Dad Vail Regatta moves to New Jersey’s Cooper River for 2023

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The annual Dad Vail Regatta will move across the bridge in the spring.

Instead of the Schuylkill River, the 2023 regatta will take place on Camden County’s Cooper River.

There’s been some uncertainty around 2023’s event because of a dredging project on the Schuylkill River. So, the board voted to move its 84th year of competition to New Jersey.

The competition was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and organizers feared skipping another year.

“There are kids that are eating, sleeping and dreaming about winning a Dad Vail gold medal,” said Jim Hanna, president of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee. “We need to be absolutely sure we can stage the regatta.”

The collegiate event dates back more than eight decades. Normally, rowers compete in Philadelphia.

"Remember, Philadelphia is the epicenter for rowing,” Hanna added. “There’s nothing like rowing on the Schuylkill and getting to showcase Boathouse Row and everything that Philadelphia stands for in terms of rowing traditions.”

The event is slated for May 12 and 13, 2023.

Camden County Commissioner Jeff Nash said it’s a great honor to play host.