Saratoga Invitational 2018

Mercer Parents and Athletes,

Congratulations to all the athletes who competed this weekend at Mercer Sprints!  It was our first regatta of the season where our whole team competed together, and we entered in nearly 30 events.  We had a strong showing, and are looking forward to the next races.

On Friday, April 27th, select varsity and novice athletes will depart for the Saratoga Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The tentative roster is here. The final roster and trip fee will be posted by Wednesday. Below is the information about the event.


There will be one van per boat.  The novice coaches will be transporting their athletes; parent volunteers will be driving the varsity vans, and serving as chaperones for the regatta.

The vans will leave the boathouse no later than 4:30pm on Friday, April 27.  The athletes, coaches, and chaperones will be staying together at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saratoga Springs both Friday and Saturday night.  Racing is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The vans will depart the course on Sunday by 5:00pm and return to the boathouse. ETA will be around 9-9:30.

All information regarding arrivals will be posted on the Parents’ Facebook Page, so please follow that feed for updates.  

Hilton Garden Inn – Saratoga Springs

125 South Broadway

Saratoga Springs, NY  12866


Athletes should bring their own dinner, snacks, and water for the ride up to Saratoga on Friday, and money to purchase dinner on the way home on Sunday.  Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday will be at the hotel, and lunch will be provided at the course both days at the Mercer Tent. Dinner will be catered at the hotel on Saturday night.  


The trailer, tent, and launch area for the race is at Lee’s Park, adjacent to the course.  Parking is available for $15. The Mercer Tent will be set up along the course. This is where everyone will gather for food and to cheer on the athletes, so if you are planning to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!  

Lee’s Park

1464 Route 9P

Saratoga Springs, NY


In past years, the weather has been cold, windy, and rainy.  Athletes should pack extra layers and be prepared for all conditions.  Athletes may want to bring extra money for the regatta as well – many of them like to buy t-shirts.  If you have any questions, please contact either Jeb Barkenbush at, or Jen Closser at