Springfield Rockrimmon Regatta - Stake Race
- Sep 7, 2013
- Connecticut River
- Springfield, MA (USA)
- Hosted By: Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
ARRIVAL INFO: The North Riverfront Park (NRP) staging area and PVRC boathouse is located at 121 West Street, Springfield (directions are here). For racers, we would like you to pull your vehicle (with boats) into NRP and follow the instructions of the volunteers. We will assist with leaving your equipment on the property and then direct you to park your vehicle next door. Please, lock your car when parked off-site.
EVENT VIEWING INFO: In addition to NRP, the best viewing of the race course will be from the North End Bridge, Memorial Bridge, Connecticut River Walk & Bikeway, or Riverfront Park (all included in the map linked below). The bikepath is 3.7 miles long and extends 1.2 miles north of the start (following the warm-up area) and 1.0 mile below the staked turn (near the Basketball Hall of Fame and associated restaurant area).
WARM-UP / COOL-DOWN INFO: In the Bridge link below, there is an illustration of the North End Bridge. On the right edge, you will see the boathouse. Depending on precise water levels, it can be quite shallow in the first two arches of the North End Bridge. Therefore when launching and landing, we suggest staying away from those arches. Don't be tempted to go through, just to see if you can make it. Upon launching proceed almost perpendicular to the shore until you are in line with the arch (staying aware of any racers crossing the finish line nearby). The 3rd arch from the right will be used for anyone going above the course for a warm-up or cool-down. This means that the same arch will be used for boats going in both directions. While this is generally not a great idea, we have confidence in our participants that staying to starboard will keep everyone safe. There will be no power strokes here since you will either just be leaving the dock or you will just have finished your race. "Stay slow and aware under the North End Bridge." The rest of the warm-up area will be a traditional loop of less than a mile. Proceed around the warm-up area in a counter-clockwise direction.
In "round numbers," the race is 5000 meters. 3000 of those meters are between NRP and RR Bridge (1.5K in each direction). The bottom (aka. middle) 2000m proceed under both bridges (twice) and around the two stake buoys (two ~90 degree turns).
For additional information about PVRC, feel free to visit www.pvriverfront.org