It will begin the last week in March for varsity boats and the first week of April for novice boats. The novice season will end with the Lower Boats Championships (the Ted Phoenix Regatta) in early May; the end of the season for varsity boats will depend on how well they do, but could extend through June for boats that qualify for the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) championships in Canada.
Regattas are organized boating competitions. McLean Crew races in local regattas from Thompson’s Boat House on the Potomac River, and Sandy Run Park on the Occoquan River. (For a list of where and when we are racing this spring, see the "schedule" page on the website.) These local regattas generally are held on Saturdays and last most of the day. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to regattas. Regatta schedules usually are available a night or two before a race, and will be posted on this website as soon as possible. Coaches will notify rowers when they need to arrive on the day before the event. Coxswains usually need to arrive early for a meeting, which typically is held the morning of the regatta. Lightweight rowers also typically arrive early for weigh-ins. All regattas are staffed by volunteers, and one adult from each rower's family must volunteer for at least one job at one local regatta each spring. Please be courteous and supportive-it may be you working at the next one!