John Hunter Regatta

  • Hosted By: St. Andrew Rowing Club
  • 2020 Registered Regatta
  • Cancelled

Who was John Hunter?

In 1986, Georgia Tech started a rowing team with used boats and oars purchased through the Student Foundation. The team grew and in 1988, John Hunter became involved in the team. John Hunter was an ardent Georgia Tech supporter and loved the rowing team. He agreed to sponsor the GT crew on St Andrew Catholic Church property and fund a boathouse.  Mr. Hunter worked with Reverend E. Peter Ludden to gather support from the congregation to donate the land to start the rowing center we have today.  In 1988, the Georgia Tech Rowing Club received permission to build its boathouse on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, behind St Andrew Catholic Church.  If you stand at the boathouse and look back at the church, you’ll also see John Hunter’s name on part of the church building.


One stipulation was that Georgia Tech would start a youth rowing club. The youth team was started in the fall of 1988 with great success. In 1990, the youth team and Georgia Tech separated with the youth team taking the name of the property—St Andrew Rowing Club—while keeping the black and yellow colors of Georgia Tech.  In 1989, the clubs co-hosted the Atlanta Rowing Festival, now known as the John Hunter Regatta in honor of the vision and generosity of Mr. Hunter to build our incredible rowing teams in Roswell, Georgia.


SA girls attack the Chattahoochee in the 1997 Atlanta Rowing Festival, later renamed in honor of John Hunter 




The John Hunter Regatta

The John Hunter is open to all college, scholastic and youth rowing teams and is held at the rowing venue used for the 1996 Olympic Games at Lake Lanier.  The 2000 meter course is a 6 lane buoyed course with starting platforms, enclosed finish tower and stadium seating for 3000 fans. This is one of the first sprint regattas of the season for many teams. Because the regatta became so large, in 2016 we moved to a 2-day format with collegiate racing on Saturday and youth racing on Sunday. This allowed for more events to accommodate more rowers each day while making the event more manageable for volunteers.