Regatta Packet


Welcome to the 5th Annual Music City Head Race. The event will take place on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. We look forward to having you in Nashville for this great event.


Trailer Parking


Trailer parking will be in LOT R of Nissan Stadium (see map in this packet).  We will have overnight security on the evening of Saturday, October 2nd. Trailers can start arriving mid-day on Saturday, October 2nd (exact times to be finalized the week prior). All trailers must depart the lot no later than 8pm on Sunday, October 3rd. If your trailer driver is waiting until Monday morning to depart Nashville (or would like to arrive on Friday, October 1st), please contact us at to arrange a place to park your trailer for Friday or Sunday if you require assistance. 


Practice on the course on Saturday, October 2nd


The course will be open for practice (for a minimum) from 2pm-4pm on Saturday, October 2nd.  No boats will be permitted to launch after 3:15pm.  If we are able to extend the practice window, we will announce one week prior to the event.  No coaches' launches will be permitted on the river during the practice.  We will have safety launches on the water during the practice session.


Coaches & Coxswains


A coaches and coxswains meeting is planned to occur at 6:10AM on Sunday morning (October 3rd).  The location of the meeting will be the grass area in between the trailer parking lot and the launching area.


Rules of Racing

1. Each missed buoy will be a penalty of 10 seconds.

2. All crews must yield to faster crews, shifting over to provide the shortest path to the overtaking crew once the crew who is overtaking is within 1 boat length of open water.  Failure to yield in a timing manner will result in a 30 second penalty.


Novice Events

A novice competitor is defined as a rower or coxswain who has not rowed or coxed prior to July 1, 2021 (in a defined regatta as scrimmages do not count).  Collegiate 1st year rowers who competed in high school are eligible as novice in their first year of collegiate competition.


Lightweight Events:

The following weight limits apply per USRowing rules:

  • Female Youth and Collegiate Rowers will have a maximum weight of 130 lbs.

  • Male Youth Rowers will have a maximum weight of 150 lbs.

  • Male Collegiate Rowers will have a maximum weight of 160 lbs.

  • There will be no boat averaging for any lightweight categories, as with USRowing Rules.


Bow Draw

The bow draw will be shared by Thursday, September 30th, or earlier.  The order will be determined based on the 2019 Music City Head Race Results.  We will guarantee that any A and B eights entries will be placed in the order of which they finished the prior year.  For the fours, we guarantee that any A, B, and C fours will be placed in the order of which they finished the prior year.  After those guarantees, any remaining entries are subject to the potential to be placed after any new A and B entries in the 8 and any new A, B, and C entries in the fours.


Launching & Recovering


As we did in 2019, we will have a dock for launching and recovering (as opposed to wet launching).  We will also have an additional dock, as well as more gravel on the bank down to the dock.  Due to the volume the docks will be experiencing, we ask that you please approach the water with your oarlock gates already open in order to speed up the process. All boats will need to launch with rowers or team members carrying their oars and will not be permitted to launch unless the oar holders are present and have the oars in their possession. 

Race Course


The map of the racecourse is available on the website as well.  Please have your coxswains and bowmen familiarize themselves with the launching/recovering pattern and the traffic pattern on the water.  We will have several volunteers on land and several launches on the water to assist with this effort.




Results will be posted following the completion of the race. 




We will be awarding medals for all races.  Medals will be available as results become official.  You can pick up your medals from the control commission tent.


River Closure and Current


The river will be closed for the practice session on Saturday and for all racing on Sunday.  We will have volunteer launches on the water for the practice session on Friday.  We plan to have the Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteer launches on the water on Saturday.  The Army Corp of Engineers has agreed to reduce the current as much as possible.  The weather the few days leading up to the regatta and a few other factors will impact how much control we have over the current.  Expect the current slow-down will be prioritized for race day first and the practice session second.  The course does run in the direction of the current, so the boats will be warming up against the current and racing with the current.  Please keep this in mind when launching your crews and planning your row up to the start line.




The entry fees are $105 for an eight, $80 for a four/quad, $55 for a pair/double, and $40 for a single.  Credit card payment over RegattaCentral is strongly preferred.  If you do need to make out a check, please make checks payable to Nashville Rowing Club. Note: you will not be able to pick up your bow numbers until you have submitted payment.  We will be providing receipts as check in. 


Check In


Check in will be available from 1pm-6pm on Saturday and 6am-9am on Sunday.  Bow numbers will be provided in your team’s packet when you check in.  The packets will include a bow number for the bow deck, one for the back of the bow seat and one for the back of the coxswain (or the front of the stroke seat in a bow coxed four).


Weigh Ins


Weigh Ins for lightweight rowers will be available at control commission on Saturday afternoon (3pm-6pm) and on Sunday morning (6am to 10am).  Coxswains will not be weighing in.




The parking lot for the trailers is shared with the parking lot with the Nashville Bridge Building.  The best way to navigate is to use the address: 2 Victory Ave #100 Nashville, TN 37213.  The trailers will park in the northwest and northeast quadrant of parking lot R.  Athlete parking will be in the southern quadrant of lot R.  Overflow parking will be available in parking lot N and P. Buses will park in Lot T. We will have volunteers assisting you with parking.  Note that there is a $10 fee to park.  Everyone needs to pay this fee.  Please prepare for it now.


Emergency procedures (should there be inclement weather)


This will be covered during the coaches and coxswains meeting on Sunday morning.