Regatta Spotlight: Head of the Lake

The 39th Annual Head of the Lake will be hosted by the Lake Washington Rowing Club and is our featured regatta for this week’s regatta spotlight. The regatta will be held this Sunday, November 4, on Lake Washington in Seattle.

“It’s one of the largest head races on the West Coast and entries had to close because we were oversubscribed,” said the regatta’s chief referee, Rachel Le Mieux. “The event is a great mix of all kinds of racing, including juniors, collegiate and masters rowing.”

Aside from the usual categories, one category will really get people’s attention this year.

“We have an event for triples,” Le Mieux said. “Lake Washington Rowing Club once bought a damaged boat, and cut and fixed it into a boat for three people. Now, a few more boats exist of this kind, and they will be racing each other here.”

After last year’s early end to the regatta, local rowers are  looking forward to this year’s edition.

“We’re anticipating great weather this time, after last year had to be cancelled due to the conditions,” said Le Mieux. “It’s one of the premier events the Division I colleges attend in the fall, and for our masters rowers, spots are on the line for the Opening Day Regatta for 2019. This fall’s results are critically important for them.”

With the Head of the Lake being such a competitive regatta, many hands will come together to make sure it runs smoothly.

“Over 200 volunteers help put on this regatta, and some of them have been planning this for the last couple months,” Le Mieux said about the team behind the team that makes this race happen. “It makes my job as the chief referee very easy!”

Photos courtesy of Lake Washington Rowing Club.

Interested in having your USRowing Registered Regatta featured in our Regatta Spotlight? Reach out to USRowing Referee and Member Programs Manager, Jules Zane, at with the subject line “USRowing Registered Regatta Spotlight.”

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