July 29 Overpeck Summer Sprints
Billed by organizers as a “fun race for young and old” the Overpeck Summer Sprints on Leonia, N.J.’s Overpeck Lake features events across all boat classes and races of varying lengths, from 2,000 meters for junior and open competitors to the traditional 1,000-meter distance for masters, who are racing for the first time ever at the venue.
July 29 Row for the Cure – Portland/Vancouver
In addition to the great cause, this year’s Row for the Cure, hosted by Station L Rowing Club and held on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash., offers additional incentive for the fundraising-inclined: the chance to win a pink erg. The event is open to junior, open, and masters athletes. www.stationlrowingclub.com
July 30 River City Rebellion
Open to competitors of all ages, River City Rebellion: A Small Boat Tournament features 1,000-meter sprint racing in singles, doubles, and pairs. All boats are entered into a single bracket, with a “grand champion” crowned at the end of the proceedings. www.rivercityrowing.org
July 31-Aug 1 Canada Summer Games
For aspiring university and national team rowers north of the 49th, the multi-sport Canada Summer Games is a must: a nationwide showdown that pits lesser populated provinces like New Brunswick and Manitoba against the Goliaths of Canadian youth rowing, Ontario and British Columbia. www.canadagames.ca/2017
Aug 2-6 World Rowing Junior Championships
This year’s world juniors heads back to Trakai, Lithuania, where the top youth rowers in the world gathered back in 2013. Known for its picturesque Galve Lake setting, the annual FISA championship sees the best young talent across the globe racing in what, for some, could be the start of a long international career. www.worldrowing.com
Aug 5 Cow Island Classic
Little-known fact: This bucolic-sounding regatta does double duty as the Maine state championships. Open to all registered members of the Maine Rowing Association and held on Brunswick’s Androscoggin River, the annual 5,000-meter event offers competitors a respite from sprint season and a preview of the longer distances to come in a few weeks’ time. www.rowmaine.org
Aug 6-9 USRowing Senior and Para Trials
The road to the first world championships on U.S. soil in a generation passes through Princeton, N.J., where those looking to earn seats on the American senior and para-rowing teams will back into the gates with nothing less than an entire season on the line. According to new selection procedures for 2017, all trials boats, except the pairs, will be decided at this critical contest. www.usrowing.org/event/2017-world-championship-trials
Aug 6-13 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
North America’s—maybe even the world’s—premiere summer club event should be on every competitive rower’s to-do list. Just remember that nothing comes easy on St. Catharines’ Martindale Pond; with a brutal progression system and only one medal up for grabs (gold), it’s no wonder Canadian Henley can be launch pad to international careers. www.henleyregatta.ca
Aug 11-12 NWIRA Championships
Minnesota Boat Club hosts the annual Northwest International Rowing Association Championships, the marquee event for the regional association of Canadian and American rowing clubs in the Upper Midwest and Western Canada. Winnipeg Rowing Club took the points race and the prestigious Thomas Lipton Cup, named after the founder of the Lipton tea empire, at last year’s cross-border showdown. www.nwira.com
Aug 12-13 American Henley
Rowing traditionalists may cry foul over Sagamore Rowing Club’s appropriation of the Henley brand, but who cares? This invitational late-summer sprint is open to juniors and masters competitors only, who are only concerned with going fast. Pimm’s Cup, anyone?
Aug 17-21 USRowing Masters Nationals
Hosted by Oak Ridge Rowing Association and Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau and held on Melton Hill Late in Oak Ridge, Tenn., this year’s Masters Nationals boasts a whopping 202 categories of races. Fortunately, there’s plenty of programming to help tired rowers unwind after the boats are racked, including regional culinary fare that will be served during the regatta. www.usrowing.org/event/2017-masters-national-championships/
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