Promoting Wellness, Learning, and Lifestyle

Community Rowing of San Diego (“CRSD”)

The first rowing club in the United States, Narragansett Boat Club was founded in 1838. Fifty years later, the sport of rowing had spread all the way across the continent to San Diego, where in 1888 its first boat club was formed. Four years later its second club was formed.

In the intervening years, San Diego County’s population has increased 100 times, from just over 30,000 to over 3 million. But until 2012 and the formation of Community Rowing of San Diego, the number of rowing clubs remained unchanged.

Our Mission

The mission of Community Rowing of San Diego is to make the sport of rowing available to all residents of San Diego and in so doing to make San Diego the rowing capital of the United States and ultimately of the World, because we have the people, we have the water, and we have the weather–and because the children of San Diego deserve the opportunities and life-lessons that rowing can provide.

The Imperative

We have the people, we have the water, we have the weather–and the citizens of San Diego deserve the opportunities and life-lessons that rowing can provide.


~Expand the size, number, capabilities, and services of rowing facilities in San Diego County, including a central CRSD boathouse at South Shores Park on Mission Bay, and satellite facilities in North and South County.
~Increase the number of high school and high-school affiliated programs serving our youth.
~Provide venues for local, state, national, international rowing competition.

Board of Directors

Community Rowing is a California 501c3 that is ably managed and led by its Board of Directors

Dave Frost

Board Member

Dave Frost continues his active support of non-profit organizations and public benefit causes via: The SD Maritime Museum, Kiwanis International, The Armed Services YMCA of San Diego, and also the San Diego Rowing Club(SDRC). He served on the SDRC Board for three years, and was the Club’s President from 2010-2011. He successfully pursued grants for that venerable service Club – to expand rowing in this region for military and veteran athletes – including physically challenged individuals.
His professional chapters in business and adult learning assignments as an adjunct faculty professor are enablers for the CRSD missions.
He is a Masters Rower with national and international Medal experiences.
Dave offers his certification as a Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach to better represent our targeted youth.

Brooks Dagman

Board Member

Brooks Dagman serves the University of San Diego as Head Coach of Mens’ Rowing Programs.  
His Coaching biography can be viewed at :

Meryl Chaffee

Board Member

Meryl Chaffee, still a competitive rower, is the head rowing coach for Gompers Preparatory Academy.
Ms. Chaffee’s linked in profile can be viewed @ .
GPA competed in its first regional regatta in 2016.

Peter Fayette

Board Member

Peter Fayette is an attorney/entrepreneur. He lives in the San Diego neighborhood of Clairemont, with his wife Sandra, and their two children, Zoie and Shane, ages 20 and 18.  Peter founded and was the Chairman and CEO of Televator Corporation; a San Diego based new media company launched in January 2000. He remained in that role until September 2007, when the Televator board voted to move the company’s headquarters to Burlington, VT. While Peter was born and raised in Vermont, he chose to keep his family in San Diego.  Peter’s legal and professional experience within the framework of non-profits began just after graduation from law school (1990) when he was elected to the board of directors of the City Heights Community Development Corporation. He remained on the board until 1993. In 1995, he was elected to sit on the board of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF).
He spent 10 years with the GQHF helping it become a financially viable and diverse community-based organization whose mission was to promote the cultural and historical significance of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
Finding satisfaction working in the non-profit sector, Peter made a presentation to the Hickman Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) board in October 2010, and offered his professional services and expertise to take on a large-scale redevelopment project at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa.
Peter received his BA in Political Science from San Diego State University in 1987. He went on to the University of San Diego School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1990.

Arthur Sloate

Board Member

Arthur Sloate is a competitive Rower, certified personal trainer, Juniors Coach for Cathedral Catholic High School and small business owner (as a professional photographer).  He coordinates all prep rowing efforts for CRSD which are growing yearly.  In 2014 – High Tech High Chula Vista began its rowing program, joining the Gompers Preparatory Academy and CCHS.

Zachary (Zach) Johnson

Board Member

Zachary (Zach) Johnson is the Head Coach for Men’s Rowing at the University of California, San Diego.
He brings a wealth of experience to our three strategic initiatives. He is a former Juniors rower and longstanding supporter of challenged athlete programs.
His Coaching biography can be viewed at:

Bree Ojeda

Board Member

Bree Ojeda, a former prep rower, is a recent addition to our Board of Directors.  Ms. Ojeda spearheads a startup rowing program for the Sweetwater Union High School in the winter of 2017. Her profile can be visited via linked in:

Aly Bronder

Board Member

Aly Bronder, a forner collegiate rower, coaches the nascent High Tech High Chula Vista rowing program.

CRSD welcomes interested candidates for our open Director positions.

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