About the LOOP

Oregon Rowing Unlimited is pleased to announce the 25th annual PORTLAND LOOP REGATTA on Saturday, October 25th! The LOOP is a head race on the Willamette River from Oswego Pointe to Oaks Park. It is open to juniors, masters, open, championship and collegiate crews. Events include singles, doubles, pairs, quads, fours with coxswain, eights, and octuples. All events are for both men and women.

LOOP History

Before the Spring Coridoor, before the East Side Esplanade, and even before the Charlie Brown LOCRC Boathouse there was the  PORTLAND LOOP REGATTA. 

This race was designed to promote rowing in the community. The original course started at Lake Oswego and finished at Oaks Park, covering some of the nicest water on the Willamette River.

For Oregon Rowing Unlimited (ORU), this stretch of river was a practice course, and the club invited some of the top college crews in the country to scrim . In the early days there were some great races between East Coast giants like Harvard, Cornell, and Princeton and Pacific Northwest powerhouses like the University of Washington and Oregon State.

The event changed a bit when ORU put more emphasis on junior progams in the late 90's into the mid-2000's. Recently it has also been attracting masters who have found it easy and fun to enjoy a rowing weekend in Portland. From noon to three we host a chilli feed for all comers. ORU's long term relationship with Oaks Park makes for a marvelous atmosphere for the LOOP.

Now with the new Sellwood Bridge being built and Milwaukee Bay Park being developed, the course has changed. This new LOOP race is very spectator-friendly -- practically the whole course can be seen from one location!

ORU is excited to introduce a new format that has all the technology including streaming video. It is with pleasure that we welcome any and all to join us for the 2014 PORTLAND LOOP REGATTA!  Head of the Willamette since 1989.