California State University, Long Beach

Gruenberg Cup and the Newport Regatta (3/3/18 & 3/11/18)

Monday, 12. March 2018

Greetings friends and family of Beach Crew, it has been a long winter of training for the Beach Crew, and spring season is upon us!

The first official regatta of the season occurred on March 3rd at the USC Boathouse in San Pedro, California. The regatta featured four heats: an Open 8, a Novice 8, an Open 4, and a Novice 4 event. The day also featured fog, rain, and sunlight, all during the regatta! San Diego State University came up to compete alongside USC and Long Beach.


For many of the Novice, this season’s Gruenberg cup was their first regatta. Beach Crew placed second in all of the heats, closing in and defeating USC in the final few hundred meters of the Open 8 event and coming very close to first place in the Open 4 heat. Overall, the regatta showcased the work that was being put in by our athletes, as well as the potential for so much more. Hearing the closeness of the opposing coxswain’s calls, feeling the rush that accompanies walking on and eventually passing the opponent’s boat, and finally going home knowing that all was given on the water is what drives rowers to spend hours training and developing their physical fitness and skill.


The last weekend (3/11/18), Beach Crew participated in another regatta, this time featured in Newport, California. Notorious for their foggy conditions, the weather was relatively fair during this year’s Newport Regatta, with light showers of rain that eventually cleared up towards the end of the final heats. The Regatta was  much larger than the Gruenberg Cup, hosting many more schools. The schools that competed alongside Beach Crew were: UCLA, UCI, SDSU, UCSB, OCC, and LMU. The regatta featured multiple heats ranging from Open 4s and 8s to Pure Varsity and Novice 4/8 line-ups.

Beach Crew sent out three (3) 4s during this year’s Newport Regatta, with the results showing promise for future races. The highlight of the Newport Regatta for Beach Crew was easily the Novice 4+, who defeated the opposing boats by 14 seconds and placed first in the heat. The Varsity 4+ was ahead and in second place for a majority of the race, but lost it during the last few hundred meters. The results can be found at ( With the Newport Regatta concluded, the next prize to set our eyes on is the San Diego Crew Classic Regatta, which is approaching at a rapid pace. With two weeks left to train, Beach Crew will compete at the Crew Classic on March 24th, 2018. A special thanks to OCC for hosting the event and having the Beach Crew and to the friends and family of Beach Crew for their continuing support. We’ll see everyone in San Diego, Row Beach!

Head Coach AC Chacon with the Novice 4+ with their trophy, medals, and shirts. Left to right: AC Chacon, Arthur Parmentier, Clay Harshman, Phoebe Evans, AJ Ruger, Sean Thenard




Newport Regatta Results and Footage


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Seasons Greetings from the BCA Board of Directors

Saturday, 23. December 2017

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

As we approach this time of year, we want to give thanks to our community of support, both on and off the water. 2017 brought us continued support of obtaining additional long-term assets, such as the Amy Fuller Vespoli 8+, and several sets of oars. Back in March, we finally celebrated the dedication of the Joan Lind Van Blom Memorial Bridge, the portion of California State Highway 1 which crosses Alamitos Bay’s Cerritos Channel. From what started as a simple phone call to me, through the process of support of our public dignitaries, and to those who financially-backed the effort, the legacy of Long Beach State’s finest athletes remain strong.

CSULB continues to be an attractive option for incoming students. The campus had 103,605 student applications for fall 2017, the highest in university history. Freshman applications totalled 63,035, one of the highest among CSUs, and transfer applications totalled 31,144, 2 percent higher than last year, and one of the highest in the nation.*

As I write this, I can’t help to say that I’m somewhat sentimental of the past decade of service to this team and the Foundation’s efforts. In case you did not hear, I announced my departure from the board back in October, effective June 30, 2018, the end of the academic year, to pursue other areas of the sport. I have to admit that I’ve been blessed to work with such wonderful people all over the country, some who aren’t even part of the sport. This was something completely unexpected during my tenure at The Beach. I have to admit that while focused on my studies, I learned so much more outside the classroom than I did on campus. It’s probably why former CSULB President, Dr. Robert C. Maxon, quoted, “If the only thing you do in college is go to class, then you have not had the full college experience.” Meeting so many people over the team’s past 60 years, all the way back to our co-founder, has been nothing short of inspiration. This sport relies so much on community, no matter how big or small your institution may be. Having seen so many other collegiate teams across the country, I can say that the BCA is in good hands and that Beach Crew is fortunate to have this community. I can remember all of the challenges of its infancy and the difficulty of reuniting 50 years of athletes at the time. We may not have always agreed on how to make things work, let alone becoming acquainted to the needs of today’s athletes, and wanting to see things in different light. But that is what’s so intriguing to the matter. We all have a story, we found a way, and I am grateful for what we have.

I want everyone to know that while I am around and about the country at events, I will always have a spot in my heart for Long Beach State and this decade-long effort we spent. We will always cross paths.

On February 24, 2018, Beach Crew is slated to celebrate it’s 60th year celebration. I hope to see many of you there.

Before I sign off for the rest of the year, I’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 association. 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

On the behalf of the BCA Board of Directors, all of us wish you the best this time of season and into 2018. I look forward to the last six months we have together. See you in the spring.



Brandin Grams ’10
Director of Outreach

* Facts from CSULB 2017 Convocation Address

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