The Heart of Texas

The Heart of Texas Regatta, a USRowing Nationally Recognized Regatta, is held annually in February, making it one of the first sprint regattas of the spring. Since 1983, Austin Rowing Club has had the pleasure of hosting this fast-paced regatta on Lady Bird Lake. In the beginning, the regatta was primarily for visiting crews and today the event has grown to include Masters, Open, and Junior events across two days of racing. Held on a seven lane, fully-buoyed 1,000 meter course with a state-of-the-art starting platform, this regatta sees over 800 entries with 1,500+ competitors annually.


Saturday, February 25th & Sunday, February 26th, 2023


Standard Registration:

  • Opens January 9, 2023 @ 9:00 AM CST
  • Closes February 15, 2023 @ 11:00 PM CST

Late Registration:

  • Opens February 15, 2023 @ 12:01 AM CST
  • Closes February 22, 2023 @ 11:00 PM CST

General Dates:

  • Line-ups Due February 22, 2023 @ 11:00 PM CST
  • Payments Due At Time of Registration
  • Waiver Due February 22, 2023 @ 11:00 PM CST


Previous years RESULTS


The Heart of Texas Regatta is located at Festival Beach Park on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas. Google Maps Venue map showing team tent locations and boat lay down locations.

By Bike – Bike racks are provided in the park and storage is available at the venue tent; bring your lock. Austin Bike Map

By Trail – Everyone is encouraged to walk or bike the trails to reach the event. Lady Bird Lake Trail Map

By Public Transport – Capital Metro routes 21 and 22 serve the venue. Capital Metro System Map – Capital Metro Trip Planner 

Trailer Parking – Please see the overview and detail maps of trailer parking. Trailers shall be parked in a westbound orientation on Chicon Street. 

Venue Parking – Limited parking is available within one block of 1600 Nash Hernandez Senior Road, along the south side of Nash Hernandez Sr. and where available on Chicon and Comal. All visitors must honor traffic cones, barriers and No Parking signs or risk ticketing or towing.


Austin Rowing Club recommends competitors and fans stay at the Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake. This Holiday Inn is a short walk to the race course. Please contact hotel staff at 1-512-634-1274 for team sales.

Volunteer Information

This is an Austin Rowing Club event that is primarily volunteer run. Information will be posted a few weeks prior to the race.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

Contact Information

General Inquiries:
Volunteer Coordinator:


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