The San Diego Crew Classic, from its modest beginnings over four decades ago, has matured into one of the largest regattas in the world. The regatta provides a venue for high school junior programs, collegiate teams, masters’ clubs, and even Olympic-level competition. San Diegans can be proud of the strong influence the regatta has had nationally on the sport of rowing.
Rowing has had a long tradition in our city. Although commonly considered a mostly Ivy League and east-cost sport, rowing in San Diego dates back to 1888, when a men’s rowing and swim club was established, eventually becoming the San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC).
We have the privilege of hosting such a prestigious event that is not only the largest regatta on the West Coast, but is now home to competitors from Freedom Rows and includes participants from Wounded Warriors and Para-rowing. The San Diego Crew Classic brings people together, so together we can give back to a sport that has given us so much.
The San Diego Crew Classic is only as successful as the community behind it. Every year, this event receives endless support from programs and individuals across the country. Become one of those prominent individuals looking to make an impact on the world of rowing and support this event.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at many levels and opportunities.
If you do not wish to become a sponsor of our event, but still wish to donate to our longevity and ability to give back, please donate on this page.
San Diego Tourism Marketing District
The SDTMD, a non-profit, mutual-benefit corporation, focuses on increasing and improving lodging room night consumption in the City of San Diego to support tourism growth and development in the region. The SDTMD does this by providing funding (from its TMD assessments) to stimulate lodging room demand in the city.
Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation
The San Diego Crew Classic has benefitted from the generosity of the Hervey Fund and the San Diego Foundation for many years. The mission of The San Diego Foundation is to improve the quality of life in all of our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy that builds enduring assets and by promoting community solutions through research, convenings and actions that advance the common good.
James S. Copley Family
Sponsored by the James S Copley Family, the Copley Cup is considered the feature race of the Crew Classic. This coveted prize recognizes the long time support of the Copley family since our first regatta in 1973. At the first two regattas the Cup was presented to the winner of the men’s open varsity race. Since 1975, the Copley Cup has been presented to the winner of the invitational race for top men’s collegiate varsity crews. The 2022 Copley Cup is presented in memory of James S. Copley
American Specialty Health Incorporated
American Specialty Health Incorporated is one of the nation’s premier independent, privately-owned specialty health organizations, offering technology-enabled benefits management including: musculoskeletal health provider networks and programs, fitness center networks and exercise programs, and health management solutions for health plans, employers and others. ASH administers programs for over 50 million members.
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion is one of the most comprehensive outpatient centers in San Diego. Located in Serra Mesa, the Outpatient Pavilion is designed for patient comfort and convenience and offers the very latest in cancer treatment, outpatient surgery, women’s imaging, vision care, endoscopy, health screenings and education, and integrated wellness services.
Shimano Rowing Dynamics has developed a full carbon fiber foot stretcher to accommodate a quick release binding between the foot stretcher and the rowing shoes. Two group sets are available in either a flexible sole shoes or carbon fiber sole shoes compatible with a virtual pivot binding. With this system crew members can use their own shoes―gone is the necessity of sharing footwear. The Shimano foot stretcher system can be adjusted for installation in almost any boat regardless of manufacturer or type.
Liz and Michael Copley in memory of their daughter Carley, a brave 3-year-old who succumbed to leukemia in 1996, have been extraordinary supporters of the Crew Classic and the Carley Cup. They feel that “in giving life her best effort, Carley remains a winner forever, and the Cup is a reminder that a part of winning is sharing your talent and achievements with those less fortunate.” Carley’s sister and three brothers, and Liz and Michael, continue to be active in the community. Young patients being treated at Rady Children’s Hospital and their families continue to enjoy Carley’s Magical Gardens and the Carley Copley Hematology/Oncology Clinic — both gifts from the Copley family to the community.
Concept2 began in 1976 in the back of a bread truck when Dick and Pete Dreissigacker, fresh from Olympic training, started making composite racing oars. Concept2 oars have since gone on to become the oar of choice among the world’s rowers. In 1981, Dick and Pete created the Concept2 Indoor Rower, which swiftly became the best-selling rowing machine in the world. Now several models later, it’s used every day by Olympic athletes, cardiac rehab patients, individuals at home and every caliber of rower in-between. Concept2’s product line now includes oars, RowErgs, the SkiErg and the BikeErg.
UC San Diego Health
UC San Diego Health, the region’s only academic health system, is dedicated to delivering outstanding patient care through commitment to community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching. Its specialty care for serious and complex conditions is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations. The 808-bed academic health system includes UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and Jacobs Medical Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion and Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, all in La Jolla, as well as primary care and same-day services at clinics throughout Southern California.
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