Competitive rowing teams first came to Lake Quinsigamond in 1857. Finding the lake ideal for such crew meets, avid rowers established boating clubs on the lake’s shores, the first being the Quinsigamond Boating Club. More boating clubs and races followed, and soon many colleges (both local and abroad) held meets on the lake. Beginning in 1895, local high schools held crew races on the lake. In 1952, the lake played host to the National Olympic rowing trials. Lake Quinsigamond is currently considered the fourth best natural body of water for rowing in the world. The lake has played host other national regattas such as the US Nationals in 1979 and the US Masters Nationals in 2005 and 2012.
There is racing taking place on every weekend here starting in late March through the end of May. At least six championship regattas are held on the lake each year including the Big East Championship, Patriot League Championship, New England Fours Regatta, New England Rowing Championship, Men’s Eastern Sprints Regatta and New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta.
View: Regatta Schedule
Read Worcester Magazine’s article on The Traditions of the Worcester Crew.