Join us at Gas Works Park from 5:00am to 1:00pm for great spectating, food, drinks, and our RFTC Celebration

Join us at Gas Works Park from 5:00am to 1:00pm for great spectating, food, drinks, and our RFTC Celebration

Gas Works Park REGATTA HEADQUARTERS and Spectating

It's time to celebrate!

Join us in at Gas Works Park and enjoy a Pink Mimosa, Beer, Pink Lemonade or Latte on us! ALL rowers have a drink included with their registration fee. Pick up your awards, enjoy great food, and celebrate.

Here's what you'll find at the park:

  • Packet Pickups from 5:00 am to 7:30 am

  • Coaches and Coxswains Meeting 6:00 am SHARP

  • Results and Medals from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • T-shirt sales from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Awards Ceremony from 10:15 am to 11:30 am

  • Party Central from 10:00 to 12:00 pm

RFTC Results will be posted online on HereNow Pick up your medals and ribbons at Gas Works Parks following your race. Join us there for our 20th Anniversary celebration with a beer garden, RFTC T’s and beanies, food, warm coffee, our Pink Erg fundraising celebration and more!

Starting on Friday morning you can see the schedule of events on Here NowSearch for Seattle Row for the Cure.

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5800M Head RAce WaRM UP

  • Crews come up hugging the north shore of the ship canal.

  • The warm-up pattern runs counter-clockwise around the buoys.

  • All crews must go around the buoy on the east side, of the Ballard bridge

  • Crews must be at the staging area 4 minutes before their start time.

  • Crews should line up in order of bow number. Take care not to block the warm-up pattern.

  • A course marshal will call crews in pairs in order out of the staging area.

  • Cox’ns and scullers must keep 15 seconds between boats.

  • A second course marshal will instruct your boat to proceed and then to increase the pressure 100m before the start.

RAce Course


To enter the warm-up pattern at the start, hug the north shore of Lake Union. Be mindful of other crews in the ship canal. It is narrow so hug the shore. Passing IS allowed on the race course in the ship canal.


10 seconds

  • Late to the start

  • No bow number

  • No bib number

30 seconds

  • Failure to yield

60 seconds

  • Interference with another crew

  • Each missed buoy


First Aid:  Should there be a need for First Aid, please report to the dock masters at official launch sites.

Bow Balls:  Each rowing shell must have an intact bow ball, bow clip and heel ties where applicable.

Regatta Safety Plan: Download a copy of the RFTC Safety Plan for your own reference.

Race maps:

Race Timing:

  • Launching begins at 6:40 am.

  • Racing starts at 7:30 a.m. Boats will start at approximately 15-second intervals.

  • Handicaps: RFTC Handicap Update RFTC 2019 will use handicaps are patterned after the same system used by Head of the Lake as published by USRowing.


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All participants, including coxswains, must have an active USRowing membership and have signed the waiver before racing. All waivers must be completed electronically and complete prior to Wednesday September 12, 2018. Crews will not be allowed to race without waivers for each athlete.

This regatta is registered with USRowing and requires the once-a-year USRowing waiver.

Waiver instructions for ALL participants (Including international athletes):

  1. To submit the annual USRowing waiver, athletes must be active members of USRowing

  2. To join (or renew) and submit your waiver, go to https://membership.usrowing.org (coaches: Forward this link to your club's participating athletes)

If you need assistance, contact USRowing at 800-314-4ROW or members@usrowing.org