Pull the Plug Regatta
The Pull the Plug is so named because after the regatta, the Erie Canal is closed to traffic and the New York State Canal Corporation "pulls the plug" and drains the canal for the winter. It has been held annually since 2006. The Pull the Plug typically marks the end of the competitive rowing season in Rochester.
For more information on both of the regattas hosted by Pittsford Crew, please visit Regatta Central.
Begun in 1997 as an exhibition row for the newly formed Pittsford Crew club, the Pittsford Regatta has grown into an exciting two-day event featuring both high school and masters rowing. The regatta is held on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY. The canal is ideal for racing, as it is sheltered flat water with very little boat traffic. All master's events (singles, doubles, fours, and eights) are held over a 1200 meter course, run head style. All scholastic eights and fours are run in match style over two lanes and a distance of 1200 meters. A bicycle path extends the length of the course for great spectator viewing. The finish line is in the picturesque village of Pittsford, with wonderful opportunities to view the race, shop and eat.
The first day of the 2017 Pittsford Regatta (Saturday, May 27) will coincide with the 3rd annual Pittsford Paddle & Pour event, featuring craft beer and wine tasting, live music all day, and an artisan marketplace.