Regattas are boat races, where teams race similar rowing shells against each other. Rowing clubs across Michigan host regattas every year, and BCRC has members that participate in almost every Michigan regatta, and even in some out-of-state events. Spring and summer regattas are typically “sprint” races that are shorter distance (1000 meters). Later in the fall, regattas are often “head” races that are longer (3000-5000 meters).
Regatta participation is completely voluntary, but we would highly recommend that everyone try it at least once or twice – even beginners! We attend regattas first and foremost to have fun with our club members. These are fun, lighthearted racing events that are full of camaraderie (and food). We carpool together, develop friendships, watch races and have fun rowing against other clubs. Our crews compete in various categories, sometimes racing against college teams (yes, we expect to lose), but often racing against other recreational clubs (and we often medal!).
Even if you don’t wish to be competitive about rowing, racing in a regatta will help improve your technique and body mechanics, as well as notch up your exercise regimen and improve your team rowing performance. We organize boats several weeks in advance of a regatta, which gives crew members time to practice together. This practice can be very educational for both new and seasoned rowers because it challenges you to hone your rowing technique.
Any questions about regattas or other BCRC programs can be submitted through the email form on our Contact page.
350 West Lafayette Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706
(Across from the Boys & Girls Club
of the Great Lakes Bay Region)