84th Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta to be Held on Cooper River

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(Cherry Hill, NJ) – In May 2023, the 84th Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta will be held on the Cooper River, moving from its typical venue at the Schuylkill River National Racecourse. Cooper River Park in Pennsauken home to many prestigious rowing events and boasts a world-class, Olympic-distance, 2000-meter narrow and sheltered straightaway.


“The Board of Directors of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee, which stages the annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, has voted unanimously to move the Regatta from the traditional site of the Schuylkill River National Racecourse to the Cooper River for the 2023 event to ensure successful production of the Regatta,” said Jim Hanna, president of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee.


The regatta is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2023.


“Hosting the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta is a great honor for us and our internationally recognized racecourse at Cooper River Park,” said Commissioner Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. “We are looking forward to hosting the thousands of world class athletes and the more than 30,000 fans who annually participate in the biggest collegiate regatta in the nation. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for the rowers, staff and fans in 2023.” 


Cooper River Park encompasses 346 acres and through Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township. In addition to the boathouse, the
park’s amenities include: a children’s playground with pavilions, a softball field, a cross country course, the Camden County Golf Academy,
the Cooper River Yacht Club (website), two bike trails, Jack Curtis Stadium, a track, picnic areas, a bocce court and more. 


Cooper River Park will also be hosting the following regattas for the 2023 season:



March 25                                Ivy Big 10 Double Dual


April 1                                    Doc Hosea


April 8                                    Steve Neczypor Memorial Regatta


April 15-16                             Knecht Cup- Laura Knecht


April 29                                  Garden States


April 30                                  Cooper Cup


May 6                                     A10 Conference Championships


May 7                                     MAAC/CAA/IVY Conference Championships


May 12-13                              Dad Vail


May 26-28                              NCAA Women’s National Championship


July 22                                    Dragon Boat Festival


October 28                             Gold Cup