It’s time to celebrate the waterfront, not just by heading to another festival, but by rooting for Buffalo’s West Side rowers as they compete against the likes of St. Catherine’s Rowing Club (Ontario), South Niagara Rowing Club (Ontario), and Rochester Junior Rowing. It all takes place at the West Side Rowing Club this Sunday, for the 104th West Side Invitational Regatta.
Competitive rowing with the best men and women rowers in western New York and southern Ontario.
This year, there’s an entirely new viewing vantage point along the Black Rock Channel that is accessible by the new pedestrian/bike path and bridge. And below that is a grassy hill that is perfect for bringing along a picnic. Come cheer on the hometown rowers, as they take on arch rivals in an explosive international cross-border rivalry.
Race course along the Black Rock Channel from the International Railroad bridge to the WSRC.
The West Side Invitational Regatta is considered the longest existing regatta in western New York. It’s held on the grounds of the West Side Rowing Club and the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse. The race features the best collegiate and high school rowers in the region, and awards a points trophy to the winning club. That trophy has remained in Buffalo for the last two years.
This inaugural race of the season is just part of an even larger competition series that continues throughout the summer. The final race, held in August, is the Canadian Royal Henley regatta at St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada. The race is considered one of the largest regattas in North America.
104th West Side Invitational Regatta
Sunday, July 9 , 2017
Beginning at 9am
West Side Rowing Club | 1 Rotary Row (foot of Porter Avenue near Buffalo Pumping Station)
Buffalo, NY 14201
Open to the public