There are some exciting changes happening at the 2013 Long Beach Fall Collegiate Invitational Regatta. 81 years ago, Long Beach hosted a terrific Olympic competition and today, continues to live by that legacy to designate itself as the “Aquatic Capital of America.”
Once started as a small event with UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine, this event has grown to become a premiere training event for novice crews and referees. It is our goal to provide an inclusive environment that celebrates the sport. Our participants run the gamut from novice to expert, bringing a wide range of competitive experience to this event. As it continues to gain popularity, we have come across an opportunity to make this event stand out event more.
In our 8th consecutive year hosting this event, we are working to expand this fall collegiate event to provide a national alternative to those events that were displaced in Newport Harbor this year. Newport Aquatic Center announced in September that the Annual Newport Autumn Rowing Festival will drop all collegiate/open and masters events, leaving a huge gap in events for many schools across the nation. While we’re up to the challenge, this requires a lot of planning, sponsorship, and approval by the City of Long Beach. Key members of our alumni association have been working hard the past few months in collaboration with other schools in the area to make Long Beach a new home for an annual fall collegiate event. We hope to give you the details this time next year. Until then, you can enjoy the events we’ve always had, including the race around Naples Island, and the novice sprints inside the Historic Marine Stadium.
We are still looking for some volunteers on and off the water. If you are an alum or a friend of the team interested in doing so, please contact Sherri Kline.
We’d like to thank all of our alumni, the Seal Beach Lion’s Club, the Long Beach Yacht Club, the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, the City of Long Beach, our SW region USRowing referees, and our volunteers that have contributed countless hours to make this regatta a landmark event for the Southern California teams.
See you November 9th!
Get the official regatta information at BeachCrew.org/regatta