Head of the American

  • Hosted By: Sacramento State Aquatic Center/Capital
  • 2018 Registered Regatta

Head of the American Regatta

October 29, 2016

Lake Natoma, Nimbus Flat State Park, Gold River, CA


The Sacramento State Aquatic Center would like to welcome everyone to the 2016 Head of the American Regatta.  Below is information for teams, parents, guests and boosters.  The HOA regatta will be held on Lake Natoma at the Nimbus Flat State Park.  We are fortunate to have such an amazing venue and ask that everyone respect and follow State Park rules and guidelines.


We recommend arriving an hour before you wish to view a race or launch time.

Nimbus Flat State Park
There will no spectator parking in the State Park due to the size of the event.  All spectators will be sent to the event parking lot.  We will have the Park & Ride as the drop off area.  The shuttle busses will be running and drop off directly in the State Park at the finish line.  Parking at overflow is $10.00 CASH ONLY. 


No admission fee

Event Parking:

Event parking is $10.00 per vehicle and is at event parking. CASH ONLY.  A free shuttle will pick up at the event parking and will drop off in the State Park at the finish line tent.  The shuttle buses will run all day until 30 minutes after the last race.  The shuttle does NOT pick up at the fish hatchery.   Saturday parking will be at 11971 Foundation Place, Gold River, CA 95670


Directions from Highway 80:

Heading West from Auburn or East from Sacramento or San Francisco take the Sierra College Blvd. exit (in the City of Rocklin) and turn South on Sierra College Blvd. In about 6 miles Sierra College Blvd. becomes Hazel Ave., continue South through the town of Orangevale and finally across the American River. Turn right at Tributary Point Drive and follow the signs to event parking.

Directions from Highway 50:

Heading West from Lake Tahoe or East from Sacramento or San Francisco take the Hazel Ave. (Exit 21). From the west turn left onto Hazel, turn left at Tributary Point Drive, follow signs to event parking.  From the East: go straight thru the light from the freeway, follow signs to event parking.

Dropping off:

We provide the lot outside the State Park (Cal Trans Park & Ride) for loading and unloading.  There will be customer service carts to help transport items and people into the event from this location.  Please note that carts are not for athletes, customer service carts are for general public.  If dropping supplies for team hospitality, you may unload in the Park & Ride and the carts will help you to your tent.  Vehicles may not be left unattended in the Park & Ride.  No one will be allowed into the State Park to drop off or pick.

Team Tents & Private Shade Tents:

Each team was able to rent a tent along the finish line area.  Each team tent will be labeled with the team name.  Each tent receives 20 chairs and 2 tables, please keep your chairs and table with your tent.  There are no private shade tents allowed along the finish line or in the boat storage area. 

We ask that teams do not place tarps on the ground under your tent, this kills the grass.  We also asked that everything you bring into the park, you take out with you when you leave.  Please remember that this is a state park, if you pack it in, then please pack it out.

Food & Clothing Vendors:
We will have the following food and clothing vendor: JL Racing, Sew Sporty, Adwear (official regatta t-shirt vendor) Maeke Apparel, Smoothie Patrol, Vet Le Catering, Deluxe Foods and more to come…

Leashed dogs are allowed in the State Park.  We do allow dogs to ride the busses from event parking and are allowed on the golf carts.

What to bring & expect:
The HOA is one of the largest events we host, with high school, college and masters teams competing in the event.  You are welcome to bring chairs but we do not allow shade tents anywhere along the finish line or in the boat storage area.  The area in the park will have a lot of crews and boats, please be mindful when walking and watch out for boats coming your way.  We ask that anyone other than coaches or athletes stay out of the boat launching and landing area.

There is a chance of showers on Saturday, please be prepared for foul weather.  Hand held umbrellas will be allowed but nothing larger will be allowed in the finish line area or boat storage area.  This is to protect the athletes and equipment.  Other than team tents there is no shade or protection from the rain.