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Head of the Occoquan (HOTO)

November 4, 2018

Regatta Information and Schedule

Wilson Crew Varsity rowers will race in the Head of the Occoquan (HOTO) this Sunday, November 4th at Sandy Run Regional Park. Please note: clocks fall back one hour for the end of Daylight Savings Time earlier that morning.

Coaches will share boat lineups by Friday. Please find information on transportation and race day schedule, and the sign up links for the HOTO and the Varsity Carboload below.

There will be no Wilson bus, so rowers must arrange their own transportation to and from the race. Additionally, all rowers must stay at the Occoquan until the conclusion of all Wilson racing and the trailer has been fully loaded. Boat unloading will take place Monday at TBC. (Rowers who do not attend loading and unloading will put their status for future races in jeopardy.)

Current Schedule
8:00 am - Boys Varsity Practice and trailer loading at TBC
11:00 am - Dismissal
6:00 pm - Joint Varsity Team Carboload (rowers + parents) at the Murrell's  Click here for details /to sign up for the Carboload

8:00 am - All Rowers arrive at Occoquan
8:15 am - Coaches and Coxswains meeting
10:20 am - Men's Upper 8s
10:40 am - Women's Upper 8s
12:00 pm - Men's Lower 8s
12:15 pm - Women's Lower 8s
12:30 pm - Men's Upper 4s
12:45 pm - Women's Upper 4s
2:30 pm - Dismissal from the Occoquan

4:30 pm - Trailer unloading at TBC 

Parking can be a challenge at this regatta. We recommend that you arrive early and carpool with friends. And, there’s always the shuttle! Once the parking lots are filled, you will be able to drop your passengers at the park, then you will be directed to the "Old Hechinger Lot" at the intersection of Old Bridge Rd/Ox Road (Rt 123-S) in Woodbridge. There will be shuttle buses in continuous operation between the Hechinger Lot and the upper parking lots of Sandy Run Park. Parking is $20 for cars carrying less than 12 people. Carpooling is recommended as space is limited.

Wilson Crew Tent
We will be located at Tent site 14 (not our usual spot), closer to the boat trailers. Click here for the HOTO map. Look for Wilson Crew banners to find us. Friends and family, please wear some Wilson green so that it is easy for us to spot each other and to cheer on our amazing rowers together.

Please remember, for everyone’s safety, parents are asked not to come to the trailer but rather to wait at the tent for their rower.

Viewing Areas
We encourage all HOTO spectators to view from the grandstand--there is a footpath which meanders through the woods to get there. It’s very “natural” and “rooty” though, so please dress for the weather/terrain.

Questions about logistics, please contact: Liesl and Tim Hickey:
Email: or 

For general HOTO information: HOTO
For official race information and results: Ronin
For real time race results from Wilson Crew on Twitter: @WilsonCrewDC

Volunteer and Food SignUp

We need volunteers and food donations to feed our hungry rowers before and after racing at HOTO. We also need help running the tent and cleaning up afterwards. Please click on this link to do your part. In order for your food donation to arrive on time, please send your items with your rowers in the morning. Thank you! 


To reach Sandy Run, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton Road, turn right on Lorton, turn right on Furnace Road, right again on Ox Road (Route 123), left on Hampton Road, turn left on Van Thompson and follow it to the park entrance.

Click HERE for a map to Sandy Run Regional Park.



Boys Upper 8+ (__ entries): Girls Upper 8+ (__ entries):
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Boys Upper 4+ (__ entries): Girls Lower 8+ (__ entries):
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Boys Lower 4+ (__entries) B - 
A -  Girls Upper 4+ (__ entries):
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  Girls Lower 4+ (__ entries):
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Now in its 34th year, HOTO is the sixth largest rowing regatta in the United States. Northern Virginia’s gorgeous fall foliage and protected waterways will usher your descent to the docks.HOTO’s two-day event schedule allows rowers to enter multiple races throughout the  program.