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2018 Head of the Hooch (HS Varsity & Select Novice - Travel)

  • 11/01/2018
  • 7:00 AM (EDT)
  • 11/05/2018
  • (EST)
  • Chattanooga, TN

Registration

  • See event description for what fee covers.

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2018 Head of the Hooch

The Head of the Hooch is one of the world’s largest rowing regattas, with 2,000+ boats racing over two days. 1,200 boats (and more than 9,000 seats!) compete on Saturday alone, which is more in one day than any other regatta.

Rower registration - $395

  • Included in the registration fee is the following:
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Pasta dinner - Friday night
  • ¾ zip SORA pullover 
  • Hospitality will provide nutritious snacks, water and gatorade
  • Regatta fees
  • Boat transportation

Please submit your rower’s registration quickly - All rowers must be paid in full by October 30, 2018.

Please print out the following form and bring it to Kelly Hagan OR to the information meeting.

Waiver to Transport and Code of Conduct- Hooch.pdf

Every parent and rower needs to attend our Informational Meeting on Monday, 29 October, 5:30 pm, at the pavilion in Moss Park. There you will receive more detailed information

Official Head of the Hooch information can be found on Regatta Central and on the official Head of the Hooch Website (links below.)

Regatta Central: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=5875

Head of the Hooch Website: http://headofthehooch.org/

Itinerary: 

Van and hotel assignments will be distributed on the day of departure and upon arrival at hotels. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

3:00pm Please arrive at the Lake Nona Publix parking lot
10615 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832
(Corner of Moss Park Rd & Narcoossee) 

Van’s will depart promptly at 3:15pm

  • Dinner will be on the rower’s own, vans will make a stop on the way to the hotel in Macon, GA

Rower Hotel in Macon:

Sleep Inn North Macon
3928 Riverplace Drive
Macon, GA  31210
478-757-8300

Hotel Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/georgia/macon/sleep-inn-hotels/ga723?source=gyxt

Parent rooms are available. If you will be following the vans and would like to stay at the same hotel, please call the hotel directly or make reservations on their website.

Friday, November 2, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • AM departure to Head of the Hooch Venue

Ross’s Landing Park
201 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 34702

Venue - Trailer unloading, rigging of boats and practice on the water

  • SORA Pasta Dinner for rowers at the Best Western Arbour Inn and Suites

Rower Hotel in Chattanooga:

Best Western Arbour Inn and Suites
6710 Ringgold Rd
East Ridge, TN
423-893-7979

Hotel Website:: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.43179.html?iata=00171880&ssob=BLBWI0004G&cid=BLBWI0004G:google:gmb:43179

Due to the extreme popularity of this hotel and event, we were unable to secure parent rooms at this hotel. Parent room information is below.

Parent Room Block:

We have secured a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 4 minutes from the rowers’ hotel, and 20 minutes from the racing venue for $159/night + tax. Use group code SOR in the link below or contact the Hampton Inn directly by 10/27/2018 by 5pm if you are interested in those rooms.

Hampton Inn and Suites
6875 Battlefield Parkway
Ringgold, GA 30736
706-935-4800

Hotel Website:

https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia/hampton-inn-ringgold-ft-oglethorpe-CHARGHX/index.html

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Race Day

  • Breakfast at hotel 
  • Van transportation to and from the venue.
  • Hospitality - Nutritious snacks, water and gatorade will be served at the hospitality tent. 
  • Lunch will be on the rower’s own. There are many places to choose from within the venue
  • Dinner -  Either at hotel or at local restaurant

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Race Day 2

For those rowers traveling to Orlando on Sunday - departure time will be announced prior to Sunday

  • Breakfast at hotel 
  • 2 vans will be traveling back to Orlando
  • Lunch will be on the rower’s own, vans will make a stop on the way back to Orlando

Rower pick-up location:

Lake Nona Publix parking lot
10615 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832
(Corner of Moss Park Rd & Narcoossee) 

For those rowers racing on Sunday

  • Breakfast at hotel 
  • Van transportation to the venue.
  • Hospitality - Nutritious snacks, water and gatorade will be served at the hospitality tent. 
  • Lunch will be on the rower’s own. There are many places to choose from within the venue
  • 2 vans will depart after racing to the Sleep Inn North Macon
  • Dinner will be on the rower’s own, vans will make a stop on the way to the hotel in Macon

Rower Hotel Macon:

Sleep Inn North Macon
3928 Riverplace Drive
Macon, GA  31210
478-757-8300

Parent rooms are available. If you will be following the vans on the return trip to Macon and would like to stay at the same hotel, please call the hotel directly or make reservations on their website.

Monday, November 5, 2018

  • Breakfast at hotel 
  • Departure time - TBD
  • 2 vans will be traveling back to Orlando

Rower pick-up location:

Lake Nona Publix parking lot
10615 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832
(Corner of Moss Park Rd & Narcoossee) 

The Regatta Schedule: All line-ups and times subject to change. Rowers are responsible for obtaining the most current information from Coach Terry

Text Sign-up for regatta specific information:  This is the best way to get up to the minute information. Information will be sent out via text the entire weekend. Text to 81010 the message @hooch18 

Meals: SORA will be providing some meals on this trip. The rowers should have money for all non-provided meals. Breakfast will be at the hotel.  SORA will provide a team pasta dinner on Friday night. All other team meals will be at reasonably priced restaurants. 

Packing list:

  • SORA duffle or similar SMALL DUFFLE ONLY 
  • unisuit
  • warm-weather practice gear 
  • cold-weather practice gear
  • rain gear
  • “non-racing” clothes for 3-4 days
  • SORA practice/regatta clothes for 3 days
  • toiletries
  • refillable water bottle
  • SMALL backpack for daily regatta gear

Emergency Contact Numbers

Coach Terry Davison 352-422-7366

Kelly Hagan - SORA Program Coordinator 407-744-6298

Dave Keezel - SORA Board President 407-920-1971

If you have any questions, contact Kelly Hagan, Coach Terry, or any member of the SORA Board.

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