Gator Head Regatta

  • Oct 22, 2022
  • head
  • Gainesville, FL (USA)
  • Hosted By: Gainesville Area Rowing, Inc.




VENUE:  We are fortunate to be able to use both the UF Rowing and Gainesville Area Rowing facilities, which are in close proximity.  Boat trailers, launch, team tents and headquarters will be at the UF Rowing property, 7400 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32641.  Retrieval and Café GAR will be at the GAR Rowing facility, 151 SE 74th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32641.

PARKING:  There is parking for Team Trailers, food trailers, and coaches at the venue as well as handicap parking. There will be signs leading Parents and Spectators to adjacent parking. All parking areas are within easy walking distance to the team trailers and tents. Parking is $5.00 for all vehicles other than boat/food trailers. 

TEAM TENTS:  Each team will have an assigned spot for their team tent. Grilling is NOT allowed at the site.

VIEWING:  There is limited viewing from the GAR boathouse, adjacent to the venue. There is also viewing at Palm Point Park. 

PALM POINT:  There is a second viewing location, Palm Point Park, one mile away on Lake Shore Drive.  There will be shuttles running continuously to Palm Point.  There is very, very limited parking so we ask that you please use the shuttle we have provided, it is free. Palm Point will have a very clear and close view of the mid-point of the race course.

BIKING TO PALM POINT: You may choose to ride a bike down there to view the races. To do so, head South from the GAR field on SE 74th Street. Follow the left curve in the road to Lake Shore Drive then continue South for approximately one mile. There will be a sign on the left for Palm Point Park. Lake Shore Drive is a two-lane road that follows the lake. It DOES NOT have a bike lane and cars are not always accommodating to pedestrians on that road. Please wear a helmet and be very careful on this road. It would be a beautiful ride for an experienced adult but not a safe ride for small children on bikes.

EARL POWERS PARK:  Powers Park is public access.  You may use the park’s substantial pier to watch the beginning of the race and there is some parking there.  THERE WILL BE NO TEAM OR FOOD TRAILERS ALLOWED AT POWERS PARK.  There will be no one from GAR monitoring this park during the event.  THERE ARE NO SHUTTLES RUNNING TO THE PARK.  However, if you would like to take your car there to view the activity at the starting point of the race, the pier is great for spectators and there are public access bathrooms. 

CAFE GAR:  Café GAR will be located at the GAR rowing facility, 151 SE 74th Street.  Breakfast, including muffins and breakfast burritos.  The lunch menu includes: Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Sweet Potato Salad, Mediterranean Pasta, Baked Beans, Mac and Cheese, Vegan Quinoa Salad, Mango Pineapple Cole Slaw and Drinks.  These items are for purchase. The food at this regatta is going to be very good, our grill master will start smoking the meats at midnight the night before and cookin’ all night!

T-SHIRTS:  We will have short sleeve shirts in a variety colors to choose from. These shirts have been pre-printed so they will last a long time! Please visit our T-Shirt Tent and find your favorite shirt, credit cards will be taken at this location.