Rowers from Around the Nation to Converge in Tampa for 6th Annual Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta

Rowers from Around the Nation to Converge in Tampa for 6th Annual Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta is one of the pre-eminent early season rowing events featuring many top crews and athletes from around the country. Since the inaugural event in 2008, The Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta has now become a key event for many top universities training in Florida during their Spring Semester Breaks. The 2013 version will occur on Saturday, March 9.

According to Tom Feaster, President of The Steward’s Foundation and a member of The Board of Directors of United States Rowing Association, “While Tampa has long been home to spring training for many top universities and Olympic crews; this spectator-oriented event presents a great opportunity for the community to witness competition at the highest level.” Feaster continued, “With the venue at the Tampa Bypass Canal there will be numerous great vantage points at Harney Park for spectators to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and just enjoy our March weather while watching the races with friends and family,”

According to Mike Smith, Regatta Director, spectators will be treated to some serious college competition. In addition to the collegiate events, the all day Regatta beginning at 7:30 A.M. will include championship events for both high school women and men, and masters’ men and women. Junior entries from Tampa include The Stewards Foundation, Tampa Training Center, Tampa Prep, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic, and the Academy of Holy Names. These youngsters will match blades with many other crews from throughout the state of Florida.

This year’s Regatta will highlight, the third annual Veterans Masters Singles event named in honor of Admiral Lee Roy Collins. Admiral Collins was a long time Regatta participant for The Tampa Rowing Club who died in a bicycling accident on his way to Rowing practice in 2010.

Smith noted, “Tampa is such a popular rowing venue with both competitors and spectators that the Tampa Mayor’s Cup Regatta could easily become one of the most popular events in the U.S.”Mike is not alone however in promoting the venue. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, The City of Tampa, Ken Walters Productions, and Tampa Bay and Company have all provided significant support.

While the race is free for spectators, sponsorship proceeds go to the Steward’s Foundation which supports youth programs open to any high school student who has no access to a high school program at his/her school, as well as to inner-city summer youth programs coordinated through the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department. Steve White, Director of Rowing and Treasurer for The Steward’s Foundation, stated, “Collectively, these programs have made available an elite athletic sport, numerous scholarship opportunities, and the principals of teamwork and responsibility to a host of our of community’s youngsters and economically disadvantaged students.”

Steward’s President Tom Feaster added, “With the support and encouragement of our Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, The Steward’s Foundation and The City of Tampa are committed to the efforts to make this sport more accessible to the kids in our community, and we are proud to host many of rowing’s most talented young athletes in Tampa.

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Release courtesy of  ‘The Stewards Foundation, Inc’.