Head of the 941

  • Hosted By: Sarasota Crew

Coaches and athletes,

We hope to see you at the Head of the 941 on November 20th and 21st, 2021. Formerly known as Head of the Hog, we look forward to hosting our past as well as new participants. In 2020 we were able to host nearly 30 clubs from all over the Southeast.

This year the regatta will take place over two days so that we can maximize the number of events in which each athlete may participate. Events will be offered in U15, U17, U19, U23, Open, and Masters (A-K), sweeping and sculling.

The regatta will return to Nathan Benderson Park and run on its familiar and exciting course, providing an opportunity for coxswains to show off their skills around the tower turn.

Our registration will open October 5th, 2021. We will be running normal registration until November 10th, and late registration until November 19th.

We look forward to seeing you at the Head of the 941!

Sincerely,

Steve McCarthy, Regatta Director

 

New notes:

- Coaches: please check in with me on Friday regarding tow vehicles and support staff at the regatta. Remember that we need to abide by the 1 adult : 8 athletes on the island. I would like to provide a parking solution.

- The link for the island ticket (available for $30, includes admission to the island for both days, parking on the island for both days, two drinks each day, and a livestream viewing area) is available here: [LINK]There will be $5.00 parking in the old green lot. Parking at the south end of the course is FREE with FREE trolley service.

I have attached some maps for coaches, athletes, coxswains. 

- We still need volunteers! Sign up here!!

- Some helpful maps of the course and parking: [maps link]

Covid Mitigations

Attendance:

- Visiting teams must monitor the health of athletes, coaches and volunteers. If anyone shows signs and symptoms they should seek medical attention.

- Visiting teams should advise members that have symptoms previous to race day to stay home. 

- Teams will only be allowed to have participants and support staff in the athlete area.

Distancing Measures:

- No spectators will be allowed in the athlete area.  Spectators may view the race from other areas of the park or purchase a ticket to be in the spectator area of the island.

- Trailer area will be for rowers and coaches only.

- Teams will minimize interaction with others while launching, racing, and docking.

- Visiting teams are not allowed to visit other visiting team areas

Old notes:

The few quick notes:

- The island will open for trailers at noon on Friday. If you know when you will be arriving with your trailer, please let me know so I can assign you the best spot.

- There will be a practice window from 2-5pm on Friday. I encourage coaches to volunteer for driving a safety launch during the practice window. Volunteer link will be sent out in our next update.

- Teams will be limited to 1 adult : 8 athletes on the island to abide with our necessary COVID mitigation plan.

- HereNow will be doing the timing for the regatta.

U15/U13/U11/U9 1x Event

We are excited to offer a singles event for our youngest competitors on a shortened course. Athletes in the U15 1x event will race from the beach, around the end of the attenuator, and back through the finish line.

 

Tent Reservation

Please see this reservation link and send the completed form to Sarah@sanca.us as soon as possible.

 

Friday November 19 - Trailer Arrival and Practice Window

Trailers can arrive at Nathan Benderson Park beginning at 12:00 on Friday, November 19. Practice will be available between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

 

U15/U13/U11/U9 1x Event

We are excited to offer a singles event for our youngest competitors on a shortened course. Athletes in the U15 1x event will race from the beach, around the end of the attenuator, and back through the finish line.

 

Equipment Rental

Please contact the following for equipment rental at the regatta:

Wintech - bkeuch@wintechracing.com

 

Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade and Fireworks Spectacular

The event will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Saturday Nov. 20, with road closures starting around 4 pm.

 

6:00pm – 7:20pm Parade (traveling north along Cattlemen)

7:20pm – 7:30pm Stage Show (Santa/characters performance on stage around main tree on roundabout)

7:30pm – 7:45pm Light Show

7:45pm – 7:57pm 12-minute Firework Show (set off from west land bridge)

8:00pm – 9:00pm After Party (event will shift to The Green at UTC)