Before You Go

Regattas can be a lot of fun, with a tiny bit of preparation. Remember, these are outdoor sporting events so you need to plan and dress accordingly. Believe me, once you get to the grandstand at the finish line on the Occoquan you are not going to want to trek back to your car to fetch your windbreaker. In fact, instead of thinking that you are going to a sports event, you should think of a regatta as a modified hike—and as such you might want to bring a hat, binoculars, a camera, some water, a jacket and maybe even a lightweight fold-up chair. Also, remember that you will essentially be standing out in the elements for the duration of your stay, so if the weather forecast is for a cloudy 50 degree day don’t show up in a short-sleeve shirt—or you’ll be sorry later.

In addition, plan for traffic, parking and actually getting yourself to the course. Going to a regatta is not the same as going to a basketball game at Yorktown—you can’t hop in your car 20 minutes before your child is scheduled to race and have any chance of actually seeing them. Regattas take time; so rather than risk missing your child’s race, plan on coming for the whole event and cheering on all the crews—it’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet other parents.

Information on specific venues and thoughts on directions is available in the Venues and Directions tab. Spend a little time reading through the directions to the next week’s regatta before you head out the door—it will save you a lot of time in the long run.