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Virtual Charlie Butt Scullers’ Head of the Potomac Regatta

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are moving to a virtual format this year. We invite you to register and compete in as many events as you can over the nine days of the regatta. The Virtual Scullers’ Head of the Potomac will be raced on the water or on a Concept II ergometer over a distance of 4500 meters. On-the-water events and erg events are separate events. You may enter as many events as you like; there is a separate registration fee for each event. All on-the-water events are for singles only and may be rowed on any body of water suitable for rowing. Erg events include singles, mixed doubles, mixed quads, and mixed octuples. In team boats, all participants (including the coxswain in the Octuple) submit a time for 4500 meters. The fastest total time wins. See below for the complete list of events and eligibility rules. Results are self-reported. You may make as many attempts as you’d like in the nine-day window (September 19-27). Competitor submission of results are on your honor. We recommend that you take a picture or otherwise capture your results for validation. The Regatta Committee reserves the right to request photographic evidence from the top three finishers of each event. Results submitted out of the window will not be accepted. Winners will be announced October 1.
When Sep 19, 2020 12:00 AM to
Sep 27, 2020 12:00 AM
Where Virtual
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The Virtual Scullers’ Head of the Potomac will be raced on the water or on a Concept II ergometer over a distance of 4500 meters. On-the-water events and erg events are separate events. You may enter either or both! All on-the-water events are for singles only and may be rowed on any body of water suitable for rowing. 

Erg events include singles, mixed doubles, mixed quads, and mixed octuples. In team boats, all participants (including the coxswain in the Octuple) submit a time for 4500 meters. The fastest total time wins. See below for the complete list of events and eligibility rules.

Results are self-reported. You may make as many attempts as you’d like in the nine-day window (September 19-27). Competitor submission of results are on your honor. We recommend that you take a picture or otherwise capture your results for validation. The Regatta Committee reserves the right to request photographic evidence from the top three finishers of each event. Results submitted out of the window will not be accepted. Winners will be announced October 1.

Registration

Please register online at Regatta Central

  • Registration is open now until noon on the last day of the regatta window, September 27. 
  • The Virtual Scullers’ Head of the Potomac is a USRowing sanctioned regatta. All competitors must sign a USRowing waiver.
  • You may enter as many events as you wish. 
  • Any questions regarding entries or registration should be sent to regatta registrar d’Andre Willis.

Entry Fees

All Singles (erg and on the water) – $5.00

Mixed Doubles (erg only) – $10.00

Mixed Quads (erg only) – $20.00

Mixed Octuples (erg only) – $25.00

Awards

Winners will be announced October 1. A classic Charlie Butt Scullers’ Head of the Potomac Regatta medal will be awarded to each on-the-water champion for all events in which there are at least three entrants from at least two clubs. A virtual certificate will be awarded to winners in each erg event. 

Competitor submission of results are on your honor. We recommend that you take a picture or otherwise capture your results. The Regatta Committee reserves the right to request photographic evidence from the top three finishers of each event. Results submitted out of the window will not be accepted. Winners will be announced October 1.

Sportsmanship

The Regatta Committee reserves the right to rule on any situation not specifically covered by these guidelines and to penalize or disqualify any competitor or crew that appears to violate the spirit or letter of the rules of competition or sportsmanship, on the water or off.

Events

1X Rowing Events: 4500 meters on the water (2250 for self-classified para events)

Men’s 1X Women’s 1X Age Handicap
Youth Youth none
Open Open none
Lightweight Lightweight none
Masters (age 30-39) Masters (age 30-39) none
Senior Masters (40-49) Senior Masters (40-49) none
Grand Masters (50-59) Grand Masters (50-59) none
Veterans (60-69) Veterans (60-69) none
Senior Veterans (70+) Senior Veterans (70+) Adjusted USRA handicaps
PR3(PI)^ PR3(PI)^ none
PR3(VI)^ PR3(VI)^ none
PR3(AK)^ PR3(AK)^ none
PR3(SA)^ PR3(SA)^ none
PR1(AS)^ PR1(AS)^ none
PR2(TA)^ PR2(TA)^ none
PR3(D)^ PR3(D)^ none
PR3(ID-1)^ PR3(ID-1)^ none
PR3(ID-2)^ PR3(ID-2)^ none
PR3(ID-3)^ PR3(ID-3)^ none
PR1(FISA/US Classficiation) PR1(FISA/US Classficiation) none
PR2(FISA/US Classficiation) PR2(FISA/US Classficiation) none
PR3(FISA/US Classficiation) PR3(FISA/US Classficiation) none

1X Erg Events: 4500 meters on Static Concept II ergometer

Note: all para entries with a (^) are self-classified and will be rowed at the 2250m length.

Men’s 1X Women’s 1X Age Handicap
Youth Youth none
Open Open none
Lightweight Lightweight none
Masters (age 30-39) Masters (age 30-39) none
Senior Masters (40-49) Senior Masters (40-49) none
Grand Masters (50-59) Grand Masters (50-59) none
Veterans (60-69) Veterans (60-69) none
Senior Veterans (70+) Senior Veterans (70+) Adjusted USRA handicaps
PR3(PI)^ PR3(PI)^ none
PR3(VI)^ PR3(VI)^ none
PR3(AK)^ PR3(AK)^ none
PR3(SA)^ PR3(SA)^ none
PR1(AS)^ PR1(AS)^ none
PR2(TA)^ PR2(TA)^ none
PR3(D)^ PR3(D)^ none
PR3(ID-1)^ PR3(ID-1)^ none
PR3(ID-2)^ PR3(ID-2)^ none
PR3(ID-3)^ PR3(ID-3)^ none
PR1(FISA/US Classficiation) PR1(FISA/US Classficiation) none
PR2(FISA/US Classficiation) PR2(FISA/US Classficiation) none
PR3(FISA/US Classficiation) PR3(FISA/US Classficiation) none

Team Erg Events: 4500 meters per sculler on Concept II ergometer

Doubles* Handicap
Mixed Youth 2X none
Mixed Open 2X none
Parent-Child 2X none
Mixed Masters 2X none
Quads*
Mixed Youth 4X none
Mixed Open 4X none
Mixed Masters 4X none
Octuples* / **
Mixed Youth 8X none
Mixed Open 8X none
Mixed Masters 8X none

* Each sculler ergs 4500m. Best total time wins.

** Coxswain also ergs 4500m!

Definitions and Eligibility Rules

Note – unless otherwise stated, all dates shown are in the year of the regatta.

Youth: Any sculler 18 years of age or younger as of September 19.

Master: Any sculler at least 30 years of age as of September 19.

Senior Master: Any sculler at least 40 years of age as of September 19.

Grand Master: Any sculler at least 50 years of age as of September 19.

Veteran: Any sculler at least 60 years of age as of September 19.

Senior Veteran: Any sculler at least 70 years of age as of September 19.

Para Events: Para-rowing event classifications/eligibility for adaptive athletes will follow guidelines used during the 2020 USRowing Indoor Rowing Championship/CRASH-B. Specifics may be found on pages 10 – 12 of the USIRC Entry Packet. Entry into the FISA/US Classification events and self-classification are on your honor.

Handicaps: Handicaps will be based on the USRA 1000m handicaps adjusted for the 2.8 mile / 4500 meter head race distance. A listing of on-the-water time handicaps used for different boat classes is available online. A listing of ergometer time handicaps used for different boat classes is available online.

Lightweight: Men: 165 pounds or less; Women: 133 pounds or less. Weigh yourself on the honor system on the same day as your piece.

Parent-Child Erg: This erg race is for fun: no age requirements or handicaps, no gender requirements, no DNA, no arguments. 

Mixed Double Erg: The crew shall be one male and one female sculler. Entries must be submitted under only one club/school name. 

Mixed Quad Erg: The crew shall be two male and two female scullers. Entries must be submitted under only one club/school name. Three of the four scullers must be from the same club/school.

Mixed Octuple Erg: The crew shall be at least half female (i.e., no fewer than five women), including the coxswain. Entries must be submitted under only one club/school name. Five of the eight scullers must be from the same club/school. The coxswain must be a regular on-the-water coxswain and must submit an erg time for 4500 meters.

Masters Mixed Erg (2X, 4X, 8X): Masters crews (minimum average age 35, no rowers under age 30) will receive a handicap but will not race in a separate division. Masters handicaps are based on the USRA standard. See Handicaps, above.

Boat Trailers

Just kidding! There are no boat trailers in a virtual regatta.

 

Contact Information

If you have further questions, please contact the Potomac Boat Club Regatta Committee: [email protected] 

The official address for mail correspondence with the regatta is:

Charlie Butt Scullers’ Head of the Potomac Regatta
Potomac Boat Club
3530 Water Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

 

Regatta Committee 

John Olbrys (Chair), Andrew Weinstein, Lauren Schumer, Nate Uber, Alex Diblee, Sam Marcus, Nick Woodfield, Ken Swain, Connor Graham, d’Andre Willis, Will Packard, Eric Edmonds, Judith Vogel, and Tolsun Waddle.

Course Description

As shown on the accompanying course map, the 2.8 mile course starts almost 2 miles above Key Bridge, just downstream of Fletcher’s Cove, and follows the Virginia shore for 1/3 mile to a point just below the Hens and Chickens Islands where it makes a slight turn to port. The course continues along the Virginia shore for 0.6 miles to a point about 400 yards above the Three Sisters Islands where it makes another turn to port. From here the course goes straight for 0.9 miles passing through the second arch (from the Virginia shore) of Key Bridge making a turn to starboard. The course then continues downstream past the upper end of Roosevelt Island where it makes a wide turn to starboard around the island and then goes straight to the finish just above Roosevelt Bridge.

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