Sunday 10th September 2017.

The Cairns Rowing Club HOTTI

The Head of the Trinity Inlet, the HOTTI, is a 13.5km endurance aquatic 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.

Registrations now open

Registrations for the event are now open. Sign up by clicking the logo below.

Registration fee is $25/person

Please populate the relevant fields on the input form. The 20 'crew cells' are for a full dragon boat. Only use the fields you need for your crew.

You will receive a email confirming that your registration has been received. Payment of the registration fee can be made before your registration is submitted.

If you make payment up front, please attach a copy of your payment receipt for processing. Otherwise, please make payment as soon as possible after registering.

Additional registration requirements can be found under Fees and Registration.


The blue ribbon HOTTI event will be run on Sunday 10th September 2017 and will include a Social Function on Saturday 9th September 2017.


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

our BANK ACCOUNT details.

Bank: Cairns Penny Bank

BSB: 704-966

Account Number: 4386

Don't forget to deposit your payment, or send it through by other means.

Look forward to seeing you at the HOTTI