Friends of Port Rowing began the event last year with the goal of combining two interests: love of rowing and the rising number of children with Autism. Head Coach Steve Panzik piloted the event last April. He reached out to the coaches of our Long Island crew programs and invited them to participate in the regatta, which became sanctioned by USRowing and was sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead. Seven area high schools participated in the first regatta on our local waters. The event was a huge success and drew a crowd of over 1000 people.