Directions to Sandy Run/Occoquan Regattas
- Rte 123 (Ox Road) to Hampton Road
- Left onto Van Thompson Road
- Bear left at barn onto continuation of Van Thompson Road
- Straight into Sandy Run Park. (speed limit in Sandy Run: 15mph)
Rower Arrival Time
- Coxswains have an EARLY meeting time and need to plan on being at Sandy Run by 7:30. This is before the shuttle bus service begins, so parents will have to drop Coxswains off at Sandy Run
- All other rowers meet at Sandy Run on Saturday at a time to be announced a few days before each regatta. Rowers can be dropped off at Sandy Run without cost.
Family Viewing of Races
- When you come to watch the race, allow plenty of time to get to the grandstands as it is about a mile walk from the parking lot. It is a beautiful but hilly walk and can be muddy if weather has been rainy.
- There is a shuttle van service from the parking lot to the grandstand, for $2 each way ('09-'10 cost, subject to change).
- Bring binoculars! There are many boats and it can be difficult to identify particular boats/rowers without binoculars.
- There is limited seating in the grandstands, but there is room for folding chairs if you bring them.
- A concession stand is usually operated at the viewing area, selling water, coffee, bagels etc.
- Don't forget your camera (and zoom lenses!).
During the Regatta
Members of the Crew team are expected to support, encourage, and cheer for the other South County Crew rowers.
Wrap-up After the Last Race
All members of the SC Crew team are expected to remain at Sandy Run until the end of competition, regardless of when specific rowers are scheduled to compete.
After the last race, the South County Crew team members are expected to:
- Help put boats away
- Shut down “Hospitality tent” and remove food / drink items
- Perform any other tasks requested
2013 Occoquan Shuttle Bus Assignments
2013 Occoquan Food Tent Assignments
2013 VASRA Assignments
Phone: 703-690-4392; E-mail:
The information listed below is intended to make your visit to Sandy Run an enjoyable experience, especially if you are a first-time visitor.
- Pets are not allowed in the park on regatta days. The only exceptions are animals trained to assist individuals with disabilities. At all other times, pets must be on a leash.
- Be prepared to walk. The parking lots, boathouses and racecourse are spread over a hundred acres. Trails range from 3/10 to ½ mile. No bikes on the trails.
- If you require special accommodations, please contact the park at least 10 days in advance of the event for an American With Disabilities application.
- We do have handicap parking areas for those with DMV tags.
- On most regatta days, a van service will to take you to the grandstand area. There is a fee for riding the van.
- On championship regatta days, you may be assisted to park off site and ride a parking lot shuttle bus to the regatta site.
- No one may spend the night in the park.
- No one may cook food in the park. Food vendors must obtain written permission from park management.
- Unless you have a pass, you will be charged an admission fee to enter the park on regatta days.
- If you are dropping off rowers, food or equipment, you must follow the directions of the parking crew. You may not be able to drive into the park and will need to carry what you have.
- On extremely busy days, to pick up someone, you may have to park and walk or ride in to reach them. If you bring a pet, you will not be allowed in the park (see pet rule, regatta days).
- State law prohibits alcoholic beverages.
- The Occoquan Reservoir is a public water supply. There is no swimming or cox tossing allowed. Violators are subject to disqualification, fines and ejection from the park.
- No sales are allowed on park property without written permission or a permit.
- Additional rules and regulations may be obtained by contacting the park at the phone number or e-mail address listed above.
- If you are coming as a spectator, we hope you have a wonderful time. If you are here as a competitor, best of luck in your events.
SC Crew has agreed with Thomas Jefferson Crew to share school bus shuttle service to/from Sandy Run for Saturday regattas. Those SC Crew parents and rowers who took advantage of this service last year have indicated that it was worthwhile.
- Shuttle bus (school bus) service is FREE to SC rowers and families/friends. SC Crew Board has negotiated a share of the cost with TJ Crew and has paid this out of the crew budget.
- Several days before each regatta, our Coaches will determine and communicate report and wrap-up times based on start times of SC races and when cox's need to report for morning briefing. Crew families will then be able to make decisions on how and when to take advantage of the shuttle bus versus need to drive or drop off rowers and / or spectators.
- The Shuttle bus provides continuous service (except for a lunch break) between Silverbrook Elementary School (Crosspointe Drive at Silverbrook Road) and Sandy Run. The trip typically takes 10 minutes.
- The Shuttle bus leaves Silverbrook on the hour and half hour (e.g., 7:00am, 7:30am, etc) and leaves Sandy Run at quarter after and quarter before each hour (e.g., 7:15am, 7:45am, etc). There are therefore 2 round trips per hour.
- The bus driver takes a 30 minute lunch break between 12:00 and 12:30, hence no 12:00 bus from Silverbrook or 12:15 bus from Sandy Run.
- Shuttle bus service starts 2 hours before the first scheduled race and ends 1 hour after the last race. You will be informed via E-Mail or website what times this translates to each week based on that week’s race schedule
- Parking costs $10 per car (09-10 rates, subject to change). Late arrivals will have a longer walk to the race viewing area.
- Rowers can be dropped off or picked up at Sandy Run without cost. Drivers pay when they enter and then receive their $ back when they leave (as long as time between entering and leaving is not too long).
- Note that SC Crew has arranged for a free shuttle bus (school bus) between Silverbrook School and Sandy Run. This shuttle bus leaves Silverbrook approximately every half hour and drops off in the parking lot at Sandy Run. You can then walk (about one mile) or take a shuttle van from the parking lot to the viewing area for $2 each way ('09-'10 rates, subject to change)
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