Earth Day Jam eRegatta
April 22, 2023 • The Earth Day Jam eRegatta, hosted by Washington College in Chestertown, MD, is a unique event with something for everyone. The race itself is but one element in celebration of Earth Day. In addition to the exhibition and racing of electric boats on the Chester River, there will be several bands performing across three stages on the waterfront, as well as vendors, food trucks, an electric car show, and more!
Earth Day Jam eRegatta
The audience experience
Unlike some races, our course is easy to spectate from shore. We have a yacht rock band performing just prior to the race to entertain while teams set up and prepare their boats to compete. As we transition to the race itself, our race announcer will take the stage and call the action as it unfolds.
The race course
Our course starts in front of the Washington College boathouse with a 1/4 mile sprint that passes right in front of our spectator area, turns 90 degrees right into the center of the river, then 90 degrees right again into a 1-mile marked rectangular loop. The competitors times are recorded as the 1/4 spring concludes, and they continue directly into 5 laps of the 5-mile course. The beauty of our course is that is gives boats with a high top speed a chance to compete initially in the 1/4 sprint, but it also challenges racers to pace themselves at that point so they can complete a full five miles as quickly as possible.
The Race Course
(RS) Race Stage
Pre-race live yacht rock band and live race commentary from our stage in Wilmer Park.
1/4 Mile Sprint
Starting line - between (0) and committee boat
(1) to starboard, (2) to starboard
pass between (3) & (7) - 1/4 mile sprint concludes and continues into the 5-mile course.
5-mile endurance race
continuing from 1/4-mile sprint... (4) to port, (5) to port, (6) to port, (7) to port
After completing 5 laps around (4), (5), (6), & (7),
race finishes between (7) & (2)
Trophies will be awarded for the following:
1st Place - 1/4 Mile Sprint
2nd Place - 1/4 Mile Sprint
3rd Place - 1/4 Mile Sprint
1st Place - 5-Mile Endurance Sprint
2nd Place - 5-Mile Endurance Sprint
3rd Place - 5-Mile Endurance Sprint
We hope to also be able to provide cash awards as well!
Collegiate competitors in the Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) electric boat race circuit will be happy to know the Earth Day Jam eRegatta is an officially sanctioned regional race (sanctioned by the American Society of Naval Engineers). We encourage PEP teams to compete in our race to gain valuable real-world performance data in preparation to compete in the main event, Promoting Electric Propulsion, later in June.
More info coming soon!
We'll have more to share soon, so be sure to register your team if you are interested in competing!