JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville men's rowing team travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the prestigious Head of the Hooch on Saturday and Sunday. As one of the world's largest regattas, the race will see over 2,000 boats compete on the 5,000-meter course on the Tennessee River.
On Saturday, the Dolphins will have four boats - one in the Championship 8 at 11:10 a.m. ET and three in the Championship 4 at 4 p.m. - participate. On Sunday, Jacksonville will have one boat participate in the Open 8 at 12:50 p.m.
Live video will be available for all meets.
"It's been a long, tough fall of training for this team," Head Coach Marci Robles said. "The guys have really stepped up this year with regard to the quality of work we're seeing both on and off the water. It's a really young group, so the bulk of the semester has been dedicated to improving the effectiveness of our stroke. The athletes have made some great adjustments, and we are excited to see what they can do out on the race course. Almost everyone is doubling up, so they'll have multiple opportunities to learn and improve throughout the weekend.
Participants for the regatta come from over 200 different organizations. The regatta is organized and hosted by the Atlanta Rowing Club (Roswell, Ga.) and Lookout Rowing Club (Chattanooga, Tenn).
The regatta is a head race – competitors row a 5,000-meter (3.1 mile) course on the Tennessee River ending at Ross's Landing Park in Chattanooga. In this form of racing all boats start sequentially by event and race against the clock.
The Head of the Hooch, also known as the Head of the Chattahoochee and 'The Last of the Great Fall Regattas', was run for the first time in 1982 by the Atlanta Rowing Club. The first year there were 225 rowers filling 105 boats. For 16 years the regatta took place on the Chattahoochee River in the Roswell River Park located in Roswell GA. In 1997 the regatta had outgrown the park. From 1997-2004 the regatta was held at the 1996 Olympic rowing venue in Gainesville GA. The course there was located on the upper part of the Chattahoochee River.
In 2005, due to the large increases in entries each year, the regatta moved to the Chattanooga Ross's Landing Riverfront venue. The venue and city have the capability to accommodate the continuous increase in rowers and spectators each year. Each year since 2005 The Hooch and the City of Chattanooga have welcomed over 6000 rowers and more than 15,000 spectators.
Saturday's Schedule of Events
Championship 8 - 11:10 a.m.
Championship 4 - 4 p.m.
Sunday's Schedule of Events
Open 8 - 12:53 p.m.