Head of the Des Moines is a USRA Registered Regatta. This designation means that this regatta is officially and nationally recognized as a safe and fair event, meeting the highest standards for American regattas.

All referees and assistant referees participating in Head of the Des Moines are licensed by the United States Rowing Association, the governing body of of rowing in the United States.


About the USRowing

The US Rowing Association was first national governing body for a sport in the United States was for rowing. Founded as the National Association for Amateur Oarsmen in 1872, it was changed in 1982 to the United States Rowing Association.

USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing selects, trains and manages the teams that represent the U.S. in international competition including the world championships, Pan American Games and Olympics.

More than 16,000 individuals and 1,100 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition. USRowing membership reflects the spectrum of American rowers – juniors, collegians, masters and those who row for recreation, competition or fitness.