The annual Head of the Fish Regatta got underway Saturday with college teams and rowers from masters programs around the region competing throughout the day.
A masters boat from the Saratoga Rowing Association
Putting on such an event is quite an undertaking. 1700 boats will be competing over the two-day event. The logistics of moving those boats, keeping track of which boats are on the course, and keeping everyone safe requires more than 100 volunteers each day. Corporate sponsor Audi has supplied five cars for use in shuttling people to where they need to be.
Dan Klassen of St. Catherine's in Ontario prepares to launch
And then there’s the food. The Saratoga Rowing Association provides food for both its rowers and the volunteers. The team deploys five shoppers to purchase everything needed to feed a lot of hungry mouths.
They buy eggs by the hundreds, as well as plenty of cheese and meat for the Quesadillas and other food kept warm in a serving center.
Eggs - it's what's for breakfast
The most popular dish for the fall meet is a turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce Panini they call, of course, The Pilgrim.
Hundreds of people come out to watch the boats compete. They line the bridges over Fish Creek at both ends of the course. The starting line is near Stafford Bridge Road, while the finish line is just north of the bridge carrying Route 9P over Saratoga Lake.
People also line the shores for a glimpse of the boats as they go by.
And when they’re not watching the boats, people can shop. A number of stands under a large tent in Lee’s Park carry any number of items related to rowing, from t-shirts and hats to stickers.
Racing continues Sunday with high school boats hitting the course.
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