Collegiate sculling in the Navesink River will happen apparently....and soon.
The Rumson Boat Race will occur Saturday, September 25, Mayor Ekdahl announced.
This will mark the return of prestigious college crew racing to Rumson. Army, Drexel University, University of Delaware, Villanova University and Rutgers University will compete. It will mark the first time Rutgers will compete in the Navesink since, the inaugural Dad Vail of 1939, Ekdahl announced.The event is being organized by the Organizing Committee of the Rumson Boat Race in association with the New Jersey Scholastic Rowing Championship.
Crews will launch from Victory Park and warm up by rowing west along the Fair Haven shore to Red Bank, cross to the Middletown side at the start line near the Red Bank-Fair Haven border, and race approximately two miles almost to the Oceanic Bridge near the park.
Perhaps this a turn toward a possible return of regular collegiate rowing on the river, and perhaps even the introduction of high school races. Rumson’s rec department has a team, called Rumson Rowing, for high school students from Rumson and Fair Haven. Cambridge and Oxford Universities have their annual race from Putney Bridge in London each year, and homeowners along the route host fab parties. Perhaps that is something we can enjoy here soon.