2016 Head of the Hidden Dragon

October 22, 2016


Clermont Crew and the Cincinnati Rowing Club are pleased to host the Head of the Hidden Dragon Regatta.  The course will be 5000M and will start in the eastern part of Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park and end at the beach on the southern Amelia/Bethel side of the lake.   Events are offered in singles, doubles, pairs, quads, coxed fours and eights for Junior, Collegiate, and Open Categories.   The course is fully buoyed and patrolled by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Coast Guard Reserve.

The Head of the Hidden Dragon is a USRowing registered regatta. All races are conducted under USRowing rules of racing.  Teams must become organizational members of USRowing.


Regatta Information: Regatta information packet is available online through regattacentral.com

Entries and line ups: The entry window on regattacentral.com will close @ 11:59 pm October 17, 2016.

Entry Fee Payment: Crews are strongly encouraged to pay online through regattacentral.com. If this is not practical, a check may be sent with a regattacentral.com generated invoice to the Clermont Crew registrar at the following address:  Leila Spriggs, Clermont Crew, P.O. Box 553, Amelia, OH 45102.

Whether writing a physical check or paying online via regattacentral.com, payments must be received by October 17, 2016.

Entry Fees: $20 per athlete (rower and coxswain)

Entry Errors: The coach of any entry that contains an error will be notified by phone or email and given 24 hours to correct the error. If the time limit passes without resolution satisfactory to the registrar and the regatta committee, the crew's entry for that particular event will be dropped, and will become subject to the late entry rule should the coach subsequently correct the error and reenter the crew.

Late Entries: Any entry made after the deadline, October 17, 2016, will be accepted at the discretion of the regatta committee with a $25 late boat entry fee.

Scratch Fees: Any team that scratches an entry after October 21, 2016 will forfeit its entry fee. Those scratching after the start of the regatta (including those not showing up at the start or that are late to start)  will forfeit their entry fee and be assessed a $25 per boat scratch fee to be paid prior to completion by any other boat from that team in subsequent races.

Hot Seating: Neither rowers, coxswains nor equipment may hot seat in events less that 90 minutes apart on the schedule.

Head Race Numbers: Crews may review their head race sequence and bow numbers on regattacentral.com late on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

On Site Registration: The onsite registration desk will be open Friday, October 21, 2016, from 5-8 pm, and Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 6-10 am.

Coaches and Coxswains Meeting: A coaches and coxswains meeting will be held under the Maupin Pavilion near the registration desk at 8:30 am Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Pre Registration Information Available:

  • Regatta brief (this document). Download this brief as a PDF from regattacentral.com.
  • Release waiver form from regattacentral.com.
  • Entry invoice from www.regattacentral.com.
  • Heat sheets available from www.clermontcrew.net (after October 19, 2016).

On Site Information Packets:

  • Starting order (one packet per team).
  • Competitor roster/updated race schedule

Boats and Safety

Quick Release: Check your equipment for race readiness, including the proper tying of heels (3 inches). Releases will be checked at the dock as the boats approach the launch area. 

Weighing Boats: Boats will not be weighed.

Bow Balls: Bow balls must be secured to shells before launch. Shells without bow balls will not be allowed to race.

Head Race Numbers: Head race numbers will be supplied at the launch area and must be returned to the dock master on return to the beach following a race.

Boat Storage: Boats are to be stored in marked areas only. Please provide your own boat stands and secure all boats not in use. 30 trailers will be permitted to park in the boat storage area adjacent to the launch area. Crews may leave their boats on their trailers for storage. The tow vehicles are asked to drop their trailer and move to the hard surface parking lots. 

Boat storage racks will be placed on the lawn near the launch and recovery docks for additional boat storage. 

All equipment must be removed from the regatta site by sunset Saturday evening.

Buses: Buses will proceed to the most westerly parking lot reserved for buses.


Practice Sessions: Crews will be allowed to practice at their own risk on Friday. October 21, 2016, from 2 pm to sunset. All crews must follow the traffic pattern noted on the course map. 

Late to Start: All crews must be on time to the start area. Crews late to the starting line marshaling area will be assessed one warning.

Protests: Protests will follow the USRowing rules of racing. Any crew wishing to protest should raise their hands after completing their race. Coaches should formally register their written protest with the registrar and pay the protest fee. Protests will be adjudicated by USRowing officials. There is a $25 fee to file a protest.

Penalties: A one minute (60 second) penalty will be assessed for each course marker missed or skipped by competing crews during the race.

Race Results: All results will be posted near the registration desk.

Awards: Medals will be awarded for FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD place finishes in each event. An event must have at least three entries from different teams to constitute a race.

On Site Concessions: Regatta shirts will be available for purchase.

Competitor Classifications

Juniors: A Junior is a competitor who in the current calendar year does not attain the age of 19, or who is and has been continuously enrolled in secondary school as a full-time student seeking a diploma.

Gender: Only males may row in Men's events. Only females may row in Women's events. 

Definition of Terms:

  • Novice:  Rower whose initial competition within that same discipline has been in the previous 12 months of the date of the regatta. 
  • Coxswains: May be of either sex and of any age. No weight restrictions apply
  • Masters Age Handicap: All masters events will be handicapped according to USRowing standards. Open events containing three or more masters entries will constitute separate masters events.

Race Schedule

“Junior “ means both JR & HS participants. 
Some novice events also have a “collegiate only ” version


  1. 10:00   Mens Open 1x
  2. 10:05   Womens Open 1x
  3. 10:10   Womens Junior Novice 2x
  4. 10:15   Mens Junior Novice 2x
  5. 10:20   Mens Junior/HS 1x
  6. 10:25   Womens Junior/HS 1x
  7. 10:30   Mens Open 4+
  8. 10:35   Mens Junior/HS 4+
  9. 10:40   Mens Open 2x
  10. 10:45   Womens Junior/HS 4x
  1. 11:00   Mixed Open 8+
  2. 11:05   Mens Collegiate Novice 8+
  3. 11:10   Womens Collegiate Novice 8+
  4. 11:15   Womens Open/Junior/HS/Collegiate 2-
  5. 11:20   Womens Junior/HS Novice 8+
  6. 11:25   Mens Open 4x
  7. 11:30   Mens Junior/HS 2x
  8. 11:35   Womens Junior/HS 2x
  9. 11:40   Mens Collegiate 4+
  10. 11:45   Womens Collegiate 8+
  1. 1:00   Womens Open 2x
  2. 1:05   Mixed Open 4x/4+
  3. 1:10   Womens Open 4+
  4. 1:15   Womens Junior/HS 8+
  5. 1:20   Mens Open 8+
  6. 1:25   Mens Junior/HS 4x
  7. 1:30   Mens Collegiate Novice 4+
  8. 1:35   Womens Collegiate Novice 8+
  9. 1:40   Womens Open 4x
  10. 1:45   Mens Junior/HS Novice 8+
  11. 1:50   MIxed Open 2x
  12. 1:55   Womens Junior Novice 4x
  13. 2:00   Mens Junior Novice 4x
  1. 2:15   Mens Open/Junior/HS/Collegiate 2-
  2. 2:20   Womens Junior/HS 4+
  3. 2:25   Womens Collegiate 4+
  4. 2:30   Mens Junior/HS 8+
  5. 2:35   Mens Collegiate 8+

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