Wilmington Rowing Center invites you to enjoy some competition on the lake at the 27th Annual Diamond State Masters Regatta held at Noxontown Pond by the St. Andrews School in Middletown, a two day event full of rowing races and competitive excitement! Sports apparel and vendors will be on hand to add another layer of entertainment to the weekend.
Located on the beautiful Noxontown Pond, DSMR offers rowers an opportunity to race found nowhere else on the East Coast and is one of the largest regattas in the area, drawing close to 800 competitive rowers each year. The first day of competition sees scullers (single rowers) and doubles (pair of rowers) races. Day two, Sunday, of the regatta picks up in excitement as the larger shells take to the water! This is the day you’ll see fours, quads, and eights go head to head on the pond.
The Diamond State Masters Regatta began in 1991 by Howard M. Smith and John Schnoover as a way to highlight Noxontown Pond and act as a fundraiser for the growing rowing center. Through the years, local rowers spread the word of how spectacular the venue was and how professionally organized and run the regatta was. It was through this word of mouth DSMR started to grow and draw rowers from all along the East Coast, from Boston to Virginia, and became known as a regatta not to be missed. Present day, Diamond State’s draws close to 800 rowers with their family and friends.
The general public is invited to come out for the day, or weekend, and experience the excitement of rowing competition! DSMR takes place during the Sprint Season, short 1500 – 2000 meter races lasting between 5 to 8 minutes with a full, all out sprint to the finish. The excitement of each race can be felt in the air! This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about rowing, the historic significance of the sport in the tri-state area, in addition to enjoying the beauty of Noxotown Pond. Visit DiamondStateMasters.com to learn more about the weekend’s events.
Wilmington Rowing Center is a non-profit club located along the burgeoning Wilmington Riverfront’s Christina River. The principal purposes of the organization are to promote, stimulate, and support an interest in amateur rowing, be it recreational or competitive and other forms of athletics that are supplementary to this sport. Learn more about WRC by visiting WilmingtonRowing.org.