- Lottery Application Period: Sept 11th thru Sept 26th
- Adaptive Event Registration: Sept 11th thru Oct 17th
- Lottery Draw posted on Sept 29th
- Loss of Entry Fees for accepted entries: Immediately following the posting of the lottery draw.
- Bow Draw posted & last Entries taken from Wait List, Oct. 20th. Additional Scratch fee applies after this date.
- Last Day to change Line-ups: Nov. 1st
Closing times are at 11:59 pm Eastern for each of these dates.
Please Register at RegattaCentral.
2017 Head of the Hooch Registration Process
- Guaranteed Entries – Guaranteed entries will be available to boats with an adjusted time within 10% of the winning adjusted time in each event from the 2016 Head of the Hooch. Guaranteed Entry Codes (GECs) will be awarded to the crew for all events except 1x races. GECs from 1x events will be awarded to the rower and be usable for any 1x event. RegattaCentral will provide your guaranteed entry code via email. Please ensure your crew’s contact information is accurate on RegattaCentral. If you do not receive your GEC prior to registration opening please contact the Registrar. A list of all boats that will be receiving a GEC is available here.
- Lottery – All non-guaranteed entries will be placed into a lottery. Each event has a cap as listed on our event schedule page. Boats will be placed into events in the following order until the cap has been reached:
- Guaranteed Entries – top 10% from previous year
- Random Draw of remaining “A” boats registered for the event, excluding composite entries.
- Random Draw of remaining “B” boats registered for the event and all composite entries registered for the event.
- Random Draw of “C” boats registered for the event
- Continue drawing boats until all have been placed
- Any entry that isn’t drawn prior to reaching the event cap will be added to a waitlist for the event in random draw order. Should any entries scratch, waitlisted boats will be accepted. Once your boat is accepted from the lottery payment will immediately be due. No registered boat will be allowed to move from one event to another and no entries will be added after the bow draw. Should an event not reach its cap, the remaining slots will be added to another event(s) on the same day.
- Early Entries – Crews traveling more than 1250 miles to Chattanooga, TN can receive an early decision on entries. Please fill out the following form to request early acceptance: HOH Early Entry Application. A maximum of 150 entries will be accepted via this process. All crews will be notified between August 1st and September 26th. Any entries not accepted via this process may still enter via the lottery. If you have any questions, please contact the registrar.
- Adaptive Events – Will not be subject to the lottery and are open registration from Sept. 11th – Oct. 17th.
- Entry Limits – There are no limits on the number of entries a crew can request per day or event, nor are there any limits on the number of races a rower can compete in. However, please keep in mind the penalties for scratching or “no-showing” a race.
- Seeding – Will only apply to boats that register with a GEC. Boats will be seeded in all events. Boats will be seeded based on prior year’s raw finishing times, including in handicapped events.
- Schedule for 2017 – The full schedule can be seen here. Please review the start times closely as daylight savings falls between racing on Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: Start times are not final and will be revised with final entries counts. Changes for 2017:
- Masters Events, with the exception of the pairs, straight fours, and singles, are now split into two age groups – under and over 50. All events will remain handicapped. Singles events will remain the same splits as previous years while the pairs and straight fours will remain one event due to lower registration numbers. Please Note: The split for the events will be shown as divisions on RegattaCentral, not as separate events. When you register you will automatically be placed into the correct division based on the boats average age. Boats will all have the same start time and be seeded in the event regardless of age, however two separate sets of medals will be awarded.
- Return of the Mixed Open 8+ to Sunday
- Rules of Racing – Please read through our updated Rules of Racing and Event Definitions pages.
Online Registration and Waivers
All entries and payments for the Hooch are processed through RegattaCentral. The Hooch is registered with USRowing and accepts the once-a-year USRowing waiver. All waivers are due by November 1st. For more information on submitting your waiver, visit USRowing or contact USRowing at 800-314-4ROW or firstname.lastname@example.org
All masters and alumni boats will be required to enter their lineups and birthdays as they register. All singles entries must enter their lineup. All other entries must have their lineups entered by November 1st or they will be scratched. Having rowers in the correct seat is not necessary, however, showing them in the correct boat is required.
The 2017 Head of the Hooch Regatta entry fees are as follows:
Credit card information will be required to place an entry or application. The credit card will be charged for any guaranteed entries, and held for any entries into the lottery. The cards will be charged automatically for any entries are accepted from the lottery. If you need to pay with a check, please contact the registrar.
Scratch Fees and Refunds
There will be no refunds for any accepted entries. After your boat has been accepted from the lottery, entry fees are due. Any boat that scratches after October 20th will incur an additional $50 scratch fee. Any scratch fees incurred will be posted to the crew’s RegattaCentral account. Payments can be made using a credit card on RegattaCentral or with check or cash at the regatta venue. All scratch fees collected will be donated to a rowing charity after the regatta. All fees must be paid prior to receiving your bow numbers. Any crew with unpaid fees from the previous year’s Hooch will not be allowed to enter until their balance is paid.
Registration at the Venue
Representatives of clubs (and single scullers) must check in at Registration at the venue and receive bow markers. Shells without correct bow markers will not be permitted to launch. Any entry that races, but does not stop by the registration tent and pick up their bow number will be disqualified.
Regatta registration at the riverfront venue will be open as follows:
- Friday, November 3rd – 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm
- Saturday, November 4th – 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Sunday, November 5th – 6:00 am to 12:00 pm