2023 Head of the Welland

The Head of the Welland,

Five Bridges Classic!

Saturday September 23rd 2023


 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

Volunteers needed! registrar@rowsnrc.ca

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


Course Pictures