Homecoming & Head Of The Trent Regatta This Weekend

Trent U's annual Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta takes place September 29th to October 1st, and features alumni activities, campus tours, varsity sports and the largest single day head race in North America—all free to spectators and fans.

Photo Courtesy Trent University

Photo Courtesy Trent University

“Homecoming and the Head of the Trent Regatta is a weekend of fun and celebration at Trent and in Peterborough,” says Lee Hays ’91, director of Alumni Affairs. “It’s an opportunity for alumni and their families to come back to campus, to reconnect, and to cheer on the Excalibur on the water and in Justin Chiu Stadium.”

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

This year, to kick-off the weekend, Trent will celebrate the official opening of the new state of the art Student Centre, featuring a green carpet roll-out where donors and supporters will be honoured. There will also be live music, student performances, refreshments and interactive entertainment at the Centre.
 
The annual weekend has grown to feature not only rowing, but also a full slate of varsity and alumni games including lacrosse, rugby, soccer and volleyball. This year varsity games start on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for Men’s Rugby and continue on Saturday with Women’s Rugby, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, and Men’s Lacrosse running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Justin Chiu Stadium. The rowing regatta starts at 8 a.m.

Photo Courtesy Trent University

Photo Courtesy Trent University

Highlights of the 2017 Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta include:
 
-> Student Centre Grand Opening: Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., to celebrate this much anticipated new building.
 
-> Alumni: Visit the Alumni welcome tents on the Bata Library podium to pick up your Alumni bracelet for special perks, take part in giveaways, purchase swag and visit the Alumni Kid’s, or enjoy live music at the Alumni Pub Gathering in the Ceilie.
 
-> Varsity Sports: Stop by the Justin Chiu Stadium and the Athletics Centre, wear your Trent green, and cheer on the Excalibur.
 
-> Campus Tours: Prospective students are invited to experience the spirit of the Trent campus and community. Tours run hourly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday from the Athletics Centre.
 
-> Rowing, rowing and more rowing: Visit hotr.ca for the full rowing schedule, start times, results and more information about the history of the Regatta.
 
-> Rower’s Beer Garden: Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., located in Lot G behind Lady Eaton College. Enjoy live music and food, and collect this year's Head of the Trent mug.

Photo Courtesy Trent University

Photo Courtesy Trent University

QUICK FACTS ABOUT HOTR

-> The Head of the Trent Regatta is one of the largest single day regattas in North America.

-> Created in 1971 by Trent alumnus Chris Leach ‘70, today Head of the Trent includes over 430 boats, and 1,700 athletes from more than 50 clubs and universities across Canada and the northern United States.

-> Races take place on the Trent-Severn Waterway, starting at the Parkhill Road Bridge and winding through the Trent Canal to finish at the Faryon Bridge on Trent’s campus.

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