Regatta Spotlight: Chicago Sprints
By Jules Zane • July 4, 2018
Starting on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday, Lincoln Park Boat Club will be hosting the Chicago Sprints. The Sprints, this week’s Regatta Spotlight, is set to welcome more than 425 entries to the Windy City.
“This our 38th Annual Chicago Sprints Regatta. It started out as a small event with just local, Chicago-area clubs. It’s grown into one of the largest Midwest sprint season events,” said regatta chair Jennifer Caddick. “We have over 40 teams participating, and we are well past a 1,000 rowers now. It’s great to see small boats from all over the country appear, often still people with a connection to the city.”
“A unique feature to our 1,000-meter race course near the heart of the city is that there’s truly an amazing view of downtown. You are in a traditional rowing event, but it’s in this very special location,” Caddick said. “The racing is Henley-style, so you are going head-to-head with just a single other team in your race.”
Due to time constraints, finals in events with eight or fewer entries will be run directly between the two fastest boats out of all the heats. In events with nine or more entries, semifinals will be run between the four fastest entries.
“Our location is in Lincoln Park on the north side of the city center. There’s a small regatta village with vendors and a couple of locations along the course to cheer people on, but the main spot is the bridge on Fullerton Avenue,” Caddick said. “That’s where you see the finish line, the whole race course, and the city skyline in one great shot. Bonus is that if it’s a particularly hot day, you are a short stroll from the shore of Lake Michigan, and you can go right for a swim.”
Growth has continued for the Chicago Sprints, especially with youth crews from across the Midwest.
“We are really excited about the interest from junior rowers. Last year, we expanded the regatta to two and a half days just to be able to accommodate more youth. Friday afternoon is now all heats for juniors. We weren’t able to do that before, and we’ve seen significant growth in participation due to this big change,” Caddick said.
Photo credit: Dan Hogan/Lincoln Park Boat Club
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