2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival Set for September 30

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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – Club officials expect to welcome 600 rowers and thousands of spectators from across the southeast region of the United States in late September for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. The date of the event has been set for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Last year rowers from twenty clubs, universities and high schools converged at Festival Park in High Point to race the 5,000 meter winding course on Oak Hollow Lake.

“We anticipate a new record for the Autumn Rowing Festival,” says High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Participation in rowing continues to explode in North Carolina. High Point is at the epicenter of this remarkable growth.”

The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. The majority of Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races.

Race entries will be made on REGATTACENTRAL

Rowers are expected to travel from as far away as Annapolis, Maryland and Atlanta, Georgia for the regatta.

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names in the past, including local favorite High Point University, as well as NC State, Wake Forest, and Davidson College. In 2017 race organizers hope to entice powerhouse programs from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke University.

Also competing are Masters (adult) and youth programs.  In 2016 rowing programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville were represented among others.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women's eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women’s eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Round the Duck

Boat racing at the rowing festival is a 5,000 meter time-trial. Crews will line up their sleek rowing shells at the Skeet Club Bridge end of Oak Hollow Lake and then race out to the center of the lake where they will row a 180 degree turn “Round the Duck” back to the main channel before turning toward the finish line at Johnson Street Bridge.

That’s right. There’s a duck. A giant bright yellow inflatable duck. Race officials decline to disclose the actual size of the duck but it clearly dwarfs the rowers on the water.

To row “Round the Duck!” is now considered a ‘must do’ item on the bucket list of every American rower in the southeast region.

Racing begins at 9:20am and runs through 3:30pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs.

Use 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point for GPS directions to Festival Park.

Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2017 Rowing Festival will be the Media Center at
Oak Hollow Lake. The Media Center is equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Media Center will also accommodate interviews at the conclusion of each event. Race winners will be brought to the interview area for media access. Limited parking is available for daily print, online and television media (advance notice requested). All television stations that will be bringing in satellite trucks should call Gene Kininmonth (office: 336-257-9009) to arrange for vehicle access.

Photographers wishing to obtain action shots on the racecourse may be accommodated in a media boat on a first-come, first-served basis. The media boat will be restricted to designated sections of the course and cannot “race” to keep pace with competing boats. Please arrive at the Media Center 60 minutes before you need to be on the water.