FISA World Masters 2018 Update: Entries Continue to Roll In
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World Masters 2018 EntriesEarly registration is over, but standard registration remains open until August 19, 2018 for men and women’s events and September 28 for mixed events. Crews looking to rent boats must have booked their boat by this time, subject to boat availability.
While entry total aren’t expected to top last year’s event, the park estimate over 3,000 entries will be made by the time registration closes. As we know, rowers tend to do things (like submit boat entries) at the very last minute.
World Masters 2018 Team TentsNathan Benderson Park instituted a tent policy regarding team tents. Team tent rentals will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. Currently Regatta Central has not updated with any tent rental information specific to FISA Worlds, but typically the venue’s vendor charges $145 for a 10x10, $245 for a 20x20 and $475 for a 20x40. Extra amenities are available for a fee.
World Masters 2018 AccommodationsSurrounding hotels and alternative accommodation venues are filling up fast. Don’t delay in booking your accommodations. According to Hotels.com, as of writing Sarasota was 78% booked for September 25-30. HBC Event Services offers discounted hotel accommodations for the WRMR event here. Again, remaining rooms are going fast.
Reminders About Venue TrainingThe venue will open for official training on Tuesday, September 25, from 8-6pm, depending on weather conditions. The stationary start system will be available for practice on Wednesday, September 26.
Wednesday’s opening ceremony will be free to attend. Enjoy performances by the Circus Arts Conservatory and local fare. The celebration begins at 7pm.
We look forward to seeing you there! If you’d like advice on where to stay or go while in town, feel free to contact us! Sarasota masters teams are excited to have this event in our backyard. We’re practicing hard with an eye on the regatta.
Some fun facts about Nathan Benderson Park:
- The race course meets FISA standards with 2,180 meters in length and an average 6 meters deep.
- Nathan Benderson Park was originally a man-made mining pit for fill sand and shell.
- The state-of-the-art wave attenuator platform has a dedicated TV road for following races.
- The venue is surrounded by a paved trail ideal for running, rollerblading, or cycling.
- Yes, there are alligators! Don’t worry; the venue team does an excellent job managing the local population. Give them space and they’re unlikely to bother you.