2023 Head of the Welland

The Head of the Welland,

Five Bridges Classic!

2023 Information Coming Soon


Registration and regatta information will be available on Regatta Central. We look forward to a great day of racing in 2023.

The South Niagara Rowing Club is proud to host the Head of the Welland Regatta.  Head races are time trial/professional races that typically take place in early autumn. Boats begin with a rolling start at intervals of 10-20 seconds and are times over a set distance.

The 5.3 kilometre race on the Welland Recreational Canal takes the athletes through the heart of Welland, traveling under 5 different bridges that span its banks. Annually, the Head of the Welland attracts about 1,000 high school, university, developmental youth rowers and masters athletes and an additional 400 spectators / parents / coaches from Ontario, and many neighbouring states.

The subtle twists and turns of the waterway, punctuated with its multiple and sizable bridge abutments make for exciting racing and risk-reward areas for passing slower crews. Racers finish at the beautiful Welland International Flatwater Centre.

“The biggest thing we want athletes to get out [of this event], is to have fun! It’s something that really is a must-do to add to your fall calendar of rowing!” – Helen Taylor, SNRC Head of the Welland Chair

What do the athletes think?

“The course is amazing! It’s like a first-class facility. It is amazing what they have here!”

Brian, Cambridge Rowing Club



Also, remember to say hello and thank a volunteer! This day would not be possible without them and they are one of our organizations biggest assets that are often overlooked.  Show your support by having a look at our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter pages to like and comment on some of our photos.

Event Resources:

Course Overview + Traffic Flow

Bridge Traffic Diagrams

Emergency Evacuation Plan