Head of the Lagoon was started by a group of master rowers including Ron Hudson and Daryl Winter. It was named after the Monster from the Blue Lagoon movie, and was initially a one day regatta. HOTL has now grown to a two day regatta, hosting junior, collegiate, open, and master teams. This is a gently curving course through the Foster City Lagoon, which is carefully buoyed every year. It is free of currents and powerboats, making this regatta an interesting and competitive race.
Team Itinerary HOTL
2:15pm – Meet at UCI Boathouse (600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach, CA, 92660)
2:30pm – Depart Newport Beach to Foster City (#1 30 minute rest stop) (#2 1 hour dinner stop “proctored exams”)
10:30pm – Arrive at Hilton Garden Inn, San Mateo, 2000 Bridgepointe Circle, San Mateo, CA, 94404.
11:00pm – Lights out
6:00am Coaches / Coxswains depart for Foster City Lagoon
6:45am Athletes depart for Foster City Lagoon
(Racing gear under cold weather gear. – sunglasses, hat)
7:00am Unload trailer & begin rigging 8+’s & oars to designated boats
7:30am Coaches / Coxswains meeting
8:20am 8+’s Launch & begin pre-race warmup
9:00am Men’s Open 8+
Loyal Founders / Red Smoothie 2 Plain Edge Entry A: Madeline Sands, James Stupin, Anand Lijo, Joshua Andersen, Bruce Lee, Reese Tobaben, Connor Basile, Brooks Kinney, Denver Cohen
Henry T Nicholas III / Green / Red Skinny Fat 2 Smoothies Entry B: Carlos Dominguez, Ezra Monroy, Bin Zhang, Colin Petree, Kevin Tarhan, Tyler Williams, Patrick Winters McCarthy, Robert Wearn, Ryan Wong
9:00am Men’s Novice 8+
Roger James / White Big Blade Entry A: Paige Newport, Jaesup Kim, Alexander Galkin, Andrew Self, Travis Gillette, Christian Barrett, Aydin Yolar, Ariya Olaee, Emil Sabri
Jan / Green Ultralite Fat 2 Smoothies Entry B: Khai Nguyen, Holman Lau, Kevin Chen, Arya Blourchian, Joshua Russell, Jack Aubele, Jabra Baddour, Matthew Kaiser, Kyle Lin
10:00am De-Rig 8+’s and begin loading trailer
10:00am Men’s 4+’s Launch (Pairs > 4’s + Bursts)
10:30am Men’s Collegiate 4+
Brawler / Green / Red Skinny Fat 2 Smoothies +1 Clam Entry A: Carlos Dominguez, Reese Tobaben, Denver Cohen, Brooks Kinney, Connor Basile
Dylan Ayres / Green / Red Skinny Fat 2 Smoothies +1 Clam Entry B: Anabelle Cheng, Colin Petree, Kevin Tarhan, Ryan Wong, Patrick Winters McCarthy
11:00am Novice Van’s Depart for San Fransisco
11:10am De-Rig 4+’s and continue loading trailer
11:25am Men’s Pair Launch
11:30am Men’s 2x Launch
11:45am Men’s Collegiate 2-
Manatee / Green / Red Skinny Fat 2 Smoothies +2 Clam Entry A: Joshua Andersen, Denver Cohen
12:00pm Men’s 2x
Brawler / Green / Red Skinny Fat 2 Smoothies +1 Clam Entry A: Robert Wearn, Connor Basile
12:30pm Finish Loading Trailer
1:00pm Varsity Departs for Newport Beach, CA
2:00pm Novice Depart for Newport Beach, CA
650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, CA
From 101: Head east on Hwy. #92. Take Foster City Boulevard exit. Turn left at lights onto Metro Center Boulevard. Turn right at lights onto Foster City Boulevard. Turn right at lights onto East Hillsdale Boulevard. Turn left at next light onto Shell Boulevard.
From San Mateo Bridge: Take Foster City Boulevard exit. Turn right at lights and right again onto Foster City Boulevard. Turn right at 2nd lights onto East Hillsdale Boulevard. Turn left at next light onto Shell Boulevard.
Spectator Approved Parking Areas
- 1065 E. Hillsdale – Bank of America Parking Lot
- 610 Foster City Blvd. – Foster City City Hall
There is NO parking at the Foster City Library as they have their normal weekend schedule of events. Please do not take away a parking spot from a family visiting the library. Foster City Police Officers have been hired to help with parking, car control and people crossing streets in the crosswalks.
NO parking will be available at the Community Recreation Center, Tennis Courts or Senior Wing Parking lot (located closest to Leo Ryan Park and closest to the intersection of Hillsdale and Shell Blvds) for participant or spectator vehicles.