Essex River Race 2009  



Essex River Race Information

Saturday, May 16, 2020

2020 Registration is Not Open

Due to Coast Guard rules: You must have a PFD on your vessel, but since the race is after May 15th this year the PFD does not have to be worn, but we encouraged you to do so.

Also ear buds are not allowed in this race.

Online Entry Fee: $50 - Until Saturday, May 4th 11pm
After May 4th: $60 Until Wednesday, May 15th Noon
Extra Meal Tickets: $15 - Purchased Online

*** No Rain Date ***
*** Race Capped at 180 Boats - Register Early ***
*** No Walk Ins on Race Day***

Fees are non refundable (except under exceptional circumstances as decided by race committee)

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8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration & Check In
9:30 am Captains Meeting
10:00 am First Heat Starts
11:30 am Finish Line Facilities Open

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Registration & Check In:
NEW VENUE! Registration & checkin begins at 7:00 am at the Rivesrbend Restaurant, 35 Dodge St, Essex, MA 01929

Parking and launching will be at the Riversbend Restaurant.

LOGISTICS CAN DELAY YOU! Please allow time to park, check in, and attend the skipper's meeting and launch. Launching information will be posted soon.

Race Staging:
Please remain near the Town Landing at the end of the river until your class is called to the start (See Logistics Map at right).

Start Order - Tentative
10:00 - Multis Fixed and Sliding (Possible moving start)
10:05 - Banks Dories and Workboats
10:10 - Fixed Seat Doubles
10:15 - Fixed Seat Singles (possible merge with doubles depending on number)
10:20 - Sliding Seat Racing, Men and Women (two heats)
10:30 - Sliding Seat Touring, Men and Women (two heats)
10:40 - OC1's and 2's
10:45 - Open Class, Paddleboards, Double Kayaks M+W
10:50 - FSK and SK Women
10:55 - FSK and SK Men
11:00 - HPK, SS20Plus - Men and Women

Fees include T-shirt, race management, prizes and post race food & beverages. Extra T-shirts may be purchased at the finish line if available.

The Cape Ann Rowing Club reserves the right to refuse to register any individual or boat. CARC may also expel or refuse any participant or boat before or during the event for lack of required equipment, unsafe operation, disregard for event rules, or unsporting behavior.

The Cape Ann Rowing Club is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. We donate excess registration funds to deserving non-profit organizations.


Interactive Map for Driving Directions to Race Start


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GPS Address: 35 Dodge Street, Essex, MA 01929

Turn onto Spring Street from Rt 133 (north of town landing) and turn right on Dodge Street, proceed to the end. Parking and launching is at the restaurant.
Please drive slowly on the small roads.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Each participant must carry or wear a USCG-approved PFD (life jacket).
  • Each participant must also carry an attention-getting noisemaker, such as a whistle on a lanyard.
  • Participants may also find useful bailers, compasses, and charts of the area.