By: Follow South Jersey Staff
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – The 84th annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, which will be held in Camden County for the first time, is part of a full regatta season along the Cooper River.
“The regatta season has been in full swing since the end of March and will stay busy before and after the highly anticipated Dad Vail Regatta,” Commissioner Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department, said in a press release from the county. “We are looking forward to hosting the thousands of world class athletes and the more than 30,000 fans who annually participate in the Dad Vail, the biggest collegiate regatta in the nation.”
In September, the Board of Directors of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee voted unanimously to move the Regatta from the traditional site of the Schuylkill River National Racecourse to the Cooper River for the 2023 event.
“It’s the Cooper River’s Olympic-distance, 2,000-meter narrow and sheltered straightaway that makes it widely known as one of the best rowing venues in the nation,” Nash said. “Hosting the Dad Vail and the NCAA Women’s National Championships is going to be a big month for the park and the local economy as teams and fans come from all over the nation to participate.”
Upcoming Regattas on the Cooper River include:
April 29 Garden States
April 30 Cooper Cup
May 6 A10 Conference Championships
May 7 MAAC/CAA/IVY Conference Championships
May 12-13 Dad Vail
May 26-28 NCAA Women’s National Championship
July 22 Dragon Boat Festival
October 28 Gold Cup
Cooper River Park encompasses 346-acres through Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township. In addition to the boathouse, the park’s amenities include: a children’s playground with pavilions, a softball field, a cross country course, the Camden County Golf Academy, the Cooper River Yacht Club, two bike trails, Jack Curtis Stadium, a track, picnic areas, a bocce court and more.
For the complete regatta schedule and more information, visit camdencounty.com.
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