As part of a yearlong Yonkers celebration of the Quadcentennial of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson River, Sarah Lawrence College’s men’s and women’s crew team will row two, 4-oared Whitehall gig boats, the type of boat used in a lavish 300th anniversary celebration regatta in Yonkers in 1909. The boats will launch from the Yonkers Rowing and Paddling Club on Alexander Street at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, rowing south past the Yonkers Pier. Sunny weather is predicted for Saturday.
One hundred years ago, the State of New York commemorated the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson with a series of boat races and events to celebrate the discoveries. The 1909 celebration was a catalyst for scenic, natural, and historic preservation.
Read a 1909 article from The New York Times archives covering the Yonkers regatta that year.