Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee is pleased to stage the 82nd Annual Dad Vail Regatta – Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta – on Saturday, May 8, 2021 with racing beginning at 9:00 AM!

Registration has been extended until April 26th.

The 2021 Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta will be a 1-day event.  Teams located close enough to manage a one-day round trip, who might be precluded from an overnight stay now can race!   The start of the first race has been delayed until 9:00 AM, 2 hours later than usual, to permit teams a little more time on race day to travel to the Schuylkill River National Race Course.  Registration has been extended until April 26th, so there is still time to sign up however events are now capped at 18 entries. At this writing, the most numerous entries by school are from Fordham, Drexel, Temple, Lafayette, and Princeton.

No Spectators

Although the event will be closed to spectators, the Regatta will be live streamed and moderated as in the past by Bill Jurgens and Brad Negaard, two Dad Vail mainstays. In addition to the no spectator rule which will be strictly enforced, there will be no vendors to serve the public.  The DVROC Board has worked relentlessly just to permit boats to race!

Dad Vail Health Plan

The City of Philadelphia has accepted the Jefferson Dad Vail Health Plan and is in the process of issuing the customary Permits to stage the Regatta. In keeping with the Dad Vail Health Plan, all teams must designate a Health Officer, abide by a strict testing to participate, and fully comply to maintain racing eligibility. The full Health Plan is posted on

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