It’s almost Memorial Day and that means it’s time for The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River.
The boat race takes place on Monday, May 30, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir on Snipatuit Road, in Rochester and finishes at the Herring Weir on River Road at Route 6 in Mattapoisett. The Rochester Fire Department always does a great job sponsoring the event led by Chairman, Arthur Benner.
The minimum age for contestants is 6 years old by Memorial Day. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer, design of any material you choose. A blend of canoe and kayak works best. It is not intended to be an’ anything that can float’ event.There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.
There are a number of Divisions, and trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division. Divisions include Open/Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Co-ed and Parent/Child. Junior division teams are both contestants under 14 years old. Parent/child is for a parent with his/her child (child under 14 years old) or an adult (25 or older) with a child (child under 14 years old). Trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division.
Pre-registration is required. Contestants may register between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Rochester Grange Hall, located at 205 Hartley Road. The first registration was on Friday, May 13. This Friday May 20, will be the last day to registry. No registrations will be accepted after 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
The boat race is a great family tradition in Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett and surrounding towns. Year after year, many of the same families return year after year and the tradition passes on to younger family members. It’s a great family event.
Rules and registration forms may be obtained at Lloyd’s Market, and at the registration sessions. A signed registration form must be submitted by each contestant for a team to be eligible to draw a starting position.
The annual Boat Race Ham and Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of the Memorial Day weekend, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rochester Memorial School, located at 16 Pine St. Tickets for the supper may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the supper, along with donations, fund the expenses of the race. There is no registration/entry fee to race. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School. For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Art Benner at 508-763-2024 or email Art at email@example.com
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