Gardner Cup

Every fall, join the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing to celebrate the anniversary of Dartmouth's Class Day Regatta.  

In the fall of 1873, Dartmouth rowers formed class crews to compete over a four-mile stretch of the Connecticut River.  With the river too narrow to race four boats abreast, they raced heats and finals.  In that first race, the sophomores beat the seniors by four lengths! 

The tradition was reborn in 2008 and, every year, Dartmouth rowers start the academic year by forming  freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior crews composed of members from all three squads.  In these mixed boats, the athletes race for the Gardner Cup - awarded in honor of longtime coach, Pete Gardner.