Beak of the Chick 2019

..."Friendliest regatta ever"

Beak of the Chick

Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
1350 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, Virginia


1st Annual 

Beak Week

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


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6:30 am - Regatta site opens

8:00 am - Coach & Coxswain, Safety Meeting

8:30 am - Opening Rowing Event Mark & Finley's                                  Bridge Chase

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

- New This Year -


Village Bank Community Cup

more info

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 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. 


Park Features

  1. Biking

  2. Boat Access/Launch

  3. Campground

  4. Canoe/Kayak Rental

  5. Fishing

  6. Interpretive Signage

  7. Picnic Areas

  8. Playground

  9. Pool

  10. Restrooms

  11. Store/Concessions

  12. Walking Trails

  13. Wildlife Viewing



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


Water Recreation

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.

iCrew Instructions

  • In order to see your practice sessions show up in you iCrew Attendance Plan, you have to make sure the correct TEAMS are in your profile.  After logging in, either on your phone or on the computer, click the TEAMS tab and Add the correct TEAM(s) to your profile.  Make sure you Save the page if it asks and then look at your attendance plan and you will see the practices populated in that page.

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Thanks to our Donors & 2020Sponsors

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2020 GoFundMe

Raised $6900 to help WBC Stay Afloat.  Thank you to the below donors.  We are so thankful to have such an amazing community.

Amber Spicer, Marks & Cox Family, L T Hall Whaley, Bruce Lifka, Karol Hochman, Alan & Chris Hochman, Howie Hagan, Patricia Dwyer, Anonymous, Kate Fredericks, Spencer Rice, KJ Lembke, Mary Riemersma, Anonymous, Owens Family, Anonymous, Bob & Kathy Spicer, Thomas & Ellen Fithian, Virginia Carey, Alli & Ryan King, Beth Stamper, The Murphy Family, Sarah Berry, Cox Family, Anonymous, Adam Lifka, Anonymous, Anonymous, Ben Marks & Family, Anonymous, Vishton & Stevens Family, Blinn Family, Anonymous, Margaret & Michael Stiglitz, Sarah & Jennie Wells, Liam Carr, Susan Thacker-Gwaltney, James Brunson, The Zeytonnian Family, The Murphy Family, Shayna Walker, Robin Morrison Caldwell, Tim Barnard, Ginny Wertman, Christine Payne, The Murphy Family, The Murphy Family

I want to also recognize the Calkins family for providing the maintenance for all of the safety launches during our seasons.