The Columbia Rowing Club is hosting the 2011 Head of the Broad Regatta, a fundraiser for Columbia Youth Rowing, on Saturday, October 8, on the Broad River at the Richland County Rowing Center. Racing starts at 9:30 am and continues throughout the day. Over 80 Youth and Adult Crews, representing 10 clubs from 5 states, will compete over the 4000 meter course.

The Head of the Broad will feature youth and adult rowers from the region. The youngest rower will be 13 and the oldest 70 years old. The feature race in the adult category is the Men's Single Sculls which kicks off the regatta at 9:30 am. Larry Klecatsky, a retired physician from New York who will be rowing for the first time in the Head of the Broad, will be renewing his rivalry with Jim Mohs, age 67, that dates back many years.  Larry is well-known in the rowing community and has an impressive list of achievements, including: member of the Rowing Hall of Fame, member of the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame, member of the New York Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Olympian, record number of first place medals including; 63 US National Championships, 65 Canadian Henley Championships, 27 Head of the Charles Championships,
over 300 local regatta Championships as well as International and World Championship titles.

Larry started rowing at the Minnesota Boat Cub and presently rows for the New York Athletic Club while living with his wife (present coach) Susan, in Little River, S.C.

Asheville Youth Rowing Association, a participant in every Head of the Broad Regatta, is 3 and 1/2 years old and draws from 11 different schools as well as home schooled kids. The crew has 58 kids rowing and coxing. Although a young program, AYRA just finished building a boathouse complex at Lake Julian Park, in Arden, NC. This past summer, four girls from AYRA were selected for the US Rowing Jr. National Development sweep and sculling camps. Youth who have graduated from AYRA are now rowing at colleges such as Brown, Ga. Tech., UNC-Chapel Hill, Univ. of Oregon, Clark University, Union College, Manhattan College, and Berry College. This year, AYRA will have 11 entries in the regatta including both boys' and girls' youth 4+'s (four rowers and a coxswain) and 8+'s (eight rowers and a coxswain).

One of the youth rowing crews new to the Head of the Broad Regatta in 2011 is North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing (NCCSR), a young organization in North Mecklenburg County/Charlotte, NC located on Lake Norman. The mission of NCCSR is to make sailing and rowing accessible, affordable and safe for the Lake Norman community. NCCSR is a non-profit organization that has rowing programs for youth and adults. 

There are 30 youth in the middle school, pre-competitive and competitive programs. The adult
rowers, most of whom are new to the sport since the spring of 2011 are at about the same number - but growing quickly.  The base of operations for NCCSR is Blythe Landing County Park in Huntersville, NC, at the Southern tip of Lake Norman. Check them out at their website http://www.nccsailrow.org/

Charlotte Youth Rowing (CYR) is in its 12th year as Charlotte's first and largest youth rowing program.  Following its motto "Excellence through participation", CYR has 49 rowers from over 20 different schools in 4 counties and 2 states.

This program is one of only two American youth rowing programs sponsored by a YMCA. A local adult rowing club, the Catawba Yacht Club is CYR's host. CYR's coaching staff is all volunteer and their parent group is extremely active. As a result CYR keeps fees to a minimum - less than 20% of the fees charged by some programs. CYR competes locally, regionally and nationally.

The Head of the Broad Regatta will be held at the Richland County Rowing Center on the Broad River. The public is invited and admission is FREE. Access to the Richland County Rowing Center is via Omarest Drive, off Broad River Road, across from Dutch Square Mall.