CRI Fall Classic Regatta


We expect to host the 11th Annual CRI Fall Classic Regatta on Saturday, September 18. Decision-making about the regatta is ongoing, based on the status of the state of Massachusetts response to the covid-19 pandemic. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Additional Regatta Details: 

  • Entries open August 18
  • Final schedule and draw will be posted on HereNow on Wednesday, September 15
  • Copies of a Course Map and a Bridge Arch Guide are attached to the Rules
  • Hard copies will be available at the Registration Table
  • Coach and coxswain meeting will be an online recording
  • First race starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Awards can be picked up at the Registration desk.
  • Food Trucks on site
  • Tshirt vendor on site

No Parking at boathouse except for registered trailers only. Car toppers will need to drop boats and park off-site.  

Parking available :

  •  North Beacon St. across the bridge
  • Arsenal on the Charles:  East garage- located on the corner of Wooley Ave & Kingsbury Ave 


CRI Fall Classic Regatta Rules:  View Rules

Bridge Arch Traffic: View Diagram


The regatta is a great volunteer opportunity. Many hands are needed to make this Regatta great. Keeping with CRI's mission of Rowing for All and showing our love for rowing, please sign up to help, please click the following link for all the volunteer opportunities

Sponsor Oportunities

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring the CRI Fall Classic Regatta, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for oportunities. 


2019 Regatta click here

2018 Regatta click here


CRI’s first foray into the world of regattas was its annual “Regatta in the Lilies” back during the second decade of the club’s existence, the mid-1990s.  During those days, we were rowing out of a “seasonal” boathouse which was set up every Spring and disassembled every Fall at the hockey rink. 

Much of the instructional activity then occurred in the relatively shallow and wide “pond” between the rink and the Watertown Yacht Club.  Scattered in the pond, as well as at various spots along the river, were huge dense patches of what we called “lilies” -- floating weeds.  If you didn’t watch where you were going and got your blades tangled in the lilies, you were going for a swim.  So, naturally, we called our annual club outing on the river the “Regatta in the Lilies.”  The event was a small, cozy and relaxed affair which involved sprints down the length of the pond.  Both coaches and rowers participated, and there was no handicapping, so guess who won.  (Not the rowers.)  A few hot dogs from a grill accompanied by the award of many medals capped the event.  You would not have mistaken it for the Royal Henley.

 When CRI was blessed to move into our spectacular new Harry Parker Boathouse, the club fittingly upgraded its regatta and the “Rumble on the River” was born.  At the first Rumble in 2010, sprint racing in marked lanes in the pond was combined with a battle of the bands at the boathouse to create festive environment that was open to the community -- rowers and non-rowers alike.  Major innovations were the introduction of events for adaptive rowers and a focus on opportunities for the youth programs to race.  Although everyone rowed hard, we didn’t take ourselves too seriously, and it was a good party, too. 

At the second Rumble in 2011, we added head race events.  The boats rowed a 2-mile head race format from near the HOCR finish line to the CRI docks, and then immediately sprinted from the pond back down to the docks.  Each boat’s time for the two segments was combined to give an overall time.  That format -- while interesting -- proved very complex, and the Rumble moved to separate events:  a 2-mile head race format for events in the morning, with sprint races for adaptive athletes and “corporate league” hackers in the afternoon.   

As the regatta grew in size and time passed, the notion of having a “real” 3-mile head race became popular.  At the Rumble’s fifth anniversary, in 2014, that became a reality with a fully buoyed 3-mile course from just above Weeks Footbridge to the CRI docks for the morning events, followed by afternoon sprints for our adaptive competitors -- all under the watchful eye of US Rowing refs.

In 2015, the event became the “CRI Fall Classic Regatta” to reflect its development into the premier early fall rowing event in New England.  In 2010, the first regatta had about 40 entries.  The 2018 regatta had about 302 entries, including competitors from many New England states and New York, as well as a number of new youth crews.  The 2020 regatta was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, and we're looking forward to its return in 2021.


Sponsored by

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Are you coming to the Regatta? This is what you need to know:

  • All regularly scheduled classes will be canceled due to the Regatta. No programs will take place.
  • The CRI parking lot will be CLOSED on Saturday, September 18 to ALL CARS. Only boat trailers with a parking pass will be allowed in.  
  • No athlete or spectator drop off at CRI.  Please drop off athletes and/or spectators at Squibnocket Park located on North Beacon Street, right before the North Beacon Street Bridge.  This is a quick and safe walk to CRI.

Athlete drop off zone map CRI off site parking map Race Course Map

The CRI Fall Classic Regatta is an early-season 3 mile Head Race on a buoyed course supervised by US Rowing refs on the Charles River.  All rowers are invited to CRI's amazing Harry Parker Boathouse.  All funds from the regatta support CRI's Inclusion & Advocacy programs.

Medals are assigned to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

On-site Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. at CRI - packet pick-up only; bow and shirt numbers