John Bennett Regatta, Buffalo, NY, May 6, 2018

Fontana Boathouse

BRC will compete at the John Bennett Regatta at Westside Rowing Club in Buffalo, NY.  This club was founded in 1912, is located where Lake Erie meets the Niagara River, near the Peace Bridge.  It is the site of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse.  Racing takes place on the Black Rock Canal along the Niagara River.

Important Info:

***Hospitality help is needed! We ask each family to sign up for 1 Active Job and to bring 1 or more needed items from Sign Up Genius –  Please click link to sign up ASAP: Buffalo Sign Up

  • Friday, May 4th – De-rig boats and load trailer after practice at the boathouse.
  • Sunday, May 6th
  • Regatta Central Info:  Click Here.
  •  BRC events:
    • On Regatta Central, Click on “Clubs” in the left margin, look for BRC’s oar
    • Lineups are posted.
    • 1500 meter course.  Click Here for rules.
  • Cost:  No additional cost (included in spring registration fee).
  • Regatta Location:  For GPS and Directions:  48 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201   
  • Depart Rochester by 5:30AM:  Arrival time for rowers 7:00AM Rig boats for first race; unload the trailer.
    • Rowers are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements for this regatta.  Families are welcome!
    • Travel time from Rochester is a good 90 minutes by the time you park and walk to the site.  
    • Park on the street or designated lots; walk about 1/2 mile to the site.
    • Check SignUp Genius for carpools
  • Parents should bring chairs, rain gear, and warm layers (maybe even a blanket) – it is quite cool on the water and the weather can be unpredictable.  It’s likely that it will be quite muddy, so be prepared.
  • Rower’s Packing list:  Water bottles, novice racing tees, unis and tech shirts.  Be prepared for any weather, and make sure to bring sunscreen, raingear, jacket, and an extra change of dry clothing stored in a plastic bag.

Any racing/training questions:  Coach Bex, bex@brightoncrew.org, 585-410-3929

Additional Regatta Info: All athletes are expected to be available for all regattas as it affects boat assignments for the whole team.  They need to stay for the entire regatta to help their teammates with docking, rigging, loading and cheering.   It is not acceptable to just show up for your own races or leave before ALL boats are trailered.

Post Regatta: We will meet back in Rochester at the boathouse to unload the trailer

Parents (and Modified Rowers!) are encouraged to attend, cheer, and volunteer, and are welcome to eat at the BRC tent. Please check the volunteer sign up links, there are many ways to help even if you cannot be there.