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IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION
What To Expect at Regattas
Arrival: Some families will arrive the night before and stay in a hotel. They might meet with others at a restaurant for dinner. Others will get up in the wee hours of the morning and drive in on the day of the regatta. Entire families may attend and sometimes it is just one parent. You might make arrangements to caravan or carpool with other families. The choice is yours, but keep in mind that your athlete must be at the regatta on time and parents are required to help set up and tear down our site. If you are not attending, please make arrangements with another parent to transport your athlete to and from the regatta. Rowers may not drive to out of town regattas.
Day of: We arrive at the regatta site early in the morning, between 6 and 7am, and it is usually dark, chilly, and the grass is wet. We set up our site (tents, tables, etc) while the athletes unload boats and get ready for the day of racing. Races usually start approximately 8 a.m.; the athletes will launch 45 minutes to an hour prior to the official start of the race. You will have time to explore the regatta venue and socialize with the other parents. There are usually t-shirts and other items for sale. We usually watch and cheer for the rowers in a centralized location. Races continue throughout the afternoon. We are a team, which means all athletes will stay at the regatta until our last boat is on the trailer. The campsite is usually torn down after our last race.
Food: Main dishes will be provided, while side dishes, desserts, drinks, snacks, and paper- & plasticware will be contributed potluck-style by the families. If you have a child with a food allergy or a picky eater, you may want to pack a special breakfast and lunch for your child on regatta days.
Beverages: Are provided for athletes (water and Gatorade). Parents and siblings need to bring their own drinks. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are provided for families.
Weather: Can vary greatly, be prepared. It might be cold in the morning and warm up in the afternoon. Dress in layers and remember the sunscreen. Don’t forget raingear. Please see the “Packing List” page.
Parking: Varies by venue, be prepared to ride a shuttle bus and carry your belongings. (Be prepared but pack light.)
Athlete Packing List for Regattas
- Racing uniform – shorts, tank and long sleeve top – ALL pieces labeled w/ name
- Rain jacket and pants
- Hat, gloves, mittens
- Complete change of clothes including shoes & underwear
- Socks 3 to 4 pair – preferably black (they will get wet & muddy)
- Flip flops (for the dock)
- Rain boots or crocs
- Water bottle labeled with name (there will be a large water & gatorade dispenser for filling)
- Tissues (not always toilet paper in porta potties)
- Hand sanitizer
- Garbage bag to put wet muddy clothes in
- Cash if wanting a souvenir T-shirt
Parent Packing List for Regattas
- Lawn chairs
- Rain gear & rainboots
- Warm clothing & footwear (dress in layers – usually cold in mornings and warms up in afternoons)
- Toilet paper or tissues for porta potties
- Hand sanitizer
- Food and non-alcoholic beverages for family – rowers are taken care of
- A wagon for carrying all of the above
Regatta Hotel Information
Following is a list of handouts with information for lodging at upcoming regattas.
Policies and Forms
Following is a list of AWCC policy and safety documents. Many of these forms are required for review or completion for registration.
Parent Committee Information
As a member of the Club and as part of the AW Crew Club Bylaws, all athlete’s must have at least one adult member participate on a standing committee. If you have any questions about the committees (time commitment, responsibilities, etc., please do not hesitate to ask.) To see a complete list of committee descriptions, click here.
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