The annual Greater Chicago Junior Rowing Championships will be held on Crystal Lake Saturday. If you haven’t seen such a regatta, it might be worth your time.
A dozen teams are expected this year. One would expect that New Trier, Woodlands Academy, North Suburban, the Lincoln Park Juniors and St. Ignatius would come again.
One year, crews from Upper Arlington, Ohio, north of Columbus, competed, so this is truly a regional event. In 2009, West Park, Canada, participated, as did St. Louis. There was also a Mendota crew from Madison, Wisconsin.
The event is sponsored by the Crystal Lake Rowing Club.
Most of the folks who come with the teams watch the races from the Main Beach., but there are places to watch more than the end of the race from the south shore.
The best spot to watch the action, in my opinion, is Gate 3′s beach.
While only those with Country Club Additions Property Owners Association car stickers can utilize the small number of parking spaces, the beach is a short walk from the Main Beach. It can be reached from the first street in Lakewood (look for the Gate 3 sign), which is just to the west of the Beach.
There are three other CCAPOA beaches, also with permit parking only, along South Shore Drive. Each are within walking distance of the Main Beach, since Crystal Lake is only a bit over a mile long.
Not that there are not things to see at the Main Beach.
Especially for those who have never watched such races.
There is a Regatta Playground, one of two Leathers playgrounds in Crystal Lake, to occupy the younger siblings.
And, there is always the beach on which kids can play.
Participating this Saturday will be
- Camp Randall RC (Madison WI)
- Chicago Training Center (also include UNO charter school)
- Crystal Lake Rowing Club
- Ignatius Chicago
- Lincoln Park Juniors
- Loyola Academy
- New Trier HS
- North Suburban Crew (Woodlands Academy)
- Rochester RC (MN)