As racing teams prepare 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 Regatta. It is strongly recommended that you read the message from top to bottom as the information will explain logistics associated with this overnight event.

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27, 2013)
Race Type:
LOC: Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Click here for maps for the following 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 for our parent volunteers, they are not for general visitors or spectators as per directive of the LOC, and they are not a guarantee of a parking spot. From the LOC: please do not park on the grass, you will be ticketed.

GPS Address: #7 Kelly Drive, Boathouse Row, Philadelphia PA 19130. This will take you to the University Barge Club. To park your car, follow “Parking for Spectators” below.

Parking 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) click here

2013 Rules/Safety: click here. The LOC expects every competitor to read, fully understand and follow their rules and procedures. Please read them carefully, especially Rules 2.9 through 2.17 on avoiding interference while racing.

Race Results: Results will be posted immediately at the Three Angels Statues and at the finish line. Results will also be made available on the HOSR Twitter Feed.

LOC Parent Page: click here.

Attire: Check local weather forecasts for Philadelphia when determining the type and quantity of layering to bring with you. The air temperature could be quite low.

Below Arrangements for Youth Athletes only:

Bus Departure on Saturday (October 26):

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: 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 (October 27): 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. 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!

Norwalk River Rowing

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