Stotesbury Regatta off to soggy start

Rowers on the Schuylkill during a rainy delay on the first day of the 2014 Stotesbury Cup Regatta on Friday, May 16, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

Despite the rain, high school rowers are out on the Schuylkill for the 88th Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

While regatta officials expect to get in all the races scheduled for Friday, they are worried about how the heavy rainfall across the region will affect the river on Saturday.

"We are concerned that high water flow may cause cancellations of semis or perhaps all racing on Saturday," regatta official said in a statement.

They are to meet at 7 a.m. Saturday to discuss the day's racing schedule.

On Friday, one challenge for rowers was to stay dry and keep warm before getting on the water.

"At Stotesbury, It's so disgusting outside, and I'm laying in a trash bag.!!" Vineland High School rower Amanda Smaniotto tweeted.

More than 5,000 high school rowers from around the country and Canada are taking part in the regatta, which had been run continuously since 1927 and is named after investment banker and philanthropist Edward T. Stotesbury.