ARC’s Purpose

… to teach and train oarsmen and oarswomen without preference to race, creed, religion, or color.

The purpose of the Atlanta Rowing Club is to be a non-profit organization formed and maintained to promote the sport of rowing. Started in 1974 by a small group of athletes to accommodate their need to row. Since then, the club has welcomed athletes from a diversity of backgrounds and a variety of interests.

… to develop the sport of rowing as an interscholastic and intercollegiate sport in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

As part of the organization’s mission to develop the sport of rowing, the Atlanta Rowing Club has helped to form local junior rowing clubs and collegiate rowing clubs. As the collegiate rowing community grew in the southeast, the Atlanta Rowing Club also organized the inaugural Southeastern Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship regatta at Stone Mountain Lake.

… to provide the equitable means for both recreational and competitive rowing, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1982, the Atlanta Rowing Club started what has become the nation’s second largest regatta, called the Head of the Hooch. Rivaled only by the Head of the Charles in size, the Hooch regatta hosts over 1200 boats every year in November. With over 9,000 seats racing in this two-day regatta, teams from across the nation gather to compete at all levels, including para-rowing. At home, our coached programs afford members of the Atlanta community both competitive and recreational teams.

… to maintain the natural beauty and ecological balance of the Chattahoochee River and surrounding area; and, to provide a means for community and charitable involvement in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The Atlanta Rowing Club is part of local and regional community groups dedicated to ensuring the safety and beauty of the Chattahoochee water shed. From water quality testing along tributaries to working with local water engineers, we look for avenues to help build a strong water recreation community in the Roswell, GA area. In addition, our participation with the national breast cancer fundraiser, Row for the Cure, as well as our support for adaptive rowing have helped to fulfill our mission.