Late September Regattas

Good luck to everyone in the last of the September head races!

Last day for the 43rd Tour du Léman à l’Aviron Geneva hosted by the Société Nautique de Genève in Switzerland. For more information and results see:

  The Portland Row for the Cure will be held on the Willamette River in Portland Oregon for Master, Open, Collegiate Men & Women,  Junior and Novice rowers hosted by the Station L Rowing Club. Web:

The  Head of the Potomac 2015, will be held, yes on the Potomac River in our nation’s capital Washington, DC. The head race will include Master, Open, Collegiate, High School,  Junior, and Novice rowers hosted by the Potomac Boat Club at 3530 Water Street. For further details see the Web:

The 11th Annual Lift Bridge Regatta will be hosted by the Fairport Crew Club in Perinton Park at 1399 Fairport Road, Fairport, New York. There will be a new shorter course on the Erie Canal and an earlier start time this year to make way for the midday and late afternoon runs of the Colonial Belle. Just as last year the start will be at the guard gates but now rowers will finish the 3,900 meter course just past the FCC boathouse. More information can be found here: http://www.fairportcrew.orge 

The Head of the Feather River will be held in Oroville, California hosted by Feather River Rowing Club. 

 In Putney, Vermont, the Green Mountain Head Regatta will start at 10am sharp for a 3 mile ‘stake race’ on the Connecticut River. The first half will be an upstream race to navigate a turn around two large orange buoys. Then back again racing to the start for the finish. Vermont maple syrup will be rewarded for first place! Check here for more information:

In British Columbia, the Deep Cove Classic will be held in North Vancouver, hosted by the Deep Cove Rowing Club on Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm. 

The Head of the Rideau will be held in Ottawa, Ontario and start at 12:00 PM EDT, hosted by the Ottawa Rowing Club on the Rideau River. 


The Pope in Philly and Regattas

This weekend will be a challenge in just navigating the confusion and congestion while Pope Francis visits Philadelphia. Most rowers are steering clear of Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River from 34th Bridge Street to Girard Avenue.

The East Arm Rowing Club hosts the Tail of the Fox Regatta on Greenwood Lake in Greenwood Lake, New York.

In our Nation’s capital, Capital Rowing Club hosts the 2015 Head of the Anacostia at the Anacostia Community Boathouse. 32 clubs of junior, master, adaptive rowers will compete on the 2.5 mile Anacostia River course. There will also be a race for best apple pie. “Come for the racing, and stay for the pie” is HOTA’s tasty tag line. For more information see:

 The 2015 Head of the Des Moines will be held will be held at Prospect Park in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted By the Des Moines Rowing Club. 284 entries are registered from 28 clubs to row the Des Moines River. Check out the website at:

The traditional tri-state Wasatch Mountain Head will increase it’s reach this year with a Cali entry. Maybe they heard about last year’s rain!  Rowers will be hosted on the Jordanelle Reservoir in Heber City, Utah.

 The 2015 Frogtown Regatta, otherwise known as the “Frogtown Races” for thiry years now will be held at International Park on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. Get there early for Bleak House Coffee, one of the many vendors. The venue hosted by the Toledo Rowing Club and the Toledo Rowing Foundation even hosts Dublin Crew. The Dublin Crew that hails from Dublin, Ohio that is!

The Clemson University Rowing Association hosts the 5th annual Tail of the Tiger on Hartwell Lake in Clemson, South Carolina. The dyke above Route 93 has the best view of the 5,000 meter course with multiple turns for the 175 entries comprised of 16 clubs.

The Paper City Regatta will be held on the Connecticut River in Holyoke, Massachusetts, hosted by Holyoke Rows.

Also in Massachusetts, but in Methuen, the Head of the Merrimack held on the Merrimack River will be hosted by the Essex Rowing Club. Over 150 entries representing 23 clubs will compete in the 4 mile head race beginning 2 miles upriver from the Essex docks to finish at Riverside Park. For more information see

The Waterworks Challenge Regatta Inviational will be held on Massabesic Lake in Manchester, New Hampshire hosted by Manchester Community Rowing.

The Head of the Dog on Multnomah Channel in Portland, Oregon will be a costume head race and competition hosted by the Portland Boat Club.

In Chicago, Tough Cup IV, a head race started in 2012 starts at 11:59 PM CDT at the Chicago Training Center in the industrial part of the city. Witness the best of Chicago’s best compete for bragging rights south side in this spectacle of “urban guerrilla rowing.” See the website for more information:

Also in Chicago, the Chicago Dirty Dozen Challenge continues with a 5K head race on the Chicago River organized by Recovery on Water, Inc. For more information, see:

 In Canada, the Head of the North Saskatchewan will be held on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, AB hosted by the Edmonton Rowing Club. For more information see:

Also in Ontario, the Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic in Welland hosted by the South Niagara Rowing Club will start at noon at the North Course of the canal.

In Europe, the 43rd Tour du Léman à l’Aviron Geneva continues from yesterday hosted by the Société Nautique de Genève in Switzerland. See the web site for details:

*CANCELATIONS* The Rocket City Rowing Club has cancelled the Rocket City Regatta, formerly known as the Hobbs Island Regatta named for the Hobbs Island Channel of the Tennessee River in  Huntsville, Alabama. For further information see:

Also cancelled is the Head of the Hidden Dragon planned by the Clermont Sports Development Corporation for Harsha Lake in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Whew…  Good luck to all!

September Equinox

Earlier this September 23rd morning, the September Equinox also called the Fall Equinox or Autumnal Equinox officially signaled the start of the astronomical season of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. This day of change from the summer season is equally split with 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. The air will pick up some breeze, the temps will cool down and the colors will change in the leaves very slowly at first and then seem to vanish from their stems and branches overnight.

This time of year has a crisp feeling of tomorrow in a Keats kind of way. The head races of the fall schedule will make way for the cow bell regattas of the spring rowing season and the Spring, Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere while the Southern Hemisphere will embrace autumn.

Row for a Cure and More

  The Pocock Rowing Center will host Seattle’s 16th annual Row for the Cure® offering a chance to row for a great cause to benefit the Puget Sound Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen© Row for the Cure. The 5.8 K race on Lake Union will start at 7:30 a.m. on Lake Washington Ship Canal near the SPU dock. The race will include kayaks, outrigger canoes, tribal canoes and dragon boats in addition to rowing shells. The top performing masters team/club and junior crew will each be awarded a pair of Croker pink sculling oars, individuals raising $250 will receive pink Headsweats race visors, individuals raising $50, sunglasses, and everyone registered receives a hot pink Croakies Eyewear Retainer.   

The goal is to raise 100k to support the George Pocock Rowing Foundation whose mission is to provide access and excellence in rowing as a means to foster physical activity, health, leadership and community engagement. All contributions are tax deductible and 75% of  donations stay in the Seattle community and 25% toward research in finding cures. National advocacy or administration will not be funded by this event. For more information or to donate see the website:

The Kings Head XXIX Regatta will be held on the Schuylkill River in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania hosted by the Upper Merion Boat Club. This is a USRowing Registered event. There will be 307 entries from 57 clubs. More information can be found on the website:

  And in Albany, New York, the Head of the Hudson is hosted by the Albany Rowing Center. Check the website for more information:

Best of luck to all!

Day for Regattas

Today is the day for regattas! Good luck to all!

Hot in Cleveland…  The Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta is always held on the third Saturday in Seotember since 1996 when it initially launched as a Cleveland Bicentenial event. The Cleveland Rowing Foundation hosts high school, collegiate and adult competition from around the country in both sweep and sculling events. The Cuyahoga River provides challenging turns to navigate on over 4800 meters of crooked race course. The Cuyahoga River is primarily a commercial river waterway and will be closed to traffic for the duration of the HOTC.

For rules and regatta packet:

For information and updates see

For course map:

In Boston on the Charles, Community Rowing Inc, better know as RCI will host their Fall Classic Regatta, formerly known as “The Rumble on the River.” The RCI Fall Classic Regatta promises to be a “fun 3 mile head race” with a free musical festival including five bands. There will be food trucks and more from 2 to 6 near the Harry Parker Boat House.

The 15th annual Milwaukee River Challenge will be hosted by the Milwaukee Riverwalk District on the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers in you guessed it Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More than 900 participants will row the 3-mile race starting at 25th and Canal Streets on the Menomonee River heading east to meet the junction of the Milwaukee River. Boats then need to navigate a 90 degree angle turn in order to continue north to the Schlitz Park finish line below Pleasant Street. For more information and venue, see:

Y Quad Cities Rowing and the Two Rivers YMCA will host the 25th annual Row the Miss Regatta in Moline, Illinois. There are over 108 entries from 12 clubs scheduled to race on the scenic backwater of the Mississippi River today in what is known as “the greatest head race of the Midwest” from 7am to 4pm. For more information see the website:

In North Little Rock, Arkansas, on the Arkansas River, the Arkansas Boathouse Club hosts the Six Bridges Regatta. The course will start at the Parwill launch at the Arkansas Boathouse in North Little Rock and head east to the start line near the Little Rock Airport. Crews will continue through downtown rowing under the forenamed bridges including the pedestrian bridge at the Clinton Presidential Library and finish at the pedestrian Junction Bridge. Check the website for venue information:

 In South Surrey, British Columbia, the Nicomeki Rowing Club on you guessed it, the Nicomeki River will host the Head of the River Regatta.

And last but not least an enviable regatta ending with a salmon barbecue in the beautiful state of Washington. The Otter Touring Regatta even sounds breathtaking in a good way. Hosted by Everett Rowing Association on Smith Island Road in Everett, Washington, the 8 mile course runs by and through the untouched sloughs of the Snohomish River up, about and around Otter Island. In addition to the scenic landscape is a chance to see otters, deer, seals, bald eagles and blue herons. The Otter Touring Regatta has a start time of 9:30 with lunch at 11:00 and a slew of volunteer coxswains familiar with the course available to add to your boat if need be. Boats can also be borrowed on a first come, first served availability.

So Many Regattas

There are so many really interesting regattas this weekend. One can really feel the change in seasons right now despite the warmer weather. It’s time to row!

Today wraps up EUCHANNOVER 2015, the European Universities Rowing Championships. For information, results and livestream see:

The Annapolis Rowing Club hosts the 23rd annual Wye Island Regatta on you guessed it Wye Island in Wye Mills, Maryland. This course runs 13.1 miles. Yes that’s what I said, 13.1 miles. For more information see the website:

The Springfield Rockminnon Regatta will be held on the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Pioneer Riverfront Club will host Junior, HS/Scholastic, Collegiate events and will be divide Master Events by age. For more info see: 


In Providence, Rhode Island, the oldest rowing club in the United States, the Narragansett Boat Club will host the Head of the Seekonk Regatta on the Seekonk River. For more information see:

There are marathon rowers in Tennessee as the Lookout Rowing Club hosts the Tennessee River Gorge Row in Chattanooga. The 23 mile course runs downstream starting at the LRC Boathouse just outside the downtown area through the gorge which is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi River. The windy route ends at the Tennessee River Gardens. For more information see the website: 

The Delta Deas Rowing Club hosts the Head of the Reach on the Deas Slough in Delta, British Columbia. Information can be found in the NEWS section on the website:

The fourth annual Muskoka Fall Classic will be held at Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Hosted by the Severn River Rowing Club, this is a 3 km head race on calm waters in idyllic surroundings. Winners even receive a Golden Honey Jar” trophies. Go Pooh! For more information see: 


Minot’s Light Roundabout, a coastal race on the Sandy Beach tomorrow in Cohasset, Massachusetts will be hosted by the Cohasset Maritime Institute. This is an 4.8 open ocean race for any kind of sea worthy oar powered craft. All participants must wear life jackets and carry a noise signaling device like a whistle or horn as there are no escort launches and rowers will be in rough waters out of the sightline of the host powerboats for some of the race. Conditions will waver with strong winds and waves. For more information see:

In Duluth, Minnesota, the Death Row Regatta will be held tomorrow on the western tip of Lake Superior hosted by the Duluth Rowing Club. In addition to the traditional rowing regatta, kayaks, canoes and outrigger canoes compete in their own categories. Find out more on the website:

The Meganticook Regatta in Maine will be held tomorrow on the Meganticook Lake in Camden. The event is either a 10 mile mini marathon or 3 mile loop race, out and back on the lake, competitor’s choice. The dry lauch site is on Barret’s Cove Beach. These head races for 1x’s and 2x’s are hosted by Meganticook Rowing.

The Gallagher Great Race, an international inter-varsity challenge will be held over the weekend on the Waikato River. The 3.85 course provides a race upriver with strong, unpredictable currents. Check out the website for more information and the livestream:

And last but not least, the World Rowing Masters Regatta will be held throughout the weekend in Hazewinkel, Belgium.
Much luck to all on the water today and tomorrow !

The London Edit

Right now at Sweaty Betty you can acquire a very British wardrobe. No, not the Oxford/Cambridge kind ready to row on the River Thames but the limited edition Sweaty Betty kind that is ready for the River Thames and so much more. Designed with lots of style and a bit expensive in a not quite Gwyneth Paltrow kind of way, the swim suit, spandex and crop tops of the London Edit are slippery enough for rowing and smart enough to get you noticed.

The only catch to the London Edit collection besides the price is the limited supply. Only 100 items are stocked brand new today in each of the nine sensational styles.

Check it out for yourself:

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