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!


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