OIR rowers regularly participate in a number of regattas. Regatta is rowing speak for racing events.
Typically regattas in the fall season are longer races called “head races” which are usually over 5,000 meters. While the races in the spring are shorter sprints in the range of 1,000 meters to 2,000 meters. The head races are ‘time trials’ where successive racers start about 20 seconds apart and the winner is the fastest over the course. The sprint are usually buoyed courses with 5 to 10 lanes of racers rowing together and all starting together under starters orders.
- The All Islands Regatta. This is an informal regatta with only three clubs attending. It is hosted by Bainbridge Island Rowing Club with Vashon and Orcas attending. It happens very early in the Spring season. Racing is on salt water.
- Our home Alumni Regatta
- Lake Stevens Sculling Regatta (this is the only spring regatta which has adult and junior races)
- Brentwood Regatta
- NW Regionals Regatta
Other Regattas we do not regularly attend that happen in the NW:
- Green Lake Frostbite Regatta. This is unusual in that it is a short spring race in the fall season. Green Lake regattas are notorius for being shortened, partially or wholly cancelled due to wind.
- Green Lake Spring Regatta
- Masters NW Regionals