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.

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2022 Stotesbury Cup Regatta
(Select Boats Only)

Rower Fee

The fee is $400 per rower/coxswain and covers bus transportation, lodging, regatta fees & expenses and most meals.

  
Rowers designated as alternates pay 50% but should pay in full now and then will receive a refund after the trip. 
 
The Stotesbury Fee is due by May 14.

Rower Lodging

The team will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

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 $220 for the hotel. 
 

 Meals

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.

What to pack

Photo ID required, complete uniform - uni and tech shirt - required to row. Be prepared for all weather conditions, with layers for rainy or cold weather, appropriate footwear for rain and walking, sunscreen, headgear, sunglasses.

Volunteers Needed

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, details will be out in SUG soon:

  • 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 Urd at regattachair@mcleancrew.org to volunteer.

Required Forms

Necessary forms and permission slips will be given out at the membership meeting on Thursday, May 12. These documents will also be emailed as a pdf to all participating rowers.  Signed permission slips will be collected on Sunday, May 15 at the end of year party and at the beginning of practice on May 16.  

 Team Dinner

Friday night's team dinner is at the hotel. Chipotle will be served. 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 14th. Guests and Non-volunteer parents should email Urd at regattachair@mcleancrew.org to be added to the guest list.

Luggage & Thursday dress

Rower's luggage must be dropped in the Dance Room at school 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. 

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Spending Money

Stotes "Competitor" Shirts are available for pre-order for all named competitors for $35.  You may pre-order now by clicking HERE until Thursday, May 11 at 5:00pm. T-Shirts will be available for pick up at the N&D Main Merchandise tent located in the Grand Stand area on Thursday and the Regatta weekend. These will NOT be available for purchase during the regatta.
 

Team members should bring spending money if they plan to shop at the many vendors set up at Stotesbury Vendor village.

Spectator Lodging

Spectators will be responsible for securing their own lodging.

Transportation

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 19 and 20 absences

Rowers should give all teachers advance notice regarding their absence from school on May 19th (after 3rd period) and May 20th (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 Holiday Inn Express- Walnut Ave, parking is available for a $30 fee 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. 

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday, May 19

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, Holiday Inn Express- Walnut Ave, Philadelphia for check-in

Friday, May 20

TBD

Saturday, May 21

TBD

  • 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.