Rutherford’s Nereid Boat Club held its ninth annual Head of the Passaic regatta last weekend (October 3 and 4). More than 140 crews – and some 400 rowers – from the New York Metropolitan area turned out on a beautiful autumn day. The regatta is a wonderful celebration of shell racing that recalls the nineteenth century heyday of Passaic River rowing. Back then, most riverside communities boasted their own rowing teams, and enthusiastic locals would crowd the riverbank on weekend afternoons to picnic and cheer on their hometown favorites. The four-man team from the Passaic River Restoration Program, rowing in honor of their late manager, Bob DeVita, took the first place trophy in the Men’s Masters Novice Four category. You can get complete 2009 Head of the Passaic results and lots of photos from the weekend’s festivities at the Nereid web site. Read the Nereid excerpt from This American River. And check back for Head of the Passaic regatta pictures from This American River‘s own photographer John Bruno.