The Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is a 2.5 mile head race held the last weekend in October. It was begun by three members of the University Barge Club more than 45 years ago. It is now under the auspices of an independent 501(c)3) charitable organization. The Head of the Schuylkill has grown to be the largest and most inclusive regatta in Philadelphia. UBC members make up a large percentage of the more than 350 volunteers without whom the Regatta would not happen.
For current information about the Regatta, go to hosr.org.
The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta welcomes nearly 9,000 competitors, 40,000 spectators, and 350 volunteers each year. The weekend features races for high school, collegiate, masters, adaptive, elite and Olympic rowers, The Gold Cup Challenge, and a free two-day Fall Festival amidst the backdrop of the beautiful and historic City of Philadelphia. Take the first step to experiencing this 2.5 mile scenic and challenging course by registering at regattacentral.com.
University Barge Club of Philadelphia (also known as UBC) is an amateur rowing club located at #7 in the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.
The Club's founding, in 1854, is considered the "dawn of organized athletics in the University of Pennsylvania."
UBC is a founder, and the most senior member, of the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the United States, the Schuylkill Navy.