Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs across the United States. Spanning ages 14 – 84, the Crew Classic is a competition for future Olympians as well as for those new to the sport. This event is often a highlight of their competitive rowing careers. The Crew Classic is not only an athletic event with competitors at the peak of physical fitness, but a social gathering for enthusiasts to enjoy great local food, a beer garden with San Diego’s famous local craft breweries, and shopping. The event is held at Mission Bay, just a mile from the Pacific beach.
Many athletes first experience the San Diego Crew Classic as high school competitors. The SDCC is a great introduction to the world of rowing for amateur athletes. It is larger than life — the jumbotron, the considerable number of spectators, and rowing shells as far as the eye can see. For collegiate athletes, the SDCC means a chance to size up the competition from across the nation and to earn rankings which will affect the rest of the season. Alumni of the SDCC can reconnect with former teammates, friends, and coaches. Many alumni continue to race in both alumni and masters’ club events.
The Crew Classic is a place to educate your children and family on the beauty of the sport of rowing, the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, and what it means to be a teammate and to support one another. The San Diego Crew Classic nurtures young athletes as they become socially responsible adults who will pass on the lessons learned from competition. The event welcomes generation after generation to the sport of rowing.
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