Important Updates

***Sunday Updates***

Award Ceremonies: Award ceremonies will not take place at the dock, due to the reduced racing centers. Two ceremonies will be held at the air-conditioned hospitality tent. Ceremony 1 will take place at 9:30am for events 1-9. Ceremony 2 will take place at 10:45am for events 10-18.

Parking Update: Due to today’s weather, the rain has made the island unusable for a majority of our parking area.  We will be diverting the general parking to the North Lot of the park near Dillard’s at the mall as soon as the small area of the Island fills up.  You will enter the parking lot from the roundabout closest to Dillard’s and follow the parking signs and attendants.  Shuttles will begin running at 8:00am.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

***Schedule Update***

Racing will resume with the A-Finals at 7:30am, followed by B-Finals, and the remaining C and D Finals.

Races will be run on 6-minute centers.

Click the link below for the updated heat sheet.

***Saturday Weather Update***

Due to inclement weather, racing for Saturday has been postponed. Racing will resume Sunday morning.

Saturday’s practice session is cancelled.

All crews or coxswains that weighed in on Saturday, but did not race, will have to reweigh on Sunday in the 2-to-1 hour window based on the new race schedule.

Another update will be sent once the updated schedule is available on the USRowing web site.


2017 Youth National Championships

The 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships, June 9-11, 2017, will be hosted by the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates at Nathan Benderson Park.

The championships, which serve as the premier junior rowing event in the United States, sees approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.

Spectator Tickets

General Admission tickets are now available for all spectators attending the 2017 Youth National Championships.

Daily tickets are $10, or a 3-day pass is available for $25.

Tickets include admission to the spectator and team tent areas during race days.

Purchase Tickets Here

Live Streaming Video

“Sarasota -Bradenton is a wonderful destination for all to enjoy and this is a great event to help us usher in the 2017 World Rowing Championships taking place at Nathan Benderson Park later in the fall.”

Sarah Kupiec, Event & Volunteer Manager, SANCA (Suncoast Aquatic and Nature Center Associates)

“The amenities and experience that Nathan Benderson Park can provide for athletes, competitors, and spectators, both on and off of the water, are exactly what those audiences have grown accustomed to at this event.”

AJ Dominique III, Senior Events Manager, USRowing

Registration Information

  • Crews must qualify at a recognized qualification regatta.
  • Qualified crews will receive an email invitation to submit their entries by the Monday following their qualification regatta.
  • Qualified crews must submit their entries no later than the Thursday following their qualification regatta (3 days after receiving the invitation).
  • On the Friday following the qualification regatta, qualified crews that have not entered an event will lose the bid, and the bid will be available for petitioning crews.
  • See the “Regatta Packet” for full information.
Regatta Packet

Updated March 13.

Entry Fee Information

Click here for more information on the 2017 Entry Fee structure.

Confirmation Packet

Read this packet for final details about practice, venue access, and other details.

Practice Traffic Pattern

Traffic pattern map to be used during practice sessions.

Race Day Traffic Pattern

Traffic pattern to be used during racing sessions.

Spectator Information

Online General Admission Tickets: $10/day, or $25 for a 3-day pass (+$2 processing for on-site ticket purchases)

All teams will receive 2 coaches passes, and 1 support person pass, as part of their registration. To request more contact USRowing at

Purchase Tickets Here

Click here to purchase spectator tickets for this year's event.

Team and Parent Information

Click here for information about Nathan Benderson Park, team tents, food trailers, and more. Updated May 24.

Volunteer Opportunities

Click here to register for volunteer opportunities.

Venue Layout Map

See where everything will be located on Regatta Island.

Special Events

USRowing Graduation Ceremony

In 2015, USRowing introduced the Graduation Ceremony to recognize the academic accomplishments of seniors competing at the Youth National Championships. Since that year, the ceremony has had nearly 1,000 attendees from around the country.

The ceremony will return this year, scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 2017, beginning at 6:30pm.

Register Here:

“Rowing in College” Program

Parents and athletes with aspirations of rowing in college are welcome to attend an informational session during lunch breaks at the regatta.

Topics covered will include; differences between rowing at the varsity or club level, recruiting timelines, initial eligibility and more.

CaptainU will also be on hand to share how they can help athletes get the most out of their recruiting process and have all the tools necessary to take the next step in their collegiate careers. USRowing will also have a staff member on hand at the USRowing information tent to answer any specific questions parents or student-athletes may have.

Olympic Day

As part of the festivities around the final day of racing, USRowing will again host an Olympic Day in conjunction with the Youth National Championships.

Olympians will be on-site for meet-and-greet opportunities, autographs, and photos.

Parents Reception

To recognize and celebrate the parents that make participation in the sport possible for youth rowers, USRowing and Nathan Benderson Park will host a Parents’ Reception.

The reception is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2017.

Tickets and information will be posted to the USRowing web site as it becomes available.

Heat Sheets and Results

Heat sheet now updated with Sunday's revised schedule.

Travel and Lodging

The 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships will be held at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235.

Airport and Ground Transportation

Nathan Benderson Park is accessible by both Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

Driving Distances to Nathan Benderson Park From:
  • St. Petersburg- 41 miles
  • Tampa- 55 miles
  • Naples- 114 miles
  • Orlando- 126 miles
  • Palm Beach- 181 miles
  • Miami- 214 miles
  • Jacksonville- 240 miles
  • Tallahassee- 283 miles
  • SRQ

    Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

    SRQ Airport serves over one million passengers each year as a gateway to Florida’s Gulf Coast.
    • Located just 8 miles from Nathan Benderson Park
    • Daily non-stop flights to Chicago, NYC, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, and Washington D.C.
  • TPA

    Tampa International Airport

    Tampa International Airport is just one hour from Sarasota-Bradenton and provides nonstop and connecting flight services to popular national and international destinations.

Travel and Lodging Partner

USRowing has partnered with EMC Venues to provide accommodation options for teams and spectators traveling to the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Book with EMC

Click the button to secure your rooms through EMC Venues.

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