TOUGH CUP INFORMATION

If you are competing at the upcoming Tough Cup, please read the information that follows to plan your schedule for the week leading up to the regatta and for the day of competition. This information includes timelines for de-rigging, trailering, race day(s), unloading the trailer when it returns to the boathouse, and re-rigging. ALL participants are expected to assist with ALL aspects of regatta preparation.

If you are not competing, but are considering attending the regatta to cheer on your CRUmates and watch some fantastic racing, please know that we love when we have fans there! It’s a great way to spend time getting to know new teammates as well as visiting with old friends. Regattas tend to be composed of multiple periods of “hurry up and wait” so there is plenty of time to eat and be social. Wear your CRU gear if you have some and embrace the fact that we will probably press you into service to carry shoes, oars, and sometimes boats.


TO DO LIST

  1. Carefully Read the Tough Cup Information Packet This includes important directions, maps, lineups, duties, etc. This will be updated frequently, so it is best to access it via your phone.

  2. Sign Waiver If you will be competing at the upcoming Tough Cup, in addition to the waiver you signed as part of your USRowing membership, you must also sign THIS REGATTA SPECIFIC WAIVER. You will not be allowed to compete if both of these waivers are not signed.

  3. RSVP on Team Snap Make sure to rsvp for the event “Tough Cup” on TeamSnap (via All Members) so that you will receive the messages that are sent out during the live event. If you don't rsvp you won't get the updates and messages! (Even if you are not competing, but are coming to watch, rsvp so that you can stay in the loop.)

  4. Select an Item to Bring When you rsvp, please be sure to select some items from the “Assignment” list for the team to use and consume during the regatta.

  5. De-Rig/Rigging Times You must be at your normal practice time to de-rig boats and load the trailer; extra hands are always welcome. We will be de-rigging and loading all week to make it manageable.

Parking for Spectators

Only trailers will be allowed to park on Eleanor St out of respect for the neighbors. All participants and spectators are encouraged to take the CTA Orange Line to the Ashland stop for an approximately 10-minute walk to the boathouse. If you do drive, be sure to arrange carpools and park in the Peoples Gas parking lot on the corner of Eleanor St and Loomis St or in the free/non-zone street parking as indicated on the map. The boathouse is located in a residential area. Please be considerate of the boathouse neighbors and do not block driveways and keep the noise down when you arrive in the early morning. Be good guests!

If you are not competing, but are considering attending the regatta to cheer on your CRUmates and watch some fantastic racing, please know that we love when we have fans there! It’s a great way to spend time getting to know new teammates as well as visiting with old friends. Regattas tend to be composed of multiple periods of “hurry up and wait” so there is plenty of time to eat and be social. Wear your CRU gear if you have some and embrace the fact that we will probably press you into service to carry shoes, oars, and sometimes boats.

Preparation

Be prepared for unpredictable weather - anything can happen! Check your favorite weather app before leaving home to make sure you are prepared and comfortable for any situation. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than sitting on the side of a river dressed all wrong! Bring an extra jacket, blanket, and hat even if you don’t think you’ll need it…someone else might. Pack an extra outfit to change into. While rare, it does happen that an athlete falls in the water. You’ll be thankful for dry undies on the ride home!


Allow plenty of time to get to the venue and to park, especially if it is your first time there. Coordinating with teammates to ride together is the best option so that there are fewer cars to park and so that no one has to go alone. The walk to the competition site is often long. Be prepared! Inevitably it will be dusty or muddy so wear appropriate shoes. Expect the unexpected!


What to Pack - An Athlete & Spectator Checklist

  • Dress for the weather; consider the season; remember temperatures can vary as the day progresses; think layers!

  • Hot Hands – hand warmers

  • Chair or blanket to sit on

  • Umbrella and/or raincoat

  • Binoculars

  • Something to pass the time (phones, books, cards, etc., backup phone charger)

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Chapstick

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Cash or debit/credit card; there are usually food and regatta gear tents

  • Warm-ups to wear while not racing

  • Layers for racing

  • Hat/visor or bandana

  • Sunglasses/glasses/contacts and solution

  • Uni or gray CRU shirt and black trou to compete in

  • Slip-on shoes to wear while walking to the dock for your race; you have less than a minute to get off and on the dock; the dockmaster will not patiently wait for you to untie/tie your shoes

  • Socks (3-4 pair)

  • Bags for wet clothing

  • Changes of clothes in case you get soaked, as well as to go home in (packed in Ziplock bags to keep them dry if the ground/bag gets wet