Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC - The Ukraine Olympic women's rowing team will be coming to the United States to race women's crews from Duke and Clemson University at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival presented by Bethany Medical on October 8, 2023.
"Hosting these world class Universities in a match up with Ukraine at this pivotal time in that nation's history is an extraordinary opportunity to showcase these rowers," says regatta director Gene Kininmonth. "It is such an honor that these teams will race here in the city of High Point."
Up to 800 rowers and thousands of spectators from surrounding states are expected for the annual rowing festival on High Point's Oak Hollow Lake with races scheduled to run all day in youth, collegiate and adult (Masters) boat classes.
Ukraine, Duke and Clemson will headline the rowing festival when they race for the prestigious Lenny Peters Cup at 10AM. Crews will line up at Skeet Club Bridge and race out to the center of Oak Hollow Lake, where they will row a 180-degree turn around a giant inflatable duck back to the main channel before turning toward the finish line at Festival Park.
The Ukrainian rowers are currently training in Warsaw, Poland as war continues in their homeland. But in an extraordinary twist this team stands to be Ukraine's best chance for Olympic gold in Paris next year after recently winning the quad sculls at the European Rowing Championships.
Race organizers have started a PayPal Fundraising page to help offset the cost of bringing the Ukraine rowers and coaches to North Carolina. This includes airfare, lodging, and food. "We are also raising money to support the team's future training and competition expenses. All funds raised will 100% directly fund Ukraine rowing expenses here in the USA and any balance will be given directly to the Ukraine women's team to continue its Olympic pursuits," said Kininmonth.
WANT TO GO? Races begin at 9am. The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. Parking is $10.
WHERE? Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake,1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27265
WANT TO RACE? Registration of crews will be accepted on Regatta Central.
In addition to scenic views of the rowing on Oak Hollow Lake, spectators will enjoy listening to Carolina Beach Blast music and feast from a number of food trucks serving coffee, slushies, burgers and tacos.
Looking for a more luxurious regatta experience? The Regatta Lounge will be open for guests to watch the races in comfort, enjoy coffee, pastries, lunch and alcoholic refreshments throughout the day. All included. Enjoy a glass of champagne or the signature Regatta cocktail while watching the races and making new rowing friends. Opens at 8am for coffee and pastries. Advance bookings are required. All inclusive for $75. PURCHASE TIX HERE.