Regatta Etiquette and Information

Are you new to the sport?

Check out USRowing’s “Rowing 101” article for an excellent primer on crew and regatta etiquette.

For information about your specific regatta, look it up on and check under Venue and/or Directions and Parking for information about the race. Coaches will send out notifications of report times for the night before and/or the day of the regatta. Regatta Central will also have information on heats and races. For actual race results, many regattas use

Family and friends are welcomed and encouraged at regattas. Your support is invaluable and appreciated!

Most regattas take place over a single day, although some are two-day events. The night before, the food and boat trailers arrive at the site and we try to “stake out territory” and do as much with the boats as we can. The morning of the regatta, coxswains are asked to report early to go over the rules of the road for the day. Rowers and parents arrive early, with rowers off to rig boats and parents setting up tents, the kitchen, and the grill. After a day of rowing and cheering, all rowers remain and help de-rig boats and load and secure them onto the trailer. Parents help take down tents and load the food trailer. We all meet with the coaches to celebrate the day, and then rowers and families are released.

Important Volunteer Roles

Central Ohio Rowing relies on parent volunteers to:

  • Transport the boats and a food trailer. Parents who fill these roles for away regattas have their hotel room costs covered by Central Ohio Rowing (COR)
  • Set up tents/grill in the wee hours of the morning; break down tents/grill at the close of the regatta
  • Prepare food for rowers and families. The Kitchen Committee organizes this.
  • Most importantly, cheer on the boats!

In Between…

In between races, you can enjoy the festive atmosphere, sit back and relax or lend a hand in the food tent.

Regattas are day-long events so Central Ohio Rowing sets up tents for the athletes’ rest and relaxation and for food service. Meals and utensils are provided for athletes and families.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Layers are best. Don’t forget hats and gloves, as weather dictates. For spectators, comfortable shoes are important because regattas can involve lots of walking – to and from the boats, parking

For spectators, comfortable shoes are important because regattas can involve lots of walking – to and from the boats, parking lots, and the tents along the 5K and 2K courses, and to the results board and awards presentations.

Items spectators might want to bring:

  • Lawn Chairs
  • Beverages (water at food tent is for rowers only; families provide their own beverages)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras
  • Umbrella / Rain Gear / Boots / Towels
  • Reading Materials
  • Blanket
  • Portable phone charger
  • Team Spirit!

Rowers and coxswains need to bring:

  • 7/16ths wrench (on a lanyard) for boat rigging
  • Uniforms and appropriate water attire
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Extra clothing/jackets, including socks
  • White racing hat / black fleece hat (optional items to be worn during races)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Team spirit!