The Stotesbury Cup Regatta has been held continuously since 1927. Over the years, races and trophies have been added to the regatta, culminating in today’s 31 championship events. What began as a local Philadelphia “Cup Race” quickly evolved into a full-fledged regatta that today endures as the largest high school rowing regatta in the world.
Exceptionally fine crews from all parts of the United States and Canada travel to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to participate in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Over 5,000 competitors meet at the Athletes Village to experience both the spirit of rowing competition as well as the physical challenge of pitting themselves against the very finest crews rowing at the high school level. Their achievements draw a crowd of nearly 10,000 spectators.
2023 Stotesbury Cup Regatta
(Select Boats Only)
The team will be staying at the Fairfield Inn- Philadelphia Airport Hotel
8800 Bartram Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Hotel rooms for rowers, coxswains and coaches have been arranged by the club and will be paid out of the Stotesbury fee. The club covers the full hotel cost for chaperones sharing a room with another chaperone. Chaperones not sharing a room with another chaperone will pay $196 for the hotel.
Rowers should bring a bag lunch for Thursday's bus ride. Thursday snacks and dinner will be provided at the Team's Tent.
Friday breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunch and snacks will be provided at the Team's Tent. Friday Night Team Dinner at the hotel.
Saturday breakfast will be provided at the hotel, lunch and snacks at the Team's Tent. Depending on the time, Saturday dinner will be provided at the team tent. However in case the regatta runs late, please bring money for dinner on the bus ride home.
Bulk water will be available at the food tent so rowers and spectators should bring reusable water bottles.
It isn't a crew event if we don't ask for volunteers. If you are planning on attending (with a car) please consider how you can lend a hand.
Please sign up for a volunteer slot here:
Ice/water/coffee manager: keep water and ice stocked for food tent during regatta, buy and pick up coffee in the morning
Food tent: help set up, prep and serve food at our tent at the race venue. We need 3 volunteers at the tent at all times
Shuttle rowers to/from hotel: - bus will make trips but we may need parent drivers to fill in gaps depending on schedule.
Chase car both up and down from Philly
Tow car for the chuck wagon both up and down from Philly
Please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Necessary forms and permission slips were given out after practice on Tuesday, May 9. These documents will also be emailed as a pdf to all participating rowers. Signed permission slips will be collected after practice on Friday, May 12.
Friday night's team dinner is at the hotel with food from a local restaurant. This dinner includes chaperones, volunteers and coaches. Guests and Non-volunteer parents are welcome to join for an additional charge of $20 per person (use Payment button above and select Team Dinner) by May 13th. Guests and Non-volunteer parents should email email@example.com to be added to the guest list.
Luggage & Thursday dress
Rower's luggage must be dropped off at school in a room TBD Thursday morning starting at 7:30am, for luggage check. The luggage will be kept secure in the room until it's loaded on to the bus. Rowers will NOT have access to luggage until check-in at the hotel (after rowing and dinner at food tent). Everyone should board the bus dressed to row, with crew bag as needed. Bus will go directly to water for unloading, rigging and a practice row in Philadelphia.
We will have bus transportation to and from the regatta for rowers and coxswains. Per FCPS regulations, no rowers will be allowed to drive to or from the regatta in a car driven by anyone other than their own parents, another rower’s parents (with written permission from their own parents) or by a vehicle driven by a designated chaperone.
*Rowers are welcome to make the return trip to McLean with their parents ONLY after being released by their COACH (shell/gear loaded for the return to McLean) AND checking out in person with their CHAPERONE.
Notifying the school about May 18 and 19 absences
Rowers should give all teachers advance notice regarding their absence from school on May 18th (after 3rd period) and May 19th (full day) for the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.
The roster will be provided to the Attendance Office. MHS Administration, Student Services and teachers will review/approve (or disapprove) the rower absences in advance of the trip.
Parking at Stotesbury
Please review the regatta website for information about parking. Kelly drive is closed during the regatta to permitted vehicles only. All other traffic will be directed to open parking lots for the event at a fee.
If staying at the Fairfield Inn, parking is free at the hotel. Family members may ride the team bus to the event, space permitting.
Look for the MCC Food Tent with the tall flag and other banners - we will send out specific location information upon our arrival Thursday.
Thursday, May 18
7:30 am Rowers drop off luggage at the MHS Dance Room for storage and inspection.
11:00 am Bus arrives MHS, front entrance
11:15 am 3rd Period ends, Rowers load luggage on bus
11:30 am Bus departs MHS for Philadelphia
3:00 pm Arrive Boathouse Row, unload, rig and swing row
6:00 pm Dinner at food tent (Food Tent will cook on site)
7:00 pm Bus to hotel, Fairfield Inn- Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia for check-in
Friday, May 19
6:00 am Breakfast buffet/bagged
6:30 am Bus departs hotel for Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
8:00 am Time trials for all events from 8:00 am until approximately 3:00 pm
After a 30 minute break, some semi-final races will be held until 6:00-6:30 pm
11:30 am Lunch provided at food tent
6:00 pm Depart Boathouse Row for hotel
7:00 pm Team dinner at the hotel
Saturday, May 21
6:00 am Breakfast and Check-out of hotel (time subject to change)
6:30 am Bus departs for Boathouse Row
8:00 am Semi-finals continue
11:00 am Lunch provided by food tent
12-12:30 pm Finals begin
3:00-4:00pm Dinner provided at food tent
TBD/4:30 Depart Philadelphia after last boat has competed -- late
Arrive at McLean High School 3.5 – 4 hours after departure
Take I-95 North through Wilmington to Philadelphia International Airport and follow signs for Phila Center City via Route I-76 or Schuylkill Expressway
Take exit, I-76, Schuylkill Expressway, west. This takes you across the Penrose Ave. Bridge across Schuylkill, a.k.a. Route 291.
As soon as you come down bridge get in left lane, as you will turn left at first light onto 26th Street.
This will take you directly onto I-76 west. Follow I-76 about 8 miles, past Boathouse Row and the race course.
Follow I-76 West to exit 340 on the right.
Take this exit, turn right at foot of exit and get in the left lane as you go over City Avenue Bridge across the Schuylkill River.
Stay left and follow signs for Kelly Drive.
The ramp will spiral downwards in a counter-clockwise direction and will merge you onto Kelly Drive, southbound.Be very careful, especially if you are pulling a boat trailer on this tight, descending curve!
Move to right lane of Kelly Drive after merging at the bottom of the spiral.
Take Kelly Drive past four traffic lights.
Continue another 3/4 mile to the Athlete’s Village near the Three Angels.
OR, continue two miles on Kelly Drive to Boathouse Row and Regatta Headquarters at #4 Boathouse Row.