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Trailer Talk: For Drivers and Coaches Pulling Boats

REGISTER YOUR TRAILER... Clubs with trailers need to register the trailer with Registration when they arrive either Sat 4PM - 6PM or Sunday starting at 6AM. To speedup the process, use the online Trailer Registration form HERE and simply confirm that you arrived with Registration. Parking for your Cab/Tow Vehicle is free at the Rourke Ramp Lot (Shuttle bus on Sunday) or in the Dry Weather Lot next to the Regatta Field Main Lot. Parking Pass from Registration is needed for Dry Weather Lot.

Trailers are a constant source of amusement and anguish at the Textile. While we haven't changed much for 2018, we are making an attempt here to give better guidance on how to arrive and depart with a trailer and also offer some common sense guidelines to streamline the process.

If you haven't heard this elsewhere, for 2018 the TRR is a one-day regatta on Sunday. The Saturday before the regatta is for setup, staging, and also for trailer arrivals.

  • The Trailer Lot has been renamed "Hotel California", because like the lyrics in the song "you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave", at least until Sunday afternoon. Translation: If you arrive late Saturday afternoon to park in the main Trailer Lot next to the boathouse, be aware that we cannot guarantee a way for you to depart until Sunday afternoon after all the racing is done. If you're coming on Saturday and wish to leave mid-day Sunday, then resist the urge to enter the trailer lot. Instead, put your trailer on the boulevard to be assured that you won't be boxed in. We expect trailers to arrive for the Textile starting Saturday afternoon and we'd like to start loading the lot by around 4pm.
  • The maps found below show a suggested loading pattern for the main Trailer Lot. We continue to think about this, so be assured that we will be on site to assist.
  • NO CABS LEFT WITH TRAILERS. After you unhitch the trailer, all cabs should be moved to the Rourke Ramp Parking lot on the "Varnum Loop". On Sunday we'll have a shuttle bus running the Varnum Loop that can bring drivers back to the venue and return them there at the end of the day. It's also a short walk. What we DON'T want is a boulevard with unusued capacity because the cabs are taking up valuable space.
  • COMMON SENSE: If your trailer is a side loader, that's great. But before you butt up against other trailers on the boulevard, consider that those trailers may not be side loaders and will need space to get boats on and off their center racks. Leave adequate space to accommodate your neighbors, and that will also leave you enough space to reattach your cab when it's time to leave.

Key Trailer Elements of the Venue.

Venue Map for Trailer Drivers

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Venue Trailers

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Key Notes

Roughly working from the top of the map to the bottom:

  • The SDAFL Launch Site ("Rourke Ramp") IS operational for 2018. Cabs should unhitch from trailers, get a parking pass at the Boathouse, and then proceed to the Elks Lodge Rourke Ramp Parking location. The Shuttle Bus loop will pass this location to bring people back to the Boathouse.
  • The Team Tent Area A is closest to the Rourke Bridge. Absolutely DO NOT move cones on the boulevard to squeeze in "just one more trailer" to be close to your camp site. There is room for approximately 3 trailers on the boulevard above the trailer lot, and if the fourth trailer extends into the cone area, it will be towed. This is a traffic pinch point for vehicles coming off the bridge, and it's going to be a major inspection point for the Lowell PD.
  • If you "always" use the Trailer Lot when you come to the Textile, consider that this year if you do, you have no guarantee of being able to leave until late Sunday afternoon. We expect/hope that the Trailer Lot will be available on Saturday night by around 4pm, but we'll have to be chasing out cars. If the lot is unavailable and you definitely want a spot in there, put your trailer on the boulevard and plan on bringing it into the lot early on Sunday morning, space permitting.
  • Absolutely DO NOT leave your cab with the trailer. Unhitch and take your trailer to the Rourke Ramp Parking lot on the Varnum loop (white dots).
  • Absolutely DO check-in at the registration desk when you arrive to secure a cab pass for your truck. Leave you name and contact information with the folks at the registration desk so we can contact you if necessary.
  • Note that we will try to load the Trailer Lot in a particular order. See the Trailer Lot Detail Map below for the order of loading. The current plan is to fit 8 trailers in the Trailer Lot, but we consider spots #5 and #8 to be optional at our discretion. It will depend on how efficiently we can space your trailers with sufficient room for rigging.
  • Coaches: The theme for the Trailer Lot should be to (a) remove your boats for rigging, and then (b) either launch for your event or put the boats back on the trailer. In other words, space in the lot will be limited, and boats sitting in slings for extended amounts of time makes matters worse.
  • Absolutely DO NOT park in the Handicapped or Vendor spaces immediately below the boathouse. Zones are marked in RED on the map are considered tow zones by the mercenary towing companies we have on call.
  • The general rule is "no trailers on grass". Absolutesly DO NOT don't put trailers on the big grassy field down near the finish line, known as the "pavilion". Massachusetts DRC controls this space and also has mercenary towing companies on speed dial.
  • Absolutely DO NOT park cabs in the handy parking lot near the pavilion. That lot is reserved for HP, and venue and DCR staff.
  • For more information on where to put your truck after unhitching your trailer, visit the Parking page.
  • Given all the restrictions named above, it might sound like trailers are a big headache. Actually, there's ample room for all trailers so long as we all act rationally and follow the guidelines and hard rules. If you have a preferred place to locate your trailer, the best advice we can give you is to show up early and not at the last minute. At some point on Sunday morning, your best options will be down near the Beach Launch site - and that's a perfectly good place to set up your team and trailer, but it's not ideal if your team has already located themselves up closer to the boathouse. Work together with your team to plan out your arrival and departure and things can go very smoothly.
  • While we expect our signage to be obvious and ubiquitous, always observe local road laws.

Boathouse Trailer Lot Area

We try to manage the arrangement of trailers in the main Trailer Lot a little more carefully than we do anywhere else. Everyone wants to be close to the main docks, and that puts this popular location right on top of the dock queues.

Boathouse Trailer Lot Area

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Trailer Lot Overview

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Key Notes

  • After the turn off the Rourke Bridge heading toward the boathouse, there will be a line of orange cones to shift vehicle traffic to free up the breakdown lane for trailers. DO NOT rearrange the cones. There is room for 3 forty-foot trailers in the zone. The first trailer in the zone (#21) should pull up to the entrance of the trailer lot but leave sufficient room for other trailers to enter the lot. Keep in mind that those trailers may be making a wide turn from the opposite direction which has a left-turn lane into the lot. We will entertain exactly zero complaints if bows collide when a trailer tries to enter the lot and #21 is in the way.
  • The only chance for 4 trailers to occupy this zone is if everyone cooperates, everyone has side loaders, and one or two of the trailers are of the 32' variety carrying only fours.

Boathouse Trailer Lot

The map and notes below are trying to show that trailers entering the trailer lot should meet a few nominal conditions, and arrival timing has a lot to do with how successful we are in packing the lot.

Boathouse Trailer Lot

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Trailer Lot

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Key Notes

  • Position #1 is key in setting the tone for the entire lot. Please make sure to have a Textile Certified Lot Technician (Carl) assist you if you're the first one into the lot. If we get that one correct, then we might be able to fit position #5 while maintaining useful rigging space between trailers.
  • Postion #6 should back into position parallel to the road, backed in far enough to maximize space for other trailers but without impeding flow into the lot. Position #7 should be a side loader, otherwise position #8 might not be usable.
  • On the boulevard adjacent to the Trailer Lot, we think there is room for 3 long haul trailers, but position #10 may need to be a side loader. We'll make a game day decision based on who shows up.
  • Timing: For those of you new to Textile, the Trailer Lot and adjacent boulevard parking in its vicinity usually fill between 4pm and 8pm on Saturday.