After canceling semi-finals and postponing the second day of competition in the annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta over dangerous river conditions, officials say racing will resume on Saturday afternoon.
Race directors said finals races will kick off starting at 2 p.m. in the major high school rowing competition on the Schuylkill River. The races were supposed to begin at 8 a.m.
Heavy rain on Friday caused river levels to rise and the current to pick up speed. Debris also fell into the river causing potentially dangerous obstacles for rowers and the more than 900 boats on the water. Competitors raced in the downpours on Friday without issue.
Race organizers say there has only been one time in the past 20 years when the 88-year-old regatta had to be canceled.
Established in 1927 more than 5,000 rowers come from across the United States and Canada to compete in the regatta.