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    May 5-7

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    World Cup 1 Belgrade  A host high-profile retirements, together with a number of big names pressing the pause button, means anything can happen at the first World Rowing Cup of this post-Olympic year. Whatever the outcome, it’s nice to have international rowing back.

    May 6

    New England Rowing ChampionshipS  A springtime Mecca for collegiate sprint racing, historic Lake Quinsigamond hosts the 2017 New England Rowing Championships, a regional season-ender for qualifying colleges from the six New England States. Held annually since 1961, the regatta attracts more than 1,200 athletes competing in 14 events for men and women.

    May 6

    Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta  It’s hard to believe, but the annual celebration to mark the opening day of boating season in Seattle turns 30 this year. Hosted by the University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate, the prestigious invitational on Montlake Cut attracts upwards of 800 rowers and culminates with the men’s and women’s Windermere Cup eight contests. 

    May 6

    Long Island Junior Rowing Championships  They’re starting them young on Long Island. This year’s Long Island Junior Rowing Championships, hosted by Sagamore Rowing and held at Oyster Bay’s Center Island Beach, features the addition of “modified” events for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

    May 6-7

    Indianapolis Junior Sculling Championships and Sprints  Indianapolis Rowing Center hosts this two-day junior regatta. The action begins May 6 with the first-ever Indianapolis Junior Sculling Championships, held on the iconic Eagle Creek Reservoir. A sweep-only version is held the following day at the same venue.

    May 12-13

    Dad Vail Regatta  Named after legendary Wisconsin coach Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail, the annual Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate rowing event in the United States, with more than 100 crews from across North America vying for Vails glory on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River.

    May 13

    Jack Nicholson Head of the Martindale  It’s a fitting tribute to the man who made it happen. Now bearing the name of the legendary Canadian sculling coach, who passed away in late 2014, the annual scullers-only race around St. Catharines’ Henley Island wouldn’t have been possible without Jack Nicholson’s unwavering commitment to nurturing sculling talent in Canada.  

    May 14

    Eastern Sprints 
    Last year, Yale ran away with both the lightweight and heavyweight eights titles in Worcester, the first such sweep for the Elis since 1979. But the Princeton Tigers displayed the greatest overall depth to take the Rowe Cup for team points. One year later, will the momentum hold for the East’s most dominant men’s programs?

    May 19-20

    Stotesbury Cup Regatta  Founded in 1927 by Philadelphia philanthropist Edward T. Stotesbury, who originally intended it as a local cup race, the annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta has grown into the biggest and arguably best high school regatta in the nation. More than 5,000 competitors and twice as many spectators are expected to attend the two-day fixture on the Schuylkill.

    May 20

    Gold Rush Masters Regatta  Rowers at the Gold Rush Masters Regatta, held on beautiful Lake Natoma in Sacramento, California, will “go for the gold, just as the miners did in 1849.” The one big difference: Back then there weren’t any fully buoyed 1,000-meter courses. The masters-only event, hosted by Sacramento State Aquatic Center, features events across all boat classes. 

    May 20

    Row the Rockies 
    Rocky Mountain Rowing Club welcomes junior, open, masters, and adaptive athletes to Denver’s Cherry Creek Reservoir for a high-altitude, high-intensity day of finals-only sprint racing. The event features all classes of sweep and sculling boats.

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