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104th West Side Invitational Regatta

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

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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