Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia is the Official Host Hotel of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series


Philadelphia, PA – September 25, 2012 – The name may have changed, but the relationship continues, as The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia continues to partner with the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series as the Official Host Hotel of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series.

The 2012 schedule of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series resumes on Saturday, October 13th with the 26th Annual Navy Day Regatta on Philadelphia’s historic Schuylkill River.

The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia has provided our visiting teams, clubs, parents, families and officials with a variety of room night options over the past two seasons, and with its central location in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, it is the perfect hotel for all our participants,” said John Hogan, Commodore of The Schuylkill Navy, which organizes the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series.  “We are grateful for their considerable assistance over the past two seasons, and look forward to continuing our relationship.”


Celebrating the announcement of The Sonesta Philadelphia as the Official Host Hotel of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series are Jessica Kramme, Sales Manager of The Sonesta Philadelphia (left), and John Hogan, Commodore of The Schuylkill Navy (right).  They are pictured in the lobby of The Sonesta Philadelphia.

The Sonesta Philadelphia is located within a short distance to Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row.  Formerly known as the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown, The Sonesta Philadelphia is located at 1800 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia, and gives business travelers and visiting guests the amenities and services they need for a productive trip including complimentary high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour business center and meeting space.   With 445 guest rooms, The Sonesta Philadelphia boasts upgraded amenities in all Club Level rooms, as well as award winning service and a spacious new lobby.  The guest rooms feature plush bedding and fine furnishings, while the hotel also has a 24-hour onsite fitness center and access to the Philadelphia Sports Club, in-room dining and a full restaurant and bar in the lobby.  Additional information about The Sonesta Philadelphia is available at http://www.sonesta.com/philadelphia/.

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.  Last year’s debut season of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series featured 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.   This season has already featured some of the biggest competitive rowing fields, as well as some of the largest audiences, in Philadelphia’s storied tradition in the sport.

The remaining 2012 Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series schedule of historic regattas:
  • Saturday, October 13: 26th Annual Navy Day Regatta
  • Saturday, October 20:  4th Annual Philadelphia Children’s Foundation Regatta
  • Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28:  42nd Annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
  • Sunday, November 11: 4th Annual Philadelphia Turn & Burn Regatta
The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series has been recognized by the Philadelphia Sports Congress as one of the "Premier Annual Events" for the city, state and region along with the Penn Relays (April); Blue Cross Broad Street Run (May); Devon Horse Show (May); TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship (June); Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon (June); ING Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon (September); the Philadelphia Marathon (November) and Army-Navy Football.

The official host hotel of the 2012 Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series is the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia. Official sponsors of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series include Monarch Travel Services and Spike's Trophies. Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington and Double Tree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West are hotel partners of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series.

Additional information is available at http://www.boathouserow.org.

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