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November 30, 2009
THE LOSS OF the Dad Vail regatta for 2010 to Rumson, N.J., is, for some, an outrage - as bad as closing library branches to cope with the financial crisis. Those crushed by the defection of the rowing regatta claim that the mayor and the city blew it by not acting fast enough to keep the tradition and the economic benefits in the city. And that's a convenient story, but it's not the whole story. In fact, the more we find out about the circumstances leading up to the defection, the more we have to marvel that the regatta managed to stay here as long as it did. The details of the communication between Dad Vail and the city bears repeating: The Oct. 26 letter from organizers which in its entirety reads: "Dad Vail has an important matter of special urgency to address with you or your representative in the near future.
NEWS
May 10, 2008 | Associated Press
The Saint Joseph's and Temple men's and women's teams have advanced to the semifinals of the Dad Vail regatta. The Saint Joseph's men's varsity heavyweight eight won their heat in 5 minutes, 49.40 seconds in rainy and damp conditions on the Schuylkill yesterday. The Temple men's varsity heavyweight eight had a winning heat time of 5:46.34. The two join Florida Tech, George Mason, Lehigh and San Diego in one semifinal. In another are Boston College, Delaware, defending champion Purdue, Colgate, Minnesota and Florida, while the third has Santa Clara, Jacksonville, Grand Valley, Drexel and Michigan.
SPORTS
May 6, 2010 | By Pat Maguire INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 72d Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, hailed by organizers as the largest collegiate rowing regatta in the United States, is scheduled to be held Friday and Saturday on the Schuylkill. Last year's winners included Michigan in the men's varsity eight and Grand Valley State in the women's varsity eight. The teams from Delaware and Buffalo tied for the overall points title. Delaware and Michigan tied for the men's points title, and Buffalo won the women's points title. Regatta officials expect more than 100 schools to attend the event, which almost was not held in Philadelphia this year.
SPORTS
May 9, 2010 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The severe winds that whipped up and down the Schuylkill on Saturday afternoon made it a hold-on-tight adventure for most crews in the 72d Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta and, in several cases, swayed the balance of power. In the men's varsity heavyweight eight final, No. 12 seed Brock, from St. Catherines, Ontario, claimed the Richard O'Brien Trophy with a clocking of 6 minutes, 28.35 seconds. The Badgers became the event's first Canadian champion. Brock's regular season runs from September to November.
SPORTS
May 12, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drexel director of rowing Paul Savell appreciates the support his men's and women's crews receive - from the student body to the alumni to the athletic administration - and doesn't mind if all that enthusiasm creates some pressure on his Dragons. "We like that pressure," Savell said Friday on the banks of the Schuylkill. "You wouldn't have any diamonds if you didn't have pressure. No, we like that. " The Dragons thrived in Friday's day-long heats at the 74th Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, advancing eight boats - equally divided between men and women - into the semifinals.
SPORTS
May 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
You can't pronounce the name of Patrick DelBarba's boat and you definitely don't want to type it into your computer. "It's a 13-character virus," DelBarba, a junior at Case Western Reserve University, said of the symbols painted on the side of his single, which was sitting in its slings Friday at the 76th annual Dad Vail regatta. Most boats recall their benefactor, which makes sense. If you're going to cut a check for one of those sleek, shiny jobs - the biggest and best of which can run as much as $45,000 - you ought to get your name on the side.
SPORTS
May 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2010
The Dad Vail Regatta nearly took the low road to a new home in Rumson, N.J. But now the rowing race is on the high road - meaning that the 75-year-old event will remain on the Schuylkill - thanks to generous corporate sponsors who hail from Scotland. Kudos to Aberdeen Asset Management, the Scottish investment firm with its U.S. headquarters in Center City. In signing a four-year deal worth "six figures" to become the name sponsor of the rowing competition, Aberdeen put the regatta on the firm financial footing that Dad Vail officials sought with a possible move to North Jersey.
SPORTS
May 12, 2012
Just off Kelly Drive, Frank McCloskey held up a hand Thursday afternoon, stopping a boat trailer from running over any rowers from St. Joseph's or Florida State or Purdue. Mission accomplished, McCloskey took a moment to reminisce about his first Dad Vail final, when he sat in the No. 6 seat for La Salle College in 1956. "I switched side from starboard to port with one week's preparation," McCloskey said Thursday. "When the race was over, somebody could have hit my arm with a brick and I would have had no idea at all. " Three years running, from 1956-58, La Salle won the Dad Vail heavyweight eight.
NEWS
December 18, 2009 | By Miriam Hill and Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Dad Vail rowers will be back on the Schuylkill in 2010, after regatta organizers realized that problems at the proposed new site in Rumson, N.J., outweighed any benefits of going there. The return of the country's largest intercollegiate rowing competition to Philadelphia is a public-relations win for the city, which had struggled with the perception that it failed to support one of its most cherished institutions. But even as the city yesterday announced its victory, questions remained about how regatta officials would fill the $250,000 funding shortfall that had prompted Dad Vail organizers to seek out sugar daddies in Rumson in the first place.
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NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 12, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
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.
SPORTS
May 11, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
May 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 10, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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