Stotesbury Cup Regatta
The Stotesbury Cup Regatta has been held continuously since 1927. Edward T. Stotesbury, a local philanthropist, was urged by members of the Philadelphia rowing community to underwrite the cost of an award to serve as the ultimate goal for scholastic rowing: winning the Boys Senior Eight race. The first Stotesbury Cup was won by Philadelphia’s West Catholic High School.
Women began rowing in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in 1974 with the Girls’ Senior Eight competition. The first winner of that race was St. Andrew’s School of Delaware. Today young women make up more than 50 percent of the rowers at the regatta.
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 part 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.