The Gay+ Lesbian Rowing Federation will host our second indoor rowing event, an ergatta, on Sunday, 14 January 2024. We are expecting 300 – 500 LGBTQ rowers, and their family and friends for a packed, one-day event of individual and team erg competitions. The event is open to everyone, age 13 and older, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, men and women. Review our age, gender, weight, and adaptive categories here.
The event will be held at the Chuck Minker Sports Complex. in Las Vegas which encompasses about 1.5 basketball courts. Yes, it does have roll out bleachers. Yes there is wifi. Yes there are locker rooms and showers.
We will offer individual erg categories as well as team erg categories. Yes, team meaning there will be a heat and final for teams of 4x, and 8x, and the team 2x will direct to final. How does a team event work? Using the Concept2 Race software, multiple erg are assigned to one team, and the race shows the combined time of the entire team competing together, just like an on-the-water race. It is NOT a relay!!! For both the individual erg competitions and the team erg competiions, we will be using Concept2 RowErg ergometers.
Registration will be through Regatta Central. For those indoor rowers who have never used Regatta Central, yes, you have to create an online profile but it is fast and easy, and free. Team erg competitions on Regatta Central will mirror a boat entry for an on the water regatta: a team (boat) name will be entered, and the names of the participants for the team entered. We have enabled club team names for ALL events so that participants can feel part of their group whether they are competing on their own or if they are with a group who is competing in the team categories. We encourage club team names to be creative, playful, and mildly baudy.
There will be no day of registration and we plan to close registration on 12 January 2024. We are still looking at how to structure the entry fees so this section will be updated before early registration opens in October. Last year, we offered a flat participant fee of USD$30 and a per event entry fee. Early registration will open on 01 October 2023 and end on 14 November 2023. Regular registration starts on 15 November 2023 and ends on 31 December 2023. Late registration starts on 01 January 2024 and ends on 12 January 2023. Event fees will have the following schedule:
- early registration: US$2.50
- regular registration: US$7.50
- late registration: US$12.50
We want to encourage everyone to compete in both the individual erg races and the team erg races. That is also why we have set the distance for the team events at 1000 meters so that rowers can participate in multiple events!