The Icebreaker – 2016
The Northeast Regional Youth Open Water Rowing Championship
Come be inspired!
The Icebreaker regatta draws 270+ of the region’s best youth open-water rowers and their supporters. Watch and cheer as the best youth open-water rowers in New England compete for the coveted “Key to the Harbor.” This year’s crews cover every skill level from novice to varsity competing over a full day of non-stop, round-robin style racing. Hosted once again at our Boston Rowing Center on Fort Point Channel, the day offers unequaled opportunities to watch 270+ young people give everything they’ve got during skills-challenge heats, culminating in a Novice Distance Challenge and the traditional Nautical Mile events.
The Icebreaker is an amazing spectator sport on Fort Point Channel, in downtown Boston, adjacent to the Barking Crab Restaurant in the Innovation District. The Icebreaker will attract Boston tourists, pedestrians on the Harbor Walk, and patrons of the Tea Party Ship, the Children’s Museum and local businesses in addition to attending rowers, coaches, families and friends.
The Icebreaker has been held for 25 years, the first 15 years from the Charlestown Navy Yard and then for 10 years at Hull Lifesaving Museum’s Windmill Point Boathouse in Hull, MA. Last year, for the first time, the race was held at our Boston Rowing Center on Fort Point Channel in the heart of downtown Boston. It was an instant success and once more the waterfront will come alive as 30 traditional, kid-built, wooden gigs take to the Harbor in a day of inspirational athletics and sportsmanship.