Besides enjoying the company of fellow rowers on the water during the rowing season, OBC members gather for special events throughout the year
2023 OBC Calendar
Safety Meeting–April 2, 2023
Annual Meeting–April 30, 2023
Strawberry Row–June 4, 2023
Occoquan Memorial Sprints–July 9, 2023
Head of the Occoquan–Nov. 4-5, 2023
Chili Row–Nov. 12, 2023
OBC Board Meetings–third Wednesday of every month
Strawberry Row - early June
In early June OBC members begin the season with a friendly race followed by a breakfast of pancakes and strawberries. Participants opt to row a 4/8 mile course that varies somewhat from year to year.
Chili Row - November
Before the boathouse closes in late November, OBC members gather to row and feast on homemade chili and cornbread. Until 2010, members competed in a brisk 1k sprint in quads, vying for the club’s coveted chili pepper awards. As of 2010, the Chili Row has adopted a more contemplative format: OBC members, joined by rowers from other area clubs, row up to Fountainhead and back in a flotilla that comprises singles, doubles, quads, fours, and eights. The sign-up sheet for chili, side dishes, desserts, and other refreshments will be up soon!
Got Parking? Sandy Run Events and Regattas…
The best part of rowing on the Occoquan at Sandy Run is its amazing water, parking, and vistas. Conversely, not-as great part about rowing on the Occoquan at Sandy Run can be the congestion that accompanies the many scholastic, college, club, and masters regattas. Please check the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority (NVRPA) to see if the current regatta schedule has been posted to avoid rowing while regattas are in progress