43rd Annual Open Ocean Regatta

April 14, 2019 - Sausalito, Ca

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Registration is now open on Regatta Central! Categories include singles, doubles and quads. The 2019 regatta will introduce a new Coastal Rowing Category for singles and doubles in FISA-specific boats. US Rowing age handicaps are applied to results, and both lapsed times and handicapped times are acknowledged. 


The Open Ocean regatta features two courses of varying length and water conditions for open water scullers in shells and traditional boats.

Diablo ‘Long’ 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 an Ebb 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 ‘Medium’ 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.

We have developed an alternate course for 2019 in the event the Diablo course cannot be run. It will be roughly an equal length: rowing from the start to a marker just before the Golden Gate, to a marker just past downtown Tiburon in Raccoon Straits, past the Green Buoy at Point Belvedere, then Cone Rock and back to the start.


These headings were put together by one of our club members. The final turn buoy (in bold below) for the Strawberry Course will be placed on race day, so the headings listed here for that mark are approximate. Download PDF.

Note: This year the regatta will run on an Ebb tide. Considering the expected conditions on the 14th, we are going to start as early as possible to hit as much slack as possible, and we will only be getting the start of the ebb on the way in.


Parking is available at the boathouse, first come first served. The post-race barbecue is a fun get-together for rowers and a great way to kick off the racing season! BBQ Tickets for non-racers will be available for purchase onsite. 


Boats launch from our water-level docks early in the morning; they can be quartered at the OWRC boathouse the afternoon and evening before.

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!



US Rowing age handicaps are applied to results, and both lapsed times and handicapped times are acknowledged.