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Beak of the Chick 2022... It's ON

..."Friendliest regatta ever"

Beak of the Chick

Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
1350 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, Virginia

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4th Annual

Beak Week

The BoC is back. 2022 Style!

Sunday 7/31 - Alumni Day. 
Monday 8/1 - Coaches Panel
Tuesday 8/2 - Movie Night
Wed 8/3 - 
Thurs 8/4 - Pre-Beak Beer Happy Hour
Friday 8/5 - Regatta Setup
Saturday 8/6 - Regatta Setup
Sunday 8/7 - The Main Event, Beak of the Chick Regatta

6:30 am - Regatta site opens

7:30 am - Coach & Coxswain, Safety Meeting

8:30 am - Racing Begins

10:00 am - Paddle-On Racing (Register) / Shell Racing pause

10:45 am - Shell Racing resumes

2:00 pm - Regatta end

Trailers and Parking: 

  • Space will be assigned for trailers, boat rigging, & equipment drop off

  • Parking for spectator and participant vehicles is $10 - cash only please

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  • Charity Event

  • Participant Liability waiver

  • Alumni Row (Aug 1, 10am) Register

  • Beak of the Chick Reg  (TEAMS)

  • T-Shirt Pre-Orders

  • WBC Club Members & Friends to Help



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 From our Regatta Director, Alan

   Welcome to the third annual Beak of the Chick Regatta, hosted by Williamsburg Boat Club. We wanted to create a fun regatta that is an unusual distance. About 3200meters of bone shakin' racin'. The course begins at "Our Bridge" where the James River and the Chick converge.  About 1600 meters into your row, you navigate around a buoy ("the Hairpin") and then back to the bridge. The spectator area is right at the edge of the river.  The view is amazing.  You can see the whole race from your chair.  All ages of rower and classifications of boats are welcome.

   At this years', "Beak, Beer & BBQ Festival" we will have a local craft beer vendor "Billsburg Brewery", but we will not have BBQ for sale, but we are encouraging attendees to bring their own and share if they feel comfortable.  Then, wash it all down with a beer. Next year we hope to have a feature fitness event for our "Beast of the Beak" Fitness Challenge and bring the BBQ back as well.  Racing begins at 8:30am.  Teams can make arrangements to spend the night at the campground.  Please make arrangements directly with the Chickahominy Riverfront Park.  The viewing area along the shoreline will be for all teams and spectators to view the races. 

At 10:00am we will have a shell racing "break", but will feature our friends at Paddle On of Williamsburg (Stand Up Paddle Board) and their inaugural Beat the Clock Challenge.  SUPs will race the 'horseshoe' against the 45 min clock. We will resume shell racing at 10:45. (Paddle On Registration).  Registration is $10.


   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.

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