Chicago Sprints Regatta
July 6-8, 2018
Lincoln Park Boat Club is pleased to invite you to participate in the Chicago Sprints!
Since its inception in 1910, Lincoln Park Boat Club has hosted competitive rowing regattas at its Lincoln Park lagoon site and for the last 36 years, those competitions have centered on the annual Chicago Sprints Regatta. The Chicago Sprints is one of the largest competitive regattas in the region, drawing junior, collegiate and masters programs from throughout the Midwest. The Chicago Sprints continues to be the largest sprint-season regatta in the Midwest, and among the top five largest non-collegiate sprint regattas in the nation. In 2016, the regatta was host to more than 1,000 athletes, fielding entries from 27 clubs from 10 states. Additionally, it is attended by hundreds of casual and dedicated spectators who line the 1000 meter course situated between Lake Shore Drive and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Chicago Sprints features 1,000-meter, side-by-side, Henley style racing which makes for some great competition.
With two full days of racing, know that we try to squeeze in as many races as we can. However, there are a limited number of races we can hold each day and thus we must limit the number of entries in each event. LPBC appreciates our participants and works hard to accommodate as many rowers/events as possible.
Information on Entries:
We’re expecting this year’s regatta to be in high demand, just like in years past. The total entries to the regatta will be capped at around 400 boats (precise number will determined based on the schedule and entries). In order to secure an entry, we encourage crews to enter as soon as possible. If an event is full, you can still join the waitlist and you’ll be notified as soon as something changes or opens up. Paying for your entry promptly before June 20 is the only way to secure your place at the regatta. Credit card payment directly through Regatta Central is preferred and is the quickest way to secure your place. Check payments will also be accepted via mail.
After the initial entry deadline on June 20, the Regatta Committee will add waitlisted crews to increase the capacity of key events where demand is highest, such as 4+ and 8+, and 2x. To facilitate this process, any unpaid entries will be scratched and replaced with waitlisted crews in the order that payment is received!
Please only enter and pay for crews which you know will be racing. Any crew which scratches after the June 20 entry deadline, will forefeit their entry fee in full.
There is no grilling in the park without a Chicago Parks District issued permit, but few easy food options are within a 15-20 minute walk.
As usual, boat rental is available! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Sprints Boat Rentals’ for further details.
Drone use is discouraged due to local regulations.
Entries open in early May and can be made via Regatta Central