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43rd Annual Open Ocean Regatta, April 14, 2019


Open Water Rowing Center hosts the 43rd annual Open Ocean Regatta on April 14, 2019. This is a coastal rowing-style challenge event, with two courses of different length and difficulty.


The Open Ocean regatta features two courses of varying length and water conditions for open water scullers in shells and traditional boats. Categories include singles, doubles and quads. The 2019 regatta will introduce a new Coastal Rowing Category for singles and doubles in FISA-specific boats.

The post-race barbecue is a fun get-together for rowers and a great way to kick off the racing season!


The 2019 Open Ocean Regatta will feature the Medium and Long Course options

The 2019 Open Ocean Regatta will feature the Medium and Long Course options

Diablo Course: Named after Diablo Point, this is the most challenging course. The 7.6 nm Diablo Course (14 km) starts near downtown Sausalito, California. This course heads along the San Francisco Bay shore, out under the Golden Gate Bridge against a flood tide, to Diablo Point on the open ocean, and then back under the bridge, across San Francisco Bay to Belvedere Peninsula Point before finishing back at the Sausalito waterfront. Rowers from many clubs join OWRC regulars in the challenge of this spectacular course with unpredictable conditions–including strong tidal currents and wind. Boats on this course must be designed for open water or coastal rowing, including some bailing mechanism or open transom.


Strawberry Course: Named for the Strawberry Peninsula, the Strawberry Course is 5.3 nm (10.4 km) in more protected water, leaving from and returning to downtown Sausalito, navigating three buoyed turns to Strawberry Peninsula and back. This course can be completed in flat-water boats with favorable weather.


Special race-prep clinics are offered in the weeks leading to the regatta. Boats launch from our water-level docks early in the morning; they can be quartered at the OWRC boathouse the afternoon and evening before. US Rowing age handicaps are applied to results, and both lapsed times and handicapped times are acknowledged.


Boat rentals are available on a prepaid, first-come, first-served basis. OWRC rents boats to rowers who have been cleared to safely row the type of boat that they are renting. We rent: Maas 24′ (1x), Maas Flyweight (1x under 145#), Maas Aero (1x), Maas Double (2x), LiteBoat Race (Coastal 1x), LiteBoat Sport (Coastal 1x) and LiteBoat Sport 2x, a Peinert Zephyr 1x, and a Whitehall 1x. California requires that all boaters have a personal flotation device in their boat; pfd’s are provided with each boat rental. Boats are rented on a first-come, pre-paid basis.

Contact us to request a boat reservation!



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