Crew Classic Registration Opens This Monday, 9/16

Dear coaches and competitors,

We look forward to seeing you at the 47th San Diego Crew Classic –  Your rowing season starts here!  Registration opens on the 16th of September.  We have some exciting changes this year and we believe the Crew Classic will be better than ever.  Most importantly, we plan to utilize only seven lanes this year which we believe will make the competition, and the viewing, even more exciting.  Though this may limit the number of entries in some races, we believe it will increase the competitive spirit.

In the interest of growing junior rowing, especially among younger or smaller clubs, we are adding a few 4x races in the Juniors JV and Novice (coxed) category.  Of course we are continuing our many cup races and the exciting college duals. You can expect sunny warm San Diego weather along with the usual fun and exciting Crew Classic atmosphere.

We would like to encourage you to stay at one of our fine San Diego partner hotels – as they are huge supporters of the Crew Classic.  We’re still working the details but we would like to thank you by providing special incentives when you stay at one of our partner hotels.  There are over 25 hotels in our partner program and can be found on our website.  There are a variety of location and pricing options, and are available to rowers, family and friends  – please ask for the ‘Crew Classic Group’ rate when booking.  Hotels may offer additional incentives such as free/reduced parking, free breakfast, shuttle service.

Be sure to ask for the ‘Crew Classic Group’ rate when you make your reservation – please pass this to your friends, parents, and team coordinators to help them stay at our partner hotels and help support the crew classic.

Thank you for your continued support of the Crew Classic and see you in San Diego on April 4th and 5th!

Best regards,

Bobbie Smith
Executive Director

September 10, 2019

Contact: Mark Rose

Bobbie Smith selected as new Executive Director

The San Diego Crew Classic Board of Directors is happy to announce the addition of Bobbie Smith as its new Executive Director. Smith brings 20 years of experience in business and connections in rowing to the position. Her love of the sport began as a rower in the US national team system and continued as coach on both juniors and collegiate teams. She is both an entrepreneur and engineer and has been running her own business for 10 years. She is a part of the local rowing community currently serving as a coach of the Juniors and rower with the Masters at San Diego Rowing Club. Her fondest memory of the San Diego Crew Classic was her Lightweight Women’s win in the Referee’s Cup in 2016. She looks to draw upon her passion for rowing as well as her leadership and strong business acumen in her new role. Bobbie is a graduate of UCLA where she also rowed.

When asked about her new position, Smith said, “I am excited to be a part of the Crew Classic in its 47th year of racing and look forward to the years to come. My earliest memory of San Diego Crew Classic was as a novice athlete at UCLA. I had no idea how big the sport was nationally, and was happy to see all of the rowers, including Masters. There were literally thousands of people racing. I knew then that this was a sport I could compete in for the rest of my life. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the great community that we have here in San Diego and keep this regatta going strong for years to come. Most of all though, I am grateful to be able to give back to this community that has given me so much.”

The annual San Diego Crew Classic is the premiere spring rowing regatta and will be held April 4 & 5, 2020 at Crown Point Shores in Mission Bay. Registration begins September 16th.

I look forward to staying in touch and hope to see you at the Crew Classic.


Mark Rose
President, San Diego Crew Classic