Race Info/Safety

The Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta is a USRowing sanctioned regatta. Completed waivers for all competitors, volunteers and potential substitutes for crews are required. Minors (under the age of 18) must have a parent or guardian complete and sign the waiver form.


See also: Important Notices

High School -2000 m, except qualifying heats for trophy events, which will be 1500 m
College- 2000 m

All events are FINALS, except the following trophy events:

  • Rafferty Cup – Mens HS 4+
  • Braxton Family Trophy – Womens HS 4+
  • Coletta Family Trophy – Mens HS Varsity 8+
  • Theresa Braxton Trophy – Womens HS Varsity 8+
  • Bill Braxton Memorial Trophy – “Dad Vail” Mens Lightweight 8+

If qualifying events are needed for these events, they will be scheduled before all other races, at the start of the regatta.

HS Trophy Races: if more than six boats are entered, qualifying races will be run head style, going off in 15 second intervals in two lanes. The top 6 times will advance to the final.

College Trophy Race: If more than six boats are entered, there will be heats, with the first 3 or 2 (depending on the number of entries) in each heat advancing to the final.

All trophy races will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Medals and trophies will be awarded at the Pavilion near the marina and boathouse.

While we strive to include all who want to race, the Regatta Committee may choose to eliminate events for various reasons, including:

  • Time constraints
  • Events with less than three entrants
  • Events with fewer than three organizations represented

If events are eliminated, we will notify all entrants who have signed up for those events.


  • For a list of all entrance fees, visit the Regatta Central race page and click the “Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta” link.


  • Lightweight– A rower weighing no more 160 lbs. (Men) and 130 lbs. (Women)
  • High School– Any student currently enrolled in a four year secondary school.
  • Novice– Male and female athletes in their first year of rowing or coxing (first 12 months of competition).
  • Master– Any competitor 27 or older as of Regatta Day.

Medals and trophies will be awarded at the pavilion near the marina and boathouse.


There is no check-in. Representatives will be available at the gazebo near the launch docks from 6:30 am until 8:30 am on the morning of the Regatta for last minute lineup changes.


At least one representative from each crew is required to attend this meeting for important safety information and updates to the river traffic pattern.

The meeting will be held on the morning of the regatta at the boat storage area. It will begin one hour before the start of the first heat/race and run approximately 15 minutes.

At this meeting, coaches should notify the Chief Referee or his representative of any scratches, crew changes, potential health problems or boat constraints. All questions about the Regatta’s Rules of Rowing, traffic patterns and general procedures will be addressed.


  • Launch bow pointing away from the bank and turn immediately to port following the line of the shore.
  • Row single file at those points where the shore line is close to lane seven.
  • Do not cross the course at any time unless instructed by a marshal to lock-on (stake boat races) or enter your lane (floating start races).
  • After the race turn to starboard, watching carefully for boats in higher number lanes, and row to the recovery dock.


For head-style heats, all boats are required to have bow numbers. These will be supplied by the local organizing committee (LOC) and available for pick up at the launch dock area 15 minutes before and after the Coach/Coxswain’s meeting. They are to be returned to the LOC after your event.

All other crews (non-head style races) are responsible for supplying their own bow numbers. If a boat does not have a bow number, a limited number will be available for sale from the Dock Master. ($10/set #1-6)


The Regatta is not responsible for equipment.