It’s that time again to head to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center (SSAC) for the 2011 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. The event is this weekend, Saturday & Sunday (April 30-May 1).
The Beach is starting to taper for the big event. The WIRA Championship is the West Coast Championship regatta for non-PAC-10 schools. SSAC is a great race course along the American River with terrific viewing, and is located 20 minutes east of Sacramento on US 50, near the town of Folsom. The team will travel to SSAC on Friday morning, and get a practice row on the course in the afternoon.
We have 7 boats entered in the competition: MN8+, MV4+, M2-, WV4+, WL4+, WN4+, WNL4+
Spectators: For those planning on attending, the best viewing is at the finish area in the Nimbus Dam Recreation Area, off Hazel Avenue and US 50.
Driving time is about 7 hours from Long Beach, or you can fly to Sacramento and rent a car for the 40 min drive to SSAC. There are several great bike paths along the American River, so bicycles are a good option if you can bring them.
There is an admission charge to get into the viewing area, which is a State Park. There is also parking available in a lot a few blocks away with a free shuttle to take you to the viewing area. Admission charges are usually included in the parking fee.
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Beach Crew would like to thank BCA and the CSULB Foundation for getting the new site layout ready for this weekend.