Regatta Spotlight: Head of the Lagoon

The Head of the Lagoon is this week’s regatta spotlight! This West Coast head race will be held Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 in Foster City, California, and is hosted by the Redwood Scullers and Stanford Rowing Center.

“This is the 23rd edition of the event,” said Regatta Director Monica Hilcu. “Saturday is all collegiate and masters racing. We have over 200 boats racing that day, which is likely around 750 athletes. On Sunday we have over 300 entries for juniors only, from novice to JV and varsity. That’s usually about 1,250 kids. We have all types of boat classes racing, but new this year are novice and freshman-only events.”

The race course is just a few miles from San Francisco’s airport and will have a few interesting features for both athletes racing and spectating.

“The venue has three bridges on the race course,” Hilcu continued. “The second bridge is the most popular for spectators, because of the sea wall that almost allows you to touch the rowers racing by. A family from Boston that moved to Foster City a few years ago, is allowing us to use their dock as the official finish line. The race is really in the backyards of people who are truly excited for the event to happen, cheering on their alma maters and picnicking right by the water all weekend.”

Navigating through a neighborhood, this head race course is somewhat uniquely shaped and ends in a challenging fashion.

“The race course is 5,000 meters and from above it looks like a giant number two (2), with an 1800 meter long very gradual turn to port towards the end. Starboards really have to be on it for the second half of this regatta for any boat to be able to win here!”

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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