Sunday 9th September 2018.

The Cairns Rowing Club HOTTI

The Head of the Trinity Inlet, the HOTTI, is a 13.5km aquatic endurance event run by the Cairns Rowing Club on the Cairns Trinity Inlet. The HOTTI is a multi-sport event and attracts participation from rowers, outriggers, dragon boaters, surf boaters, surf skiers and kayakers.The HOTTI is run under head race conditions and is North Queensland's answer to the Head of the Yarra, the Head of the Tweed and the Head of the Brisbane.


The blue ribbon HOTTI event will be run on Sunday 9th September 2018 and will include a Social Function on Saturday 8th September 2018.


The HOTTI is run on the Trinity Inlet in the heart of Cairns. The fully buoyed salt water course circumnavigates Admiralty Island and covers a distance of 13.5km. From a viewing perspective, the course is spectacular with mangrove forests and mountain ranges flanking the waterway for the full distance of the race.

Boat launching will be from the Fearnley Street boat ramp, opposite the Cairns Rowing Club. Trailer parking will be in the Fearnley Street Car Park. Traffic control will be in place and the area will be cordoned off to allow safe rigging of equipment on the hardstand.

Race Distance and Course

The course covers a distance of 13.5 kilometres as it circumnavigates Admiralty Island on the Trinity Inlet. The start line and finish line are located opposite the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron.

The event is run counter-clockwise around Admiralty Island. The course is fully buoyed at each change of direction to ensure that the minimum course distance is covered by all crews, and to take away the home crew advantage.

Click here for a copy of the Course Map. Click the back arrow to get back here when done.

The event is run under Maritime Safety Queensland permit conditions and supported by a fleet of safety boats and marshal boats.

A medical boat will also be stationed on the course as a precaution for any medical emergencies.

Race Format

The event is run under head race conditions and is open to all water sport crafts, including rowing shells, outriggers, dragon boats, surf skis, kayaks and surf boats.

Crews will leave the start line at 30 second intervals. Smaller and slower boats are released first, with the faster boats bringing up the rear of the field.

The challenge in head racing is to complete the course in the fastest possible time, and has individual crews trying to stay in front of the chasing crew, while also trying to catch the crew in front.

The event is run on a fully buoyed course to ensure that race distance is the same for all crews and to eliminate home ground advantage.

Race Winner and Category Winners

Fastest overall time around the course FOR EACH BOAT CATEGORY will be declared the event winner for that category and will be awarded the HOTTI perpetual trophy for that category.

A CATEGORY is defined as a class of boats. Rowing shells, outriggers, surf boats and dragon boats are all CATEGORIES.

Medals will also be presented to fastest crews for each of the boat classes within each category. A listing of all boat classes is included on the registration form. Please let us know though if we have missed anything.

If you're SERIOUS about competition, the HOTTI is for you!!

For those wanting to go hard, the HOTTI is seriously challenging.

What to expect...

For the Rowers

For those rowing crews wanting to win the event, race time will be a grueling 50 to 55 minutes of hard core effort. Longer if the wind is up and tide is against you, as it was in 2016. The official fastest lap time in race conditions is 53 minutes and 53 seconds. The unofficial fasted lap time is currently 50 minutes and 51 seconds.

For the Outriggers

For those outrigger crews wanting to win the event, expect a race time between 75 to 80 minutes!. Fastest official lap time for the outriggers is 79minutes 33 seconds.

For the other competitors.....

Other boat classes are relatively new to the event and race times therefore still being set. Take up the challenge and set the course record for your boat class.

If you're looking for a SPECTACULAR environment, the HOTTI is for you too!!

For those wanting to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Inlet under the safety of a fully marshaled event, the HOTTI course will showcase the magnificent natural environment as you circumnavigate Admiralty Island on the Inlet.

Enjoy the mangrove forests, spectacular mountain ranges and bird life as you complete your lap. A more leisurely approach will need about 90 minutes, depending on the class of boat.

All crews will of course complete the lap under the watchful eyes of a fleet of safety boats, ensuring your safety at all times.

...and last but not least

please note our 2018 event planning is still underway,

Our goal is to make this event a 'must do' for our southern counterparts, so please do watch this space - we will post the updated HOTTI program for 2018 soon

Look forward to seeing you at the HOTTI