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Head of the Fish

For the food ingredient, see Head of fish.
Head of the Fish
The Head of the Fish Regatta logo
Date Last Weekend of October
Location Saratoga Springs
Event type Head
Distance 2.3 miles.[1]
Established 1986
Official site
Participants 2,028 entries; 160 clubs[2]

The Head Of The Fish Regatta is a rowing race held on the last weekend of October each year on Fish Creek, within Saratoga County, New York State. The race is named the "Head" of the Fish because it is a head race.

The event is hosted by the Saratoga Rowing Association.[3] The race is organized by volunteers.[4] Tom Frost founded the regatta in 1986.[5] The original vision for the regatta was one "that wouldn't take itself too seriously."[5] Protests were forbidden and "timing errors were considered part of the regatta's charm."[5] Winners are awarded lacquered fish heads.[5]


  1. ^ "Head of the Fish a part of Saratoga's history". The Skidmore News. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Head of the Fish". Regatta Central. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "SRA regattas". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Volunteer Opportunities - Regattas". Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Winchester, Ed (November 8, 2002). "Fish Story". Rowing News 9 (18): 24. Retrieved 14 November 2013.