Regatta Spotlight: Heart of Texas

Austin Rowing Club will be hosting the Heart of Texas regatta this upcoming weekend, March 3-4. This week’s Registered Regatta of the Week is held on Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir formed by the Colorado River near downtown Austin, Texas.

“Our event has gradually grown over the years,” said Liz Barhydt of Austin Rowing Club. “This year, we are looking at a very healthy number of competitors and teams with over 30 teams and well over 600 entries.”

Held on a fully-buoyed, seven-lane race course of a 1,000 meters for all categories, the event is a great early season draw and has been since its inauguration in 1983. “The regatta offers exciting racing to junior, collegiate, open and masters rowers. The majority of teams attending are from Texas, but we are fortunate enough to have some visitors from out of state. Heart of Texas is usually the first on-the-water sprint race of the season in the Texas region.

Austin Rowing Club organizes multiple regattas every year, and Lady Bird Lake plays home to several rowing events. Early April’s Texas Rowing Championship will be the second USRowing-sanctioned regatta scheduled in Austin. Both the TRC and Heart of Texas are well-attended preparation events for junior crews working towards the USRowing Central Youth Championships, scheduled for the first weekend of May in Oklahoma City.

Interested in attending the Heart of Texas and not yet signed up? “Our regatta does have late registrations available. Online, our registration closes Tuesday at midnight.” If that’s too short of notice, you can still reach out to the regatta organizers and inquire about availability.

You can learn more about the Heart of Texas by clicking here. Registration for the Heart of Texas is available through Regatta Central. Interested in registering your regatta with USRowing? You can find out more about the Registered Regatta Program by clicking here.

Want to have your USRowing Registered Regatta featured in our Regatta Spotlight? Reach out to USRowing Member Services Manager, Jules Zane, at with the subject line “USRowing Registered Regatta Spotlight.”

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