• The 61st Head of the Yarra. 8 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD to Hawthorn.

  • Race start 9 AM Saturday, 30 November.

  • Entries open the 1 July and close 20 October.

  • Entries close 20 October, 6 weeks prior race day, or earlier if the cap has been reached.

  • When cap is reached we will accept entries onto a waiting list, but in the past, very few crews have withdrawn.

  • Australian Crew entry is via ROWING MANAGER.

  • International entries may be made via email to Rowing Victoria Secretary. Email Rowing Victoria at laura@rowingvictoria.asn.au. Download THE INTERNATIONAL CREW ENTRTY FORM.

  • Seat fee is $60 per seat.

  • Clubs will be invoiced when entries close.

  • 2019 Entry Cap - 270 crews - exclusively 8-oared crews.

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


The order of classes has changed again, with a 9.00 AM start and four brackets with separation. The Schools have been allocated the first bracket to allow early departure, and with the oldest masters, lower exposure to heat risk.

The older masters are in the second bracket, again to reduce heat risk, then younger masters and then club / open.


10% discount for Head of the Yarra fraternity on three Mantra city properties and the Amora Riverwalk (opposite race-finish at Hawthorn). These hotels are conveniently located with the 48 and 75 route trams connecting guests to the start and finish areas - ACCOMODATION.


Competitors are encouraged to park boat trailers in the city at the start of the regatta.

Parking at the finish has become too congested and boat trailer parking in Creswick Street will only be permitted on the West or River side.

Creswick Street will not be available for unloading boats from the roadway. The roadway and East side of Creswick Street will be a No Stopping zone.

Download our 2019 document on TRAILER PARKING AND BOAT STORAGE at the start and finish areas.

1.4. General Enquiries

For all enquiries contact the regatta team by email at hoy-enq@hawthornrowingclub.com or our FACEBOOK page. You can also follow us on TWITTER.

1.5. Volunteers Needed

Running Australia's biggest single rowing event requires a large team of volunteers.

Here are details on how to VOLUNTEER.

1.6. Para-Rowing

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 787 270.


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