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    • 03/28/2020
    • Miami, FL

    2020 Miami International Regatta

    Friday, March 27 - Saturday, March 28 2020

    We are very excited to participate in the 2020 Miami International Regatta in Miami. This is the second year that SORA will be traveling to Miami to compete in this prestigious regatta. 

    New this year, we will be traveling by a 57 passenger bus with WiFi, GPS, DVD Player and will include the cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner in Miami.

    Rower registration - $225

    Included in the registration fee is the following:

    • Transportation - Bus

    • Lodging - Friday Night 
    • Meals Included: Friday - Dinner at the hotel. Saturday - Breakfast, lunch and snacks at venue
    • Regatta fees
    • Boat transportation

    Departure: Friday, March 27 - Rowers should be at the park by12:30PM. We will depart by 1:00PM.

    Bus will depart from Moss Park
    12901 Moss Park Rd, Orlando, FL 

    All rowers - are to be dressed in their SORA travel gear, Blue Polo, Black adidas pants

    Return: Saturday, March 28

    Depart Miami - 4:30pm - After the final race and boats secured

    Arrive Lake Nona, 8:00/8:30PM

    Pick-Up location - Walmart Lake Nona
    11930 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832

    Miami International Regatta will take place at Miami Rowing Club

    Venue: Miami Rowing Club
    3601Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149

    Regatta Central: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=6606&org_id=0

    Lunch Selection Signup Link (all rowers need to make their selection by Monday, March 16): 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7G91a_C5X6KNVZ4bDvHg7y_ZBLuXH0fO5QMzuRZGmYqLU7A/viewform

    SORA Event Link: TBD

    The Regatta Schedule: All line-ups and times subject to change. Rowers are responsible for obtaining the most current information from their coaches.

    Text Sign-up for regatta specific information:  This is the best way to get up to the minute information. Information will be sent out via text the entire weekend. Text to 81010 the message @2020Miami

    Meal plan:

    SORA will be providing meals on this trip. Breakfast will be at the hotel. Rowers should have money for all non-provided meals as well as any extra snacks.

    SORA will be providing dinner on Friday, in addition to a catered lunch and all snacks at the venue on Saturday, Please fill out the attached Google Document for our hospitality team above by Monday, March 16, 2020

    Friday, March, 27

    Rowers should eat prior to arriving at Bus

    Dinner: Will be catered at SORA at the hotel

    Saturday, March 28

    Breakfast: Provided by hotel

    Hospitality: Nutritious snacks, water and Gatorade will be served at the hospitality tent. 

    Lunch: A catered lunch provided by SORA 

    Dinner We will make a stop on our return to Lake Nona for snacks/dinner

    Packing list:

    • SORA duffle or similar SMALL DUFFLE ONLY 
    • SORA Jacket
    • Unisuit
    • Warm-weather practice gear 
    • Cold-weather practice gear - White ONLY Compression Shirt, Black ONLY Spandex and SORA Approved Black Adidas Pants.
    • Rain gear
    • SORA regatta wear for Saturday
    • Toiletries
    • Refillable water bottle
    • SMALL backpack for daily regatta gear

    Regatta Wear: 

    Arrival/Regatta: Hi-Vis SORA Shirt, black shorts or pants

    Race Wear:     

    • Unisuits and Hi-Vis SORA Yellow hats
    • HI- Vis Yellow hats are REQUIRED in all races. 

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

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    Coach Terry Davison 352-422-7366

    Kelly Hagan - SORA Program Coordinator 407-744-6298

    Dave Keezel - SORA Board President 407-920-1971

    If you have any questions, contact Kelly Hagan, Coach Terry, or any member of the SORA Board.


    • 03/29/2020
    • Turkey Lake

    Jake Snyder Middle School Regatta

    Jake Snyder is an amazing opportunity and regatta for our SORA MS kids to compete in small boats and multiple events. It is really important that with this regatta that we have the support of ALL of our SORA parents. This is a MS only event, we will need assistance in all areas of this event: hospitality sign-up genius, hospitality day of, take down of SORA tents and hospitality trailer pack-up and boat trailer. We know this is a long day for all but our volunteers are a huge part of SORA and we need YOU.

    Jake Snyder is open to all central Florida programs composed only of rowers and coxswains who are middle school students. Races are held on a 1,000-meter course with stake boats or start platforms.

    Medals are awarded to the winning boat in each flight. A gold, silver, and bronze medal are awarded to the fastest boats in each event, regardless of flight.

    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.

    Please see information below to learn more about Jake Snyder and this event.

    When: Sunday, March 29, 2020

    Event Location: Bill Frederick Turkey Lake Park

    3401 S Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835

    Parking: There will be a $4 parking fee

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

    Hospitality Link: Coming soon via text/email

    Regatta Central Link: TBD

    SORA MS Schedule: TBD

    Report Time:

    TBD

    Regatta Wear: Arrive in your Hi-Vis Yellow shirts (SORA Logo) and solid black shorts or pants.

    (Solid black, no stripes or markings of any other colors)

    Race Wear: Hi- Vis Yellow race shirt, black spandex and Hi-Vis Yellow hats

    HI- Vis Yellow hats are REQUIRED in all races.

    Regatta History:


    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


    • 03/31/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04/02/2020
    • 11:30 AM
    • Moss Park
    Register

    Learn to Row - $75 per Session

    In these L2Row you will learn the basics of rowing with others that are just starting out. This class will teach you everything you need to know from carrying oars and boats, to your first time on the erg (rowing Machine) to rowing on the water.

    • Mar. 31 & April 2 Tues/Thurs 9:00am - 11:30am
    • Apr. 15 & Apr.17 Wed/Fri 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Apr. 29 - May 1 Wed/Fri 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Register at www.soracrew.com/events

    Questions - Please contact Kelly Hagan - kelly@soracrew.com or Coach Deidrah Kennedy - coachdeidrah@soracrew.com


    • 04/04/2020
    • 04/05/2020
    • Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, FL

    Rower registration - TBD

    Venue: Nathan Benderson Park
    5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 3423

    • 04/15/2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • 04/17/2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Moss Park
    Register

    Learn to Row - $75 per Session

    In these L2Row you will learn the basics of rowing with others that are just starting out. This class will teach you everything you need to know from carrying oars and boats, to your first time on the erg (rowing Machine) to rowing on the water.

    • Apr. 15 & Apr.17 Wed/Fri 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Apr. 29 - May 1 Wed/Fri 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Register at www.soracrew.com/events

    Questions - Please contact Kelly Hagan - kelly@soracrew.com or Coach Deidrah Kennedy - coachdeidrah@soracrew.com


    • 04/25/2020
    • 04/26/2020
    • Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, FL

    Rower registration - TBD

    Venue: Nathan Benderson Park
    5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 3423

    • 04/29/2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • 05/01/2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Moss Park
    Register

    Learn to Row - $75 per Session

    In these L2Row you will learn the basics of rowing with others that are just starting out. This class will teach you everything you need to know from carrying oars and boats, to your first time on the erg (rowing Machine) to rowing on the water.

    • Apr. 29 - May 1 Wed/Fri 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Register at www.soracrew.com/events

    Questions - Please contact Kelly Hagan - kelly@soracrew.com or Coach Deidrah Kennedy - coachdeidrah@soracrew.com


    • 05/09/2020
    • 05/10/2020

    Event location and details TBD. Event may be in Sarasota or out of state. Still TBD. Either way will be a travel regatta with an additional fee.

    • 06/06/2020
    • 06/07/2020

    Much more info to come about this great event for some of our younger high school rowers. Competition is limited to those under 17. 

    This will be a travel regatta to Camden County, NJ. 

    Event info link: https://usrowing.org/sports/2019/9/25/2020-usrowing-u17-u15-national-championships.aspx 

    • 06/11/2020
    • 06/14/2020
    • Cordova, California


Past events

03/21/2020 CANCELLED 2020 Tampa Mayor's Cup (HS & MS)
03/10/2020 Mar 10 & Mar 12 - 2 Day Learn to Row
03/08/2020 2020 OARS Invitational (MS)
03/07/2020 2020 OARS Youth Invitational (HS)
02/29/2020 Feb 29 & Mar 1 - 2 Day Learn to Row
02/22/2020 2020 Sarasota Invitational (HS)
02/15/2020 2020 America's Youth Cup (Select HS)
02/09/2020 2020 Southern Erg Sprints (Full Team)
02/04/2020 Feb 4 & 6 - 2 Day Learn to Row
02/01/2020 2020 Novice Regatta (Novice HS & All MS)
01/21/2020 Jan 21 & 23 - 2 Day Learn to Row
12/29/2019 Ben Davison Sculling Clinic
12/14/2019 Dec 14 & 15 - 2 Day Learn to Row
12/03/2019 Dec 3 & 5 - 2 Day Learn to Row
11/16/2019 Fall Family and Rowers Challenge & Pot Luck BBQ
10/31/2019 2019 Head of the Hooch (HS - Travel)
10/26/2019 2019 Halloween Regatta (MS)
10/12/2019 2019 East Coast Classic (HS/MS)
10/05/2019 L2Row - 2 Day Intense Learn to Row (Oct 5-6)
09/28/2019 2019 Battle of the Bridges
09/14/2019 L2Row - 2 Day Intense Learn to Row (Sept 14-15)
09/10/2019 L2Row - 4 Day Learn to Row (Sept 10-19)
09/01/2019 September Masters Drop In Registration
08/24/2019 L2Row - 2 Day Intense Learn to Row Session (Aug 24-25)
08/20/2019 L2Row - 4 Day Learn to Row Session 2 (Aug 20-29)
08/20/2019 High School Pre-Season Open Rowing (Aug 20-29)
08/19/2019 2019 August Parent/Sibling Rows - Mondays & Wednesdays
07/31/2019 Parent/Sibling Row - Wednesday, July 31st
07/29/2019 2019 Summer Advanced Middle School/Returning Rowers Camp - Session 2
07/29/2019 High School Summer Drop-In Program: July 29 - August 1
07/24/2019 Parent/Sibling Row - Wednesday, July 24th
07/17/2019 Parent/Sibling Row - Wednesday, July 17th
07/15/2019 Masters (Adult) L2Row - 3 Day Learn to Row (July 15-18)
07/15/2019 2019 SORA/Jr Lions Summer Learn to Row Camp Session 2
07/15/2019 High School Summer Drop-In Program: July 15 - July 25
07/13/2019 Masters (Adult) L2Row - 2 Day Intense Learn to Row Session 1 (July 13-14)
07/11/2019 Masters Summer Open Rowing July 11th
07/10/2019 Parent/Sibling Row - Wednesday, July 10th
07/09/2019 Masters Summer Open Rowing July 9th
06/29/2019 Masters Summer Open Rowing June 29th
06/25/2019 Masters Summer Open Rowing June 25th
06/24/2019 2019 SORA/Jr Lions Summer Learn to Row Camp Session 1
06/24/2019 2019 Summer Elite Sculling Camp
06/24/2019 High School Summer Drop-In Program: June 24 - July 4
06/11/2019 High School "Meet the New Coach Deidrah Kennedy" Camp
06/07/2019 2019 US Rowing Youth National Championships (Select HS)
06/03/2019 2019 Summer Advanced Middle School Camp - Session 1
06/03/2019 High School Summer Drop-In Program: June 3rd-6th
06/03/2019 Summer Camp Volunteers (11th & 12th Grade HS Only)
05/17/2019 2019 High School End of Year Banquet
05/10/2019 2019 US Rowing Southeast Youth Championships (Select HS)
04/26/2019 2019 FSRA Sweep State Championships (Select HS)
04/25/2019 2019 Middle School End of Year Celebration
04/16/2019 2018-2019 SORA Yearbook Ad/Shout Out
04/12/2019 2019 FSRA Sculling State Championships (Select HS)
04/05/2019 2019 Miami International Regatta (HS - Travel)
03/31/2019 2019 Jake Snyder Middle School Regatta (MS)
03/30/2019 FSRA Central District Championship
03/16/2019 2019 Tampa Mayor's Cup
03/10/2019 2019 OARS Invitational (MS)
03/09/2019 2019 OARS Youth Invitational (HS)
02/23/2019 2019 Sarasota Invitational (HS)
02/09/2019 2019 Southern Erg Sprints (Full Team)
02/02/2019 2019 Novice Regatta (Novice HS & All MS)
12/08/2018 Fall Sprints at the Canal (HS)
11/17/2018 Scrimmage at Moss Park (HS/MS/Mast)
11/07/2018 Wednesday 11/8 Learn to Row
11/01/2018 2018 Head of the Hooch (HS Varsity & Select Novice - Travel)
10/27/2018 2018 Halloween Regatta (MS)
10/19/2018 SORA Travel Bag
10/13/2018 East Coast Classic (HS/MS)
09/15/2018 Battle of the Bridges
09/10/2018 2018 SORA Parent's Meeting
08/25/2018 Breakfast at the Boatyard
07/30/2018 SORA/Jr Lions Summer Rowing (Session 3) - Jr Lions - Middle School - High School Novice
07/10/2018 2018 Club Nationals
06/18/2018 SORA/Jr Lions Summer Rowing Summer Rowing (Session 2)
06/13/2018 2018 High Performance Camp
06/09/2018 Adaptive Rowing Open House
06/08/2018 US Rowing Youth Nationals
06/04/2018 SORA/Jr Lions Summer Rowing Summer Rowing (Session 1)
06/01/2018 High School End of Year Awards Ceremony
05/14/2018 May Learn to Row - Mon/Wed evenings
05/12/2018 2018 Southeast Regionals (HS)
05/10/2018 2018 Middle School (Almost) End of Season Party
05/05/2018 2018 Florida Masters (MS, Mast, Adaptive)
05/01/2018 2017-2018 SORA Yearbook Ad/Shout Out
04/27/2018 2018 Sweep States (HS)
04/14/2018 2018 Sculling States (HS)
04/08/2018 2018 Jake Snyder Regatta (MS)
04/07/2018 2018 Central District Championships (HS)
03/17/2018 2018 Tampa Mayors Cup (HS)
03/11/2018 2018 OARS Regatta (MS, Masters, Adaptive)
03/10/2018 2018 OARS Regatta (HS)
03/05/2018 March Learn to Row - Mon/Wed evenings
03/03/2018 (CANCELLED) 2018 Plant City Invitational
02/25/2018 2018 Sarasota Invitational (MASTERS/ADAPTIVE/VETERAN)
02/24/2018 2018 Sarasota Invitational (HS Only)
02/12/2018 February Learn to Row - Mon/Wed evenings
02/10/2018 2018 Southern Erg Sprints (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
02/03/2018 2018 Novice Regatta (HS/MS)
01/19/2018 2018 Spring Kickoff Dinner
01/15/2018 January Learn to Row - Mon/Wed evenings
12/04/2017 December Learn to Row - Mon/Wed evenings
12/04/2017 SORA Chipotle Spirit Night
12/02/2017 Winter Park Christmas Parade - Middle School Fundraiser
11/22/2017 2017-2018 HS Rower Jackets
11/18/2017 Turkey Scrimmage (All Programs)
11/11/2017 Head of the South (HS Only - Travel)
11/06/2017 November Learn to Row - Mon/Wed evenings
10/28/2017 Halloween Regatta (Middle School Only)
10/21/2017 Gatorhead (High School Only)
10/17/2017 October Learn to Row - Tues/Thurs evenings
10/17/2017 SORA Vista Lakes McDonald's Spirit Night
09/20/2017 Unisuit Orders (High School)
09/19/2017 September Learn to Row - Tues/Thurs evenings
08/27/2017 SORA Annual Open House & Pancake Paddle
08/22/2017 HS Returning Parent Mandatory Information Meeting
08/22/2017 August Learn to Row - Tues/Thurs evenings
07/31/2017 Summer Rowing (Session 5)
07/25/2017 July Learn to Row - Tues/Thurs evenings
07/24/2017 Summer Rowing (Session 4) - 1 week + Halifax Summer Regatta
07/10/2017 Summer Rowing (Session 3)
06/20/2017 June Learn to Row - Tues/Thurs evenings
06/19/2017 Summer Rowing (Session 2)
06/11/2017 SORA HS - Club Nationals (Ohio) Training - WEEKLY TRAINING WITHOUT REGATTA
06/05/2017 Summer Rowing (Session 1)
06/03/2017 Middle School End of Year party
06/01/2017 SORA HS - Club Nationals (Ohio) Training (including Regatta)
05/26/2017 High School End of Year Ceremony
05/20/2017 FL Masters Regatta (HS, MS, Adult & Adaptive)
05/16/2017 May Learn to Row - Tues/Thurs evenings
05/15/2017 END OF YEAR AWARDS - ROWER VOTE
05/13/2017 USRowing Southeast Youth Championships
04/28/2017 2017 Sweep States (HS Only)
04/24/2017 2016-2017 SORA Yearbook Ad/Shout Out
04/07/2017 State Sculling Championships
04/01/2017 2017 Eastern District Championships (HS Only)
03/18/2017 Tampa Mayors Cup - Saturday 3/18
03/12/2017 2017 OARS Regatta (MS, Masters, Adaptive)
03/11/2017 2017 OARS Regatta (HS)
02/25/2017 2017 Sarasota Invitational (HS Only)
02/18/2017 2017 Battle of the Blues Lunch Pre-order
02/18/2017 2017 Battle of the Blues (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
02/11/2017 2017 Novice Regatta (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
01/28/2017 2017 Southern Erg Sprints (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
01/20/2017 2017 Kickoff Pot-Luck Dinner
01/16/2017 Open Board Meeting - January
12/10/2016 Dec 10 Winter Springs/Oviedo Parade - Middle School Fundraiser
12/10/2016 Winter Springs - Oviedo SORA BOOTH
12/08/2016 SORA Vinyl Sticker - S with crossed oars & crest
11/19/2016 2016 Head of the Giblet Vendor
11/13/2016 2016 Head of The Giblet Work Day
11/10/2016 Giblet Work Day (during Middle School Practice)
11/07/2016 2016 Giblet Team Lunch Pre-Order
11/04/2016 2016 Head of the Hooch (HS Varsity & Select Novice)
10/22/2016 2016 Gatorhead Regatta (HS/MS)
10/15/2016 2016 1st coast (HS - All Varsity & Select Novice)
10/12/2016 Adjusted Practice Schedule (week of 10/10)
09/13/2016 Middle School Parent's Meeting
09/03/2016 Saturday Clinic with Ben Davison
08/20/2016 2016 Pancake Paddle & Open House
08/01/2016 Summer Rowing Session 4
08/01/2016 Adult Evening Learn to Row Session 3
07/23/2016 2016 Halifax Summer Regatta
07/11/2016 Summer Rowing Session 3
07/11/2016 Adult Evening Learn to Row Session 2
06/27/2016 Summer Rowing Session 2
06/27/2016 Adult Evening Learn to Row Session 1
06/13/2016 Summer Rowing Session 1
05/21/2016 End of Year Banquet & Awards Ceremony
05/18/2016 SORA Yearbook Ad/Shout Out
05/13/2016 Southeast Regionals (HS Only)
05/07/2016 Florida Masters (HS, MS, Mast, Adaptive)
04/29/2016 Sweep States (HS Only)
04/15/2016 Sculling States (HS Only)
04/03/2016 Jake Snyder Regatta (MS)
04/02/2016 Eastern District Championships (HS Only)
03/14/2016 Open Board Meeting - March
03/13/2016 OARS Regatta (MS, Masters, Adaptive)
03/12/2016 OARS Regatta (HS)
02/20/2016 Novice Regatta (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
02/13/2016 Erg Sprints (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
01/23/2016 Citrus Sprints (HS/MS) SUNDAY
01/21/2016 Kickoff Dinner
01/18/2016 Open Board Meeting
12/09/2015 Annual Membership Meeting and Board Elections
11/22/2015 Head of The Giblet Clean Up Day
11/21/2015 Head of the Giblet (HS/MS/Mast/Adaptive)
11/21/2015 Head of the Giblet Vendor
11/21/2015 Gobbler Sandwich Lunch Pre-Order (Teams only)
11/21/2015 Head of the Giblet Middle School
11/20/2015 Head of The Giblet Work Day
11/14/2015 Head of The Giblet Work Day
11/12/2015 Head of The Giblet Prep Day
11/06/2015 Head of the Hooch (HS Only)
10/29/2015 Giblet Volunteer Information Meeting
10/20/2015 High school learn to row
10/19/2015 October Open Board Meeting
10/17/2015 Gatorhead Regatta (HS/MS)
10/10/2015 1st coast (HS - All Varsity & Select Novice)
09/15/2015 Learn to Row Event - 9/15, 9/17, 9/22, 9/24, 9/29, 10/1
08/29/2015 Pancake Paddle
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