USRowing to Co-Host Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 2015

USRowing to Co-Host Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 2015

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Tampa, Fla., Stewards Foundation and USRowing are pleased to announce that the two associations will co-host the Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta beginning in 2015.

The USRowing-registered event will be held March 21, 2015 and will feature collegiate, junior and masters competition.

“This is a good opportunity for the city of Tampa,” said Stewards Foundation President and Southeast Region Representative to the USRowing Board of Directors, Tom Feaster. “And if it’s a good opportunity for the city of Tampa, then it’s a good opportunity for rowing and a good opportunity for the Stewards Foundation.”

The regatta has been run since 2008 and last year was included as part of the annual Roosevelt Regatta Festival. While the Tampa Mayor’s Cup will run on the same weekend as the Roosevelt Regatta, it will be its own event again next year. The Roosevelt Regatta is coordinated by the Stewards Foundation and will feature racing for dragon boats, paddle boards and kayaks on Sunday. 

USRowing will provide planning, administrative support, licensed referees and a regatta director, according to USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique.

The Tampa Mayor’s Cup is the successor to the University of Tampa President’s Cup, which was begun in 1976 to provide an opportunity for collegiate crews on spring training trips to row against each other and against Florida colleges with rowing programs. 

Every year, college crews from around the country travel to Tampa in the winter and spring to train in warmer weather. The Stewards Foundation, along with the city of Tampa, acts as host and coordinator to the visiting teams that also include junior and high school programs in addition to the college crews.

According to Feaster, the university cup lasted for a number of years but was discontinued. In 2008 the Stewards Foundation brought the regatta back as the Tampa Mayor’s Cup. 

"The Mayor's Cup is a regatta with a rich history in the Tampa area,” Dominique said. “USRowing is excited to have an opportunity to work with The Stewards Foundation to take this regatta to the next level.

"The regatta is a great opportunity for collegiate crews that will be in Florida to end their winter training with a quality racing opportunity. On the junior side, the regatta will fit well into the established (Florida Scholastic Rowing Association) calendar, with races at the 1,500 meter distance, and also gives those crews an exciting opportunity to race against some of the crews from the Northeast that are in town for training," he said.

"The venue offers a great setting. The March weather in Florida is sure to be pleasant, and the course is in a straight channel, with crews finishing right in the heart of downtown Tampa."

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