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.

Learn To Row Day 2015

Berkeley High Crew is happy to be hosting our annual Spring Learn-to-Row Day on April 25 from 12 – 2pm


Participants will:

  • Learn the basics of rowing from Berkeley High coaches
  • Practice rowing on land on a rowing machine
  • Row on the water in our training barge
  • Meet current Berkeley High rowers and coxswains
  • Learn about the rowing team at Berkeley High School
  • Have Fun!

Light snacks will be provided, but we encourage everyone to bring a water bottle and hat (for sun protection) and to wear sunscreen.  Dress in layers and wear comfortable, athletic clothing – sweatpants or shorts are fine. (Avoid baggy, basketball-style shorts because they can get caught in the equipment.)


The Learn-to-Row Day is free, but limited to 40 participants.  Please register online.  More information is available on our Learn-to-Row Day page. Still have questions?  Email us:

DATE: Saturday,  April 25
TIME: 12 – 2pm
MINIMUM AGE: 11 years
NOTE: Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
FEE: Free
LIMIT: 40 participants.
LOCATION: Jack London Aquatic Center (115 Embarcadero, Oakland)

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!

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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

USRowing Youth Nationals logo

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.


Race Report: District Championships


With over 600 entries from 36 teams, this year’s Championship regatta was the largest yet and the competition was tougher than ever. Due to the high number of overall entries several Berkeley High boats had to compete in time trials on Friday evening in order to qualify for the sprint racing on Saturday and Sunday.  Berkeley’s Men’s Quad showed they had real speed in the time trial by placing 4th out of 23 and qualifying for the semi-finals on Saturday.  In the semis the Quad had a relatively comfortable row and cruised to a second-place finish, nine seconds ahead of third.  The Jackets’ performance earned them a place in the final on Sunday where they finished 5th in a very close field.

For the Women’s team, two boats comprised of all sophomores provided the most excitement over the weekend.  The Women’s Pair advanced from their heat with a second-place finish on Saturday afternoon and earned a bid to Youth Nationals by placing third in the  final.  In a very exciting race the Jackets had to overcome a  less-than-perfect start and needed every meter on the course to catch their competition.  They qualified for Youth Nationals by less than one second – just ahead of an experienced Newport Pair that raced at Nationals in 2013.

A newer, non-Nationals event, also provided a lot of excitement on Sunday afternoon.  Berkeley’s Women’s Open Straight Four (no coxswain) won a silver medal, just .34 seconds ahead of third and .75 seconds ahead of fourth place.

Complete results from all events are available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.