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YES, the Head of the Christina is returning for 2021. The HOC will be on Sunday, October 3rd.

Who We Are

WYRA is a very unique program. Most crews we race against area school programs, but WYRA is a composite program made up of public, private, parochial and home schooled kids from Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Maryland and Southern New Jersey.

WYRA’s mission statement is to promote physical, mental, and social wellness in young people of all backgrounds, using the sport of rowing and related educational programs to instill essential lifelong values including responsibility, self-discipline, teamwork, leadership, commitment, and the pursuit of excellence.

The money raised from the Head of the Christina goes right back into WYRA to help continue teaching area youth the fine sport of rowing.

For Competitors

LENGTH: 2.75 mile head race
ENTRY DATE: The Entry site is open.
EVENTS: Novice through top skilled boats; sculling and sweep; youth through masters; open and club; schools and open youth.

It’s great practice for the Head of the Charles, with plenty of turns, 4 bridges to navigate, and plenty of other challenges.

There will be live jazz music, food/snacks, competitive racing, and medals for first place in each event.

Don’t miss this friendly, challenging, and exciting head race! Visit RegattaCentral to register online, or to see a list of events, click here.

For directions to the boathouse, click here.

Current News

The Head of the Christina is almost here. Finally, after missing 2020, the regatta is BACK BABY! October 3rd is coming soon and we are thrilled. It is not only that the teams will be competing fiercely on the water. It is also that all these rivals will be back together rebuilding old friendships and creating new ones.

WYRA invites you to join in the fun on October 3rd, from 8:30 to approximately 3:00. The spectator area is along the Wilmington Riverwalk in front on the Amtrac Offices. The regatta will be an entirely outdoor affair, with only established members of the WYRA community allowed in the interior of the WYRA boathouse.

For the safety of competitors and our community, the Head of the Christina encourages all in attendance to be fully vaccinated prior to the regatta. Public vaccination will be available to attendees per City of Wilmington ordinance.

As we are still in the time of Covid-19, WYRA will be selling pre-packaged foods such as bags of chips and energy bars in sealed packages. Please note that due to Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) policy teams are forbidden from operating grills on the Wilmington riverfront.