The Head of the River Amstel 2020 has been cancelled!

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  • Thu 12 Mar 2020 19:39

    Head of the River Amstel 2020 cancelled!

    The Dutch government has just announced that no events with more than 100 participants may be held in the Netherlands from now until March 31, 2020, due to Covid-19. 

    We realize that this is a huge disappointment – for our organization, and especially for all who planned to participate. However, given the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, we support the government's decision. 

    Registration fees and payments for boat hire will be refunded.

    Later this year we will once again focus on organizing the next Head of the River Amstel. Let's hope that in 2021 this great tradition can continue!

    Yours sincerely,

    The Head of the River Amstel Committee

    Foto: Ellen de Monchy
  • Fri 06 Mar 2020 18:13

    Development around the Corona virus

    In light of the global situation with the coronavirus, the organisation of the Head of the River is constantly monitoring the situation. The lead agencies providing advice for the Netherlands are the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in cooperation with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RVIM). We will continue to monitor all the updates they provide ahead of the race on the weekend of 21 and 22 March. 

    For the moment, the Head is still taking place and we expect we will be able to race. We will keep you posted if we decide differently, communicating any updates via our website, Instagram and Facebook page.

  • Mon 02 Mar 2020 16:23

    Head of the River: more information about payment

    Once again this year, international crews are showing strong interest in participating in the Head of the River Amstel. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

    After you have signed up your crew via the registration site, please pay the entry fee as follows.

    Entry fees are: Four €70; Eight €100; Corporate Eight €300.

    Payment must be made before March 13th to the ‘Amsterdamsche Roeibond’, IBAN number NL 71 INGB 0006 6289 83, BIC number INGBNL2A.

    Please include the following details in the comments section:
    *    the name of the club,
    *    the race event 
    *    the name of the stroke of the crew

    For more information see our entries page.

    Foto: Ellen de Monchy
  • Mon 02 Mar 2020 16:21

    Head of the River instructions for coxes: updated video

    The movie with steering instructions for the Head of the River race has been updated. The video follows the whole course, from the start in Ouderkerk to the finish at rowing club De Hoop in Amsterdam, and gives suggestions for steering at crucial points on the Amstel river.

    We strongly advise all coxes to watch the instruction video carefully.

    They should also watch the presentation with rules for overtaking other boats and read the other information for coxes on the site.

    Foto: Ellen de Monchy


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