North Idaho Events and Activities
Each year on the last weekend of September, rowing clubs from all over the Northwest and Canada gather at “The Mudhole”, a recreational park and campground located in Priest River Idaho, to compete in two events 1.) 1.7K headrace 2.) 1K stake race for either individual or team competitors. The races are open to sweep and sculling youth, collegiate, master and para rowers with a no-fee entry registration.
PORPA welcomes rowers and spectators to experience this growing recreational sport.
The Regatta kicks off on Friday, Sept. 27 late afternoon with a practice session hosted by PORPA members. Race participants are encouraged to journey through the feel and beauty of the Priest and Pend Oreille Rivers along with PORPA members/HOP staff.
Early on Saturday, Sept. 28 morning, spectators and onlookers get their first glimpse as rowers amping up their day with unloading, rigging boats and checking gear. It’s quite a spectacle to witness coxswains and coaches direct teams while they unload and maneuver 62 ft. racing shells. After the customary flag ceremony, racing begins as shells and teams are ushered into the water and head to the start line. Several different classes of racing occur throughout the day wrapping up with a delicious Barbeque luncheon prepared locally along with an honorary medal ceremony and the retiring of the colors.
Sunday, Sept. 29 morning brings another opportunity for rowers to enjoy the serene and tranquil experience of the Pend Oreille River. This time of day provides another wonderful chance to practice along with PORPA members(weather permitting).
For more information about this amazing lifetime sport,
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