Friday, July 29, 2011

Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series Continues Tomorrow (Saturday, July 30th) with the Quaker City Masters Regatta 2011


Philadelphia, PA – July 29, 2011 – The debut season of America’s first organized year-long series of rowing events, the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series, continues this Saturday, July 30th, with the annual Quaker City Masters Regatta, on Philadelphia’s historic Schuylkill River. The first race on Saturday begins at approximately 9 a.m. and concludes at approximately 5 p.m.

A regatta dedicated only to masters (age 21 or over), the Quaker City Masters Regatta has been held for the past 12 years. This Saturday, there are over 500 registered competitors in nearly 300 boats representing 32 cities and 12 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia, Massachusetts, Delaware and Maryland.

Admission to view the Quaker City Masters Regatta on the banks of the Schuylkill River and in the Grandstand located on Kelly Drive beneath the Columbia Railroad Bridge is free of charge. Limited parking for cars is available nearby in Fairmount Park. A full schedule for the Quaker City Masters Regatta is available online at http://www.boathouserow.org.

The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series 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). Over 175 years later, the Schuylkill River hosts more regattas annually than any other river in the nation.

The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series schedule runs from March through November, 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 seven remaining regattas on the schedule include:
 Saturday, July 30: Quaker City Masters Regatta (clubs/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./club/open/masters)
 Saturday, November 12: Hutchinson Cup Regatta (masters/open/coll/h.s./juniors)
 Sunday, November 13: Philadelphia Turn & Burn Regatta (masters/open/coll./h.s./clubs)

Additional information is available at http://www.boathouserow.org or at http://www.pitchengine.com/newsroom.php?id=32852.

Media Contact: Jim DeLorenzo, Jim DeLorenzo Public Relations, 215-266-5943, jim@jhdenterprises.com