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Welcome to the Head of the Yarra - Australia's Rowing Classic.

The 2018 Head of the Yarra will be held on Saturday, 24 November. 2018 will be the 60th Head of the Yarra. 

The Head of the Yarra, hosted by the Hawthorn Rowing Club,  is held annually on the last Saturday of November. (The date is subject to confirmation annually by Rowing Victoria - Please do not assume the date is confirmed until it has been officially annouced)

The regatta start time is 9.00am.

Entries close at 7.00pm on Sunday, 4 November 2018 except for “club/school composites” which close Sunday, 28 October 2018.

For everyone’s safety, the number of entries is again capped at a maximum of 255. The cap includes all crews, there is no separate allocation of places for open crews this year.


Keep an eye on this page or the event's Facebook Page for more information.

The start list can be found at HOTY Draw

Newsletter No. 1 Updated is available for download.  

Newsletter No. 2 is available for download.

Newsletter No. 3 is available for download.

Competitor Briefing is available for download.

Further information is available for download from the tabs above. The latest start order is available under the Race Categories tab above.


We are proud to announce that this year’s event will include an Para Eight event. Athletes wishing to complete in this year’s Para Eight event must hold a Rowing Australia Provisional or National Class-action classification. If you are unsure of your classification status or require classification, please contact Gordon Marcks at Rowing Australia at gmarcks@rowingaustralia.com.au or 0407 787270.

Volunteers Needed

Running Australia's biggest single rowing event needs a large team of active Volunteers.

If you can assist please email at hoy-enq@hawthornrowingclub.com to register your help.

For all enquiries contact the regatta team by email at hoy-enq@hawthornrowingclub.com, or use our Facebook page (link at the foot of the page). Follow us on Facebook or Twitter (links at the foot of the page) or subscribe to our mailing list (put "Subscribe" as the subject).

2018 Partners

Here are our major partners for 2018. We can't do it without them so please support them. Others are expected so keep watch.

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