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Regatta Tips & Tricks

Here are some packing ideas for your first regatta:

  • Chair or blanket (something to sit on)
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Wear layers
  • Comfortable sturdy shoes
  • Food & water (sometimes you can buy from a food truck)
  • Cash to pay for parking & entrance to Regatta 
  • Battery charger for your phone if you plan to stay the whole day
  • Reading material
  • Money for Regatta merchandise for your rowers
  • Race schedule & lineup (released by the race officials a few days before race day & then coaches decide boat lineups – you might not know your rower’s race time until a day or two before the Regatta)

Bookmark these key regatta websites:

  • – Includes our entries, schedule and line-ups. Search for your regatta by name, then make sure you select the right year
  • – includes results for each race.

What to do at a Regatta?

  • Allow plenty of time to get to the venue and to park – parking is often offsite (think shuttle bus) or a long walk
  • Drop off your donated food & supplies at the Norcal Crew food tent
  • Pick up your name tag/button from the Parent Table
  • Meet other Norcal Crew parents, watch awesome races & cheer on the team
  • Volunteer in the Norcal Crew food tent
  • Take lots of photos!
  • Take a hike or ride a bike – some sites have great trails
  • Buy your rower Regatta swag
  • Read the Norcal Crew Handbook, Rowing 101 & Regatta 101 located on the Norcal Website
  • Enjoy your day!  Go Norcal!