May 25, 2011

146th Harvard-Yale Regatta This Saturday

Media Notes

GALES FERRY, Conn – Harvard and Yale crews will battle over two, three and four miles in the 146th edition of the Harvard-Yale Regatta in New London, Conn., on Saturday afternoon.  Both teams will compete upstream on the Thames River, starting near the Gold Star Memorial Bridge and finishing at Bartlett's Cove. 

The weekend will kick off Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. with the two-mile combination eight race for the James P. Snider Cup, named in honor of the current Yale women's crew assistant coach who was an assistant coach for the heavyweights in the 1990's.  The winner of the combo race earns the right to paint the rock near the finish line with its school colors before the varsity winner is decided the following day.

Competition will resume Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. with the two-mile freshman race for the New London Cup, followed by the three-mile junior varsity race at 3:45 p.m. for the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy.  The main event will go off at 4:45 p.m. as Harvard and Yale varsity crews race over four miles for the 146th time in the oldest intercollegiate sporting event in the nation.  The winner will receive the Sexton Cup and the right to paint the rock near the finish line with its school colors. 

Looking to lead the Bulldogs to victory will be captain Derek Johnson.  Johnson was injured for much of the fall and rowed in the junior varsity crew early this spring against Dartmouth, Penn and Columbia.  By the time of the Eastern Sprints he had fought his way back into two seat of the varsity eight and will sit in stroke seat of the varsity this Saturday.  This will be Johnson's third time rowing against Harvard on the Thames in the varsity eight, the most of anyone on the Yale roster.  Johnson's father, Dr. Brian Johnson, is a former Harvard oarsman and rowed against Yale in this race in the early 1970's.

For those who cannot make it to New London this weekend, a live broadcast of the regatta will be available on WKNL Kool 101 (100.9 FM) and www.kool101fm.com.  Charlie Hamlin (Harvard '70) and Yale lightweight coach Andy Card will provide commentary.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity