SMELL YA LATER: Dad Vail Regatta Sails To Jersey

rower_2.jpgDAILY NEWS: The Dad Vail Regatta — held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill since 1953 — is officially moving the 2010 race to North Jersey. Regatta spokesman Harry Stinger confirmed last night that the event would be moving about 90 miles northeast to Rumson, N.J. “We are thrilled that the Dad Vail Regatta has decided to relocate to Rumson,” said John Ekdahl, mayor of the Monmouth County town. “We think the event will have a tremendous economic impact not only for Rumson but for all of the surrounding Two River towns,” he said, referring to the area along the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. The decision came after Rumson officials approached the regatta’s organizing committee and offered to host the race and contribute $250,000 toward the costs of staging the event, which can cost up to $500,000 a year. The regatta — the nation’s largest — began suffering financially after corporate sponsorship and competition revenue dropped by more than 60 percent as costs for staging the 2009 race increased. MORE

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