Crew teams representing more than 30 universities in the Northeast, Midwest and parts of Canada will compete in the Stonehurst Capital Invitational Regatta Sunday, Oct. 10.
The competition, in its 11th year on the Genesee River in Genesee Valley Park, is a major fall rowing event and a highlight of the city of Rochester's River Romance Weekend. The races, which run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., are co-hosted by the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. Last year's regatta drew more than 8,000 people; about 1,000 college students, both men and women, compete.
Viewing the races in Genesee Valley Park, south of Elmwood Avenue on the University side of the park, is free. Besides RIT and the University of Rochester, other schools set to compete are Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard and Yale. Awards to winning teams will be presented at 2 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m.
Musical groups from RIT and the University will perform throughout the day, and clowns and face painters will entertain children. Before the races begin, a pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased that morning.
At noon, high school students from the crew clubs in the Pittsford School District and the Brighton School District will row in an exhibition.
The evening before the Regatta, George Angle, who was integral to the start of University of Rochester Crew in the early 1980s, and his wife Vee, will be inducted into the Rochester Rowing Hall of Fame
Founded in 1990, Stonehurst Capital, the regatta's prime sponsor, is a private investment firm that pursues opportunities in small- to middle-market companies. A dozen firms and groups will join Stonehurst in sponsoring tents for their guests at the river.