Usually when people think of competitive rowing, they think of it as more of an East Coast sport—something that is done mostly at Ivy League schools. But believe it or not, San Diego actually has a very rich history of rowing.
In June 1888, what is now known as the San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) was founded. By the 1930s, the club had a membership of more than 1,200 rowers. The club was known for the economically diverse group of men it attracted—everyone from day laborers to bank presidents.
One of the oldest women’s rowing clubs was also founded in San Diego just a few years later in 1892—the ZLAC Rowing Club. Out of this prestigious club have come several Olympians and multiple U.S. National team members.
Today in San Diego, you can still be a part of the original two rowing clubs mentioned above, or the Mission Bay Rowing Association. High school-aged rowers are also welcome at both SDRC and ZLAC. In addition, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers rowing courses for those interested in learning or bettering their rowing skills. At the collegiate level in San Diego, the three major universities in the city (San Diego State, U.C. San Diego, and the University of San Diego) all have competitive rowing teams.
If your rowing club or crew team is looking for a rowing venue in the San Diego area for a regatta, training camp, or other rowing event, a great San Diego venue is the lake at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista.
The lake is accompanied by a 13,000 square foot boathouse with a private boat dock. It also features men’s and women’s locker rooms.
This facility is used by U.S. Rowing National Team members in the winter months when it’s too cold to train in other parts of the country. It has also hosted regattas for rowing teams of various levels and has been a venue for rowing camps.
For more information, or to book this great San Diego venue, contact us at Stylehawk Event Services. We can answer all of your questions about this venue, book the venue on your behalf, and we can also help you plan and execute your event. We have a local San Diego staff that can handle event logistics for any type of competition, tournament, or sporting event. Let us take care of the complex details of your event and help make sure everything runs smoothly, while you focus on your event’s true goals.
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