The events and block schedule at the Head of the River Amstel 2023 have changed from last year.

First of all, two new fields have been added:

  • The PRE-masters: 4* and 8+ for women and men between 22 and 32 years, from mixed rowing clubs
  • Coastal rowing

Additionally, most Club and Masters events will now row on Saturday. Most elite, advanced, first year and juniors 16-18 will now row on Sunday.

See the complete schedule on the Time schedule page.


Photo: Lotte Burgers
Last modified on Monday, 23 January 2023 10:35

Welcome to the Head, Welcome to Amsterdam!

The Head of the River will start the Dutch rowing season on 11 and 12 of March 2023. Both national and international crews will compete during the Championship of the Amstel.
2023 will be the 90th anniversary of the competition. The first edition of this unique long distance event was held in 1933.


Short impression of the Head of the River 2022

Last modified on Tuesday, 17 January 2023 11:02

The Start numbers have been devided. Check the Draw to see what number you will start with.

Starting at Friday March 18th, at 14.00h, you are able to collect your shirt numbers at the workshop of rowing club Willem III, Jan Vroegopsingel 8. Distribution of the numbers will be done per club, not individual crews.

Check for all the time slots to pick up your shirt numbers the Rules page, item #5.

The numbers will only be distributed after payment is received. 

BE AWARE: This year it is not possible to collect your shirt numbers at rowing club RIC.


Last modified on Thursday, 17 March 2022 13:34

The last couple of weeks, the Oranjebaan bridge Ouderkerk is being renewed. One or more of the bridge openings is therefore blocked. In consultation with the contractor, the blockage will be removed during the HEAD-weekend.

The centre and most western bridge opening will be open and can be used for rowing to the warm up zone (centre opening) and rowing to the start (western opening). Please always follow the instructions of the official that is present in the area. 


Last modified on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:06

Now the enrty system has been close, the starting times per category have been determined. At the Timeschedule page you can find the detailed schedule.

For the Masters, if you have tried to provide us your target time, you can now check if this has been properly received, also via the Timeschedule page.


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If you bring your own boat to the Head of the River, you need to register your boat trailer.

Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

with the following information:

  • Arrival time Friday 18th or Saturday 19th
  • Name of the Boat trailer
  • (if possible) name of driver and phone number
  • How many boats, including types per trailer

Some clubs already have parking agreements with Amsterdam Rowing clubs.

Please find more information on the Boat trailer page


Last modified on Friday, 11 March 2022 13:25

Because almost all corona rules are loosened we can look forward to a real Head of the River, thè long distance rowing regatta in the Netherlands. Registration is possible until (and including) the 11th of March. You can register by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The draw will take place on the 14th of March.

Read more further down for more information on the changes of the Masters categories

Last modified on Friday, 25 February 2022 12:08

Preparations for the Head of the River Amstel on March 19th and 20th are in full swing. We are excited to be organizing this year’s race in-person and on the river. We will be sure to closely follow the government measures regarding corona so please keep an eye on our website for updates.

Registration opened on February 1

The registration for the Head of the River Amstel of March 19th and 20th opened on February 1st.

You can register by sending your boat and crew details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Teams can register up until March 12.

Last modified on Tuesday, 01 February 2022 20:28
Foto: Merijn Soeters


From the 19th to 20th of March 2022, we plan to return to the Amstel River for the Head! National and international rowers will once again be able to test their rowing skills in this unique long-distance race.

We will certainly be following government policies regarding COVID. This website will keep you up-to-date about all the measures that may affect the Head.

Last modified on Monday, 13 December 2021 14:20

The Virtual Head of the River 2021 t-shirt is for sale at Roeigoed.

It is a polyester sports shirt with sublimation print, normally for the price of €12,50.

Using the code « virtualhead » you will receive a discount of €2,50 which makes this shirt only €10,00.

The shirt is available in both men and ladies fit, in all general sizes, as white colored short short sleeve.

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