California State University, Long Beach

San Diego Crew Classic 2018

Friday, 30. March 2018

March 24th, 2018 marked the 45th annual Crew Classic Regatta hosted every year in the Mission Bay, San Diego. One of the largest regattas in the world, Crew Classic primarily showcases 8-manned rowing boats manned by junior clubs, collegiate teams, and alumni/master crews. Olympic-level athletes will often participate in this renowned regatta as well. Thousands of athletes and spectators alike participate in this weekend-regatta, and multiple vendors sporting rowing-related gear and food trucks take advantage of this crowded sporting event.

The water conditions, when comparing to last year’s conditions, were great to say the least. The difference in finish times from the morning heats versus the afternoon heats are a testament to Mother Nature’s effects on Crew boats; as an example, our Novice 8+ finished nearly 30 seconds slower on the second and later heat. Speaking of, the Men’s Rowing team sent out two boats: the Novice 8+ and the Varsity 8+. The Women’s team only sent out one boat, a mixed line up consisting of mainly Novice, with a few Varsity members sprinkled in. Beach Crew also sent out an Alumni boat, consisting of members from previous years. Our very own Assistant Coach Sean McCrea rowed alongside last year’s Assistant Coach Brent Underwood in the Alumni boat. It was an experience for many members on both Men’s and Women’s teams, some of which having never attended the populated regatta or having been able to race in it.

While our boats did not beat any boats out on the water, I think it’s safe to say that every crew left the regatta with positive feelings. Based on the general energy levels at the tent, no rower left anything out on the water!

Men’s Varsity 8+

 

Women’s Open 8+

Men’s Novice 8+

Even throughout Spring Break, both the Men’s and Women’s team are training hard for the upcoming regatta, WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association), which will be taking place up north in Sacramento on April 28th, 2018.

Here are some pictures showcasing the Men’s Varsity, Novice, and Alumni during this year’s San Diego Crew Classic Regatta:

 

Photo creds: row2k.com, Phoebe Evans, AC Chacon

Results provided by: Regattacentral.com

 

Further results for other heats can be found at:

https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/?job_id=5379&org_id=0

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 (https://clockcaster.com/e/16). 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

Results: https://clockcaster.com/e/16

Main Video: https://livestream.com/row/events/7919008/videos/171404173

Sky Drone View: https://livestream.com/row/events/7919008

 

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 http://beachcrew.org/give/

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.

 

GO BEACH!

Brandin Grams ’10
Director of Outreach


* Facts from CSULB 2017 Convocation Address http://web.csulb.edu/newsroom/convocation-set-for-aug-25