California State University, Long Beach

Seasons Greetings from the BCA Board of Directors

Saturday, 24. December 2016

Above: The lights of Naples Canal – Photo credit: John Van Blom


Dear Beach Crew Alumni and Friends of Long Beach State Rowing:

It’s that time again where we want to express our gratitude to all of our alums, parents, and friends who make our efforts possible. In 2016, we strived for excellence, including the dedication of the John Cashman 4+, welcoming the Queen Mary as a new premiere sponsor of the Naples Island College Head Race, and the push through the state legislature to approve the naming of the State Highway 1 Cerritos Channel bridge span after Joan Lind Van Blom, specifically noting the BCA’s efforts in the text of Senate Concurrent Resolution Bill 102 (SCR102). Beach Crew is more than just an experience for our athletes at The Beach. It’s a community of supporters who enrich our purpose, our legacy, and the impact to those who seek the experience. Beach Crew is now in its 60th racing season. While we are still defining details on a “diamond jubilee” gathering, 60 years is a feat that should be commended.

We continue to be grateful of our coaching staff and their efforts. Since last spring, our athletes have been coming home with more medals and have finished higher in their respective levels. Long Beach State returned to the American Collegiate Rowing Championships in Gainesville, GA, after a 4-year hiatus. Back at home, the Naples Island College Head Race has gained participation, and with the continued support from The Queen Mary, the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Long Beach Century Club, our efforts continue to climb and make the difference.

In March 2016, the BCA became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. While we remain a project of the CSULB 49er Foundation, this move enables us to get more of every dollar that you give directly to our efforts and the team’s operations. This also greatly improves our procurement process and response to donors.

Over the past year we have heard several inquiries on where to obtain officially-licensed team merchandise. We are happy to announce a new permanent vendor through Sew Sporty. The BCA also has its own merchandise which you can order directly through us.

CSULB continues to be a university of choice for many prospective students. The campus announced on December 19 that enrollment applications for the upcoming Fall 2017 term have reached an all-time high. The university received a combined 91,268 applications, with 61,716 from first-time freshmen and 29,552 from transfers. Around this same time, Kiplinger’s Business Magazine ranked CSULB 52 in the list of Best Values in Public Colleges and ranked 156 among all colleges. A total of 200 colleges were ranked. We hope to take advantage of this continued trend and introduce the sport those who have never touched an oar.

Before we sign off for the rest of the year, we’d like to remind everyone that if you have not updated your membership for this academic year, please consider that there is still time for a tax deductible donation to the BCA. Your support is making a huge difference in maintaining a quality rowing team at LBSU. You can still send your $25 membership fee and any other contribution via

The team’s Spring 2017 schedule will be released on On the behalf of the BCA Board of Directors, all of us wish you the best for the holidays and into 2017.

Give Now

Go Beach!

Brandin Grams ’10
Director of Outreach

2016 Naples Island College Regattas

Friday, 18. November 2016

nicrc16It’s that time again for Long Beach State’s annual regatta, the Naples Island College Head Race and the Novice Sprints, sponsored by The Queen Mary, the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Long Beach Century Club. Join us this weekend as several Southern California teams go head to head around the 4200m course around Naples Island. Race times begin 8:00AM on Saturday.

The Seal Beach Lions Club is hosting breakfast at the Long Beach State Boathouse Saturday morning 9:00AM-12:00PM for a $5 donation.

At approximately 10:00am there will be an awards ceremony on the wash deck of the Pete Archer Boathouse to the top performing crews. The Beach Crew Alumni Association will be presenting, for the first time, a perpetual trophy to the overall outstanding team, named in honor of the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary Trophy will be presented to the winning school by Queen Mary Commodore Everette Hoard. We will also be dedicating a 4+ racing shell in honor of LBSU alum John Cashman. LBSU President Dr. Jane Conoley will be the featured speaker.

More information about this weekend’s festivities can be found at or by clicking on the packet cover on the left.

trcFor those of you unable to join us, TRC is broadcasting the head race event on Sunday starting at 7:00AM, hosted by our very own Dave Straley. Watch it at

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Members of the Beach Crew Alumni Association are invited to attend a pre-race gathering Friday night, 11/18 6:00pm, at Glory Days Beachside Sport Grill in Seal Beach (620 Pacific Coast Hwy). After the regatta, we will continue the celebration of the newly dedicated John Cashman 4+ at Taco Beach in Long Beach (2099 Bellflower Blvd).

See you there!

San Diego Crew Classic “The Racing Season Starts Here”

Wednesday, 30. March 2016


Join us this weekend as Long Beach State competes with many crews from around the nation at the 43nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. Racing is up to eight lanes across Mission Bay, with heats beginning on Saturday, and finals on Sunday morning. Beach has entered into the following events:

– Womens Collegiate DII-DIII-Club Varsity (8+)
– Womens Collegiate DII-DIII-Club Novice (8+)
– Mens Collegiate Varsity American Specialty Health Cup (8+)
– Mens Collegiate Novice Derek Guelker Memorial Cup (8+)

The Beach Crew Alumni Association will be on Tent Row near the south entrance. Friends and parents are welcome to stop by. Look for the 10-foot black and gold “BEACH Rowing” wind flags.

If you cannot join us in person, Crew Classic offers excellent video coverage of all races, with camera boats following the race as well as aerial shots from a huge tower. Look for it at USRowing’s YouTube account.

Live Video:

More information about the venue is at