The Natchitoches Riverfront was the scene of an intense competition as six teams rowing in 38 racing shells battled it out for top honors at the inaugural St. Denis Head Race Oct. 6. While rowing is a longstanding tradition on the Cane River, this event marks the first race of its type. In a head race, the rowers are racing against the clock with the fastest time in their age, ability level and boat class determining the winners. Prior races on the Cane were races in which boats directly competed against each other.
The six teams came from as far as Wichita, Kansas and Rhodes College of Tennessee to compete. In addition to those two teams were LSU, New Orleans Rowing Club, Rowing Club of the Woodlands and hometown favorite, the NSU Crew team. The Woodlands Rowing Club fans rang their signature cowbells to cheer on their boats while the LSU team was cheered on by their fans’ “Tiger… ROW!” chant. The NSU Demon boats were cheered on by a large section of students and local residents.
This first St. Denis Head Race will hopefully be the first of many and go on to become a fixture on the Natchitoches scene. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. Any of the visiting teams and their families are welcome to download any they wish.