Erg Sprints 2017


After Hurricane Matthew swept up the east coast earlier this month, our would-be first regatta of the season in Clermont was canceled. Looking optimistically, it was smart to cancel the regatta; all of our kids and boats are safe from the storm and the break gave us more time to prepare for the Gator Head Regatta. Two weeks later, we arrived in Gainesville to beautiful weather, and a great long day of racing ahead of us. The new venue for the regatta meant a different launching and recovery process, and the race course was reversed from last year. You couldn’t beat the view from the pier! The schedule may have been pushed way back, (we were scheduled to watch our Varsity girls 4+ boats, the last race of the day at 3:20, but we spotted them close to 6:00…) but we had great results! The high school boys swept the regatta in the big boats, meaning they placed 1st in every 8 and 4 boat they entered. The high school girls saw 4 top-three finishes– compare that to zero the year before! The middle school team placed 2nd in the A boat in a large field of boats. The most impressive result of the day is that Lyman Rowing Association won the Overall Points Trophy; meaning we earned the most points because of the placings of all of our boats. Lyman has NEVER won an Overall Regatta Trophy in its history! What an amazing way to start the season! A huge thank you to the parents for running hospitality and taking care and supporting our rowers, and thank you to our coaches for working hard to get a great start to our season. The rowers performed very well at this regatta, and we couldn’t be any more proud! Row Hounds!


Sarasota Invitatonals


Spring Regattas 2017

     The Head of the Hooch, also known as the Head of the Chattahoochee and ‘The Last of the Great Fall Regattas’, was run for the first time in 1982 by the Atlanta Rowing Club.  The first year there were 225 rowers filling 105 boats.  For 16 years the regatta took place on the Chattahoochee River in the Roswell River Park located in Roswell GA. In 1997 the regatta had outgrown the park.  From 1997-2004 the regatta was held at the 1996 Olympic rowing venue in Gainesville GA.  The course there was located on the upper part of the Chattahoochee River.
     In 2005, due to the large increases in entries each year, the regatta moved to the Chattanooga Ross’s Landing Riverfront venue. The venue and city have the capability to accommodate the continuous increase in rowers and spectators each year. Each year since 2005 The Hooch and the City of Chattanooga have welcomed over 6000 rowers and more than 15,000 spectators.
     The Hooch is a unique event.  It attracts athletes, family, alumni, local residents and those who travel to attend. It combines a rowing regatta, arts market and the close proximity of the Tennessee Aquarium, the Discovery Museum and Hunter Art Museum all within walking distance of the venue.  Many hotels and restaurants are right in the downtown close to the venue.  In all, a perfect match.
     As the Hooch moves through its third decade, its director and committee members continue to improve, grow and enhance the regatta that started as a small event on a Saturday many years ago.​
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