- Feb 24, 2017 To Feb 26, 2017
- Nathan Benderson Lake
- Sarasota, FL (USA)
- Hosted By: Sarasota County Rowing Club, Inc/dba Sarasota Masters
- 2017 Registered Regatta
Welcome to the 8th annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta! Hosted by the Sarasota County Rowing Club and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA). It's hard to believe this regatta is in its eighth year. The changes from the first event are startling. In its inaugural year, the SIR had over 300 boat entries and over 600 competitors. Just seven years later, in 2016, there were over 600 boat entries and 1,300 individual competitors and we expect greater numbers this year!
All eyes are on Nathan Benderson Park as it has become a world-class rowing venue. Slated to be North America's premier 2,000 meter sprint course and regatta center, over $40 million has been committed to the facility's development including a multi-function Finish-Line Tower and state-of-the-art wave attenuation system, now fully in place through the length of the course, making for calmer water in the event of easterly winds. All starts are from fixed platforms, 1500 meters for Saturday races, 1000 meters for Sunday races.
Sarasota County Rowing Club (SCRC) is a masters-only rowing club located at Blackburn Point in Osprey, Florida. The club has over 80 full-time members and a large complement of seasonal members. Members range in age from 23 to 82 and participate in both sculling and sweep rowing, competitively and recreationally. SCRC is also home to the Sarasota Adaptive Rowing program, a highly successful team of para-rowers.
The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA)was created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. SANCA’s primary purpose is to develop and promote Nathan Benderson Park as a world class event center, team training site and Sarasota County Park, while providing outreach programs through recreation, safety training, education and volunteering as a service to our community.
SCRC and SANCA are proud to host the Sarasota Invitational and greatly appreciates the more than 200 volunteers who help make this event possible.