2017 Head of the Housatonic

Hello, Mercer Varsity Athletes and Parents,

The first regatta of the season is next weekend:  The Head of the Housatonic (www.headofthehousatonic.org).  This is a Varsity-only regatta scheduled for Saturday, October 7th, in Shelton, Connecticut.  The top 3 Girls Varsity boats, and the top 2 Boys Varsity boats will be competing.  The Coaches will post the roster and lineups next week.

Races are tentatively scheduled as follows:
9:40 AM Men’s HS/Junior JV 8+
11:30 AM Women’s HS/Junior JV 8+
1:45 PM Men’s HS/Junior 8+
3:10 PM Women’s HS/Junior 8+

Travel Plans:

 We are departing from the boathouse at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 6.  Athletes should arrive at the boathouse packed and prepared to leave.  They should also bring snacks and water; however, dinner will be provided.  We will be traveling in 4 vans, driven by parent volunteers.  There will be a chaperone assigned to each boat competing at the event (this means 5 chaperones, even though we have 4 vans). Attached here you will find the Travel Guidelines and Expectations. If your athlete is on the travel roster, this form needs to be signed and returned no later than October 5th. This is required, or your athlete will not be able to travel with the team.

We will provide updates on ETA’s, as well as results, on Facebook.  We will do what we can to post on the blog as well, but please use Facebook as your primary source of communication.

Hotel Details:

PNRA has secured rooms at Courtyard Marriott and Hilton Garden Shelton for athletes and coaches.

Courtyard Marriott- 780 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 – Boys
Hilton Garden Inn- 25 Old Stratford Rd, Shelton, CT 06484 – Girls


The following meals will be provided:

Dinner Friday, October 6

Breakfast at Hilton Garden Saturday, October 7

Lunch from Panera Saturday, October 7

We will be stopping on the way home Saturday for dinner.  Please have your athlete bring money for dinner.  In addition, please have your athlete packs snacks and a water bottle.  There is limited access to food at the regatta site, so we will do our best to have what we need on hand, but it is always a good policy to pack extra items.

Cost: $300.00.  The link to register will be up when lineups are posted on Monday, October 2nd.

Thanks to all the parents who offered to help/drive/support etc..  And a special thank you to our parent chaperones for volunteering their time.

Coach Justin
Coach Matt

Go, Mercer!