2019 Walter Mess Regatta

Results

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Date

April 6, 2019

Location

The event will be held on the northern shore of the Occoquan Reservoir in Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA

Sandy Run Website: https://www.novaparks.com/parks/sandy-run-regional-park

Rower Travel Schedule

Buses will leave W-L by 6:30am

Coxes Meeting is at 7:30am

Race Schedule & Results

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Race heat sheet (1st release)

Event Schedule
W1V Heat – 9:14
M1V Heat – 9:35
M2V Heat – 9:42
W2V Heat – 9:56
M3V Flight – 10:10
W3V Flight – 10:26
MN8 Flight – 10:50
WN8 Flight – 11:06
M48 Flight – 11:38

M2V Final – 12:00
W2V Final – 12:07
M1V Final – 1:14
W1V Final – 1:21

WF8 Flight – 2:12
WN4 Flight – 4:44

Race Course

The race course is on the Occoquan Reservoir.

The area where the Regatta Headquarters is located includes the boat launch area, the boat trailers, the W-L team tent (where rowers hang out), and a concession area. The race finish line and the grandstand/cheering section are located further up the river. The two areas are connected by a trail that goes through the woods – about ½ mile. The trail is a dirt path, not paved, but is a lovely walk along the river and the forest. Make sure to wear good walking shoes – no sandals or flip flops.

If you do not want to walk to the race, there is usually a shuttle bus that can take you to the viewing area. Ask the parking attendants how to find the shuttle and the price.

There is also a food concession stand at the grandstand, along with bathrooms. Unfortunately, no dogs permitted in the park. For more info, go to http://www.nvrpa.org/park/sandy_run

Directions and Parking

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With no delays (check traffic report the morning of the race) the park entrance to Sandy Run Regional Park is about 30 minutes from Arlington. Plan to arrive at the parking area at least 3 hours prior to your rower’s race.

Parking Fee is $20 per Car. During large regattas, lots at Sandy Run fill up
rapidly. Please watch the Twitter account #VASRAParking for updates on
the status of the parking lots.

Our Off Site parking location is opposite this address: 128 49 Gordon Blvd. (Rt. 123) Woodbridge. Directions: Turn south on Rt. 123. Proceed 4.8 miles, crossing theOccoquan River. The parking lot is on the right, the old Hechinger’s location, at the intersection of Rt. 123 and Old Bridge Rd.

Shuttles will be in position when Sandy Run lots fill. It is our intention that a
shuttle will leave the off site parking every 30 minutes. There will be an
attendant on the shuttles collecting the shuttle fee, which is $5 per
person.

Weather

Plan accordingly for your rower and yourself if you can come down to cheer on the team.

For 1st and 2nd Varsity crews with heats and finals, it’s also recommended to bring a 2nd set of racing gear to wear if you make the finals.

Food

Team members and parents should bring lots of water – the water in the park is not turned on yet. Rowers should also bring plenty of food – it will be a long day.

There is a concession stand near the launch area with grilled food, so your rower should also bring some money if they want to purchase food. There is also a concession stand at the viewing area for parents to get food (cash only).

Miscellaneous

VASRA Volunteers
If you volunteered for a VASRA job at at this or any other race, remember to sign in for W-L to get credit for being there. Once you park, go toward the boat launch area. The sign-in area is in a small building to the right as you near the water that has a large “VOLUNTEER SIGN-IN” sign. If you are doing a job at the finish portion of the course, plan to sign in at least ½ hour before your shift so that you have enough time to walk down to the finish area.

Shirts
Rowers will also be able to purchase a shirt that commemorates the race (or you can purchase it for them at the concession stand). The price is usually under $20 and is (again) payable only in cash.

Items for Parents to Bring
Folding chair
Sunscreen/hat
Bug spray
Binoculars
Cash for parking and food
Snacks/water
Reading material for between races

(not allowed in the park are dogs, bikes, or alcohol)

Also — there are only porta-potties (suggest you bring hand sanitizer or hand-wipes — pack some for your rower, too, along with bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat for them)