Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dad Vail Regatta

A few weeks ago was the 71st Dad Vail Regatta here in Philadelphia. An event, which I have hardly ever missed since elementary school. Here in Philadelphia rowing is huge...when you see images of Philadelphia, most likely a picture of Boat House Row is included My brother, has been what we lovingly refer to as, a "River Rat" since the age of 14. He rowed for his high school and college. In his sophomore year at Notre Dame he became hurt and started coaching. He helped turn a club sport into a varsity sport at ND. After graduating he took on a coaching job at Northwestern. And finally returned to the Philadelphia's beloved Schuylkill River to coach LaSalle University for a few years and for the past 8 or so years he has been coaching the St. Joe Hawks. He was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. The Dad Vail is a BIG day for my brother and a fun day for us! The girls love to go to the river, they act like they own the boat house. The team parents grill and there are all sorts of food and drinks. Alumni come to socialize on the dock and cheer on the team! Enjoy the pictures from our day! My mom and the girls...hot dogs on the dock Caroline and Lulu...ready to cheer on the boat as it races by! The girls with my brother and his assistant coach/fiance waiting to welcome the boat back to the dock!

4 comments:

Prep-E Girl said...

I have to admit - I've lived about 5 minutes from Philly my entire life (well, except collage) and I have never rowed. Ever. Nor have I ever been to a regatta.

There must be something wrong with me...

*Laugh*

-E

Seersucker Scrapper said...

Thanks for the memories. I rowed in the Dad Vail in HS (in the 80's). It was always one of my favorite regattas.

Looks like it was a fun day!

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