As much as we are all thinking about the preparation for coaches and athletes weekend, for many this could be the first big regatta for parents attending in support and as many stalwarts in thee spectating world... easier said than done! We spoke to some parents who have been there and done that at more regattas to count about their best tips for surviving the busy weekend ahead.
With nearly 30 entries, it is necessary to change the way you race. Positions in the AB semi could be separated by less than a second with this proliferation of crews. For many pairs, especially from less established programs, they will have to race the time trial perhaps as if it were their final, if they want a shot at one of the six A final places.
This will be an interesting event, certainly one to watch. For some programs, this is their top boat, but for others, it is their second. It is always hard to predict whether a program has the depth for a successful second 4-.