The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River, sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, will take place on May 27 starting at 8:30 am at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir, Snipatuit Road, in Rochester, and finish at the Herring Weir, River Road at Route 6, in Mattapoisett.
The race is open to persons of all ages. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer design of any material you choose. There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.
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 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 at the Rochester
Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Rd., May 10 and May 17, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. No registrations will be accepted after May 17 at 8:00 pm.
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 Boat Race Ham and Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend, May 25, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Rochester Memorial School.
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 Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm. For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Arthur F. Benner, 508-763-2024.