Thursday, August 4, 2011

Two Philadelphia Classic Series Regatta Events Change Dates to Create Perfect End-of-Season Veterans Day Weekend


Philadelphia, PA – August 4, 2011 – Two of the events on the 2011 schedule for the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series have moved their events to Veteran’s Day weekend in November, bringing clubs and competitors the opportunity to conclude the 2011 competitive rowing season on a high-note.

The Hutchinson Cup Regatta, which had originally been scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, will now be on Saturday, November 12th. The Philadelphia Turn & Burn Regatta, which had originally been scheduled for Saturday, September 17th, will now be on Sunday, November 13th. (Veteran’s Day is Friday, November 11th.)

All proceeds from the 8th annual Hutchinson Cup Regatta support hospice and palliative care. In previous years, the Hutchinson Cup Regatta was open only to Masters and high school crews, but this November 12th, the race will expand to allow entries from colleges and open programs as well.

According to Joyce Michel, the director of the Hutchinson Cup Regatta, “We moved our race to November 12th this year because November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month, and also because a portion of our proceeds this year will support ‘We Honor Veterans,’ a national hospice provider awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our goal is to raise awareness and improve the care veterans and their families receive at the end of their lives, and what better weekend to raise awareness than Veterans Day weekend.”

This is the third year for the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation Turn & Burn Regatta, which is comprised of a "Turn" in the morning (a two- mile “old fashioned” stake boat turning race where the rowers literally turn at a stake approximately one-mile up the course and row back), and a "Burn" in the afternoon (a 500 meter sprint). . All proceeds from this regatta go to supporting the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation’s mission to empower children of all ages to find their passion, develop needed skills and make positive career and life decisions to achieve a successful future.

As in previous years, the Turn & Burn Regatta is open to Masters, clubs, high schools and colleges sweep rowers and scullers.

“It is a truly unique event to end the season,” said Jim Glavin, the director of the Turn & Burn Regatta. “There is no other regatta like this in the fall, and it gives all the rowers the perfect chance to end their season with a burn, which they have never had the chance to do before at the end of the season.”

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, 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)

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for national, regional and local companies seeking access to this grand sport and its powerful demographic. Additional information is available at http://www.boathouserow.org.

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