SRAA National Championships Regatta
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Scholastic Rowing Association of America® (SRAA®)
Partners with Schuylkill Navy and City of Philadelphia to Bring Championship Regatta to Schuylkill River National Racecourse. Following the successful launching of a spring regatta season on the Schuylkill River and implementation of protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Scholastic Rowing Association of America® brings its May 28-29 national championship to Philadelphia for first time.
Philadelphia, PA. April 30, 2021 – The Scholastic Rowing Association of America® (SRAA®) joins The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia (the governing body for Boathouse Row and amateur sport on the region’s Schuylkill River) in announcing today that its annual championship regatta will take place in Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River National Racecourse, on May 28-29, 2021. The event will adhere to the same COVID-19 Mitigation Plan that was approved by the City’s Department of Public Health for the earlier May regattas including the Phila Scholastic Rowing Association’s (PSRA’s) City Championships (May 1-2), Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta (May 8), and Schuylkill Navy Stotesbury Cup Regatta (May 14-15).
SRAA’s President Dennis Smith shared, “We are all still in the ‘first 500’ of post-pandemic ‘return to normal’ and event planning. Rowing programs and regatta organizations are no different than corporations, schools, and other organizations that are working hard to navigate a path forward while balancing the twin goals of safety and ‘re-opening.’ Watching the partnership that the City of Philadelphia has offered to the rowing community and the successful early execution of the PSRA Flick-Horvat Series in April, we believe the Schuylkill River was the best option for this year’s event after learning that our originally planned venue of the Cooper River in New Jersey could not accommodate our request.”
While regattas and events around the country have been cancelled and venues remain in-flux for giving approvals for racing, the City of Philadelphia embraced the opportunity to safely welcome athletes to its iconic racecourseearlier this month. Officials from the City’s Department of Public Health, Office of Special Events, Parks and Recreation Department, and Managing Director’s Office partnered early with the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia to create a “return to racing,” making the regattas among the first public events approved for 2021.
Strict Covid-19 Mitigation and Safety Protocols will remain in place and were a necessary part to obtaining approval, including but not limited to:
- Masks required on land at all times.
- No spectating tents or spectators.
- No food or drink vending on site.