OARS Youth Invitational

  • Mar 9, 2024 To Mar 10, 2024
  • sprint
  • Orlando, FL (USA)
  • Hosted By: Orlando Area Rowing Society, Inc.
  • USRowing Registered (Self-Insured regatta)
  • Sanctioned by Florida Scholastic Rowing Assoc.


OARS Invitational Results (shortened/flipped) course

Team Points

Results up to 17a are on Crew Timer 

After flipping the course, (with 17b) Crew Timer was not used on the water and the referees completed placement manually. Here are the results for the 750m races.  OARS Invitational Results (shortened/flipped) course

Medals will be awardedby heat for the races after the course change. We will make arrangements to get those medals to you (either mailing or delivering at the next regatta).

Team Points will be awarded based on the races up to 17a.


Because of unsafe conditions at the start, The race officials have made the decision to stop running the full race course. 

Here is what we are doing:

  • Reversing the course (starting at the finish line)
  • Floating starts
  • Running a 750 meter race
  • The boats on the water will remain and the officials are directing them to the start in an organized fashion.
  • All new times are updated on the Heat Sheet.

  • We are treating 17a as a complete separate race because they were able to race the full course.  17b, 17c, 17d will be together. 

  • Thanks for helping us pivot! We are doing our best to keep kids racing!


Coaches - Please check the News tab for email updates.

C&C Meeting Slides

C&C Meeting Video

Welcome to the 26th OARS Invitational! 

The Orlando Area Rowing Society will host this event at Bill Frederick Park on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th.  

High School races will take place on Saturday. Masters & Middle School will take place on Sunday. We will continue to offer additional racing opportunities for middle school, including sculling events. 

The OARS Invitational Regatta is one of the premier rowing events in the southeast, traditionally attracting more than 1,000 rowers from around Florida and neighboring states. Racing takes place on a 1500m course on Turkey Lake, with races starting every 7 minutes. A complete regatta packet is available here: OARS Invitational 2024

Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake and the City of Orlando allow us to host this event. All teams must adhere to the guidelines or may risk dismissal from the park. 

New this year: 

  • Entries are limited to one entry per team in each event. We will have a waitlist, so please enter early and add waitlist entries. As soon as we can accept waitlist entries, we will. This will help us to manage the overall race day and ensure we can fit all races into the schedule. 
  • Bring any Concept 2 Blades that you need repaired. Concept 2 will be on site to service blades.

Park Entrance Fee: There is a park entry fee at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake.  A separate pass will need to be purchased for each vehicle.  Please refer to the link below to determine which type of entrance pass to purchase.  All entrance passes need to be purchased in advance of race day. Bill Frederick Park will not accept cash at the gate. Please share this link with all of your team members, parents, boards & anyone coming to the regatta. https://oarsrowing.sportngin.com/register/form/615588985

Waivers: Because we are using USRowing referees, we have to be sanctioned by USRowing. This also ensures that your teams are covered if you use USRowing Insurance. Everyone must complete the USRowing Waiver.  A new waiver was just updated last week.  Please send this out to all of your members to complete to be compliant for 2024:

  1. Go to https://membership.usrowing.org
  2. Click on Log In under Individuals and log in using your member number and password
  3. On your profile page, click the blue button “Sign Agreement & Waiver” and follow the steps on screen
  4. Done! Thank you for signing the latest version of the waiver
  5. If you are having difficulties, call USRowing directly (609) 751-0700

We will be using the NOARA waiver.  Please direct your teams here: https://waivers.regattacentral.com/fsra2024/  (or here for non-member teams: https://www.noara.org/fsra.php)   This must be completed by Sunday, March 3rd. Any entries without signed waivers will be scratched. 

Teams from out of state may run into difficulties with the NOARA/FSRA waiver interface. Please contact [email protected] 

If your team is not a member of FSRA,  you'll need to submit a certificate of insurance and NOARA waivers for all participants. You should have each member sign the waiver as unaffiliated.

Volunteers Needed for Stake Boats & Chase Boats - Sign Up Here: Coming Soon

Lunch Opportunities:  We will have two catering lunch options for you from Ellie Lou's BBQ and Fresh & Co. 

Fresh & Co:
Contact  Bimal Patel 407-406-0924 / [email protected] or Janet Diaz 386-852-6741
Ellie Lous:
View the menu here:  Ellie Lou's Catering
Contact Sarah Zepeda, Sales and Catering, 321-695-6014 [email protected]
Vendors at the Regatta:
Concept 2
OARS Merchandise
Rival Kit USA
Scenic City Rowing
Crepe Company
Ellie Lous
Espresso Me
Fresh & Co
Kona Ice
La Palatte - Artisian Popsicles
Purple Bol

Additional Information:

  • We need extra launches!  If anyone can bring a launch, please let me know at [email protected] and we can reduce your fees by $50
  • All boat trailers should be at the park and in position by 7:00 AM on Saturday
  • Coaches & Coxswain Meeting will be virtual. A link will be available to view as we get closer to the regatta. 
  • We will have our t-shirt vendor on site for rowers to purchase regatta shirts & gear.
  • Bill Frederick Park does not allow cooking or grilling of food for any teams. Here are options for you:
    • You may use one of the grills in the park near one of the pavilions. These are available on a first come basis. Keep in mind that these are not near the tent or trailer area and are not large grills.
    • You may rent a pavilion or cabin that comes with a grill for your use.
    • You may bring in any other non-cooked food.
  • In case of bad weather, please review the Inclement Weather Plan
  • Universal Studios is offering discounted tickets for groups See the news page for details!
    • We are very excited to announce we have partnered with Universal Orlando to offer you all deeply discounted tickets to Universal!Both youth & adults (chaperones) get to take advantage of these heavily discounted rates.
      Tickets will be valid March 4, 2024 – March 15, 2024.
      Please complete the attached
       Ticket Order Form, this must be submitted in-advance as per the instructions on the form.
      For any specific questions, reach out to Zach Pleeter by emailing 
      [email protected] or call (407) 883-9837

We are looking forward to a race day full of excitement and success on the water.  See you soon!

Kirsten Anderson

Website https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=8604&org_id=0
Contact Kirsten Anderson
Email [email protected]
Phone 407-719-9353
Sanctioned by    
Chief Referee Edward Murphy
Juniors Yes
High School Yes
Middle School Yes
Collegiate No
Open No
Masters Yes
Elite No
Para No
Inclusion No
Entry Fees (USD)
Standard Cost
1x $50.00
2x/2- $80.00
4x/4+ $100.00
8+ $125.00
Plus taxes if applicable