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Visit USRowing at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic

by Allison Frederick | Apr 03, 2013
Are you racing at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic this weekend, or cheering on your favorite team? Stop by the USRowing tent, located in the Trade Show area on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.
Are you racing at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic this weekend, or cheering on your favorite team? Stop by the USRowing tent, located in the Trade Show area on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.

Take the rowing trivia challenge and win cool gear and prizes, or meet two-time Olympic gold medalists Mary Whipple and Susan Francia, who will be at the tent from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Trade Show is located at the north end of the public area, near the crews and the finish line. Click here for a Trade Show map and list of vendors.

Did you know that USRowing is now offering a free basic membership? Come to the tent anytime during the weekend and sign up to begin receiving a wide range of member benefits and be part of a great rowing organization. Why not bring your entire boat/ team by to do the same! More information available here: http://www.usrowing.org/join.aspx.

USRowing is proud to be a part of this year’s 40th annual event. Approximately 4,400 athletes from more than 125 universities, clubs and high schools from across the United States, as well as the world, participate in this legendary, premier spring regatta. Athletes, ranging in age from 14 to 84 years, compete in more than 100 races in various divisions.

This year, the San Diego Crew Classic celebrates four decades of rowing excellence! From its modest beginnings in 1973, the Crew Classic has matured into one of the largest regattas held primarily for eight-oared rowing shells. Today, it is a two-day, nationally acclaimed regatta for juniors, collegiate, masters and even Olympic-level competitors, set in the picturesque waters, sandy shores and green lawns of Mission Bay Park in San Diego, California. More than 25,000 spectators watch the races both from the shoreline, as well as on the popular Jumbotron on-site. San Diegans can be proud of the strong influence the regatta has had on the sport.

Against the backdrop of the San Diego skyline, spectators at the Crew Classic can enjoy music, food, an art exhibit, alumni and corporate tents, and the Karl Strauss Beer Garden and Brew Classic for that “feet in the sand and a beer in the hand” experience. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Family Festival offers activities for the kids, while the “Classic Brunch by the Bay” sponsored by Sharp HealthCare combines culinary delights with phenomenal views of the regatta. The massive Jumbotron, which offers the perfect view of the start of the races, is located just south of the Championship Stage sponsored by American Specialty Health.

Races start near the Sea World towers and pass the Ingraham Street Bridge, head North along Mission Bay for 2000 meters, and finish at Crown Point Shores. Racing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. each day. The racing action continues until about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Jessop-Whittier Cup heats begin early in the morning on Saturday, April 6, followed by the Copley Cup heats. The Jessop-Whittier Cup final is set for Sunday morning, followed by the Copley Cup final.

Ticket prices for the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic and Family Festival are $12.00 in advance (order online at crewclassic.org) and $15.00 on the day of the event. Admission is free for active military with ID and for children under 12 years of age.

Parking is $15 per car at Crown Point Shores. There is free parking at Ski Beach, (off of Ingraham Street and across from the entrance to Paradise Point Resort), with free shuttle service to the regatta.

Watch racing live online at: http://crewclassic.org/photosvideo/live-video-streaming/.
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