The Head of the Hooch, also known as the Head of the Chattahoochee and ‘The Last of the Great Fall Regattas’, was run for the first time in 1982 by the Atlanta Rowing Club. The first year there were 225 rowers filling 105 boats. For 16 years the regatta took place on the Chattahoochee River in the Roswell River Park located in Roswell GA. In 1997 the regatta had outgrown the park. From 1997-2004 the regatta was held at the 1996 Olympic rowing venue in Gainesville GA. The course there was located on the upper part of the Chattahoochee River.
In 2005, due to the large increases in entries each year, the regatta moved to the Chattanooga Ross’s Landing Riverfront venue. The venue and city have the capability to accommodate the continuous increase in rowers and spectators each year. Each year since 2005 The Hooch and the City of Chattanooga have welcomed over 6000 rowers and more than 15,000 spectators.
New this year, The Hooch will be hosting the Stämpfli Express – a 144 foot long rowing shell which can seat 24 rowers and a coxswain. Originating from Switzerland, the Stämpfli Express will be traveling to several US regatta’s including the Head of the Charles (Boston), the Head of the Schuylkill (Philadelphia), before making its appearance in Chattanooga, Tennessee from November 5th-8th.
It’s unique in rowing to have a rowing shell that can seat 24 rowers and a coxswain. The Stämpfli Express is three eight-person shells bolted together to form one rowing shell. Surprisingly, the Stämpfli Express is very stable and even inexperienced people can learn to row this amazing boat. [To learn more about the Stämpfli Express, visit this link]
Schedule of Events
The first race will begin at 7:50am on Saturday (Men’s Open 4x), and competition will continue throughout the day until dusk (approximately 6pm). Racing will resume on Sunday at 7:50am (Men’s Youth 4x) until late afternoon.
A variety of national vendors will be on the Chestnut Street concourse selling sporting-related gear and event merchandise on Saturday, and local artisans and food trucks from the Chattanooga Market will be located on Riverfront Parkway.
For more information, visit headofthehooch.org