Regatta Spotlight: 2019 Atlanta Erg Sprints

Hundreds of rowers will be descending on Georgia Tech’s campus this weekend to compete in the annual Atlanta Erg Sprints. Racing will be held all day Saturday, February 16, at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center. One of the largest indoor events in the Southeast, the Atlanta Erg Sprints is our Regatta Spotlight for this week.

“We’ll have about 600 competitors this weekend,” said Regatta Director Nick Grivas.

This year’s improvement will make an already spectator-friendly event even better.

“We are most excited this year about a much bigger screen for people to view the progress of the races on,” Grivas said. “That was really something that people had asked for the last few editions.”

The Atlanta Erg Sprints offer a variety of age categories, distances, and event types, including a coxswain race, a 1,000-meter dash, and open team relays. Athletes interested in participating last minute are welcome.

“The schedule is online,” Grivas said. “Competitors can sign-up the day of the event itself. If the race a competitor wants still has space available, we’ll definitely put them in. Generally speaking, masters events are first and then youth in the late morning. Collegiate and open, mostly, are in the afternoon. Racing goes on from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”

On another positive note, the event is seeing the same inclusive growth that other regattas have reported.

“We have a significant adaptive component this year,” Grivas said. “Six people are competing in adaptive races this year, which is really up from the one or two in previous years. We are thrilled to see that.”

Click here for the schedule.


Photos courtesy of Nick Grivas.

Interested in having your USRowing Registered Regatta featured in our Regatta Spotlight? Reach out to USRowing Referee and Member Programs Manager, Jules Zane, at jules@usrowing.org with the subject line “USRowing Registered Regatta Spotlight.”

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