Schuylkill levels force Stotesbury to seek help on other side of river

Mike Dougherty
May 15, 2018 - 10:45 pm
Cowswain Stephen Veland is thrown into the Schuykill after Gonzaga won the Boys Senior Eight Final in the Stotesbury Cup in 2012.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dangerous conditions on the water have prompted officials to move a Philadelphia rowing tradition to South Jersey this year.

Every year since 1927, rowers have gathered for the Stotesbury Regatta. But this year, they will converge in Camden County at Cooper River because the Schuylkill is at dangerously high levels.

"Cooper River can handle adverse weather conditions, so the decision was made in Philadelphia to bring it across the river," said Camden County freeholder Jeff Nash.

He said extensive work has been done over the years on the boathouse and dredging the river, and they will be ready to host.

"We're happy to help Philadelphia to ensure that 6,000 kids who are coming to row in the Delaware Valley will be able to do so," he added.

He said this event is always an economic engine for the entire region and hopes people take notice of the rowing amenities Camden County has — which he says are top-notch.

Practice begins Thursday with time trials on Friday and the finals scheduled for Saturday.