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Regatta Participation

2020 Sprint & Head Races Coming Soon...


Regatta Place Dates Events  Register
Indy Summer Sprints Indianapolis, IN June 20

RowOntario Masters Championships Welland, Ontario, Canada July 12 Technical/Open  
MCI Ann Arbor July 25 Technical/Open
Midwest Summer Sprints   Nashport, OH August 1  Technical/Open 
Head of the Cuyahoga  Cleveland, OH  Sept. 21 Technical/Open  
Head of the Charles Boston, MA Oct. 19-20



One of the many benefits of the sport of rowing is the opportunity to compete in regattas!  It’s a great way to focus workouts on the water and to provide goals. Whether you are a former high school/college athlete or have never formally competed in anything, rowing in a regatta for the AARC is an experience every rower should try!  The regattas AARC attends have races for all rowing abilities and ages (novice, recreational, and open categories).  Regattas are much more fun if more people come!


Masters Rowing
Rowing is a sport with Masters age categories against other Masters rowing clubs similar to AARC.   A Masters rower is typically defined as 27 years old or older.  The race times are handicapped based on the average age of the boat (not including the coxswain), making the really good older rower a real asset to the boat!  Younger rowers (21-27 years old) are sometimes allowed to row with Masters, as long as the average age is 27 years or more. 


Regatta Seasons 
  • Sprint races: Sprint races are 1 km in length for Masters rowers (~ 3-4 minutes).  Sprints are all about control and strength at higher rates and speed.  Boats line up side-by-side to race against each other.  Most rowers row in several sprint races in one day, in different categories (4+, 8+, mens, womens, mixed).  The sprint race season is from late spring to the end of summer. 
  • Head races: Head races are longer races (usually around 5 km) with boats racing against the clock, but that doesn’t exclude some really exciting side-by-side racing!  Boats start sequentially down the race course by category, so the goal is to catch the boat in front of you and move through them! Head races require technique and stamina, and a good coxswain is critical.   Typical race times vary from about 18-24 minutes.  Fall is head race season. 




Regatta participation is voluntary, but highly encouraged.  Enjoy the excitement of competition and the camaraderie of your crew mates.  Regatta participation is funded by the rowers who attend and includes cost for racing, trailering, coaching, travel, food & lodging.  Please review the club's guideline for specifics Regatta Fee Management.


AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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