Beak of the Chick 2019
..."Friendliest regatta ever"
Beak of the Chick
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
1350 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, Virginia
Sunday 7/28 ... BBQ & Boat Naming 4pm @ our Boathouse
Mon 7/29 ... College Coaches Panel - 6:30pm JCC Rec Center
Joe Richards - Head Coach, George Mason Women's Rowing
Tim Nesselrodt - Head Coach, University of Richmond
Ashley Richards - Assistant Women's Coach, Washington College
Coach Daniel - Assistant Men's Coach, Washington College
Katie O'Driscoll - Head Coach, Catholic University
Ashley Saba - WBC Coach, Ohio State Rower Class of '18
Tuesday 7/30 ... Free Movie Night "The Boys of '36" 8:30pm showing at the Chickahominy Park Pool (bring your friends, chairs, drinks) Popcorn provided by Village Bank
Thurs 8/1 ... Pre-Beak Beer Happy Hour 5pm Billsburg Brewery
Friday 8/2 ... Regatta Setup 4pm
Sat 8/3 ... The Main Event, Beak of the Chick Regatta
6:30 am - Regatta site opens
8:00 am - Coach & Coxswain, Safety Meeting
9:00 am - The Beak of the Chick - Main Event
1:30 pm - "Anything that Paddles" Bridge Chase
Village Bank Community Cup
for Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards
Trailers and Parking:
Space will be assigned for trailers, boat rigging, & kayak dropoff
Parking for spectator and participant vehicles is $5 - cash preferred, but cards accepted
From our Regatta Director, Kelly
Welcome to the second annual Beak of the Chick Regatta, hosted by Williamsburg Boat Club. We wanted to create a fun regatta that is an unusual distance (not your 1000th 2k or 5k regatta) and use it to foster a greater sense of cohesion within our rowing community. The course begins at our bridge, runs 1500 meters north on the Chickahominy River, cuts across the river, and comes back down finishing at the bridge. Racing is in time trial format. All ages of rower and classifications of boats are welcome.
This year we will host the "Beak, Beer & BBQ Festival" with local craft beer and bbq food truck vendors. We will feature our "Beast of the Beak" Fitness Challenge hosted by Crossfit 1607. We are also proud to open The Regatta with our signature charity event, "Mark and Finley's Bridge Chase," a non-competitive, time-trial, rowing event. The Regatta concludes with a fun "Anything-That-Paddles", Bridge Chase on a modified course. All proceeds of these two events are donated to CHKD for pediatric medical research and services.
The Beak of the Chick is held at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg, Virginia, one of North America's most popular vacation destinations. The Chickahominy is a wide river and the course is buoyed and uncomplicated, allowing for a wonderful rowing experience for all ages and stages of rowers.
There is great camping on site. Chickahominy Riverfront Park features over 120 campsites, including campsites that accommodate large groups. Several campsites have scenic views of the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek and some campsites have access to water. Campsites include everything from basic tent sites to full hookup sites for RV’s. There are no cabins available. Campers have access to 2 bathhouses with a slop sink at each bathhouse. There is a limit of 6 people (up to 4 adults) per site and no more than 2 tents. Campsites may be reserved 12 months in advance and on a monthly basis. Fees are based on residency; view our Park Fees for more information. Reservations may be made by calling 757-258-5020 or by walk-in. Payment is due when the reservation is made.
Learn more about camping at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
The park offers a public pool, and a 290-foot lighted fishing pier that’s available for use 24 hours a day and a catch-and-release pond. A fresh water license is required for all fishing in the park for anyone over the age of 16. The park also features a boat ramp to launch personal watercraft and it’s also available for use 24 hours a day. Please stop in the Guest Services Office or use the boat ramp honor box outside the store to pay the boat ramp fee. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available for rent all year. View our Park Fees for launch and rental details.