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QC rowers compete in 25th annual regatta on the Mississippi

MOLINE, Illinois — Rowers from around the Midwest raced down the Sylvan Slough on Saturday, Sept. 10, near the I-74 bridge.

This year was the 25th annual Row the Miss Regatta and featured at least 40 different boat races in downtown Moline. The event included individual, double, and eight-person races. Competitors as young as 14 were out on the water, while others simply took advantage of a nice day along the Mississippi River.

"I think the venue is the most important venue that we have here, we've got a beautiful place to row on the Mississippi River here in Sylvan Slough," said participant Bob Blew.

The Moline Regatta Association dates back to the 1870s. Since then, their regattas have attracted more than 5,000 spectators and crews from all over the Midwest.

This event is sanctioned and hosted by a volunteer committee of Y Quad Cities Rowing, the rowing program of Two Rivers YMCA.