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Head Up The Creek 2017 will be held on Sunday March 5th, 2017

Regatta Central is our registration agent for 2017.

Thank you to those of you who came to row in 2016, and those of you who were able to volunteer. We also appreciate the many organizations who were able to help us put on the regatta last year:

  • Burrard Lions Club, their friends and families for the food services
  • Jericho Sailing Centre Association Rescue, Kitsilano Yacht Club, Vancouver College rowing program, and the Royal Canadian Marine Search And Rescue for safety boats
  • St John Ambulance Medical First Response
  • Kitsilano Coast Guard Station for access to their docks
  • Safeway Canada for their prizes
  • Rowing BC's Umpires
  • Bard on the Beach for access to their electrical kiosk

Thank you all for making this a bigger event than in 2015. I hope you have all had a safe trip home and I look forward to seeing you on March 5th, 2017.


City of Vancouver Rowing Champion

The overall winner, and City of Vancouver Rowing Champion is the crew with the highest efficiency ratio (predicted time divided by their actual time as determined by the tables below) and the crew will be added to a perpetual trophy and will be awarded a cake and etched glasses. Predicted times (Eights | Fours | Quads | Doubles | ​Singles) were updated for 2016 and are based on the Head Of The Charles results for comparable boat types accounting for age, gender, boat type and novice-ness. Please understand that this ratio, like a fine wine, will improve with time and training. By entering the regatta, you agree that the ratio is fair and equitable and may not submit appeals or objections based on it or its calculations.

The winner in 2016 was a Men's quad from the Vancouver Rowing Club and the 2015 winner (the first year we were authorized to determine the Vancouver Rowing Champion) was a Men's double from the Nicomekl Rowing Club.

Regatta Central will be our registration agent again for 2016: the regatta package will be posted there as time permits.

Tide information is here. http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/1873.html?y=2017&m=3&d=5 in case you are interested.

Event Schedule:

  • 7:45 am Bow Person and Cox meeting at the top of the ramp by the map
  • 8:00 Umpires Meeting with Regatta Chair
  • 8:30 Launch for first flight opens
  • 8:50 Beach Closes for para-rowers
  • 9:00 Beach Closes
  • 9:30 First Flight begins
  • 10:25 First Flight completes
  • 10:30 Launch for second flight opens
  • 11:00 Beach Closes
  • 11:30 Second Flight begins
  • 12:10 Second Flight completes
  • 1:00 pm Prizegiving

Directions getting to the regatta:


Wondering how to drive your trailer here: after turning west onto Cornwall from Burrard, turn north onto Chestnut, Cypress or Arbutus. Don't miss them or you are going to be in a hard spot trying to negotiate the left turn at Macdonald.

Overnight Security Changes:

Due to lack of demand and increased cost this past year, we will not be providing overnight security unless out of town teams request it before February 1st.

Youtube videos showing the route from Burrard Street to the launch point are here:

New for 2016: A dock courtesy of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation!

Eights have to be launched with care, but the beaches will still be available for wet launching for those keen on starting their row with a bracing wade into the water. 

2016 Results

Speed Orders - here! - used to determine the category winners. Efficiency - here! Determining the overall regatta winners.

Category Results - here!  

2015 Results:

Finish Order Results Efficiency Results ​Category Results


Course Map - Head Up The Creek