October 27-28, 2018, Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia

boat-house-rowParticipants: Varsity only (along with 270+ other teams!)


Location: Philadelphia, PA, Fairmount Park – Kelly Drive

Volunteers: Please sign up HERE for Travel, Hospitality, and Set Up.

Click Here for the full regatta race schedule

Click Here for BRC Race Schedule


Team Travel Info

The boat trailer will be loaded Friday at practice.

Schedule for Saturday, October 27, 2018:

  • 7:45am:  board bus at BHS parking lot for 8am departure.
  • Lunch: Rowers will need spending money, location TBD
  • 3pm: Arrive and set up hospitality tents and prep boats for Sunday races
  • Tour: Philadelphia Girls’ Boathouse on Boathouse Row, built in in 1861; time TBD
  • Dinner: Hosted at Regatta site by Ian Doctor’s family
  • Hotel:   DoubleTree Suites 640 Fountain Rd Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
  • 10pm:  room check by chaperones.  Get a good night’s rest for racing on Sunday!
  • Sunday, 10/25, 7am:  breakfast at hotel lobby, board bus for 7:30am departure for regatta site.  8am, arrive at regatta to rig and race.

Schedule for Sunday, October 28, 2018

  • 6:30 Breakfast at hotel (free)
  • 7 a.m. Check out of hotel and leave for regatta site
  • 8 a.m. Arrive at regatta
  • 8:30 a.m. First boat launch
  • 1:50 p.m. Final race
  • 4 p.m. Leave for Rochester
  • Stop for dinner at Wegmans; athletes need money for dinner
  • Arrive in Rochester around 11 p.m. at the Brighton High School parking lot
  • Athletes will call from the road with updates
  • All hands on-deck to help unload athletes and hospitality equipment
  • There are extra seats on the bus for parents who’d like a ride (make your own hotel reservations!)  SignUp Here.
  • Unload trailer, re-rig at practice on Monday.

Accommodations:  All travel arrangements for rowers (bus and hotel) are made by the club.  Hotel:  DoubleTree Suites, in Plymouth Meeting, PA (about 15 miles/30 min from the regatta site).  Families are welcome to drive on their own to enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia.  

Regatta Fee:  $235.   Regatta fees cover hotel, hospitality and transportation for rowers, coaches, chaperones and boats.  We try to keep expenses as low as possible.

  • Checks payable to Brighton Rowing Club BY OCTOBER 19, 2018.  Do not bring your check to the boathouse or bus.
  • Please mail payments to:  Brighton Rowing Club Treasurer, PO Box 18724, Rochester NY 14618.

Packing list: Personal clothing and gear, unis, tech shirts and water bottles.  Dress for the weather.  Be prepared for sun and rain (or snow!), and make sure to bring rain-gear, jacket, and an extra change of dry clothing stored in a plastic bag.

Food and spending money:  The hotel serves a free hot breakfast, and we will have a hospitality tent at this regatta serving a hot lunch on Sunday.  Eat before leaving on Saturday, and budget spending money for 3 meals on the road, plus regatta souvenirs.

Spectator Tips:  For families/friends visiting the regatta:

  • Driving Directions: and traffic flow Click Here.  Do NOT park on the grass along Kelly Drive, even if other cars are there…you WILL get a ticket
  • Enjoy a stroll along Kelly Drive and visit Boathouse Row.  Race course is 4025m long (~2.5 miles)