The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is set for Friday and Saturday on the Schuylkill.

Here is a look at the event:

History

The regatta has been held since 1927, all but once on the Schuylkill. The regatta was switched from the Schuylkill to the Cooper River last year because of concerns about bad weather and a rapid current. Edward T. Stotesbury, a local philanthropist, underwrote the cost of an award for the first winning high school boys’ senior eight race. West Catholic won the first title.

Montclair's Alexander Abuhoff celebrates after his boat upset Gonzaga to win the Boys Senior Eight in 2017.
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Montclair's Alexander Abuhoff celebrates after his boat upset Gonzaga to win the Boys Senior Eight in 2017.

This year

The regatta features 31 championship events, and organizers call it the largest high school rowing regatta in the world. They expect 975 boats from 195 schools in the United States and Canada and more than 5,000 competitors and 10,000 spectators over the two days.

The schedule

Friday — Head-style time trials start at 8 a.m. and run to approximately 3 p.m. After an hour break to set stake boats, the semifinals will run until around 6 p.m.

Erika McCormick, who is the race director, looks out over the river during the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden County, NJ on May 18, 2018.
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Erika McCormick, who is the race director, looks out over the river during the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden County, NJ on May 18, 2018.

Saturday — Semifinals continue, starting at 8 a.m. Finals will begin at approximately 1 p.m., and the last race of the day will be at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Last year

Monclair (N.J.) won the boys’ varsity eight for the second straight year last year, and National Cathedral (Washington) won the girls’ varsity eight for the second straight year. The results are posted on the website.

Lower Merion was second in the Girls Senior Four in 2018.
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Lower Merion was second in the Girls Senior Four in 2018.

Weather

Friday — Chance of thunderstorms, 81 degrees; Saturday — Partly sunny, 78.

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