About OBC

Strawberry and Chili Row

OBC Events

Besides enjoying the company of fellow scullers on the water during the rowing season, OBC members gather for special events throughout the year.

Row for the Strawberries


After we row, we eat.

In early June OBC members begin the season with a friendly race followed by a breakfast of pancakes and strawberries. Participants opt to scull a 4- or 8-mile course that varies somewhat from year to year.

The Sign-Up Genius for the 2016 Row for the Strawberries event, which includes the link to reserve your boat is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040945aba822ab9-2016

The Ronin link to reserve your boat is here: http://www.roninregistration.com/rowing/info2.asp?GroupID=227516&p=default&pt=rowing&InfoType=Register

Chili Row

After we row, we eat.

After we row, we eat.

Before the boathouse closes in late November, OBC members gather to row and feast on homemade chili and cornbread. Until 2010, scullers competed in a brisk 1k sprint in quads, vying for the club’s coveted chili pepper awards. As of 2010, the Chili Row has adopted a more contemplative format: OBC scullers, joined by rowers from other area clubs, row up to Fountainhead and back in a flotilla that comprises singles, doubles, quads, fours, and eights.

The 2016 Chili Row will be held on in early November. The sign-up sheet for chili, side dishes, desserts, and other refreshments will be up soon! Reserve your boat on Ronin.

Winter Social Event


To break up the winter months when members are off the water, the membership gathers to share refreshments, rowing stories, and hopes for an early spring.

Got Parking? Sandy Run Events and Regattas…

The best part of rowing on the Occoquan at Sandy Run is its amazing water, parking, and vistas. Conversely, not-as great part about rowing on the Occoquan at Sandy Run can be the congestion that accompanies the many scholastic, college, club, and masters regattas. In an attempt to make your life easier, here’s the link to the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority (NVRPA). Scroll down this page and you’ll see the option to download its PDF of the typical regatta schedules, based on the 2016 events.

For a linear perspective, go here: http://rowobc.org/2016/05/remaining-regattas-at-sandy-run-for-2016/

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