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Head of the Hooch is hosted by Atlanta Rowing Club & Lookout Rowing Club and is for all rowers. Learn more on Regatta Central.

When: November 4th and 5th, 2023. All student-athletes will travel via charter bus immediately after school on Thursday, November 2nd, and have a late practice on Friday, November 3rd. A request to the HHS Administration has been made for our student-athletes to have excused absences on Friday, 11/3/23. And if needed, Monday, 11/6/23.

Where: Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402. Our team tent will be near the center of the regatta activities (finish line) near the Chattanooga Aquarium.

Please follow this link for more information about this 2023 Hooch Info (updated 10/30/23).

What to Wear: Student-athletes are required to wear their Unisuits during the regattas. Dress in layers, as the mornings might be cold and the afternoons warm up.

Student-athlete meals: Student-athletes are responsible for purchasing some of their meals. Breakfasts are provided at the hotel. HHSRC will provide Friday lunch, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Sunday lunch.

Student-athletes need to have money to pay for the following:

  • Thursday dinner
  • Saturday dinner
  • Sunday dinner
  • Hooch souvenirs

Required Waivers: Current US Rowing Membership, which is the “basic” membership

Event Times: Head of the Hooch Entries - race times are subject to change without notice.

Volunteers Needed: We can't go to this regatta without help from the parents. Please sign up to help out over the weekend; there are several opportunities to earn volunteer hours.

• Sign up to be a chaperone for our HEAD OF THE HOOCH team Charter Bus. Follow this link for more information.

• More volunteer opportunities will be available soon.

Please visit this page for more information about club families' required volunteer hours.

Travel: Thursday, November 2nd, student-athletes should not drive and leave their car at or around the school. Parents, please drop off your student-athlete and their luggage before school at Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), located at 408 E Cayuga St, Tampa, FL 33603, on Thursday, November 2nd. Then they can then walk to school. They will board the team charter bus immediately after school on Thursday,11/2/23, and travel to Chattanooga. They will return to HHS late Sunday/early morning hours on Monday, 11/6/22. Arrival time updates will be shared as needed to coordinate pick-up by parents at HHS or MCC.

We fundraise to arrange student-athlete travel in a coach bus with a few parent volunteer chaperones and possibly an assistant coach. If the fundraising goal for transportation is not met, parents must pay for their student-athletes transportation to the Head of the Hooch that the club arranges. Student-athletes must travel as a team to and from the event.  A tip for the bus driver will also be collected from each student-athlete.

Team Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown Chattanooga, 440 W M.L.K. Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402 (423) 664-4321 Dial 0 to speak with the front desk. Rooms are reserved for the student-athletes from 11/2/23 to 11/5/23 (checkout).

Parent Accommodations: Parents are responsible for their own transportation and hotel reservations for this regatta. The club does not cover the cost of parent rooms or transportation.

We have reserved a block of king-sized bedrooms at the team hotel, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown Chattanooga, 440 W M.L.K. Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402, that HHSRC parents can reserve independently for the nights of 11/2/23-11/5/23 at the negotiated rate of $169 (+ taxes and fees) per night. Any combination of nights (1-3) should work at this rate per night. Book through this link until October 15, 2023.  After that time the hotel will be releasing the rooms and the rate will increase. Most parents typically stay only on Friday and Saturday nights. Hotels fill up quickly for this regatta, and please plan to reserve a place to stay if you will attend this event. Besides hotels, VRBO & Airbnb are other good options. 

Parent Transportation: Parents are responsible for their own transportation to and from Chattanooga. Most parents drive, while others prefer to fly into Chattanooga, Nashville, or Atlanta.  

Bus Chaperones: We do have a need for parent chaperones to ride on the charter bus to and from Chattanooga with the team. Requirements of this position are to be alert on the bus ride, be responsible for a specific group of student-athletes during food stops, and complete a free 90-minute SafeSport course. Besides leaving the driving to someone else, the parent chaperones will complete their families' volunteer responsibility for the entire year (20 hours).

City Transportation: You will be walking quite a bit! Uber and Lyft operate in Chattanooga. If you prefer to drive, parking information can be found here, and a map of parking areas is here. Parking is around $10-$15. 

Order HHSRC gear until 10/11/23 HERE.

Learn more about the history of Hooch and the best places to view the races.  Albeit a little dated, you can learn even more about Hooch in this video, as well as places to visit in Downtown Chattanooga. Be sure to watch at 0:15 for a quick HHSRC appearance and take note of our vintage oars!!


Go Big Red!

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If you have any questions, please contact any board member by email at  We welcome your input!

HHSRC is a non-profit 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Donations to the Club are tax-deductible under the IRS Code.