San Diego Crew Classic History
Programmed to be fast moving, it kept the spectators interested!
From its modest beginnings over four decades ago, the San Diego Crew Classic has matured into the largest regatta in the world held for primarily eight-oared rowing shells. 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 in San Diego
Rowing has 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). Originally within walking distance of downtown, the Rowing Club was a socially important place in the community, where many prominent men from business and government gathered to make important decisions that affected the city. Today, SDRC members compete successfully at competitions across the country and throughout the world.
In 1892, four young women founded ZLAC Rowing Club. The acronym was formed by the initials of their first names—Zulette, Lena, Agnes, and Caroline. At the time, women’s rowing was unheard of; in fact, ZLAC has been recognized as the world’s oldest women’s rowing club. Over the years, ZLAC programs have produced U.S. National team members, top college rowers, and several Olympians.