Our Guide To The 2012 Thomas Eakins Head Of The Schuylkill Regatta, Saturday And Sunday, October 27-28

The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is an exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the entire world here to Philadelphia year after year. (Photo courtesy Head of the Schuylkill Regatta)

Rowers from all over the world flock to Philadelphia for the renowned Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, returning Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28.

The 2.5-mile race invites competitors of all ages and skill levels, from high school to veteran rowers, to test their racing mettle on the Schuylkill River.

The race runs down the Schuylkill from just south of the Twin Bridges to Boathouse Row, with an expected 6,500 competitors.

The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta began in 1971 and became the largest one-day rowing competition in the world. Due to its growing popularity, the race became a two-day event back in 2008.

Need help figuring out the festivities? Follow our guide:

How to Get There: The folks at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta are making it as easy as possible to navigate to the event. Diversion routes will be posted since much of Kelly Drive will be closed off. There will be easily accessible paid off-site (PDF) and (new this year!) on-site parking lots (PDF) along the diversion routes. All-day parking costs $12. Free shuttle buses will run from the lots to the race course.

The Race Course: The course starts south of the Twin Bridges and follows a 2.5-mile path to its finish right above Boathouse Row.

Where to Watch: Columbia Avenue Bridge is in the middle of the action. It’s surrounded by two of the three boat docks, and is close to the Festival Tent, which will have vendors and eats.

Where to Eat: Food vendors of all sorts will be aplenty at the Festival Tent. You’re bound to find something delicious to fill your stomach.

Must-See Races: Prepare yourself for intense racing: the Men’s and Women’s Open Championships will start at 2:20 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., respectively, on Saturday, October 27.

What to Bring: Pack a chair and a blanket. And bundle up; it’s always colder by the water.

How to Volunteer: Help out behind the scenes by emailing volunteers@hosrregatta.org.

Make it a Weekend: heck out our Fall Guide for a weekend’s worth of harvest-themed activities, and check out Visit Philly’s hotel guide for where to stay.

Check out the regatta course map, below.

Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
When: October 27-28
Where: Kelly Drive
Cost: Free
More info: www.hosr.org


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  1. PLEASE bring back the djs and mc from 2011 at the regatta. they made it fun and memorable and brought more customers into the festival tent.

  2. i must second susan’s comments. i represent a large group that comes to philly for the regatta and those 2 guys from 2010 and 2011 were fun and energetic and drew big crowds to the festival tent. i took their business card and it says….. http://www.djpartytime.com

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