As our youth racing team prepares for the final regatta on the fall racing schedule, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the following details for the Head of the Schuylkill. You are encouraged to read the message from top to bottom as the information contained herein will ease logistics associated with this overnight event.

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL (Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 2012):

Race Type: Head
LOC: Head of the Schuylkill Regatta: 
Maps for Bulleted Items:
• Course Map
• Out-of-town Launching Dock
• Festival Area
• Regatta Day Auto Traffic Flow/Off-site Parking
• On-site Parking (vehicle ID tags will be prioritized, they are not for general visitors or spectators as per directive of the LOC, and they are not a guarantee of a parking spot)

Parking Arrangements for Spectators (Message from the LOC): Parents, friends and spectators coming to see the races on Saturday and Sunday are encouraged to take the posted diversion routes []  instead of trying to enter the restricted area along Kelly Drive, which may be very congested. The paid off-site parking areas are conveniently accessible from these routes, whether you are driving in from the north or from the south. The all-day parking fee is $12.00.

Free Shuttle-bus Service. Throughout both racing days, a free shuttle service using yellow school buses marked “HOSR Regatta Shuttle” will continuously loop in a counter-clockwise direction from the off-site parking lots to the regatta site and back again. Designated shuttle stops are marked and numbered on both of the location maps
but visitors may hail the bus at any point along the route, and can likewise request to be dropped off at any point of their choosing.

Event Schedule: (Youth will compete on Sunday only)

Rules of Racing:

Race Results: 2012 Results will be available on the LOC’s website,
and through their QR code on the cover of the Program Book. Results will also be made available on the HOSR Twitter Feed.

Attire: Check local weather forecasts for Philadelphia when determining the type and quantity of layering to bring” 
We will arrive at the race course early on Sunday morning. The air temperature could be quite low.

Bus Departure on Saturday (October 27):
Arrive at the Norwalk River Rowing boathouse at 10:45 am for an 11:00 am departure. Do not be late; the bus will leave with or without you! Bring a bag lunch. The bus will not stop on the way to the race course. Athletes will travel to Philadelphia, rig boats, and take a practice row on the race course.

Hotel Saturday Night: Athletes, coaches, and bus/hotel chaperones will stay at Sonesta Hotel, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia: Room assignments for athletes have been made by coaches.

Dinner on Saturday (October 27): A buffet dinner will be provided for athletes, coaches, and bus/hotel chaperones at Sonesta Hotel at 6:30 pm in a banquet room.

Breakfast on Sunday: Will be provided by parent volunteers at the Norwalk River Rowing Parent Tent.

Bus Return on Sunday:
It is the expectation that athletes stay until the conclusion of our team’s races at regattas. Boats must be de-rigged and loaded onto the trailer. The work must be done. It is also the expectation that athletes travel back to the boathouse on the bus with their teammates. Anticipated return time on Sunday is approximately 8:00 pm, depending on traffic. The buses will make a food stop on the NJ Turnpike. Athletes should bring their own cash to cover this. Your athlete will call you when she/he is 30 minutes from the boathouse. Be on time for pickup because the bus chaperones cannot leave until everyone departs.

See you in Philly!