Category: Vesper Captain



Having received a friendly reminder from SN regarding a Vesper Boat that was breaking a rule,  I just want to remind everyone to be aware of all SN Safety Rules and make sure you are following them.

Due to the absence of the Safety Curtain/Cables, and until its return, remember these three changes:

1) All boats must be on the paddle at the end of the Statue Garden Wall
2) Returning boats must be single file only once you reach Sedgeley
3) No youth boats may be below the Girard Ave Bridge without their perspective Coach

Vesper Captain

4 Oar Rule Lifted

Effective Today Wednesday, April 13th, the Four Oar Rule is lifted.

The weather is great this week and the water temperature is almost 54 degrees; let's hope this holds and that Spring is finally here!

See you on the water!


4 Oar Rule

4 Oar Rule

Effective immediately - The 4 Oar Rule is back!

Mother Nature doesn’t want Spring to be here yet, and the the next few days are guaranteed to be below our threshold for safe rowing in singles.   While this is definitely very temporary, it is necessary.

Stay safe and hurry back Spring!!!

Vesper Captain

4 Oar Rule, Dock Schedule

From the Captain - 4 Oar Rule, Dock Schedule


Effective Friday, March 18th, the Four Oar Rule will be lifted. While the water temperature is still in the mid to high 40’s, the air temperature for the next 3 weeks is sufficient to lift the rule.


Please check the Vesper website to see which club boats will be unavailable during high school practices and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Happy Spring Everyone!




Boat Rack Space

Rack Space at Vesper
In an effort to get organized for a great Spring Season and beyond;  I am asking for Member requests for the following:
1) You want to rent a boat rack and I have not contacted you within the last week regarding the wait list.
2) You currently have a boat at the club but wish to move. Examples: move from outside to inside or get on a Waiting List for the Singles bay.
Please email me at with your requests as soon as possible.
Sally Scott


Vesper Dock Reopening

Effective tomorrow, 2-7-22, the dock closure is canceled.

The ice is gone (but don’t be complacent about a random ice chunk) and the weather is less severe. However, the 4 oar rule remains in effect and remaining cautious is always a good thing!

And get this: Masters Practice is on for Tuesday morning!!!!  Have fun AND be safe!!


Vesper Dock Closed

The Vesper Dock is closed.   No rowing may be attempted due to ice.

The dock will remain closed until further notice.     Everyone cross their fingers for some warmer days soon!

All Together!


Captains Updates – Marathon, Safety, Thanksgiving

Updates from Vesper Captains

Hi All,


Please keep in mind that the Philadelphia Half Marathon8k, and Marathon are happening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday - see linked course maps), so there will be road closures along the courses between 6am and 2pm on both days. If you plan to row, we would highly discourage you from driving, as access and parking on Kelly Drive and surrounding areas will be very difficult.


  • The days are getting shorter and darker - please ensure that you have bright lights on both ends of your boat prior to launching
  • It's also getting colder and windier - always check the forecast and use common sense before launching!

Thanksgiving Schuylkill Navy Run

Also remembered that I wanted to add a note about the Schuylkill Navy Run, for anyone who is around on Thanksgiving. Registration is through RegattaCentral and ends today at the lower price (late registration is possible). General info is here:


Post Ida Updates – Traffic Changes In Effect Today


Rowing and Paddling Leaders,
Happy Weekend.  Below my signature are important updates for you and your fellow leaders/members:
  1. Safety Cable Absence and Changes to Rules of the River - This will require action for everyone on the river, so PLEASE read.
  2. Update on Debris Removal
  3. Update on East Docks
  4. Heads Up: Dredge Update Meeting, Sat Oct 16 at 10 am, Scrimmage Racing 10/16, Volunteer Work Party Next Weekend
  5. Continued Communication Process
Please let me know if you have questions,
Bonnie Mueller
Commodore, Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia

Safety Curtain Absence and Changes to Rules of the River
The Safety Curtain was removed by AP Construction on September 27.
  • "Restoration" of the Curtain was not possible, as it had to be removed in pieces.
  • The City is now in the early stages of soliciting bids for its replacement; however, we don't anticipate the FEMA funds (necessary to pay for the replacement) to be forthcoming in the short- or medium-term.
The absence of the Safety Curtain creates the need for increased safety measures below the Girard Bridge and changes to our SN Rules of the River.
  • The Coaches and Captains Committees have been meeting to align on these changes.
  • Some clubs have already begun to implement these changes.
  • These changes will officially go into effect on Monday, October 12.
  • The SN Board Delegates will be asked to ratify these temporary changes on Monday, Oct 18.
Update on Debris Removal
Natural tree debris in the river created known obstacles before Ida; and, our post-storm assessments led the City and Schuylkill Navy to request FEMA funding to engage external contractors for the removal. Updates here:
  • During the on-site FEMA visit, they confirmed to me that ONLY debris within 150m of a bridge abutment is FEMA-eligible.
  • Only the owners of the bridges themselves (which, for no bridges, is the City) have any potential responsibility to remove debris.  It is not the case (as some have asked) that the City has jurisdiction / responsibility/ ownership over the removal.
  • Nonetheless, we requested that the City initiate the procurement of external bids for (minimally) the bridge abutments.  An initial bid has been received in excess of $240,000 for the work.
  • We (SN and City ) are actively exploring funding sources for this work; Needless to say, we are also deploying City assets to attempt to engage CSX, Penn Dot, etc.
  • Meanwhile, we're working with PWD to explore potential PWD-River Community partnership to remove elements that are within a "Volunteer-Doable-Scope."
  • Stay tuned.


Update on East Docks
To support the upcoming regattas and teams impacted by the catastrophic loss of eastern upriver docks, the Schuylkill Navy/ HOSR/ PSRA has donated 280' linear feet of our co-owned wooden docks for use by Temple University at EPCH, BLJ Community Rowing at City Dock, Gillin Boat House (St. Joseph's U and St. Joseph's Prep), and Phila Adaptive Rowing.
  • The docks were lifted into place and hooked to a temp Row America ramp at Gillin.
  • We are working with Temple U and the City of Philadelphia to both (a) secure needed fixes to the public ramp at EPCH; and, (b) gain the City's waiver of general liability for this private donation for a City asset.  We're hopeful for both to be completed this week.


Heads Up on Upcoming Dates This Week
  • We will host a Dredge Status Briefing Call next Sat 10/16.  Usual Invitees to That: Pls keep an eye out for my separate Zoom.
  • Sat, Oct 16 would have been the Navy Day Regatta....and several high schools and colleges plan to scrimmage from 9 am - 1 pm.  I'm aware that some Masters may also now want to do so.  If so, reach out and let's try to plan accordingly/ cooperatively.  For now, pls plan to complete all non-scrimmaging practices before 9 am.
  • Working with HOSR (and potentially PSRA), we are also planning for a Volunteer Work Party next weekend.  Stay tuned here.
  • SN Delegates: Reminder that the SN Board Meeting is 10/18.  We'll be hoping for a ratification of the needed, attached temp traffic pattern changes.
  • I'm also still trying to cement a date for CEO Amanda Kraus to visit us.  With the departure of USRowing Chief Domestic Officer Susan Smith last week and our own Schuylkill priorities, it's been difficult to calendar.  Presidents: Stay tuned nonetheless for a possible informal invite.


Continued Communication Process
Your Location/Regatta POCs are listed below.
Thanks for ensuring that your Members and Boards know these names and ask them to route questions/ concerns / requests through them so that we can quickly aggregate and action them in a collective manner (and keep our valuable City partners working efficiently on our behalf).
PCR- Caitlin Mance ; FRA- John Wilhemin PBC - Gene Gallagher, CRESCENT - Troy Madden, BACHELORS- Mike Guerrieri, UBC - Alex Cook , MALTA - Jeff Cutler , VESPER - Jenn Mussio, COLLEGE - Andrew Blum, PENN AC - Chris Reich , UNDINE - John Leonard , PGRC - Blake , SEDGELEY - Joan W (Karen Earley, pending) , PCAS- Jeff McGinnis , SPI- Tommy Leonardi , BLJ - Brannon, GILLIN -Gerry , TEMPLE - Brian Perkins , HRC / WBC - Sybil , CRC- Craig, DVROC - Jim Hanna, HOSR - Jen W, PSRA- Leslie P.