California State University, Long Beach

Ballona Creek Grand Prix (Marina Del Rey, 12/02/17)

Tuesday, 5. December 2017

L-shaped Course

After a relaxing and well-earned Thanksgiving week off, Long Beach Men’s Rowing team participated in another regatta the weekend after they returned from break. Hosted by UCLA’s Rowing program, the Ballona Creek Grand Prix was approximately a 5000m head-race with an interesting twist; after the start and a straight-way, coxswains steer their rowers, making a gradual turn down the course, and are challenged with making a U-turn to race back to the direction of the start.

Before the races have even begun, lanes were chosen based on a 1-minute race; each team had a rower from their boats to represent them in this heated erg-off to fight for the advantageous lane. Needless to say, this intense competition started the morning off right, with every team gauging one another to see who will prevail in the race that was to follow.

The Erg-Off

 

 

 

Long Beach State did fairly well, with the Men’s Novice taking second place in both of their heats that they competed in (4+ and 8+). The novice prevailed and gained a large lead, thanks to masterful decision making during the unique U-turn of the course; Long Beach Novice coxswains chose to have the rowers on port side hold water while starboard side brought them around, a different strategy when compared with the other rowers of their heats. While Men’s Varsity didn’t place quite as well as the Novice, many commented that it was a good row, as this was the last head-race of their Long Beach State Rowing careers.

Overall, it was an exciting regatta that showcased the potential of the Novice team, as well as the varying strategic courses in the sport of rowing. With laborious efforts during the winter to achieve results, the Novice will continue to chase for the Gold in the upcoming Spring season.


Photo creds: UCLA Men’s Rowing Team

Doubleheader Regatta Weekend (Newport and Head of the Harbor: 11/18/17-11/19/17)

Monday, 20. November 2017

It has been a long weekend for the Beach Crew. Starting Saturday morning (or rather Friday night), the rowers of Beach Crew had to prepare for the upcoming regattas this weekend: the Newport Regatta and the Head of the Harbor. Hosted at the Newport Sea Base in Newport Beach, the first regatta of the doubleheader weekend was the Newport Regatta. Newport has had a history of cancelling races due to the presence of fog, which obstructs the vision of the rowers and coxswain and makes the course un-rowable due to the potentially dangerous implications.

The Thick Fog in Newport . Photo creds: Scott Morris

 

This year’s Newport regatta, just like last season’s, was unfortunately cancelled. Groans of frustration were audible when the announcement hit; Long Beach Men’s varsity boat had just put their boat onto the water when the news was given. The early morning drive to Newport followed by the laborious efforts of both the Women and Men of Beach Crew to rig and prepare the boats for the race, not to mention the physical and mental preparation prior to the date, was in vain due to the weather. The regatta, or lack of, concluded the Women’s team’s weekend, but the Men’s team had another regatta the following day: the Head of the Harbor in San Pedro.

Hosted by the USC Boathouse, the Head of the Harbor took place the day after the Newport Regatta, 11/19/17. The course, located in the Port of Los Angeles, is roughly a 5000m head race. Five schools attend this regatta: Long Beach Crew, USC Crew, UCSB Crew, UCD Crew, and SDSU Crew. The following heats occurred and the winners of each heat are shown on the graph below:

Additional Results at https://clockcaster.com/e/12

Although Long Beach Crew did not win any heats, it was still a great experience; Men’s Novice 8+ was 2nd in their heat, and the Men’s “Lightweight” Novice  4 ended up hot-seating another heat for the first time, while racing against Varsity boats in their heat. The boats immediately ahead of the Long Beach boats were not significantly ahead, which means that the bridge can be gapped with diligent and hard work. As many of the Novice had commented, the improvements are apparent.

Overall, the weekend was an arduous yet hopeful start to the Thanksgiving weekend. With most of the competition for the upcoming season in view, it has become clear to most of the rowers what must be done to stay ahead of, or catch up with, the competition: continue to work hard. Many of the rowers, from all teams, went home for the week off from school, so there will be time to put in work, or to kick back and relax.

The week after the Thanksgiving break is over, Long Beach Crew will have another doubleheader regatta weekend, which hopefully won’t be cancelled due to the weather. A regatta hosted by UCLA will be on December 2nd, followed by the Christmas regatta hosted at the Pete Archer Boathouse on December 3rd.

The Harbor

Novice 8

 

Varsity 8

Photo creds: Jasmine Li, Dylan Widjaja, AC Chacon

San Diego Fall Classic 2017 (11/12/17)

Friday, 17. November 2017

Held every Fall on the waters of Mission Bay, this year’s San Diego Fall Classic Regatta took place the last weekend on November 12th, 2017 (11/12/17). The weather was chillier than the city of Long Beach, which is to be expected out in San Diego. The water conditions were relatively calmer than they normally are. 36 different clubs entered to race in this competitive head race, with clubs ranging from Arizona all the way to Vancouver coming out to represent their area. The events exhibited juniors, collegiate athletes, and Masters alike.

 

Photos creds: Phoebe Evans

The San Diego Fall Classic was the first away-regatta that Long Beach has participated in, and a 2-hour drive to boot! For many of the novice rowers, it was a new experience that showcased the different range of rowers in the competitive atmosphere. Long Beach State earned one medal during 2017’s San Diego Fall Classic; the Men’s Novice 4 (lightweight) boat took the bronze medal by placing third in their heat. In addition, a special shout-out to the LBRA, who were exceptional during the regatta.

Men’s Novice 4B (3rd Place) From left to right: Jacob Herrera, Zachary Miller, Mads Bak-Jensen, Brayden Bruggeman, Phoebe Evans (center)

As a novice myself, the vast number of experienced rowers motivated me to focus on continuing to train hard, even after giving it our all during our head races. Both the women’s and men’s team trained consistently leading up to the largest regatta of the fall season, and loosely quoting assistant-coach and ex-rower Sean McCrea, regattas are a culmination of the practices and preparations leading up to the race. With a few more regattas left this season and the novice of both teams having a taste of a true competitive environment, this experience propels, or will propel, the rowers to train even harder for spring season!

Long Beach Women’s Varsity 4+

Long Beach Men’s Team

Thank you everyone that was involved.

Results from the regatta: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results/4975_9243.pdf