Regatta Spotlight: John Hunter Regatta

This weekend, over forty clubs will descend on the 1996 Olympic Venue at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, for this year’s John Hunter Regatta. The John Hunter Regatta is a two-day event hosted by the St. Andrew’s Rowing Club and the 33rd edition of this spring classic is our spotlight regatta for this week.

Saturday, March 23, the event will be hosting all collegiate races, including 29 boats in the men’s and women’s varsity eight events. Sunday, March 24, all youth events are held. The women’s fours and doubles  are currently slated to be the largest events of the day.

“This year has been the most challenging, not only for the race course, but also for our club,” said Jeff Kish, Regatta Director. “There’s been a lot of water in the lake and downstream, which made daily operations difficult for St. Andrew’s Rowing Club in preparing for this event. Our regatta is usually the first regatta for everyone who comes and in March the weather is very much factor. It looks like things will all be okay, but as most Regatta Directors will tell you, people will remember your event for things you may have no control over.”

Many hands have already come together to work around the weather and water obstacles, ensuring the regatta can still safely be held.

“I am very happy with our referee corps and our volunteers. They help us work through some of the challenges that we face. We are filling over 500 volunteer spots this weekend and many of those are taken by the generous parents of kids who used to row or currently row at our club. A lot of rowers are new to the sport at this event, both at the youth and collegiate levels. We are doing our very best to get the regatta on track and keeping it there, with races happening and happening on time!”

A full list of attending teams and entries for this regatta is available on Regatta Central. More information about the St. Andrew’s Rowing Club can be found on their website at

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

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