Head of the Anacostia (HOTA)

Head of the Anacostia (HOTA)

“Come for the racing, stay for the pie.”

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 — CANCELED


Due to the reconstruction that is currently ongoing at the Fredrick Douglas Memorial Bridge (a.k.a. the South Capital Bridge), Capital has decided to cancel the Head of the Anacostia scheduled for September 22, 2018. The arch configuration to support reconstruction causes safety concerns for the regatta.  Safety of our rowers and visiting clubs is of upmost importance to the club and we will not set up a race course that jeopardizes that safety. Unfortunately the construction of the bridge will be long term and as such will not be able to host HOTA on it’s existing course for at least a few years. We encourage all those who were interested in head racing at HOTA to consider racing at the Sculler’s Head of the Potomac (SHOP) which occurs at Thompson’s Boathouse on September 23, 2018.

The race is set in the heart of the Nation’s Capital and passes by Nationals Stadium on the port side approximately 1500m from the start line. In addition to racing, the regatta includes an apple pie contest (best pie wins)  after the last race.  Enter an apple pie in the contest, or simply partake in the deliciousness.  Rowers, spectators, coaches, referees, and volunteers; there will be apple pies for all.

Coming from out of town?  Make it a two head race weekend. The Head of the Potomac is on Sunday, September 23rd.  If you are interested in leaving your trailer overnight at the ACBA boathouse before heading out to the Head of the Potomac on Sunday morning, email the race director at hota@capitalrowing.org to confirm space is available.  We are only about six miles away from the HOTP starting line.  Overnight trailer space is available but limited.



Regatta Overview

The regatta will include sweep and sculling events for junior, master, open and adaptive rowers.  The course length is 2.5 miles and is a head-style race.

  • Junior is defined as a competitor who, in the current calendar year, does not attain the age of 19.
  • Master is defined as a competitor who has attained or will attain the age of 21 during the current calendar year.  A competitor’s age is determined as of December 31 of the current calendar year.
  • Novice is a defined as a Master who raced in their first regatta less than one year from the date of the race.
  • Open has no restrictions.
  • Para-Rowing:
    • PR1 = formerly AS (functional use of arms and shoulders, but minimal or no trunk function)
    • PR2 = formerly TA (functional use of trunk and arms, but cannot use sliding seat to move boat)
    • PR3 = formerly LTA (functional use of legs, trunk and arms and can use sliding seat to move boat)
    • Para Double: Crews in these events include at least one athlete with a verifiable and permanent physical or intellectual disability.  Inclusion crews may be mixed or same gender.  There is no age handicap.  Rowers must be at least of high school age.

Official Regatta Rules

Race Course

Site Map:

Site Map



Many thanks to our 2017 regatta sponsors

Many thanks to our 2016 regatta sponsors!


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Venue Information (Parking)

The Head of the Anacostia is at the Anacostia Community Boathouse.
1900 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
United States
(Google Maps – Enter “38.8782,-76.9796” as your destination.)


IMPORTANT:  Send an email to the HOTA@capitalrowing.org with your trailer and van details by September 20, 2016 or you will not have space to park!


Boat trailers, car top scullers, race officials and handicapped parking is available at the ACBA Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Parking for rowers and spectators will be at the Maritime Plaza parking lot. The parking lot is on M Street before you get to the boathouse. The address for the Maritime Parking Lot is 1201 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003. The parking lot is a 3/4 mile walk to the boathouse.  A shuttle service will be provided.


Best Apple Pie Contest

The pie contest is for bakers of all ages and skill.  This year’s apple pie contest is sure to be phenomenal.  The intense judging starts once racing is finished, around 2:15 pm.

Please email hota@capitalrowing.org for more information and to register for the pie contest.  After the judging, there will be apple pie and ice cream for rowers, spectators and coaches.

Help spread the word

We are excited for a day of racing on the Anacostia.  Please encourage your friends to join us.  And, send any questions to hota@capitalrowing.org.