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2021 Jake Snyder Middle School Regatta (MS)

  • 03/28/2021
  • Edgewater Boathouse - Lake Fairview Park 2200 Lee Road


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Jake Snyder Middle School Regatta/Scrimmage 
Sunday, March 28, 2021

Jake Snyder is an amazing opportunity and regatta for our SORA MS kids to compete in small boats and multiple events. Jake Snyder is composed only of rowers and coxswains who are middle school students. More information on Jake Snyder can be found at the end of this email.

This year the regatta director has worked under extreme pressure, with the regatta location moved several times and having to scale down the regatta. This year's regatta is now a scrimmage with only 4 - 5 other teams. We are excited that we are able to participate and believe it will be a great day on the water for our rowers and families (Please note, if you look on regatta central it shows cancelled because it had to be scaled down as it’s now a scrimmage).

At the conclusion of races, the Jake Snyder Awards are announced at a brief ceremony. The awards are conferred on one girl and one boy from each participating program, selected by their coaches as having traits similar to Jake Snyder's. 

It is important that with this regatta that we have the support of ALL of our SORA MS parents. This is a MS only event, we will need assistance in all areas of this event: hospitality (food sign-up), hospitality day-of support, and possibly assistance loading and unloading the boat trailer. We know this is a long day for all but our volunteers are a huge part of SORA and we need YOU.

Who: Middle School
Spectators: Yes, Families are allowed to attend this regatta
Important reminder: Social distancing required and masks MUST be worn.
When: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Race Times: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Event Location: Edgewater Boathouse
Lake Fairview Park
2200 Lee Road

Park is located between Orange Blossom Trail and Edgewater Drive

Please sign-up to assist with hospitality at the link below:

Hospitality Link:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4fa4ab2ea0f94-jake

Race Schedule:

  • 7:00am Coaches and Coxswain Meeting
  • 8:00am Racing begins
  • 1:00pm Racing Concludes

Tentative Schedule is the following and will be updated this week with times. 

  • Girls 4+

  • Mixed 8+

  • Boys 4+

  • Girls 8+

  • MIxed 4+

  • Boys 8+

  • Break for Sweep Awards and Medals (Medals will be first place finishers)

  • Girls 2x

  • Girls 4x

  • Boys 2x

  • Boys 4x

  • Sculling Awards and Medals (Medals will be first place finishers)

  • Jake Snyder Award

Line-ups: Will be available later this week

Race Schedule and Line-ups are subject to change by the coaches. Please confirm all rowers races with the coaching staff. 

Report Time: 6:50am

Release Time:

ALL Rowers will be released at the conclusion of the regatta, when the trailer is loaded and coaches have released the rowers.

Regatta Wear: Arrive in your Hi-Vis Yellow shirts (SORA Logo) and solid black shorts
(no stripes or markings of any other color)

Race Wear: SORA Race Tank, Black Spandex shorts and Hi-Vis Yellow Hat

HI- Vis Yellow hats are REQUIRED in all races. 

New hats can be purchased for $20 please see Kelly to purchase

It is important to remember to practice SOCIAL distancing and follow all of SORA’s protocols and procedures when in attendance. MASKS are required!

The Jake Snyder Middle School Regatta was the inspiration of Daniel Vanegas, who started the regatta in Jake’s memory in 2012. Among middle school programs, whose racing opportunities were typically limited to occasional exhibition events at high school regattas, the idea was welcomed with enthusiasm. Middle school rowing programs from north, central, and south Florida came to the inaugural regatta.

Born in 1989, Jake Snyder grew up in Winter Park, Florida, where he attended Winter Park High School and rowed four years for the school’s rowing team, Winter Park Crew. During his high school years, Jake attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He was also awarded Disney World’s Dreamer and Doer Award, granted to students who set examples to others through their volunteer service. He earned a Bright Futures Scholar Award to the University of Florida, where he joined Gator Christian Life. At the University of Florida, he majored in Political Science with a minor in Classical Studies and a certificate in Weather. He received the Anderson Scholar Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the University on students for their first two years of course work. Jake died at the age of 21 in 2010, peacefully surrounded at home by his family and friends. After his death, Congressman John L. Mica, with whom Jake had served a congressional internship, brought to Jake's family a United States flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Jake once said of rowing: “Remember that this sport is not about personal glorification; instead, it is about making the team faster. Your goal should be to make your boat go as fast as possible, and if you’re ever moved out of the boat, don’t think “Why?” Instead, think about what you can do to make your new boat faster.” In other words, Jake felt that a person should always do what he or she can for the greater good. Jake lived that ethic, in all things at all times and with much joy. His smile was renowned both for its brilliance and its sincerity. 

The regattas logo, the fleur-de-lis, is the  insignia of the Boy Scouts of America, whose law epitomizes the way in which Jake, as an Eagle Scout, lived his life and shared himself with the rowing community. The Scout Law states that, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” We honor those attributes at the Jake Snyder Middle School Regatta.

See You Sunday!
Kelly Hagan
SORA Program Director

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