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!
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!
This will be added as a link at the top of the page shortly.
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.
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Perpetual Silver Trophies are awarded to the fastest men’s and women’s 1x. The Bill Kalenius Memorial Trophy goes to the fastest 2x.
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.
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!
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,
Head of the Dog Co-Chairs
The Head of the Dog is a three mile head race, a costume competition, and a fun picnic — all rolled into one. Hosted by the Portland Boat club, the race course is on the Multnomah Channel. We have planned a few changes to improve the racing and picnic experience this year, including a new race structure to minimize waiting on the water. We’ll run two separate start waves, one for singles only, and a second for doubles, quads, and fours (schedule below). 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 optional and highly encouraged! Food and awards round out the festivities after the race. Also this year racers and fans will enjoy our self-serve photo booth with backdrop and lights. So bring your camera/phone and capture the fun!
T-shirts are available on a pre-order basis for $18/each at Regatta Central
The deadline for t-shirt orders is Friday, September 12.
We will only have a limited number of t-shirts for sale on race day.
7:30 Bow # Pickup
8:00 Race meeting
8:30 Singles Launch
9:30 Singles Race Begins
10:30am Doubles, Pairs, Quads and Fours Launch Start (Pending notification by Launch Master)
11:45 Doubles, Pairs, Quads and Fours
Perpetual Silver Trophies will be awarded to the fastest men’s and women’s 1x. The Bill Kalenius Memorial Trophy will go to the fastest 2x.
Register at Regatta Central