from at least two organizations must start the race. Sweep events will be awarded medals for first place only. Sculling events will receive medals according to the following formula: 3 to 10 entries – 1st place only; 11 to 15 entries – 1st and 2nd place; and 16 or more entries – 1st through 3rd places. In events 1, 4, 5, 13, 15 and 20 a separate medal will be awarded for each division, all other requirements having been met.
The regatta committee reserves the right to rule on any situation not specifically covered by these guidelines and to penalize or disqualify any competitor or crew that appears to violate the spirit or letter of the rules of competition or sportsmanship, on the water or off.
|1||Youth/Novice Single (M&W)||8:30 a.m.|
|2||Open Single (M&W)||8:45 a.m.|
|3||Lightweight Single (M&W)||9:00 a.m.|
|4||Men’s Masters/Senior Masters/Grand Masters/Veterans/Senior Veterans Singles||9:15 a.m.|
|5||Women’s Masters/Grand Masters/Senior Masters/Veterans/Senior Veterans Singles||9:30 a.m.|
|6||Men’s Youth Eights||9:50 a.m.|
|7||Men’s Club Eights||10:10 a.m.|
|8||Master’s Four-With (M&W)||10:25 a.m.|
|9||Women’s Club Eight||10:40 a.m.|
|10||Open Double (M&W)||10:55 a.m.|
|11||Women’s Youth Four-With||11:10 a.m.|
|12||Men’s Open Eight||12:10 p.m.|
|13||Club Double (M&W)/Parent-Child Double/Youth Double/Adaptive Inclusion Double||12:25 p.m.|
|14||Women’s Four-With||12:45 p.m.|
|15||Quads (Mens/Masters Mens/Womens/Masters Womens/Mixed/Youth)||1:00 p.m.|
|16||Master’s Eight (M&W)||1:15 p.m.|
|17||Men’s Youth Four-With||1:30 p.m.|
|18||Men’s Four-With||1:45 p.m.|
|19||Women’s Open Eight||2:00 p.m.|
|20||Masters and Open Mixed Double (Masters Men/Masters Women/Mixed)||2:15 p.m.|
|21||Women’s Youth Eight||2:30 p.m|
|22||Mixed Eight||2:45 p.m.|
|23||Grand Challenge Octuple||2:45 p.m.|
Note – unless otherwise stated, all dates shown are in the year of the regatta.
Novice: Any sculler who has not competed in a sculling race prior to January 1 and who has not been a member of any senior national team nor has been a finalist in any sculling event at any national championships, the Independence Day Regatta or Canadian Henley.
Youth: Any rower 18 years of age or younger as of September 22.
Master: Any rower at least 30 years of age as of September 22.
Senior Master: Any sculler at least 40 years of age as of September 22.
Grand Master: Any sculler at least 50 years of age as of September 22.
Veteran: Any sculler at least 60 years of age as of September 22.
Senior Veteran: Any sculler at least 70 years of age as of September 22.
Handicaps will be based on the USRA 1000m handicaps adjusted for the 2.8 mile head race distance. A listing of time handicaps used for different boat classes is available online.
Lightweight: Men: 165 pounds or less; Women: 133 pounds or less.
Club Eights: Raced by individuals who, in the current year, did not finish in the top six places of any race at the EARC, EAWRC, Western Sprints, IRAs, PAC-10s or at NCAAs, or the top six places in any elite or open event at any national championships or national team trials.
Parent-Child: This division of event 13 will be raced after the Club Double. This race is for fun: no age requirements or handicaps, no gender requirements, no DNA, no arguments. Separate medal awarded, all requirements (three boats to start, representing at least two organizations) having been met.
Adaptive Inclusion Double: Crews in this event include one athlete with a verifiable and permanent physical or intellectual disability and one athlete without any qualifying disability. Inclusion crews may be mixed or same gender. Competitors must at a minimum be enrolled in high school. There is no age maximum and no age handicap. Separate medals will be awarded for the PR 1 or 2 (fixed seat) and PR 3 (sliding seat) categories.
Mixed Eights: The crew shall be at least half female (i.e., no fewer than four women), excluding the coxswain.
Grand Challenge Octuples: Entries must be submitted under only one club/school name. Four of the eight scullers must be from the same club/school. Mixed gender crews are acceptable.
In Masters Events 8, 15, 16, and 20: Masters crews (minimum average age, no rowers under age 27) will receive a handicap but will not race in a separate division. Masters handicaps are based on the USRA Standard
In Events 15 Mixed, 20 Mixed, 22 and 23: Masters crews (minimum average age 35, no rowers under age 30) will receive a handicap but will not race in a separate division. Masters handicaps are based on the USRA standard.
Coaches and Coxswains and Packet Pickup (Race Day Only)
The coxswains and coaches meeting will be held at Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway) at 7:00 a.m. on race day, Sunday, September 22.
Race packets may be picked up at Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. (at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway) on race day, Sunday, September 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Competitors may not pick up a packet until all completed waiver forms have been received and entry fees have been paid.
Potomac Boat Club crews and out of town single and double scullers launching from PBC may pick race packets up from Potomac Boat Club.
Lightweights must report to weigh-in between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 22 at Thompson Boat Center. Lightweight rowers will not be allowed to pick up a race packet until after weigh-in.
As shown on the accompanying course map, the 2.8 mile course starts almost 2 miles above Key Bridge, just downstream of Fletcher’s Cove, and follows the Virginia shore for 1/3 mile to a point just below the Hens and Chickens Islands where it makes a slight turn to port. The course continues along the Virginia shore for 0.6 miles to a point about 400 yards above the Three Sisters Islands where it makes another turn to port. From here the course goes straight for 0.9 miles passing through the second arch (from the Virginia shore) of Key Bridge making a turn to starboard. The course then continues downstream past the upper end of Roosevelt Island where it makes a wide turn to starboard around the island and then goes straight to the finish just above Roosevelt Bridge.
The course will be marked with a pair of buoys at the starting line, a single large buoy at the Hens and Chickens turn to port, a single buoy 500m beyond the Hens and Chickens, a single buoy marking the turn to port just above the Three Sisters, a pair of buoys at Key Bridge, and another pair of buoys at the finish line. There will be a line of small buoys marking the shallow water and debris on the inside of the turn around Roosevelt Island. Additional buoys will be in place between the small buoys and Roosevelt Island for safety purposes.
Boats must pass on the Virginia side of the buoy at the Hens and Chickens turn or be assessed a thirty second penalty. Boats must pass on the Virginia side of the two buoys above the Three Sisters Islands or be assessed a thirty second penalty per buoy (keep the buoys off your port side). No penalty will be assessed for failing to pass between the buoys at Key Bridge or at the finish line; however, your finish time may not be recorded if you cross the finish line too far from the timing boat for the officials to read your number.
Shells without a bow ball will not be allowed to start. Rowers in shells with flexible shoe soles attached to foot stretchers must assure that the heels are attached in such a way as to allow quick exit in case of emergency. All competitors must row a fixed-rigger, sliding-seat racing shell.
Each boat must display its number and be equipped with a bow clip. No boat will be allowed to leave the dock without a number. Back patch and bow numbers will be in race packets. Each competitor is responsible for arriving at the starting line at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time for the event. Course marshals will direct competitors in the marshaling area above the starting line. At the start, shells will be started at 10-second intervals. Any boat arriving late and starting three or more minutes after the last boat in the event will be assessed a 30-second penalty.
When passing, the overtaking boat has the right of way. The boat being overtaken must give way on the side chosen by the overtaking boat. No boat should press its right of way to the point of collision. Good sportsmanship must prevail at all times, and any boat showing disregard for safety may be penalized or disqualified.
See Course Description. All boats must row clear of the finish area and return to launching sites via the DC side of the river.
All out-of town entrants (except singles and doubles) must boat from the Thompson Boat Center at the intersection of Virginia Avenue, N.W. and Rock Creek Parkway. Single and double scullers may use the float at PBC. It will not be possible for out-of-town crews to walk shells larger than a double through Potomac Boat Club. No equipment may be stored at PBC. Those launching from Thompson Boat Center should allow 45 minutes to reach the starting line; from PBC, 30 minutes.
Regatta participants and spectators are advised to heed all posted parking restrictions. Access to the Washington Canoe Club immediately upstream of Potomac Boat Club must be kept open at all times. Do not park under the Aqueduct (the old stone arch) or between PBC and WCC so as to interfere with passage of traffic into the Washington Canoe Club.
There is a limited amount of space for boat trailers at Thompson Boat Center. If you plan to bring a trailer to the regatta you MUST inform the regatta committee in advance, no later than September 15, so that parking spaces can be allocated in accordance with U.S. Park Service requirements. Without advance notification we will not be able to assure you trailer parking at the Thompson Boat Center parking lot. When informing the Regatta Committee, please use the form below and include the following details:
- Organization Name
- Contact (driver or designated representative)
- Telephone numbers, both daytime and evening
- E-mail address
IMPORTANT: DUE TO THE TASTE OF GEORGETOWN EVENT, THERE WILL BE A STREET CLOSURE ON K STREET NW BETWEEN WISCONSIN AVENUE AND THOMAS JEFFERSON STREET. PLEASE USE THE DIRECTIONS BELOW, AND LEAVE ADDITIONAL TIME FOR TRAVEL AND PARKING. PLEASE EXPECT PARKING IN GEORGETOWN TO BE TIGHTER THAN USUAL.
To Thompson Boat Center from I-95 South
Take 395N into Washington DC. Take the exit for Memorial Bridge. Stay in your right hand lane as you go over the bridge. Once you are over the bridge, turn to your far right. There will be a stop sign after you go around the turn. At the stop sign go right – this will take you onto Rock Creek Parkway. (If you end up at a stop light after going right at the bridge just take another right – that will take you on to Rock Creek too). Almost immediately after you get onto Rock Creek there will be an off ramp for the Whitehurst Freeway – take it. Immediately get into the left lanes of traffic. DO NOT go to Whitehurst Freeway but instead follow the road around to the left until you come to a stop sign. At the stop sign make a left turn. You will immediately come to a stop light. Make a right turn that brings you into the far left lane. You are now on Virginia Avenue. At the next light which is just yards after the turn, you will go straight which takes you directly into Thompson Boat Center parking lot.
To Thompson Boat Center from I-95 North
When the road splits between 95 and 495 head to Virginia (right side). After almost 15 miles there will be a turnoff for the Clara Barton Parkway. Take the Parkway all the way into Georgetown. The Parkway will eventually turn into M Street. Take M Street past Wisconsin Avenue to 30th Street. Turn right onto 30th Street and go down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto K Street. Go one block until you have the choice of bearing right into a small tunnel or straight ahead. Bear right through the tunnel. This will take you directly onto Rock Creek Parkway. Once on Rock Creek Parkway, the turn for the Thompson Boat Center parking lot will be a few hundred feet ahead on the right.
To Thompson Boat Center from Roosevelt Bridge (I-66E/US 50E)
From Roosevelt Bridge, get in the left lane on the bridge before entering DC, and follow the left lane toward Whitehurst Freeway and Rock Creek Parkway. After ¼ mile, keep following the left lane and Whitehurst/Rock Creek signs. When the lanes split into two left and two right lanes, stay in the left lanes. Turn left at the intersection heading toward the Watergate complex (this is 27th Street), then turn right onto Virginia Ave. Get in the left lane and at the light, cross over Rock Creek Parkway and into the Thompson Boat Center parking lot.
To Thompson Boat Center from Key Bridge/Georgetown
From Key Bridge, turn right onto M Street. Take M Street past Wisconsin Avenue to 30th Street. Turn right onto 30th Street and go down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto K Street. Go one block until you have the choice of bearing right into a small tunnel or straight ahead. Bear right through the tunnel. This will take you directly onto Rock Creek Parkway. Once on Rock Creek Parkway, the turn for the Thompson Boat Center parking lot will be a few hundred feet ahead on the right.
To Potomac Boat Club from Key Bridge
From Key Bridge make a right onto M Street. Take M Street to Wisconsin Ave (major intersection). Turn right on Wisconsin Avenue and go down the hill. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, make a right onto Water Street/K Street and take the road all the way to the end. Potomac Boat Club is a white building on the left-hand side just before you pass under an old bridge arch.
To Potomac Boat Club from Roosevelt Bridge/US 50E/I-66E
From Roosevelt Bridge (US 50E or I-66E), get in the left lane on the bridge before entering DC. From the left lane, take the exit for E Street, and follow the E Street Expressway to 20th Street. Turn left onto 20th Street. Follow 20th Street to M Street, and turn left on M Street. Follow M Street to Wisconsin Avenue (major intersection). Turn left on Wisconsin Avenue and go down the hill. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, make a right onto Water Street/K Street and take the road all the way to the end. Potomac Boat Club is a white building on the left-hand side just before you pass under an old bridge arch.
To Potomac Boat Club from Memorial Bridge, follow the directions for I-95 South below.
To Potomac Boat Club from US 50W or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway
Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway until it ends, putting you on US 50 towards Washington. Take US 50 into the city, at which point US 50 turns into New York Avenue. Follow New York Avenue through the Northeast section of the city, watching for signs for H Street. Stay on New York Avenue by bearing right (if you take the 395S left instead, follow the I-95 South directions below). Take New York Avenue to 15th Street NW, and turn right. Take 15th Street to K Street, and turn left. Take K Street to 20th Street and turn right. Take 20th Street to M Street and turn left. Follow M Street to Wisconsin Avenue (major intersection). Turn left on Wisconsin Avenue and go down the hill. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, make a right onto Water Street/K Street and take the road all the way to the end. Potomac Boat Club is a white building on the left-hand side just before you pass under an old bridge arch.
To Potomac Boat Club from I-95 North
When the road splits between 95 and 495 head to Virginia (right side). After almost 15 miles there will be a turnoff for the Clara Barton Parkway. Take the Parkway East all the way into Georgetown. The Parkway will turn into Canal Road and then turn into M Street. Take M Street to Wisconsin Ave (major intersection). Turn right on Wisconsin Avenue and go down the hill. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, make a right onto Water Street/K Street and take the road all the way to the end. Potomac Boat Club is a white building on the left-hand side just before you pass under an old bridge arch.
To Potomac Boat Club from I-95 South
Take 395N into Washington DC. Take the exit for Memorial Bridge. As you cross the bridge, you will see the Lincoln Memorial ahead of you. Bear slightly left onto Lincoln Memorial Circle, and follow the circle around to the right (keeping the memorial on your right). Stay in the left lanes, and turn left onto 23rd Street. Turn left on Virginia Avenue, then right onto 24th Street. Follow 24th Street to M Street, and turn left onto M Street. Follow M Street to Wisconsin Avenue (major intersection). Turn left on Wisconsin Avenue and go down the hill. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, make a right onto Water Street/K Street and take the road all the way to the end. Potomac Boat Club is a white building on the left-hand side just before you pass under an old bridge arch.
If you have further questions, please contact the Potomac Boat Club Regatta Committee
Your Race Committee
John Olbrys (Chair),Kate Hare, Andrew Weinstein, Sam Marcus, Nick Woodfield, Ken Swain, Connor Graham, d’Andrew Willis, Jennifer Stork, Heidi Avery, Eric Edmonds, Judith Vogel, and Tolsun Waddle.