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Head of the South Regatta a special event for out of town teams

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AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) -

For 17 years, thousands of rowing teams from around the nation have come to Augusta fort the annual Head of the South Regatta - and on Saturday thousands more were treated to a beautiful day on the Savannah, with near perfect rowing conditions.

The weather and the event was especially meaningful to a team of junior rowers from the Northeast. For the second straight year, rowers from the Central Jersey Rowing Association made the trek to the Garden City for the event.

Last year they arrived from Augusta just 10 days after Hurricane Sandy rocked the eastern seaboard, leaving many friends and families homeless or without power.

Coach Tom Langowski says the trip to Augusta provided a much needed return to normalcy for his team, and that coming back for a second year was a no brainer.

"After spending a couple weeks in Jersey and no power and gas rationing, it was great for the kids to get down here," said CJRA coach Tom Langowski.

"The southern hospitality was great, we got another invitation this year and couldn't pass it up. We've really built a great relationship with the Augusta Rowing Club and hope to bring a few more boats next year if we get invited again."

All told, the event attracted nearly 50 crews from around the country representing 14 different states.

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