California State University, Long Beach

John Cashman Boat Dedication at NICRC

Saturday, 26. November 2016

By Sean McCrea

Men’s Varsity Rower


SoCal sunshine in November, oarsmen and women pulling their hearts out on the water, endless pancakes, gold medals, The Queen Mary Trophy, and champagne being poured over the bow of the John Cashman by former LBS and US Men’s National team Olympic lightweight rower John Cashman, add all of these together and you’ve got yourself quite the afternoon. That is exactly what it was for Long Beach State Rowing on November 19th, 2016 at the Naples Island Collegiate Rowing Challenge, AKA the Pancake Regatta.


LBS novice men clash oars with UCLA novice. Photo Credit: AC Chacon

NICRC is a unique regatta. It starts with the head race around Naples Island, has a small break which is when the pancakes are served, the medal ceremony takes place, and this year the boat dedication. And is concluded with the novice sprints, an 850m all out sprint race. It serves as an opportunity for novice coxswains to get a taste of things to come for the upcoming spring sprint season, as well as a chance for some LB alumni to get on the water for some fun. I remember thinking I was a hot shot novice year going into this regatta and talking trash with my then novice coach John Fliestra. He was stroking the alumni boat lined up right next to my novice boat. Needless to say, his boat smoked ours.












Photo Credit: Val Stepanchuk

As I said earlier, it was a good day for LBS rowing. The men’s novice and varsity took home gold in the 8+’s and 4+’s events. The wins gave Long Beach enough points to take home the Queen Mary Trophy which is awarded to the school with the most overall points from all races. The varsity men had it easy as they were the only varsity men’s crew even entered in the Regatta, Chapman did enter a 4+ but had to scratch the lineup before the race. The novice men edged out UCLA and UCSB for their victories. The women had a tough opponent in UCSB and came up short this time, but they will bounce back, they’re a resilient bunch.

NICRC was a well organized Regatta and we at Long Beach State are extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate. We are also very thankful for all of the people working hard behind the scenes to make days like this possible. Hopefully there will be many more to come!



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!

A Good Weekend of Racing for the Women’s Team

Friday, 20. November 2015

Photo by Diana Mejia

Photo by Diana Mejia

Written Nov.1

By Ian Simpson

Women’s Head Coach

A good weekend of racing for the women’s team

The varsity squad had two days of racing, 850m sprints on Saturday and 4200m head races on Sunday. The format of the weekend’s races allowed us to try different combinations of rowers to see how they match up together, to gather information to assess what worked well and what we need to improve upon in training. We achieved so much more in these two days than we would have in two weeks of regular practices, where half the practice is conducted in the dark and the students need to rush away afterwards.

The varsity group had four sprint races on Saturday; there were no other women’s varsity teams, so we faced off against our own novice men and novices from the UCLA and USC men’s teams. Various combinations of the women’s eight performed well against the men, proving faster than USC and UCLA (who have been rowing for less than one month) and falling half a length short of the Long Beach men who look to have a strong team developing this year. In each of its four races, the women’s eight made significant improvement in the way they rowed technically and in the way they approached their races.

The varsity group raced the head races on Sunday; again with only men’s teams for competition. Using information from the previous day’s racing, the reshuffled eight had its best race of the weekend, rowing with consistency, long strokes and good rhythm for the entirety of the 4200m time trial.

After the eight we raced two fours and a pair. The pair and one of the fours hot-seated from out of the eight and immediately went back to the start to do the time trial again.

Against their respective world’s best times, the winning four was overall (men’s and women’s combined) the second fastest crew of the day, sandwiched between the two UCLA men’s varsity eights. The women’s eight was 4th overall, the pair 7th and the second four was 9th out of the 18 college boats that participated in the head races.

This was an invaluable weekend for the varsity women. Many lessons were learned, they rowed a lot of races and got in a lot of miles.

In Saturday’s sprints Long Beach had one novice eight competing against novices from Chapman, UC Irvine (3 eights) and Orange Coast College (2 eights). The novices had five races which gave us the opportunity to switch rowers around so that everyone got to race several times. Our novices are a little more advanced in their training than most of the other boats, several of whom were still at the rowing-by-sixes stage. The top OCC boat did race by all eight and was a good match up for the Long Beach crew, with Irvine’s sixes not too far behind. As always, the novice eights racing is sure to be fast and furious in the spring.

The novice women had a great time racing and all of them would have liked to have raced again on Sunday.

Everyone is looking forward to our next race in San Diego

Thank you to the alums who made this weekend of racing possible, and to the friends and relatives who came out to support the team this weekend. We hope to see you all in San Diego in two weeks.

Next up: San Diego Fall Classic, Sunday November 15th.