Following the Head of the Des Moines, Drake will compete at the Head of the Mississippi on Oct. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn. and the Head of the Rock on Oct. 8 in Rockford, Ill. The Head of the Des Moines is back this fall after being cancelled in 2016 due to high water levels on the river. This year, Drake will have boats compete in five different races that will feature a mix of area club and collegiate teams. The boathouse is named in honor of Lois Bright, the late founder and president of the H. Dale and Lois Bright Foundation and Dr. P. Sue Beckwith. The state-of-the-art Bright-Beckwith Boathouse provides Drake rowing and the Greater Des Moines rowing community with the proper environment to safely and efficiently hone their craft. It features three bays for boat and equipment storage, as well as a dedicated locker room and team room for the Drake rowing program. The heated indoor space will allow the team to practice when water and weather conditions prevent outdoor training. “We are excited to have our new home where the regatta takes place and will be great to feel a big part of this event,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “To host the open house as well is the biggest excitement along with it being our first race of the year. It’s always fun to get a taste of competition, get out on the water against other teams and learn who we are as competitors. We have had lots of really solid practices and now is time to take it to race day. We always want our boats to come off the water and feel like they had fun, competed hard and learned things to take to future racing.” Head of the Des Moines Schedule for Drake8:30 a.m. – Women’s Club 2×10:05 a.m. – Novice 4+10:25 a.m. – Varsity 8+1:05 p.m. – Varsity 4+2:05 p.m. – Novice 8+ Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing team opens its fall season at the Head of the Des Moines Regatta on Saturday morning. The Head of the Des Moines will be contested on a 5,000-meter course on the Des Moines River. Boats will start at the Botanical Center and end at Prospect Park near the Bulldogs’ new facility, the Bright-Beckwith Boathouse. The event on Saturday gives the program an opportunity to host an open house of its new home that will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.