Join us for Head of the Dog, October 1, 2017

Registration is now open on Regatta Central for the 2017 Head of the Dog, hosted by Portland Boat Club on the beautiful Multnomah Channel.  HOTD is a three mile head race, a costume competition, and a fun picnic — all rolled into one.   We’ll run two separate start waves, one for singles only, and a second for doubles, quads, and fours to minimize wait time on the water. Boats will launch from Portland Boat Club and row to the start. Spectators will have premium viewing of the finish line from the boathouse. Costumes are an annual tradition for this event; although optional they are highly encouraged! Food and awards round out the festivities after the race. Visit Regatta Central for details and registration.

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Perfect water returns for Head of the Dog 2016

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The candidates win!

Perfect water, clever costumes, and rowers from near and far were spotted at Portland Boat Club’s 2016 Head of the Dog Regatta today. Photos here. Thanks for all who came out to race, volunteer, and celebrate with us. We’ll see you again in September 2017!

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PBC Weather Cam!

PBC has a new Weather cam!

Anita and new member Marilyn Z. who lives at the moorage arranged for this weather cam to check the water conditions.  The camera is located at Marilyn’s house upstream from the bridge and pointed towards the bridge. No more guessing about the water!

PBC Weather CAM
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https://www.wunderground.com/webcams/WU_811452/1/video.html?month=06&year=2017&filename=current.mp4&MR=1

 

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Head of the Dog Details and Maps

Hosted annually in September by Portland Boat Club on the beautiful Multnomah Channel, the Head of the Dog is a three mile head race, a costume competition, and a fun picnic — all rolled into one. We run two separate start waves, one for singles only, and a second for doubles, quads, and fours to minimize wait time on the water. Boat launch from Portland Boat Club and row to the start. Spectators have premium viewing of the finish line from the boathouse. Costumes are an annual tradition for this event although optional they are highly encouraged! Food and awards round out the festivities after the race.

Register at Regatta Central

Perpetual Silver Trophies are awarded to the fastest men’s and women’s 1x. The Bill Kalenius Memorial Trophy goes to the fastest 2x.

 

 

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Head of the Charles Report

Head of the Charles Medal F14

We are happy to report that PBC brought home the hardware at the Head of the Charles in the Women’s Grand Masters 8+ event.  In addition, PBC members Ned McCall and Todd Vogt had an excellent and thrilling race in the Men’s Senior Masters 8+.

Under the PBC banner in the women’s event, Anita, Lori Jensen and yours truly ganged up with Joan Linse, Stacy Stein, and Cathy Holdorf from Corvallis, Sally Keller from OAR in Eugene,  Susan Kinne, and coxswain Rachel Le Mieux, Lake Washington stalwarts to subdue the nearest competition by 45 seconds.  This was a race within a race, with the 60+ and the 50+  age group winners getting medals in their divisions.  PBC beat over half the field in the overall event, ending up 17th.  It was great to hear cheering from the bridges as we raced through.

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Alaska Crewsers show a great face at the Head of the Dog Open House

Despite the sad news that the Head of the Dog 2014 was cancelled due to Blue Green Toxic Algae, we were graced with the enthusiasm of our friends from Alaska.  They spent hours preparing for their trip to race with us at the HOD and Row for the Cure.  That clearly did not squash their smiles as seen in this great photo – thanks so much!

Alaska Crewsers

 

 

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Head of the Dog 2014 Cancelled but rowers invited to open house

After deliberation with USRowing officials, referees and the greater Portland Rowing community, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Head of the Dog Regatta and invite rowers to an open house event on the Multnomah channel at the Portland Boat Club on Saturday morning. The State of Oregon Public Health  Division Toxic Blue-Green Algae advisory remains in affect through the weekend and with conditions not expected to improve soon.  Although the risk to referees, volunteers, participants, and organizers may be somewhat debatable it is also not fully understood or even measured with regard to the HOTD course and so we are taking this extra precaution. This is a highly unusual situation; we have never had to cancel the Head of the Dog under such circumstances before.

Please join us for an open house from 8am to noon to enjoy some recreational fun, please bring costumes, and a picnic. We still want to see your costumes, will award the winner as in previous years to keep this tradition going as well as set up the self serve photo booth to share with your friends.

Refunds are available upon request. Details will be posted shortly. T-shirts orders will still be honored.

Thank you for your understanding,

Susan Adams

Dave Myers

Head of the Dog Co-Chairs

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