FSRA Sweep Championships 2019 - Saturday 4/26 – Sunday 4/28

Gabriella Neske
Apr 3, 2019

April 26 – 28, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota

Hotel: Carlisle Inn, 3727 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota - (844) 369-2275

  • Team Overnight Trip
  • Buses will depart from Plant High School on Friday, 4/26 at 1:45 pm
  • All PHS parents will need to call the Student Affairs office to excuse their athlete that week by Wednesday, 4/24.  Absence will be excused as “school business”.  Student affairs will have a list of crew athletes attending the trip.
  • PRTC parents will also need to call their respective schools to have an absence excused & plan to meet buses at PHS on Himes Ave at 1:45 to depart.  
  • Arrangements will be made with Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church (Church across the street from PHS entrance on Himes) for rowers to store their luggage.  They should plan to drop their luggage that Friday morning before school & retrieve their luggage before loading buses.
  • Students will not need to “check out” at student affairs but will head straight to buses at the conclusion of 6th period as long as the parent has called in earlier in the week.  

Bus: Martz Charters. There will be two 55 passenger buses and one 15 passenger van that will depart from Plant High School on April 26th; one bus & van will remain with the team for the weekend; an additional bus will return for pick up on April 28th.

Phone numbers:     

*     Bus Driver (all weekend) – TBD  

*     Bus Driver Friday –  TBD

*     Bus Driver Sunday – TBD  

*     Brad Blanton – PHRA Travel Coordinator and Board Member (813) 335-5020


*     Coach Mike Smith (813) 786-0337

*     Coach Stephen Long (847) 254-0358

*     Coach Kayla Lankford (360) 936-8627

*     Coach Taylor Demes (813) 240-9456

*     Coach Rob Carter (813) 420-8950


*     Brad Blanton (813) 335 5020 / Nichole Blanton (813) 841-9006

*     Steve Hurd  / Elizabeth Hurd (615) 604-9422

*     Matt Ratto / Nicholle Ratto

Friday, April 26

1:15 p.m. Buses arrive at H.B. Plant High School for a planned Departure at 1:45 p.m.

1:30 – 1:45 pm. Rowers check out of school at the conclusion of 6th period; gather luggage at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church; load buses.

1:45 pm. Buses depart Plant and travel directly to Nathan Benderson Park 

5:45 p.m. Buses departs Benderson Park for the hotel for check in, clean up & get settled.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. +/-  Italian catered dinner at the hotel

8:00 pm: Coaches and Chaperone Meeting: Discuss Saturday morning bus schedule for rower’s arrival to regatta site based upon race schedule. One bus will make 2 trips to get all the rowers to the site on Saturday morning.

9:30 pm: Bed Checks. All rowers in their designated rooms. Chaperones stay up and monitor halls.

Saturday, April 27

6:00 a.m. Wake Up: 1st group of athletes prepare to leave for venue based on race schedule. Coaches & Chaperones go w/rowers as appropriate.  Breakfast served in hotel dining room. 

6:30  Bus with early racers departs for Nathan Benderson Park.

8:00 a.m. +/-  Bus with all remaining athletes departs for Nathan Benderson Park.

Snack and lunch: To be provided at the site by PHRA Hospitality

Rowers return to hotel:  Based on race completions and in shifts. 1st group expected to leave Benderson Park for the hotel around 4:15 p.m. 2nd group to leave Benderson around 5:30.

6:30 p.m. Team dinner at Der Dutchman across the street from hotel

8:30/8:45 p.m.  Coaches and Chaperone meeting to discuss Sunday morning plans for departure.

9:30pm:  Bed Checks - All rowers in their designated rooms. Chaperones stay up and monitor halls.

Sunday April 28

5:45 am: Wake Up: Rowers pack personal belongings & pick up rooms.  Chaperones clear all rooms as rowers depart to check for anything left behind.

6:15 a.m. Bus with early racers leaves for Benderson Park. Bus returns to hotel for remaining athletes. Breakfast served in hotel dining room.

Snack and lunch:  To be provided at the site by PHRA Hospitality   

5:30 pm: Approximate time of leaving Benderson Park for return travel to Plant High School.

6:30 pm: Approximate time of arrival at Plant High School (Himes Ave side of the school).