May 16, 2016 |
On the banks of the Schuylkill, by the Drexel Dragons' tent at Saturday's Dad Vail Regatta, there were cheers and shouts of support as a group of racing boats passed by, slicing through the water. There also were cowbells. And ringing the mother of them all was Gerry Gartland. "Go, Drexel! Go, Drexel !" screamed Gartland, who works in quality assurance for the State of New Jersey. Clang! Clang! Clang! went his bell. "The other teams don't like that cowbell," his daughter Emily Gartland, a Drexel senior, said quietly.
May 16, 2016 |
Drexel pressed the defending champs in both the Dad Vail men's and women's varsity heavyweight eight finals, and Temple won a bronze in the men's varsity eight in Gavin White's last Dad Vail as Owls head coach. But the big college races of 2016 on the Schuylkill were taken by the same boats that won them in 2015. Florida Tech repeated in the men's V8, this time grabbing an early lead instead of coming from behind as it did a year ago. Drexel took second, up from third a year ago, while Temple grabbed bronze, the first men's V8 medal for the Owls since 2008.
May 15, 2016 |
Chris Henderson says the members of the Drexel varsity heavyweight eight see their counterparts from Temple "on the water every morning. " The two local boats might see each other at the finish line of the last race of the 78th annual Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday afternoon. Drexel and Temple won their heats during qualifying action on a cool, misty morning Friday on the Schuylkill. "I'm not surprised," said veteran Temple coach Gavin White, whose team posted the fastest time of the morning in 5 minutes, 54.771 seconds.
May 14, 2016 |
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
December 19, 2015 |
The Dad Vail Regatta is actively looking for a new title sponsor because Aberdeen Asset Management is ending its business relationship with the nation's largest college regatta, held every May on the Schuylkill. Confirming the end of the Aberdeen sponsorship, which started in 2010, after the May 2016 rowing event, Dad Vail general manager Fran Connors said Thursday: "We're optimistic we're going to get a replacement. We're talking to several companies. " Connors would not reveal names of companies event officials are talking to and would not say how much Aberdeen had paid for its sponsorship.
July 15, 2015 |
Harry K. Stinger Jr., 84, of Chestnut Hill, the voice of the Dad Vail Regatta for 26 years, died Sunday, July 5, of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Mr. Stinger was press officer for the regatta from 1987 through 2013. He earned the respect of journalists with his clear, accurate information, and enjoyed coaching many a reporter on the basics of rowing. "He just loved it," said his wife, Mary Louise Hanrahan Stinger. "He was such a people person. " An only child, born in Yeadon, Mr. Stinger had three loves in life - his Catholic faith, his family, and St. Joseph's Preparatory School.
May 12, 2015 |
DREXEL SENIOR Dean Hill has been racing on the Schuylkill River for years, so it's no surprise that he and the rest of the men's varsity four boat pulled out a photo finish for a silver medal and helped the Dragons to their third consecutive Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta title on Saturday. Hill's varsity four boat finished with a time of 6 minutes, 33.884 seconds, good for a silver medal, and just narrowly trailing Brock University's boat, which clocked in at 6:33.682 in perhaps the most exciting finish of the weekend.
May 11, 2015 |
Joe Horn's father remembers the first time Joe brought up the subject of high school. The son, in eighth grade, had gone to Brian Horn and said: "I'm going to Roman. " The kid announced it as if it was a done deal. The Horns live in Ridley Park, not exactly around the corner from Broad and Vine. "Roman Catholic?" Brian Horn remembers saying back. "In Philly? . . . In Center City?" That's how Joe Horn began taking the SEPTA train every morning from Delaware County with the commuters.
May 11, 2015 |
It can be difficult to think that from the start of fall classes in September, nine months of practice and competition for the men's and women's crew teams of Drexel point to just two days in May - the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. But no one can argue that the Dragons have been successful planning their season like that, as they did again Saturday. The Dragons continued their victorious run on the Schuylkill, winning the overall points title for the third consecutive year and adding their second men's championship in three years.
May 10, 2015 |
The weather was hot Friday and so was the rowing on the Schuylkill on the first day of competition in the 77th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, where the three champions from the 2014 races all looked sharp and ready to repeat. Drexel, looking for a third consecutive overall points title, advanced 12 of the 13 boats it entered. Michigan, the defending men's champion, moved on to the next round in seven events while Massachusetts stayed on schedule for a second straight women's title by qualifying six boats.