Competitive rowing teams first came to Lake Quinsigamond in 1857. Finding Lake Quinsigamond 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. 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.
Racing takes place on almost every weekend starting in late March through the end of May hosted by the Quinsigamond Rowing Association. Each year, at least six championship regattas are hosted on the lake 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.
Visit their website for a list of teams and schools competing each week. http://www.qra.org/regattas/lakeschd.php