General Information

John Hunter Regatta

The “Hunter” is named to honor a friend of rowing and benefactor to the Saint Andrew rowing club. John Hunter was instrumental in the formation of the Saint Andrew youth teams. It was John who had the vision to help the youth rowing program grow from a few dedicated rowers to the team they are today.  And, it is in John’s honor that we have named this event the John Hunter Regatta.

The 2018 regatta will be at the Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Center, the site of the ‘96 Olympic Games. The regatta is expected to draw more than 1,500 rowers and 3,000 spectators, representing more than 50 colleges and youth teams from throughout the Southeast including: Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

Dates
Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th 2018

Location
Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506. The venue is approximately one hour north of downtown Atlanta.  Please see Venue tab of this Website for driving directions.

PLEASE NOTE: The Clarks Bridge road, bridge and tunnel have been remodeled and parking may continue to be a challenge until we get the "kinks" worked out with the new venue.  Please check with the Regatta Central site, “News” section one week prior to the event for any last minute adjustments.  We appreciate your patience and expect you will see a new and vastly improved venue.

Accommodations
For hotel/motel room rates and availability information, contact the Gainesville-Hall County Convention and Visitors Bureau 1-888-536-0005. Hotels along the Gainesville exits 16, 20 and 22 of Interstate 985 and hotels in downtown Gainesville are closest to the venue.  In addition, hotels near the Mall of Georgia, Interstate 85 - Exit 115, or Interstate 985 - Exit 4, are within 20 minutes of the venue.


Concessions

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the regatta site.

Grilling
Grilling is permitted on the plaza area behind the stadium seating.  Teams are required to have a fire extinguisher in their cooking area.

Merchandise
The official John Hunter Regatta t-shirt will be available on the day of the regatta. Unauthorized sale of merchandise, food or drink is not permitted.

Rules
The John Hunter Regatta is a United States Rowing Association sanctioned regatta and will follow the rules of USRowing. The regatta is not an NCAA regatta and NCAA rules will not apply.


Weather Delays

Should there be delays because of inclement weather the following sequence of schedule adjustments will be followed:

  1. Shorten course to 1000 meters, go to a floating start
  2.  Cancel novice events and singles, doubles and pairs
  3. Cancel fours events
  4. Eliminate finals, use best times from heats
  5.  Regatta canceled

Handicapped Needs
Please advise the regatta director, Jeff Kish, jeffgkish@gmail.com, regarding special needs services for handicap assistance at least 7 days prior to the regatta.

Security
Security at the regatta trailer parking area will be provided from 7:00 pm Friday, March 23, 2018 to 7:00 am Saturday, March 24, 2018 and 7:00 pm Saturday, March 24, 2018 to 7:00 am Sunday, March 25, 2018.

The Course
A 2000-meter course will be installed allowing for a USRowing standard 6 buoyed lanes and one optional 7th lane of racing. Based on water depth conditions, the course may be shortened or expanded.  Rowing will be from North to South, downstream from the start platforms to the finish at the Olympic Tower.

Coaches’ and Coxswains’ Meeting
Colleges - A meeting of college coaches and coxswains’ is scheduled for Saturday morning March 24, 2018, 7:00 am in the registration area of the Lake Lanier Rowing Club upper boat house.

Youth Teams - The youth coaches and coxswains meeting will be Sunday morning March 26 at 7:00 am in the upper boat house.

All crews will be responsible for the information delivered at their respective meeting, regardless of attendance. This will be the last opportunity to discuss entry and schedule issues.  No entry changes will be considered after the close of this meeting.

Team Information
The regatta organizing committee would like to know about your rowing team.  We are planning to do a limited number of speaker announcements throughout the day.  If you will provide a few facts about your team, we will announce the information during the day.  Let us know and we will put your team "on the air".

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE REGATTA OR ANYWHERE ON THE VENUE GROUNDS AND ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN AT THE CLARKS BRIDGE PARK RECREATION AREA. HALL COUNTY AND THE CITY OF GAINESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENTS VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE THIS LAW.