Head of the Fish
The Head of the Fish Regatta logo
DateLast Weekend of October
LocationFish Creek, Saratoga Springs, NY
Event typeHead
Distance2.3 miles.[1]
Official sitehttps://regatta.saratogarowing.com/head-of-the-fish/
Participants2,124 entries; 171 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 November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Head of the Fish". Streamline Rowing. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "SRA regattas". saratogarowing.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Volunteer Opportunities - Regattas". saratogarowing.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Winchester, Ed (November 8, 2002). "Fish Story". Rowing News. 9 (18): 24. Retrieved November 14, 2013.