Speakmon Memorial Regatta

  • Hosted By: Greater Columbus Rowing Association
  • 2017 Registered Regatta

For results and heat sheet updates please use this link...  SPEAKMON HERENOW


Shell trailer parking for 2017 Speakmon Regatta


The Speakmon Regatta is taking place on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  The Blake Haxton Regatta is taking place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Both regattas are using the same venue.  Access to the regatta site for Speakmon-only use is not available until the Haxton Regatta has completed and trailers start to move out of the staging area.

Because of this access restriction, we ask that Speakmon-only shell trailers arrive no earlier than 5:30 PM on Saturday, October 28th.  Shell trailer access is noted on the map here and Google Map coordinates are here:  40.016599, -83.091302.  Google Maps link:  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/40.016771,-83.0917361/40.0166231,-83.0913202/@40.0165767,-83.0922613,358m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

NOTE that one-way traffic will be observed on the park road from south to the north for trailer and chuck wagon traffic.

Due to space limitations, tow vehicles will be required to un-hitch and leave the regatta site.  Parking for tow vehicles is located at the north end of the regatta site and is designated on the map here.

Volunteers will be on site, starting at 5:30 PM on Saturday, October 28th to help trailer drivers into the regatta site.   Volunteers will also be on site starting around 5:30 AM on Sunday morning to assist with trailer parking.

The regatta site can hold approximately 14 trailers.  Once the main regatta site has reached capacity, trailers will be directed to park along the road within the park.  Trailers should park with 2 wheels (passenger side) on the grass and 2 wheels (driver side) on the roadway pavement.  We will try to keep trailers as close to the regatta site as possible.

Any teams that want to leave the regatta early on Sunday (before racing is complete) should ask to park along the road and not use the regatta site.  Because of the large number of participants, we will not allow trucks / trailers to move out of the regatta site before the end of racing.

When leaving the regatta site, all trailers should use the stoplight at Nottingham Road.  Traffic on Riverside Drive can be very heavy and using the stop light will provide the safest means of leaving at the end of the day.



Greater Columbus Rowing Association is excited to host the Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta onSunday, October 29th, once again in association with the Blake Haxton Invitational Regatta to bring you two days of racing on the spectacular Griggs Reservoir.  Come for the fall colors and stay for the competition!  

New in 2017:

  • HereNow timing for increased accuracy and speed for results.
  • Adaptive athletes will participate in mid-day events on a shortened course lined with spectators.
  • (NEW) MORE AVAILABLE  Hospitality tent - $20 gets you all-day access to warmth, comfort, food and goodies courtesy of GCRA volunteers.  Catered by Mazah Mediterranean Eatery!  Hospitality VIP Suite information
  • Parking improvements to ensure protection of the waterway and the rehabilitation efforts underway by the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
  • Collegiate events to see some of the best in the NCAA in action.
  • Lodging discount at area hotel.

Returning from 2016:

  • Henley-style starts
  • Costumed rows welcome!
  • Medals for 1st through 3rd places
  • Vendors Row
  • Food Trucks 
  • Mixed 4x event

We hope to see your rowers, coaches, and supporters here on October 29th to showcase the great rowing venue that GCRA and Upper Arlington Crew get to enjoy everyday. Our goal is to provide you with the best fall racing experience in the Midwest!  Please contact our Regatta Director at[email protected] with any questions or special needs.  


See you on the water!


Sarah R. Stafford

President, GCRA 2016-2017

Laurie A. Gunzelman

Speakmon Regatta Director



Website http://www.columbusrowing.org
Contact GCRA Regatta Director
Email [email protected]
Phone (614) 557-7627
Sanctioned by  
Chief Referee Gregory Harris
Juniors Yes
High School Yes
Middle School No
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite No
Para Yes
Inclusion No
Entry Fees (USD)
Fee cap: $1,000.00 per club

Note: to receive the fee cap all entries must be submitted under one account per club
Max entries 600 entries. This venue has a restriction on how many entries are permitted. Registration is closed when this cap is reach ( or the deadline passes, whichever occurs first.)