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Dad Vail Regatta

The 70th edition of the Dad Vail Regatta will be held on May 9 and 10, 2008. It is just one of over 60 regattas scheduled on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia each year, arguably the most of any rowing racing course in the United States.

The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. Hundreds of colleges and their student athletes visit the city of Philadelphia during the second weekend of May every year.

In the rowing world, The Dad Vail is special. It was founded in 1934 by two rowing officials from Penn, Lev Brett and "Rusty" Callow. They in mind a regatta where "little guys" could compete and not worry about taking on power house schools of the day.

They named the event after their friend and respected coach, Harry Emerson 'Dad' Vail. The result was the first Dad Vail. Marietta won defeating Manhattan and Rutgers.

The Dad Vail Regatta is expected to draw a field of 115 colleges, universities and service academies competing in 150 races on a 2,000-meter course. Close to 3,000 rowers and spectators numbering in the tens of thousands will be flocking to the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Returning to defend their Dad Vail crowns will be the Purdue mens crew team and the Ohio State women's crew team. Purdue also was the 2007 overall points champion.

Following Purdue's overall point performance in 2007 were crew teams from St. Joseph's and Ohio State who will both be challenging in 2008. Other powerful challengers include Bucknell, Cal-Long Beach, Florida Tech, Fordham, Lehigh, Philadelphia University, Pitt, Rochester and Temple.

For the winners in the eighteen categories, there will be gold, silver and bronze medals. But, there also will be an opportunity to be selected for a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta in July representing their school and the Dad Vail Regatta.

The official website of the Dad Vail Regatta contains lots of valuable information for spectators planning on attending the event including:

Many of the local participating colleges and universities have their own rowing websites:

Stotesbury Cup Regatta

On Friday and Saturday May 16 and 17, 2008, the nation's oldest and largest high school regatta will be celebrating its 81st anniversay on the Schuylkill. The Stotesbury Cup has been held continuously since 1927.

The gentleman who donated the cup was once one of the wealthiest men in America. Check out Whitemarsh Hall for a fascinating history of of Edward T. Stotesbury and the mansion he built.
Dad Vail and Stotesbury Cup Regattas
Dad Vail Regatta

The 70th edition of the Dad Vail Regatta will be held on May 9 and 10, 2008. It is just one of over 60 regattas scheduled on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia each year, arguably the most of any rowing racing course in the United States.

The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. Hundreds of colleges and their student athletes visit the city of Philadelphia during the second weekend of May every year.

In the rowing world, The Dad Vail is special. It was founded in 1934 by two rowing officials from Penn, Lev Brett and "Rusty" Callow. They in mind a regatta where "little guys" could compete and not worry about taking on power house schools of the day.

They named the event after their friend and respected coach, Harry Emerson 'Dad' Vail. The result was the first Dad Vail. Marietta won defeating Manhattan and Rutgers.

The Dad Vail Regatta is expected to draw a field of 115 colleges, universities and service academies competing in 150 races on a 2,000-meter course. Close to 3,000 rowers and spectators numbering in the tens of thousands will be flocking to the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Returning to defend their Dad Vail crowns will be the Purdue mens crew team and the Ohio State women's crew team. Purdue also was the 2007 overall points champion.

Following Purdue's overall point performance in 2007 were crew teams from St. Joseph's and Ohio State who will both be challenging in 2008. Other powerful challengers include Bucknell, Cal-Long Beach, Florida Tech, Fordham, Lehigh, Philadelphia University, Pitt, Rochester and Temple.

For the winners in the eighteen categories, there will be gold, silver and bronze medals. But, there also will be an opportunity to be selected for a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta in July representing their school and the Dad Vail Regatta.

The official website of the Dad Vail Regatta contains lots of valuable information for spectators planning on attending the event including:

Many of the local participating colleges and universities have their own rowing websites:

Stotesbury Cup Regatta

On Friday and Saturday May 16 and 17, 2008, the nation's oldest and largest high school regatta will be celebrating its 81st anniversay on the Schuylkill. The Stotesbury Cup has been held continuously since 1927.

The gentleman who donated the cup was once one of the wealthiest men in America. Check out Whitemarsh Hall for a fascinating history of of Edward T. Stotesbury and the mansion he built.
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