OWRC Regatta Preparation

Preparation for our Regatta is happening. Our Regatta is ready to sign up online at  

Our Open Water Regatta occurs on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Open Ocean Regatta

Open Water Rowing Center is the host for the annual Open Ocean Regatta, held every spring for over 40 years. There are three courses of varying length and water conditions for open water scullers in shells and traditional boats, both singles, doubles and quads.

The most challenging course is the 7.6 nm Diablo Course (14 km). From the start near downtown Sausalito, this course heads out under the Golden Gate Bridge to Diablo Point, and then back under the bridge to Belvedere’s Peninsula Point before finishing back at the Sausalito waterfront. Rowers from many clubs in the west join OWRC regulars in the challenge of this spectacular course with unpredictable conditions.

The race is held on a Sunday in April, and special race-prep clinics are offered in the weeks leading to the regatta. OWRC members are critical support for the regatta, volunteering in roles ranging from parking control/shell unloading to race officials and BBQ organizers. There’s a job for everybody!

The post-race barbecue is a fun get-together for area open-water enthusiasts.

2017 Open Ocean Regatta date is Sunday, April 9!  Mark the date in your calendar!

regatta course


Open Ocean Compass headings

3rd McCovey Cove Regatta

Saturday, April 1, 2017 7:00 AM (GMT-8)

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The 15km course on San Francisco Bay is a round trip from Aquatic Park along the north waterfront of San Francisco to McCovey Cove, adjacent to the Giant’s Ballpark and back (15km). The short course is to the Bravo Tower of the Oakland Bay Bridge and back (10km). The Base of operations is the historic Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club boathouse at 502 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

The event is open to Open Water Shells, Racing Kayaks, SUPs (on a special 5km course) and Traditional Rowboats, preferably with sliding seats. All shells must be rated for open water rowing and include a self-bailing mechanism.

Stick around for a brunch afterwards and enjoy a unique slice of San Francisco history.

Fees: $25/participant; $10 for brunch only