The Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta will return to Ross's Landing and the Chattanooga Riverfront on Nov. 2-3.
The free events are open to the public to watch. For more information visit www.headofthehooch.org.
More than 30 years ago, the Atlanta Rowing Club organized a small headrace on the Chattahoochee River, in front of their boathouse. It began with 105 boats. By 1998 almost 500 boats were raced in one day and the regatta was outgrowing its namesake site. In 1999, the regatta moved from Roswell to the Olympic venue in Gainesville, technically still remaining on the Chattahoochee River. The number of boats raced at the Hooch was growing by 10-15 percent each year and by 2004 the much larger venue in Gainesville had reached its limit with more than 1,000 boats - twice as many as only five years prior. The regatta needed to find a new venue that would accommodate the growing number of competitors and spectators.
About that same time, Chattanooga was completing a $120 million renovation to rebuild their downtown waterfront and in 2005 the Hooch (a shortened name for a new location) was held for the first time on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. The appeal and convenience of a regatta in the downtown area of a city like Chattanooga was undeniable, said officials. Rowers and spectators could walk from the venue to hotels and restaurants. In addition, the city offered many attractions for the non-rowing members of the family. It became the trademark for the second largest regatta in the country. In 2012, over 2,000 boats raced in the one and a half day regatta. This year 100 -150 additional boats will be competing in the Sunday races.
The event is co-hosted by the Atlanta Rowing Club and the Lookout Rowing Club. The St. Andrews Rowing Club from Atlanta is a major partner providing support. The Hooch organization is 100 percent volunteer run – there is no paid staff. ARC, LRC, SARC and University of Tennessee in Chattanooga provide the bulk of the volunteers.
There were be five events and have been designated as “Row for the Cure” races. Entry fees from these races support local affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In addition to its own fundraising efforts, the Hooch encourages and supports fundraising efforts in the high school, collegiate and masters rowing clubs in the southeast. This is the sixth year that the Hooch has participated in Row for the Cure and has helped to raise more than $470,000 for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research. The more than 1,000 Row for the Cure event participants are easy to spot, on and off the water, decked out in their hot pink commemorative T-shirts.
These are the 2013 Row for the Cure Events
· Event# 5: Women's Master 8+
· Event #10: Men's Master 4+
· Event #30: Women's Youth 4+
· Event #35: Women's Master 2x
· Event #37: Women's Championship 4+
For more information on Row for the Cure, visit www.rowforthecure.org and www.rowforthecureatlanta.org.