Oct. 27, 2017
Head of the American
Oct. 28, 2017 | Lake Natoma | 1:30 pm PST
Gold River, Calif. | HERENOW
ABOUT THE REGATTA:
- The 5,000-meter race will take place on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The last 2,000 meters of the race are the race course the Zags compete on for the Western Sprints at the end of the season.
- The Zags will bring their varsity eight for the second-straight season.
- The Zags participated in this particular fall event for the first time last year.
- They took home a seventh place finish with a time of 16:55.5. They were four seconds behind the boat from San Diego, but defeated boats from Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, and Stanford. The event had 27 entries.
- The Zags will be joined in this year’s field by Chico State, Humboldt State, San Diego State, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Cal, San Diego, and USC, among others, with 31 total entries.
- Gonzaga has competed annually at Lake Natoma in the Western Sprints and the previously named Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championship as part of their regional postseason competition preceding the IRA Championships.
- The Zags qualified on Lake Natoma in 2012, 2013, and 2014 for the IRA Championships. Most recently in 2014, they defeated San Diego, UC San Diego, and Santa Clara in the Varsity 8 race to qualify.
HEAD OF THE SPOKANE:
- The Zags’ top boat, the varsity eight, opened the day with a 44-second win over Washington State at 15:53 in the Head of the Spokane on the Spokane River on October 14. The second varsity eight followed suit at 16:19 for a 35-second victory. GU raced two third varsity eight boats coming in first and second at 17:30 and 19:07.
- The Bulldogs entered four boats in the varsity four race, taking first at 17:41, three seconds ahead of WSU. The rest finished third, fourth, and sixth at 18:01, 18:06, and 18:44, respectively. The GU first novice eight won by three minutes at 17:43 and the second novice eight won by just under three minutes at 18:41.
HEAD OF THE SNAKE:
- Gonzaga’s scheduled regatta against Washington State last Friday in Pullman, the Head of the Snake, was cancelled due to high winds and weather.
THE FACES OF GONZAGA ROWING:
- Gonzaga head coach and Director of Rowing Dan Gehn enters his 24th season with the Zags this fall.
- He has led the Zags to 11 IRA National Championship appearances.
- Assistant coach Mark Voorhees is back leading the underclassmen for the ninth season.
NUMBER OF NOVICES:
- 23 Gonzaga students joined the Zags this fall season as novices.
- They made their debut as rowers at the Head of the Spokane.
“We should have really good conditions and a beautiful day tomorrow," Gonzaga head coach Dan Gehn said. "The guys are starting fourth in the men’s open 8+ and have some good motivation starting ahead of them. I think it will be a good race for them.”
1:30 pm - Varsity 8
Nimbus Flat State Park
There will no spectator parking in the State Park due to the size of the event. All spectators will be sent to the event parking lot. We will have the Park & Ride as the drop off area. The shuttle busses will be running and drop off directly in the State Park at the finish line. Parking at event parking is $10.00
No admission fee
Event parking is $10.00 per vehicle and is at event parking. CASH ONLY. A free shuttle will pick up at the event parking and will drop off in the State Park at the finish line tent. The shuttle buses will run all day until 30 minutes after the last race. The shuttle does NOT pick up at the fish hatchery. State park passes will be honored at Overflow parking. Saturday parking will be at: 11971 Foundation Place, Gold River, CA 95670.
They are providing the lot outside the State Park (Cal Trans Park & Ride) for loading and unloading. There will be customer service carts to help transport items and people into the event from this location. Please note that carts are not for athletes, customer service carts are for general public. If dropping supplies for team hospitality, you may unload in the Park & Ride and the carts will help you to your tent. Vehicles may not be left unattended in the Park & Ride. No one will be allowed into the State Park to drop off or pick.
Team Tents & Private Shade Tents:
Each team was able to rent a tent along the finish line area. Each team tent will be labeled with the team name. Each tent receives 20 chairs and 2 tables, please keep your chairs and table with your tent. There are no private shade tents allowed along the finish line or in the boat storage area. They ask that teams do not place tarps on the ground under your tent, this kills the grass. They also asked that everything you bring into the park, you take out with you when you leave. Please remember that this is a state park, if you pack it in, then please pack it out.
Food & Clothing Vendors:
They will have the following food and clothing vendor: JL Racing, Sew Sporty, Adwear (official regatta t-shirt vendor) Maeke Apparel, Smoothie Patrol, Vet Le Catering, Deluxe Foods and more to come…
Leashed dogs are allowed in the State Park. They do allow dogs to ride the busses from event parking and are allowed on the golf carts.
What to bring & expect:
The HOA is one of the largest events they host, with high school, college and masters teams competing in the event. You are welcome to bring chairs but we do not allow shade tents anywhere along the finish line or in the boat storage area. The area in the park will have a lot of crews and boats, please be mindful when walking and watch out for boats coming your way. They ask that anyone other than coaches or athletes stay out of the boat launching and landing area.