Regatta Info

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  VASRA organizes our Occoquan Regattas (home) at Sandy Run Regional Park,

10450 Van Thompson Road Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039.
 
Sandy Run Regional Park (Occoquan) is a beautiful location for a regatta. All parents, family & friends are encouraged to attend to watch & cheer on their rowers in action with plenty of viewing room along the Occoquan Reservoir.

Parking and Getting to the Team: First, drive to Sandy Run Regional Park parking lot.  Once parked, shuttle transportation is available from Lot C for approximately $2/person to the grandstands…if you choose not to walk the 0.6 mile path to the Sandy Run Grandstands. Google Maps #2 below shows walking direction from parking Lot C to the Grandstand. Families may join the team at the Point, which is near the Grandstand. Warning, do not map from home address to the Grandstand, it may give you incorrect driving directions.  This is why we broke down the Google Maps into two parts. One, drive to Sandy Run parking lot. Two, walk from parking lot to Grandstand.

What time should I arrive?  What should I bring? Check the heat sheet schedule and try to arrive before your rower’s boat’s race time. Remember that race schedule times are approximate. Give yourself at least an hour to find parking, get to the Point/Grandstand, and get seated.  The Sandy Run Park map below will give you an idea about parking lot locations and their capacity.  If the on-site parking lots fill up (often occurs during larger regattas), VASRA will issue tweets to #VASRAParking to redirect park to other locations and warn parents not to proceed to the on-site lots, where they will need to be turned away.  While driving, when you get to Van Thompson Rd, follow Van Thompson Rd. until you reach the people collecting money for parking–they will tell you where to go and park.  Parking cost is $20. Once parked, shuttle transportation is available from Lot C for approximately $2/person to the grandstands…if you choose not to walk the 1.5 mile path to the Point/Grandstands.  Families may join the team at the Point, which is near the Grandstand.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring a folding chair..  Also, the Point and grandstands are partially exposed, so wear rain gear if rain is predicted, bring extra clothing layers for when the wind picks up, and bring sunscreen and sunglasses in any event. There are bathrooms near the viewing area and places to set up folding chairs. Binoculars are also a good idea as well as reading materials or hobbies to occupy yourself between events.  NO PETS & NO ALCOHOL will be permitted.

Heat Sheets:  A schedule of the races is available a day or two before the regatta on www.vasra.org.  You can print the heat sheets out before the event or access them on your phone on the day of the regatta.

 

   

VASRA 2018 Regatta Schedule

DateTimes
(Coaches – Cox – Start)
Event Name
23 March 20198:00 / 8:30 / 10:00Polar Bear Regatta
6 April 20197:00 / 7:30 / 9:00Walter Mess Regatta
13 April 20197:00 / 7:30 / 9:00Darrell Winslow Regatta
20 April 20197:00 / 7:30 / 9:00Ted Phoenix Regatta (Cancelled)
27 April 20197:00 / 7:30 / 9:00Al Urquia Regatta
4 May 20196:00 / 6:30 / 8:00Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships – Day 1
11 May 20196:00 / 6:30 / 8:00Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships – Day 2


 

Regattas at Sandy Run FAQ’s

Is there a fee to come to the regattas?  There is a fee required to park at Sandy Run on a Regatta day; this charge will vary depending on the event sponsor. Fee will be $15-$20. Please car pool and save money.

Can I park anywhere when I come to a regatta?  Please follow the parking crew directions. There is no parking along the road in the neighborhood. Parking in a manner that blocks the safe movement of vehicles or shuttles could get your vehicle towed. Police are on site for the regatta. PLEASE RESPECT THE NEIGHBOR ALONG VAN THOMPSON ROAD!

How much time should I allow to get to the grandstands?  You should give yourself an hour before your rowers race to be safe. You will have to wait for the money collectors and wait to be parked. After you park you will have to find you way to C lot to walk the trail or take the shuttle to the grandstands. Later in the day it may even take longer if you are parked in the outer lots that require you to take a shuttle or walk to the main park.

If I need to leave the regatta and come back, do I have to pay again?  Please let the money collectors know that you are leaving and coming back. They will issue you a ticket to re-enter.  You may request a hand stamp designated for that day and may re-enter without paying an additional fee.

Can I get my same parking space if I leave then return?  Once a vehicle leaves a parking space we fill it with another one. You will have to park in another location as directed by the parking crew. For regattas – later in the season (specifically State Championships) the entire parking capacity gets filled early. You may get turned away if the on-site parking is full. It is best to plan on using off-site parking if you plan to return.

Can we bring an RV to the regatta?  There are limited parking spaces at the park and there is no room for RV’s.

Are there shuttles from the parking lots?  Shuttles are provided by the regatta sponsors. If the regatta is large, we will be parking cars at the Van Thompson lot just past the money collectors. Shuttles are provided from that lot at no cost. For High School Championship regattas, vehicles will be parked at the satellite parking lot and bused in for a fee, but will not have to pay the $15 parking fee.

Is there a shuttle from the Loisvale lot?  That lot is close to the park and there are trails to get to the main park. Please use the trails and stay off of the roads. Vehicles will be going in and out of that lot and it is not safe to walk the road. For High School Scholastic regattas – the shuttles do include the Loisvale lot in their route, however, individuals that park in such a manner as to prevent the shuttles form being able to get through are subject to being ticketed and towed.

How do I get to the grandstands?  There is a trail that can be walked from the C lot. The trail follows the contour of the land and has hills. When you come to a “T” in the path you will go left to the grandstands (about .6 miles) and if you go right that will take you to the lower boathouses (about .4 miles). DO NOT WALK ON THE ROAD TO THE GRANDSTANDS!  There is also a shuttle van that runs to the grandstand from C lot, provided by the regatta sponsor. There is a fee each way (usually $2). The money collected helps off set the rental and gas of the vans.

What time will the shuttle to the grandstands start?  The grandstand (C-lot to Finish line) shuttles start running 45 minutes before the start of the first race.

Is there a fee for the grandstand shuttle?  There is a fee each way (usually $2). The money collected helps off set the rental and gas of the vans.

How far of a walk is it to the grandstands if I don’t take the shuttle?  When you come to a “T” in the path you will go left to the grandstands (about 0.6 miles) and if you go right that will take you to the lower boathouses (about 0.4 miles). DO NOT WALK ON THE ROAD TO THE GRANDSTANDS! THE ROAD IS SOLELY FOR THE SHUTTLE VANS AND IS UNSAFE TO HAVE PEDESTRIANS ON IT AS WELL!

Why can’t we drive to the grandstands?  There is no parking there. The one lane road to the grandstands is just for the two vans that go back and forth and is unsafe for any other vehicles to be on. DO NOT WALK ON THE ROAD TO THE GRANDSTANDS! THE ROAD IS SOLELY FOR THE SHUTTLE VANS AND IS UNSAFE TO HAVE PEDESTRIANS ON IT AS WELL!

Do you have handicap parking accommodations?  We have handicap parking spaces in C lot (closes to the trail and shuttle) and in D lot (across from trailer parking).

I’m in a wheelchair, how do I get to the grandstands?  A regatta staff member can drive you over to the grandstands. If you have a special wheelchair vehicle, you will need a “special permit”.  To get a “special permit”, PLEASE CONTACT THE REGATTA SPONSOR TO OBTAIN A “SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION FORM” PRIOR TO EACH REGATTA. Follow the instructions of the parking staff to follow the shuttle van over to the grandstands.

Why are pets banned from the park on regatta days?  Pets have been banned because of dog fights, bites, dog defecation and tripping rowers as they carry expensive shells.

Is food sold at regattas?  The regatta sponsors typically provide grilled foods, snacks and drinks as a fundraiser.