Polar Bear Regatta

W-L Rowers in the Regatta

Men’s Lightweight Four
Men’s Varsity 1st, 2nd, 3rd Eights
Women’s 1st, 2nd Eights


March 25, 2017


Complete results at Regatta Central.


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

Rowers need to be at W-L by TBD to head to racecourse. Please be prepared for the weather.

Race Schedule

Regatta Heat Sheet >>

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.

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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Take I-395 South to I-95. Continue south about 15 miles. Just after crossing the Occoquan River take Exit 160 (Route 123 North – Occoquan/Lakeridge) and proceed on Rt 123 approximately 3 miles to Hampton Road. Turn left at the light onto Hampton Road and go approximately 1 mile to Van Thompson Road and turn left. Follow Van Thompson to parking lots.

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.

Spectators:  Almost all spectators–except for those who arrive at the crack of dawn–will need to park at the satellite lot and take a shuttle to the site.  Peak hours for parking are 6:45 to 8:00 a.m. and the noon hour.  Bring cash to pay the bus drivers $15 (Exact change is greatly appreciated).

Food:  There are concessions at this regatta, so the Boosters will not provide meals.   Send cash for lunch and possibly a T-shirt.  If you think the concessions will not suit your rower, pack a meal and send it along.

Contributions:  While we are not providing serious food, we will have drinks, bars, makings for PB&J’s and the like.   We could use donations of fruit  (bananas, grapes, apples, oranges) and Gatorade.  If you wish to contribute, send me an email, tell me what you are donating and send it with your rower on Saturday morning.  We’ll have a parent there to collect contributions.

Water:  We’re making an effort this year to move away from using so many plastic water bottles.  We’ll have a giant cooler with ice and water for rowers on site. Please remind them to bring their water bottles with them, and fill up at the cooler.

Rower support.  If you are coming to watch, please be sure to stay along the waterfront and to cheer for all of our boats.


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.

Items for Parents to Bring
Folding chair
Bug spray
Cash for parking and food
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)