Providing scholarships for under resourced youth around the county.

Now in their 42nd year, the San Diego Crew Classic is evolving to become a driving force in the funding and development of a community aquatics center as well as providing scholarships for under resourced youth around the county. The Crew Classic has long been known for its wonderful rowing event on Crown Point in Mission Bay, which hosts the nation’s top collegiate, junior, masters and elite crews from around the country and globe.

“We owe our success to the unparalleled volunteerism of our community as every year more than 500 local citizens devote thousands of hours to insure that the racing runs smoothly for our 4500 competitors and 25,000 spectators. With these goals in mind we have made some changes to the event to benefit our community now and in the future,” Darlene Disney, Executive Director tells Giving Back Magazine.

Thanks to Title 9, Rowing is one of the fastest growing collegiate sports with one in every two high school girls receiving a full ride scholarship when recruited by a Division 1 school. This year their first ever “Crews to College” event will offer guidance to our high school rowers on how to select the appropriate college that is best suited to their academic, social and rowing needs. They are also hosting a first ever Adaptive Rowing event for Paralympic rowers, which draws many of its athletes from our Wounded Warriors groups both in San Diego and around the country. Lastly, they are proud to sponsor Olympic Rowers on their road to the Rio Olympics through a partnership with the National Rowing Foundation. Sunday afternoon will feature racing in the 2nd annual Rowak Classic pitting the USA against Canada and the Czech Republic.

“We feel the timing is right to initiate a community effort to fund and develop an aquatics center on Mission Bay. Current capacity at our local Rowing and Paddling clubs is maxed out and there is very clear interest from local high schools in offering rowing as part of the athletic curriculum. Our success has been closely tied to the support of the community and we see this as the ideal way to honor the San Diego community and create a legacy that will benefit our youth for generations of the future,” said Darlene Davies.


  • Rowing is one of the original sports in the modern Olympic Games.
  • Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, was a rower.
  • Eight-man shells are about 62 feet long and weigh about 230 pounds.
  • There is no professional rowing for which these athletes to aspire. This is a purely amateur sport.

About the San Diego Crew Classic:

On the weekend of March 28-29th as many as 4500 competitors racing in 35 events across Elite, Junior, Collegiate and Masters Categories in the US’s 2nd largest rowing event.

If you would like to get involved and lend your support please contact the Crew Classic