The United States Rowing Association is taking a chance on Door County and on Sturgeon Bay this weekend by bringing a national qualifying crew race to the area. Sturgeon Bay's annual maritime festival started last year and Dr. Bruce Tully, founder of the Sturgeon Bay Rowing Club and organizer of the Sturgeon Bay Maritime Regatta, felt a major race like this could really put the icing on the cake for the festival.
With more than 155 boats registered to race tomorrow morning starting at 8:00 AM, Door County’s first rowing regatta will bring more than 1,000 participants to Sturgeon Bay, according to Tully.
The Olympic style 1,000 meter sprint course was marked last night. Passing over the Bay View or Maple Street Bridge, you will see the orange buoys marking this year's course.
To watch a number of 2016 Olympic hopefuls race tomorrow, bring lawn chairs and your cooler and enjoy these amazing athletes along Memorial Drive in Sturgeon Bay. A viewing area will stretch from just south of Utopia Circle to Bob Starr's residence.
The Sprint Race Regatta will run from 8:00 AM until approximately 3:00 PM. Crew racers will be in several different sized boats that range from men's and women's singles to 60 foot eight-person shells.
The Sturgeon Bay boat channel will remain open to water traffic as the course has been set up outside the area where most boats travel between the bridges.
The raido stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com are proud to be a major sponsor of this event. Listen to 96.7 FM WBDK and 105.1 FM WSBW for live updates throughout the day tomorrow.
To view the race lineup visit www.regattacentral.com. Or check out www.sbrow.com for more race day information.