Head of the Charles regatta is Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22
Every city has their own traditions and events that are distinctly their own. I like to write about these events here in Boston because it is easy to take them for granted or overlook how they contribute to and enrich the city. One such unique tradition which I associate with the autumn is the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The annual event typically occurs while foliage is nearing its peak each year in Boston and it can make for a beautiful backdrop for the 11,000+ athletes who are expected come to compete in the world’s largest regatta this weekend.
The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into the world’s largest rowing competition that spans two days, drawing more than 400,000 spectators who line the banks of the Charles River on both the Cambridge and Boston sides. Be sure to check it out. I prefer to watch from the Cambridge side between the Harvard footbridge and the JFK bridge but there really isn’t a bad place to watch
For more information about this world class event visit hocr.org or check out this really interesting infographic Boston Magazine published last year (2016) about this historic and truly world class event.
America’s Finest Dodgeball League starts in Boston this Winter on December 7th. Games will be played in Dorchester at the Holland Community Center.
If you don’t live in Boston but are interested, America’s Finest Dodgeball League is also operating in several other cities including: Austin, Dallas, Denver, FTL, Houston, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Portland and Tampa. If you would like to learn more about this new league in Boston, click on the links below.
Register for America’s Finest Dodgeball League – Boston!
America’s Finest Dodgeball Facebook Page
The Gay Bowl is the national LGBT flag football tournament, put on every Columbus Day weekend by the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL). Started in 2002 as an annual national championship tournament for LGBT flag football teams, about 40 teams will compete in multiple divisions (including a women’s division) from across North America in Boston this weekend.
I first wrote about the Gay Bowl in May when it was announced that the New England Patriots would sponsor the Gay Bowl, making them first NFL team to sponsor one of the annual Gay Bowl tournaments (and let’s hope not the last).
In addition to a lot of football that will be played through the weekend, a host of social events including a “Pep Rally” party tonight at the Emerald Lounge (how appropriate is that), Bracket Reveal Party later in the evening at ICON as well as parties each night, concluding on Sunday at Royale with a closing ceremony that will take place just prior to the large dance party from Chris Harris Presents in the same venue. For more information visit the website Gay Bowl XVII.
And just to give you a flavor of how fun Boston’s league is, I wanted to share this video from Boston’s F.L.A.G. flag football league – enjoy. If you think you may like to learn more about this group which was instrumental in bringing the Gay Bowl to Boston this year visit their Facebook page, here.
Hopefully the caption below inspires you to share a caption or two of your own. Bonus points to anyone who can make me laugh.
America’s Favorite Pastime
Every September at the start of each academic year, tens of thousands of people move to Boston for the first time. Whether you are new to Boston or just looking for an excuse to be more active and make friends, joining one of the many LGBT sports teams and clubs can help you do both.
Most of these groups are very social in nature. There is a wide range of sports / clubs from darts to rowing to kickball to bowling to water polo and more so peruse the list – there is something for everyone. Some of these groups are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out and best of luck to you. If you are new to Boston, let me be among the first to welcome you.
America’s Finest Kickball League
Beantown Bowling League
Beantown Softball League
Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League
Boston Flag Football
Boston Gay Basketball League
Boston Gay Rowers
Boston Pride Hockey
Boston Strikers Soccer
Boston Ironsides Rugby
Boston Wet Sox (Water Polo)
Cambridge Boston Volleyball Association
Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club
Gay Dodgeball League
GURL – Gay Urban Running League
Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)
Monday Night Bowling League
OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club
QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub
Stonewall Sports – Billiards
Tennis 4 All
Varsity Gay League: Kickball
Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay clubs or sports leagues. Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.
Are you looking to do something social that gets you outside so you can enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend? Ironsides is Boston is hosting a rugby boot camp on Saturday morning from 10AM – 1PM and all are welcome.
The Ironsides annual boot camp promises a great workout and may turn you on to the sport of rugby. After boot camp, you can also enjoy the social side of Ironsides as those who are interested generally head to a local bar to hydrate and socialize. A small fee of $25 will get you an Ironsides tank top and beverages at the “drink-up” after boot camp.
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About Boston Ironsides: For over 20 years, the Boston Ironsides has brought together men from a tremendous range of backgrounds. We are players just out of college, seasoned rugby veterans, and men of every age who’ve just taken up the sport. We are accountants, engineers, bartenders, designers, students, and more. We are native Bostonians and players from all over this country – and others. We are gay, straight, and somewhere in between. Our differences make us stronger as a team, and every new member adds to that strength.
It appears that Boston will have two gay kickball leagues starting this September. In an earlier post this summer I wrote about America’s Finest Kickball League which hosted a pick up game earlier this month and will start their season September 17th.
Above is a promo for The Varsity Gay League (VGL) which is a Los Angeles-based gay sports league that operates in California, Texas, Florida, Oregon and Colorado. VGL kickball season starts on September 9th. They will also be hosting free scrimmages August 20th, 27th .
For more information you can visit their website at varsitygayleague.com.