Huge crew race in Albany on Sept. 21

The 27th annual Head of the Hudson Regatta, an exciting race "against the clock,” is at Corning Preserve in Albany on Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.  

This is the premier event for the Albany Rowing Center, bringing together hundreds of competitors from high schools, colleges, and clubs from the Capital District, other areas of New York, and surrounding states.

This year’s Head of the Hudson has over 157 entries from 26 clubs, 23 cities, and six states —the highest level of participation in the recent history of the event. Participants come from throughout the Northeast and compete on the high school, college, and club level.

The regatta consists of twenty different race events.

Fan viewing is possible at many points along the course. Competing rowers begin at a start point north of the I-90 bridge, upstream of the Albany Rowing Center boathouse on the Hudson River. One after another, competitors race south to finish at the Riverfront Amphitheatre at Jennings Landing (map

New this year will be a raffle for an ergometer (erg), which is a stationary rowing machine. 

Gold and silver medals will be awarded to the first and second-place finishers in each race event, and special trophies will be awarded to winning teams of certain sponsored races. First place winners also receive a unique “Wooden Shoe” as an additional remembrance of their visit to the Albany regatta. 

An All-Points Trophy will be awarded at the end of the regatta to the team with the most points overall, based on placement in each race event.

Founded in 1984, the Albany Rowing Center, located on the Hudson River in downtown Albany, is committed to providing recreational and competitive rowing opportunities for both youth and adults.

The Albany Rowing Center (ARC) has consistently sent teams to the Head of the Charles in Boston, the Royal Canadian Henley in Toronto, and the US Rowing Youth National Championship Regatta.

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