- Spring Racing – Teams typically begin racing in the spring season after 3 to 5 weeks of practice time. Teams race once or twice a week from the end of March through the end of May. Preparation to race at an away venue requires that a team prepare their boats for travel the day before, on race day, and when they return to their home practice water. This means that racing away can be a daylong event depending on distance to the course. A typical scholastic regular season race will consist of between 2 and 6 teams. Races are held in events which are typically offered at the participating schools’ league championship.
Race travel will vary from team to team depending upon the availability of a home racing course. Race travel requires a team to have a boat trailer and a truck to bring the boats to a regatta. Coaches usually drive the trailer. Many teams’ regular season and regional championships require travel out of state which increases busing costs for many of them once state lines are crossed. Some races have entry fees which are paid on a per team or per boat basis.
Teams who are racing need to be at the race venue to attend an instructional meeting prior to teams being allowed on the water, called the Coaches & Coxswain Meeting. When the regatta ends teams will need time again to prepare the boats to travel back home. Many regular season races are run and officiated by home team coaching staff. Paid USRowing officials are also sometimes used.
- Fall Racing – Fall Regattas differ from Spring Regattas, not only in the kind of racing, but also in the types of teams that attend regattas. Fall Regattas are usually larger, with many different events, from Master’s to Collegiate to Youth. The number of entries per event can range from 5-80. Fall regattas like spring regattas, unless you’re club is hosting, require all the travel and preparation of spring racing. Entry Fees for fall regattas are also usually higher than spring regattas.