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North Jersey high school championship regatta set for Overpeck Lake

Photo Credit: Courtesy OCRA
Photo Credit: Courtesy OCRA

SHOUT OUT: The fourth North Jersey high school championship regatta is set for next Saturday on Overpeck Lake.

Overpeck Lake and the surrounding county park offers ideal conditions, with a straight 2000-meter course and elevated spectator viewing areas — from each five-lane race’s start to finish — for the regatta.

The Overpeck Community Rowing Association (OCRA), which is co-sponsoring the event, said it is expecting up to 20 New Jersey high school teams to compete in the North Jersey Championship.


OCRA (formerly the Teaneck Rowing Club) sponsors both the Leonia and Teaneck High School crew teams, which will be competing on their home course.

In one of the most densely populated area of the country, the freshwater lake — made by damming Overpeck Creek — offers easy access from anywhere: It’s a 10-minute drive from the George Washington Bridge and roughly twice that from the Lincoln Tunnel.

The day’s events begin at 8:30 a.m. with Columbia, Princeton, and Penn competing for the classic Childs Cup, intercollegiate rowing’s oldest cup event, dating back to 1879.

The high-school competition, beginning at 10:30 a.m., includes 38 events.


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