CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Jacksonville University's 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 2,100 boats compete on the 5,000-meter course. The Dolphins will bring eight boats to the Volunteer State.
This weekend is a great opportunity for the guys to get lots of racing in. Almost every athlete is getting in two to three races over the course of two days," said Head Coach Marci Robles. "The goal will be to improve each time we get out on the course."
Live stats, directions, and more information can be found on the regattas' official website, headofthehooch.org.
Participants for the regatta come from over 200 different organizations from 26 states and four countries. 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 6,000 rowers and more than 15,000 spectators.
Saturday's Schedule of Events
9:08 a.m. – Novice 8
12:53 p.m. – Championship 8
4:53 p.m. – Championship 4
Champ 8 A
Champ 8 B
Champ 4 A
Champ 4 B
Champ 4 C
Sunday's Schedule of Events
1:00 p.m. – Open 8
Open 8 A
Open 8 B