TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta is one of the preeminent early-season rowing events featuring many top crews and athletes from around the country. With its inaugural event in 2008, the races are already a key event for many top universities training in Florida during their Spring Semester Breaks.
According to Tom Feaster, President of The Stewards Foundation and a member of The Board of Directors of United States Rowing “While Tampa has long been home to spring training for many top universities and Olympic crews; this spectator-oriented event presents a great opportunity for the community to witness competition at the highest level.” Feaster continued, “With the finish line at Harney Park there will be numerous great vantage points for spectators to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and just enjoy our March weather while watching the races with friends and family”.
According to Rosanna Gramuglia, Regatta Director, spectators will be treated to some serious competition among the ‘crews to beat’ are Defending Champion Jacksonville University, a perennial powerhouse with numerous national championships to prove it. The level of competition has attracted other competitors from around the country, including, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Colgate, Jacksonville, Hamilton College and Stetson. Tampa college rowing organizations such as The University of Tampa and The University of South Florida also plan to compete. In addition to the collegiate rowers, this years Regatta will include competition in both the high school and masters categories. Rosanna noted that, “The By-Pass Canal is such a quality rowing venue for both competitors and spectators that the Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta could easily become one of the most popular events in the U.S.” Gramuglia is not alone however in promoting the venue as the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, The City of Tampa, Hillsborough Country Parks and Recreation, and Tampa Bay and Company, have all provided significant support.
While the race is free for spectators, sponsorship proceeds go to the Stewards Foundation, which supports inner-city community rowing programs and numerous emerging high school rowing programs. William “Bill” Krusen, a local business leader and philanthropist is Chairman of the Stewards Foundation. Krusen stated that, “Collectively, these programs have made available an elite athletic sport, numerous scholarship opportunities, and the principals of teamwork to hundreds of our of community’s youngsters and economically disadvantaged students.”
Feaster, The Stewards President represents The City of Tampa and The Stewards on a special national task force on access, affordability, and diversity within the sport.
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio added, “We are very supportive of the efforts to make this sport more accessible to the kids in our community and we are proud to host many of rowing’s most talented young athletes in Tampa.
The races will take place on March 20 on Tampa’s By-Pass Canal at Harney Park off 301 Adjacent to Vandenberg Airport.
Bypass Canal – Harney Park
301 Bypass Canal
Tampa, FL 33610
Take I-275 to Exit 45B/I-4 East. Follow I-4 East to Exit 7/U.S. 301 East/U.S. 92 (look for signs to Riverview/Zephyrhills). Take exit for U.S. 301 North. Continue on U.S. 301 North and look for Harney Park just past VP’s Country B.B.Q. on the right (1 mile from I-4).
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