The 85th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta will once again be competed on Philadelphia's historic home to rowing, the Schuylkill River. It is not only the world's largest high school rowing event, it is also the oldest, as well as being the second largest regatta overall in the United States each year.
The 2011 edition of the Stotesbury Cup features:
- Over 5,000 student-athletes competing in over 130 races;
- 176 high schools participating representing eight states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, Florida, Virginia, New York as well as Washington, D.C.) and two countries (the United States and Canada);
- 868 boats entered;
- And anticipated attendance of over 25,000 students, parents, alumni, family and friends.
Races in the 85th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta
begin Friday at 8 a.m. with 30 time trials scheduled, and continue throughout the day with 29 semi-final races beginning at approximately 4 p.m.
Saturday's schedule of 75 races begin at 8 a.m. with the first of three girls junior eight semi-final races, and concludes at 5:50 p.m. with the boys senior eight final.
The 85th Annual Stotesbury Regatta
continues the legacy of the late Philadelphia industrialist and philanthropist Edward T. Stotesbury, who was also one of the city's rowing enthusiasts and established the regatta in 1926. Additional information about this year's Stotesbury Regatta, including heat sheets, schedules, and background information, is available online at http://www.boathouserow.org
Sponsors for the 85th Annual Stotesbury Regatta
include the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation; Vespoli; Mariner Insurance; Sport Graphics; RaceDay; and Wild Bill's Old Fashioned Soda Pop.
This year's Stotesbury Regatta
is the first under the umbrella of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series
, which brings together for the first time 20 previously independent events in the first organized year-long series of rowing events of its kind in any major U.S. city. The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series
is organized by the Schuylkill Navy
, which is the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the country, representing the 12 rowing clubs based on Philadelphia's landmark Boathouse Row.
With three of the largest regattas in the Mid-Atlantic region on the schedule, as well as two of the nation's oldest regattas, the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series
connects the rowing competitors of today to the historic home of the international rowing elite. It is built upon a tradition that launched November 12, 1835 with the first organized regatta on the Schuylkill (a full eight years before the start of the rowing program at Harvard).
The Schuylkill River hosts more regattas annually than any other river in the nation, as well as two of the country's oldest continuing regattas, The Schuylkill Navy Regatta
(dating back to before 1860) and the Independence Day Regatta
(initiated in 1880). Those two historic events are a significant part of the 2011 schedule for the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series
The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series
schedule runs from March through October, and features over 35,000 competitors in over 7,700 boats representing not only high schools but colleges, clubs, masters and open programs from around the country. The remaining 11 regattas on the schedule include:
- Fri., May 20 & Sat., May 21: Stotesbury Cup Regatta (high school)
- Saturday, June 18: Schuylkill Navy Regatta (clubs/open)
- Fri., July 1 to Sun., July 3: Independence Day Regatta (clubs/open)
- Saturday, July 16: Philadelphia Youth Regatta (clubs/juniors)
- Saturday, July 30: Quaker City Masters Regatta (clubs/masters)
- Saturday, September 17: Philadelphia Turn & Burn Regatta (clubs)
- Saturday, September 24: Hutchinson Cup Regatta (high school/masters)
- Saturday, October 8: Navy Day Regatta (clubs/high school/collegiate/masters)
- Sunday, October 9: Row for the Cure (clubs/high school/college)
- Sunday, October 23: Philadelphia Children's Foundation Regatta (h.s./coll.)
- Sat., Oct. 29 & Sun. Oct. 30: Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (h.s./coll./clubs/open)