Once again, the Head of the Hooch has seen a phenomenal growth in registration for the annual rowing regatta. A record number of 9,248 rowers and coxswains in 1,922 boats will compete at Chattanooga Nov. 6-7, making it the largest in the southeast and the second largest regatta in the country.
Races will take place Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Daniel Wolff, Head of the Hooch regatta director, said, “We have consistently seen an increase in our numbers since moving to Chattanooga, and this year is no exception. Since 2005, the Hooch has grown 86%. This year we have 55% of our competitors are women, up from 53% in 2009 and 45% high school participants, up from 38%. This speaks volumes about the venue and the quality of the competition.”
For spectators, the Chattanooga Market, the region’s largest authentic outdoor local food and artistry market, will be on Riverfront Parkway near the regatta on Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The History of Rowing will be featured near the race in downtown Chattanooga’s riverfront all day Saturday.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting such an incredible regatta in Chattanooga for the sixth year in a row. This is one of the many events attracted by the revitalization of the city, outdoor opportunities, outstanding attractions, hotels and restaurants,” said Bob Doak, Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau president & CEO. “Including coaches, family and regatta viewers, we’re expecting over 13,000 people to come to this year’s regatta, having an estimated economic impact of $4.75 million on the community.”