Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championships

Berkeley High Crew competed at the Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championships for the first time in years on Sunday and posted strong showings in several events.
Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championships
Congratulations to all our student-athletes for their solid performances, and special recognition to the following rowers and coxswains for getting Berkeley High to the podium in their respective races:

Isaiah Acosta – 2nd Place, Men’s Jr Freshman
Zoe Mammen – 3rd Place, Women’s Jr Freshman
India Robinson – 1st Place, Women’s Jr Open
Michael Arbor – 1st Place, Men’s Jr Coxswain
Darcy Grand – 1st Place, Women’s Jr Coxswain
Mercedes Bertero – 3rd Place, Women’s Jr Coxswain

Complete race results are available here.

Spring Race Schedule

Berkeley High Crew Spring 2015 Races:




Sun, 2/8

Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championships

Cañada College, Redwood City
Sat, 2/21 Novice Regatta Lake Merced, San Francisco
Sun, 3/8 Battle of the Bay Oakland Estuary
Sat & Sun, 3/21 & 22 Pacific Invitational Lake Merced, San Francisco
Sat & Sun, 3/28 & 29 Pac-12 Challenge Redwood Shores
Sat, 4/11 510 Sprints Oakland Estuary
Sat, 4/18 League Race Lake Natoma
Fri-Sun, 5/1 – 3 Southwest District Championships (CJs) Lake Natoma

Updated January 21, 2015

Welcome to Berkeley High Crew

2012.11.10-075409-X2_welcomeWelcome to the Berkeley High Crew team and the sport of competitive rowing. Rowing is a sport that can be enjoyed over a lifetime. When done correctly, it can be one of the most challenging things you will ever do, but is also one of the most rewarding. Crew is the ultimate team sport. The success of a boat depends on all rowers giving their greatest possible effort in perfect unison. Rowing exercises more muscle groups and is more aerobic than any other sport. It appears graceful, elegant and sometimes effortless, but rowers aren’t called the world’s most physically fit athletes for no reason! Crew is one of the fastest-growing high school sports, and it is the oldest intercollegiate sport, originating at Cambridge University in 1827. Many top colleges and universities now recruit and award scholarships for high school rowers and coxswains, especially women.

Crew is hard work, but it is also fun! It is a committed co-ed Berkeley High sport that creates school pride, perosnal confidence, teamwork, and lasting friendships. The team is supported by a dedicated group of parent volunteers, coaches and board members. You have become part of a very special racing team whose spirit and camaraderie is infectious.



Amid bustling holiday shopping, Berkeley High Crew’s annual Row-a-Thon took place Saturday, December 13 on Fourth Street in Berkeley. Eighty rowers and coxswains, from our novice, varsity, men’s and women’s teams, turned up to show off their might and rowed nearly 350,000 total meters on rowing machines or “ergs”. In addition to being our most important fundraiser, this year’s Row-a-Thon was a great chance for families and friends to see our student-athletes at work up close.  Spectators quickly got an idea of how much skill and finesse it takes to synchronize rowers in a boat and were able to appreciate what can be hard at times to see from shore: the strength, effort and stamina it takes to row!

Rowathon on Fourth Street

The Row-a-Thon (formerly known as the Erg-a-thon), raises funds to help keep rowing accessible to all Berkeley High students and to cover the considerable cost of boats and oars, travel to races, rent at our boathouse and other expenses. It is never too late to donate to the Row-a-Thon!

Berkeley Crew Rowathon Bake Sale
Parents stand guard over the bake sale.


Ready to Race

Not only are our student athletes preparing for the upcoming season, our shell trailer also got in the act. Karl Wanaselja and a group of parent volunteers removed and replaced the plywood floor of the trailer and painted it Jackets yellow. After touching up some rusty spots, it is road ready.

Berkeley Crew's Trailer fixed with donation of supplies from Truitt & White.
BHS Crew trailer fixed with donation of supplies from Truitt & White.

Thanks to Truitt and White Lumber for donating the plywood and to our parent volunteers: Karl Wanaselja, David Grubb, Mark Resch, Niels Traynor, Ivor Keene and Luis Valle.

Holiday Sprints 2014

Holiday Sprints

Current and former Berkeley High Crew rowers, coxswains, coaches and parents: Please make plans to join us for our annual Holiday Sprints / Alumni Gathering on Sunday, December 21st at 9:00 AM at the Jack London Aquatic Center.

We will gather for fun and exciting sprint races, followed by our traditional potluck brunch and awards ceremony.  Alumni:  Let us know your coming!  RSVP on Facebook, or via email.

Annual Row-a-thon Fundraiser

On December 13, 2014 Berkeley High Crew will hold its annual Row-a-thon Fundraiser in the 4th Street shopping area in Berkeley, CA.  This is one of the team’s largest fundraisers of the year, with donations helping to pay for student financial aid, boats, travel to races, equipment and other expenses.  The team’s goal is to row 400,000 meters on rowing machines, with each individual student rowing 4,000 meters (nearly 2.5 miles).

Please support Berkeley High Crew by making a donation to the 2014 Row-a-thon.

Please INCLUDE the name of the ROWER / COXSWAIN you are donating on behalf of in the checkout process. You will need to click on the “+” near “Name of Rower / Coxswain” on the final Review screen, before making the donation final.

Your support will help keep Berkeley High Crew strong, inclusive, and competitive.  Thanks for your support!

Fall Race Schedule/Results

Berkeley High Crew will be competing at three head races this fall: the Wine Country Rowing Classic on Sunday, October 5, the Head of the American on Saturday, October 25, and the Head of the Lagoon on Sunday, November 9.

Race Results and Information Sheets with race schedules, driving directions, and spectator information for each regatta will be posted here as they become available.

Head of the Lagoon: Info Sheet / Results (live)

Head of the American Info Sheet

2014 Head of the American Results

Wine Country Rowing Classic Info Sheet

Wine Country Rowing Classic Results (Berkeley High boats)
(full regatta results available here)

Go Jackets!!

Bay Area Youth Are Learning to Row with Berkeley High Crew

LTR Camp 1 - 1

Berkeley High Crew’s first Learn-to-Row Camp of Summer 2014 was a success, with 32 campers learning the ABCs of a new sport and getting on the water with current Berkeley High varsity athletes and coaches.

Campers learned the basics of crew, including rowing terminology, equipment handling and, of course, how to row.

Berkeley High Crew is offering two more Learn-to-Row camps this summer: July 21 – 25 and August 18 – 22.  To learn more and register on-line visit our Summer Camps Page.

Race Report: 4th at Youth Nationals

Berkeley High Crew placed fourth in the Women’s Pair at the USRowing Youth National Championships held on Lake Natoma from June 13-15, 2014.  Berkeley’s pair of India Robinson and Lena Bertozzi qualified for Nationals at the Southwest District Championships in May and raced in a field of seventeen Pairs from across the country.

The regatta began on Friday with heats and the Jackets comfortably qualified for the Saturday’s Semifinals with a second-place finish in a time of 8:00.0.

Women’s Youth Pair Heat Three

Place Bow Name Time
1 2 Saugatuck 7:58.839
2 4 Berkeley 8:00.019
3 1 North Orlando 8:14.875
4 3 Dublin Crew 8:34.124
5 6 Baltimore B 8:38.039
6 5 James Madison 8:42.656

The Jackets needed a top-three finish in their Semifinal on Saturday to makes Sunday’s Grand Final and overcame some nerves at the start to take second place.

Place Bow Name Time
1 1 Holy Names 8:03.281
2 2 Berkeley A 8:10.006
3 3 Saugatuck B 8:11.186
4 4 Indianapolis RC 8:28.727
5 5 Newport 8:42.810
6 6 Dublin Crew 9:11.006

In Sunday’s Grand Final, the Pair from Marin proved to be the class of the field, taking first by nearly five seconds.  Places two through four were separated by only 3.4 seconds and Berkeley finished fourth, just one second out of the medals.

Place Bow Name Time
1 1 Marin 8:21.099
2 2 Holy Names 8:25.967
3 6 Saugatuck B 8:28.368
4 4 Berkeley 8:29.391
5 3 Saugatuck A 8:32.287
6 5 CRI 8:45.362

It was an excellent showing by Berkeley High, particularly in light of the boat’s youth and relative inexperience.  With India and Lena (both rising juniors) leading a group of talented and motivated athletes, the Jackets will be looking to build on this season’s successes in 2014-15.