May 10, 2016
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta returns to the Schuylkill River along Kelly Drive on May 13 for two days of collegiate rowing. Athletes from over 100 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada compete in the annual races. It has been a permanent fixture in Philadelphia since 1953.
For those unfamiliar with the event's history, the regatta is named for rowing coach Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail.
The Dad Vail takes place on an Olympics-length course that ends at the Grand Stand, about two miles north of Boathouse Row. Spectators are encouraged to sit in the Stand for the best views but can also bring beach chairs or blankets to set up along the bank.
When not watching one of the many races scheduled, head to the Food Court. Find food trucks and mobile vendors, along with alcoholic beverages there. Packing a picnic lunch is another option.
Those driving to the regatta should note that parking on Kelly Drive is limited and most vehicles will be directed to park in Fairmount Park. From those lots, shuttle buses will be provided to Kelly Drive. They will run every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days. Shuttles will also be available from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the race areas.
Last year the Overall 2015 Winner was Drexel University.
Friday, May 13 to Saturday, May 14
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Free admission
2200 Kelly Drive