Rowers from around the world to come to picturesque Mission Bay to compete in the 40th San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2013. This two-day nationally acclaimed regatta consists of close to 100 races with more than 4000 athletes. The waters of Mission Bay Park offers a perfect setting for this premier regatta. Thousands of spectators watch the races on the popular Jumbotron and more on a live webcast.

Members of the San Diego Rowing Club’s (SDRC) men’s and women’s teams will participate in the excitement of the annual Crew Classic competition on Mission Bay with several Juniors and Masters boats beginning at 7:30 a.m. on April 6.

SDRC Women’s Varsity Coach Susan Francia, recently back from the 2013 World Cup in Australia, has quite a vested interest in this year’s Crew Classic. This is her first year coaching for SDRC both Men’s Masters as well as her Junior Rowers. “The girls are really looking forward to the race. We mainly focus on small boats during the year, so it will be exciting to put them all together in to one big powerful boat. Let’s just see how fast we can go!”  Also a first for Coach Francia is spontaneously racing a pod of dolphins this week and also seal watching during her rigorous workouts. “Mission Bay is pretty amazing.”

Head Coach Chris Callaghan has coached several boats for the Crew Classic before, but there is still a distinct excitement in the air. “I’m really excited to see how our Varsity Heavyweight and Lightweights guys perform after 3 weeks of intense training. It’ll be a great test against the best teams around the country,” said Callaghan.

San Diego Rowing Club junior crew has over 100 rowers from over 40 schools across San Diego County. Many of the high school senior athletes have received scholarships and/or college acceptances for rowing. This year alone SDRC has athletes going to USC, UCLA, MIT, UWV, Cal-Berkeley, Yale, West Point and Gonzaga.

Contact Chris Callaghan, Director of Rowing, for more information.


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