Head of the Anacostia Regatta Sat. 9/24 – Everything You Need to Know!

Parents and Rowers,

Our first regatta of the season is this Saturday, September 24, at the Anacostia Community Boathouse. Novice parents and rowers, if you haven’t been to a regatta before, this is a great opportunity for you!  We really hope you will come and cheer for the team. It’s a good idea to bring the following items: lawn chairs, blankets, something to read, sunscreen, and binoculars. Look for the Blair Crew tent. If you are having trouble finding us, contact Kelly Kleine (301) 943-1339 or Carole Giunta (301) 602-5919.

The coaches and coxswains meeting is at 7:45am. As of now, coaches also want participating rowers to report at 7:45am. Coming soon will be a follow-up e-mail from the coaches listing the lineups for Saturday.

Pie Contest
The best apple pie contest is a chance for bakers of all ages to show off their baking skills.  This event is hosted by Head of the Anacostia (HOTA).  To enter, you should bring a homemade apple pie to the regatta and put it on the pie table. They’ll do onsite registration for the pies. The referees will judge pies on presentation, taste, fillings, and crust, with a trophy going to the overall winner. Everyone is welcome to pie and ice cream!  The Pie Contest starts once racing is finished, around 12:45 p.m.

Food and drinks
Every rower should bring a reusable water bottle. We also ask that each family donate at least one food or drink item. This is a relatively short day as regattas go, but the kids will still need breakfast and lunch foods. Click on this link to identify your generous donation and volunteer opportunities on the signup genius website: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0845ADAA23ABF58-2016.  Please remember that sweets are for after the races. If you donate a perishable item, please bring it in a small cooler/insulated bag because we will have limited cooler space at the race.  Also, if you would prefer to eat something that we are not providing, feel free to bring your own meal.

Parking and directions
Parking for rowers and spectators will be at the Maritime Plaza parking lot. The lot is located at 1201 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 and is on the road to the boathouse.  In the past, we were told that visitors may park in the upper lot only and would be towed if they park in the lower lot – we have not received specific guidance on whether this is the case this year. The parking lot is a 3/4 mile walk to the boathouse – a shuttle will be provided between the parking lot and boathouse from 6:45am-2pm. There is handicapped parking at the Boathouse.  This venue is known for requiring parking passes, however we have not been advised that this will be required this year.  If that changes and they do require one, we will send you a link so you can print it and place it on your dash board.

Address of the Anacostia Community Boathouse:

1900 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Two final points: 1) The Regatta FAQ is on located on the Blair Crew website and 2) Blair Crew merchandise will be available for purchase on Saturday.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us directly.


Carole Giunta
Kelly Kleine
Kristin Staroba
Regatta Team Coordinators