Posted Online: Oct. 09, 2012, 11:01 am

Rowers to compete on the Mississippi October 13

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Y Quad Cities Rowers compete in the 2011 Trinity Quad Cities Classic Regatta.
Press release submitted by Two Rivers YMCA

Rowers to compete on the Mississippi October 13th in the 2012 Trinity Quad Cities Classic Regatta

[MOLINE, IL] (September 19, 2012) – Saturday October 13th, rowers from around the Midwest will compete in head races on the Mississippi River. World-record-holders from our own Y Quad Cities Rowing will be joined by club and university teams such as University of Iowa Men's Rowing and the Chicago Training Center. New this year are rowing events for adaptive rowers. In all, forty-nine races will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Juniors (ages 14 to 18) and Masters (age 20 and over) rowers will compete in individual, doubles, quads and eight-person events. The competition can be viewed along Ben Butterworth Parkway as rowers start near the Captain's Table and end just west of the Sylvan Boathouse, 17th Street at the Mississippi River, behind Stoney Creek Inn, Moline.

This is the 19th year for the annual regatta. The Quad Cities has a rich history of rowing dating back to 1874. At that time, a group of Moline men formed the "Sylvan Boat Club." As a result of their success in Midwest regattas, the group formed The Moline Regatta Association for the sole purpose of holding annual regattas. Investors included S.H. Velie, C.H. Deere and John Deere. Their regattas attracted over 5,000 spectators and crews from all over the Midwest. The spirit of the sport continues to live today through Y Quad Cities Rowing.

The Trinity Quad Cities Classic Regatta is a US Rowing –sanctioned event hosted by a volunteer committee of Y Quad Cities Rowing, the rowing program of Two Rivers YMCA. Trinity Regional Health System is the title sponsor. Further support is provided by the City of Moline, Exelon, and the Dispatch/Argus.