Regatta Spotlight: Stotesbury Cup Regatta
By Jules Zane • May 15, 2018
Usually a Philadelphia and Schuylkill River tradition, this week’s Registered Regatta of the Week has been forced to move across the state line at the last minute. Due to inclement weather, the 92nd edition of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta has been moved to the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
“The regatta has moved once before, and we’ve had disastrous weather leading to cancellations in the past,” said Erika McCormick, regatta director with the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia. “That’s why we are being proactive, and we are moving the regatta across the Delaware. Jamie Stack at the Cooper has been great. He’s been incredibly helpful and accommodating. Most teams racing at Stotesbury Cup will just end up in Camden for back-to-back weekends with the SRAA National Championships being held there next weekend.”
“We made the decision to relocate the regatta on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve been watching forecasts for the past few weeks, and as of last night, they are predicting two inches of rain for Friday and even more over the course of the week,” McCormick said. “We were increasingly worried about the river’s water level, about buoys holding and, of course, whether the athletes would be safe. If forecasts hold, we may have been able to race Friday, but likely not on Saturday with thunderstorms predicted for the weekend. The relocation is a ‘better safe than sorry’ decision, because we don’t want to see a repeat of 2014.”
In 2014, the regatta was forced to cancel and postpone semifinals and move racing to late on Saturday due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions.
“We will be sending out LOC bulletins with details regarding all changes,” McCormick said. “The priority is the racing and for it to happen and be safe. Other things are secondary, but the setup will be similar to what SRAA Nationals has looked like when held at the Cooper in previous years. We want to emphasize that teams should closely monitor our emails and any updates on Twitter and Facebook, because we may not be able to respond to every inquiry given the volume. We definitely recommend carpooling to Camden, because the parking options are more limited in the immediate race course area. Also, it’s going to rain, so waterproof everything you can.”
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