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The Facts About Rowing
Clara Lefton 
Communications Director 
Philadelphia, Pa., April 9, 2013 – One of the original sports in the modern Olympic Games, rowing has an expansive and fascinating history. Below are some facts that remind us of what a big part of history the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta really is.  
1) The first amateur sport organization was a rowing club - Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Navy, founded in 1858. Meanwhile the first club on Boathouse Row was the University Barge Club founded in 1854. 
2) Eight-oared shells are about 60-feet long- that’s 20 yards on a football field. 
3) The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States of America. 
4) “A typical 2000m race takes about 220 strokes from start to finish. The NCAA allots 20 hours of training/practice for every week that a team is in season. If a team trains for the max allotted hours, by the time they get to a championship race they will have trained for close to 3 hours for each stroke that they take in the race,” shared the head women’s crew coach at Temple University, Rebecca Smith. 
5) Philadelphia’s Kelly Drive is actually John B. Kelly Drive and is named for an Olympic rower and Philadelphia City Councilman.  
6) The Dad Vail was named after Harry Emerson "Dad" Vail, for his years of coaching at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 
7) Singles may be as narrow as 10 inches across, weigh only 23 pounds, and stretch nearly 27-feet long 
8) When a boat is not rigged in the traditional sense of oars alternating left, right, left, right, it is referred to as "bucket rigged." 
9) Since its start in 1934 the Dad Vail regatta has run consecutively except for World War II, 1936-7.  
10) The first reference to a regatta was in a Venetian document in 1274. They were a society who was dependent upon water transportation. By 1315 these regatta's not only had boat races but other aquatic entertainment. 
About Aberdeen Asset Management:  
Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (Aberdeen) is an asset management group, which invests as a traditional, fundamental investor on behalf of institutional clients, advisers and individuals globally across all major asset classes. Aberdeen has assets under management of approximately $322.3 billion (as of February 28, 2013). Aberdeen was established via a management buyout in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1983, and today, operates in 23 countries around the world, employing over 2,000 staff. Aberdeen champions first-hand research and believes close teamwork is the best means to discover investments for their clients' portfolios. Aberdeen is involved in sponsorships in which it can actively get involved and make a difference through an event, individual or team. Aberdeen¹s current sponsorship portfolio includes both amateur and professional properties across a number of sports including, golf, sailing, rugby, field hockey and rowing. Aberdeen is also involved with a number of cultural and arts sponsorships. 
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Content reviewed and published: 4/10/2013 3:01:17 PM
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