Regatta Information

What is a Regatta?

A regatta is a series of boat races. These are the team competitions our crew participate in every year. A regatta often includes social and promotional activities which surround the racing event, and except in the case of boat type (or “class”) championships, is usually named for the town or venue where the event takes place.

The US Rowing Association provides a Viewer’s Guide that explains basic information about various boat rowing configurations and terminology that will get you started watching a regatta.

Regatta Day Information

VASRA posts a race schedule Thursday evening or on Friday before the regatta. For those who haven’t been to Sandy Run Regional Park, here is an information sheet describing the rules at Sandy Run during regatta days which all our novice families should read through. Note that dogs are not allowed in the park on regatta days. Click for driving instructions to get to Sandy Run and for a map of the park facilities. If you have never attended a rowing regatta before, a few items that you might want to bring include: sunglasses, sun screen, binoculars, a hat, a folding chair or a seat cushion (like the ones they sell at the Stuart football games) because the grand stand is made of concrete, a copy of the race schedule, a backpack to carry it all, and proper clothing for the weather conditions. Be prepared for a mile or more hike through the forest. If a hike is difficult for you, a shuttle van transporting guests to the grandstands is available for a nominal fee. Races are held rain or shine, and only in rare circumstances are they cancelled.

Regatta Schedule (2016)

DATE
EVENT
LOCATION
Est. # Rowers
3/26/16
Polar Bear Regatta
Occoquan
700
4/02/16
Regional Park Regatta
Occoquan
1450
4/09/16
Walter Mess Regatta
Occoquan
1550
4/16/16
Darrell Winslow Regatta
Occoquan
1350
4/21/16
Tri-Meet w Hylton + So. County (note Thursday)
Occoquan
170
4/30/16
Al Urquia Regatta
Occoquan
1250
5/07/16
Matthews Regatta
Williams Wharf, Matthews
 800
5/14-15/16
Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships
Occoquan
1300
5/20-5/21
Stotesbury Cup. Post season, select
Schuylkill River, PA
5/27-5/28
SRAA Regatta Nationals. Post season, select
Lake Dillon Nashport, OH
6/11 2016 NSC Regatta. Post season, select Cooper River, Camden County, NJ

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