The origins of Olympic rowing date back to the tenth century, when English watermen would race on the Thames.  Amateur racing began in the eighteenth century with the advent of recreational boat clubs at English private schools, including Eton, Westminster, and Oxford.  The Cambridge boat club followed in 1827, with the first race between Oxford and Cambridge held in front of an estimated 20,000 spectators in 1829. Boat clubs in the United States soon followed.  The Narragansett Boat Club was founded in 1838 and the Detroit Boat Club in 1839.   Five years later, the first American collegiate club was formed at Yale University, followed by Harvard, a year later, in 1844.  Eight years later, Harvard defeated Yale in an eight-man race on Lake Winnepesaukee in the first intercollegiate athletic contest in the United States.  Americans have been rowing at the junior, collegiate, open, and masters levels ever since.  But even in communities that have an abundance of suitable water, the sport has not been available to everyone.

Our Non-Profit 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 best people, the best water, and the best weather–and because the children of San Diego deserve the opportunities and life-lessons that rowing can provide.

To carry out our mission, we require safe and durable equipment, skilled coaches, and the financial support of our community, in amounts big and small, so that we can expand our operations, provide support to fledgling high-school programs, upgrade existing facilities, and build boathouses, including the proposed site on Fiesta Island, that will meet the needs of our growing constituencies and athletes of all ages and abilities.

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Boat naming opportunities: $5000

Donate a new racing shell: $10,000 – $40000

Facilities naming opportunities are also available.

Please contact our Development and Investment Committee ( telephone 619.800.6449 to discuss planned giving, one-time gifts, and recurring contribu tions.

Community  Rowing of San Diego (CRSD) was designated as a 501 (c)(3) California Corporation in 2013.  The Clubs Form 990 and Tax Returns can be viewed at GuideStar, which you can search by name or by Bridge Number 3303684771.