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.


Bay Area Youth Are Learning to Row with Berkeley High Crew

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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: 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.


Learn-to-Row Day


Berkeley High Crew is happy to be hosting our annual Spring Learn-to-Row Day on Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 AM.   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 please RSVP here.  More information is available on our Learn-to-Row Day page. Still have questions?  Email us: summercamps@berkeleyhighcrew.org

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Jack London Aquatic Center (115 Embarcadero, Oakland)

SW District Championships – Live Video

Berkeley High Crew is racing at our championship regatta this weekend, the USRowing Southwest Junior District Championships.  You can follow Sunday’s action live right here:

Berkeley High is competing in following races on Sunday:

9:14 AM – Men’s Quad, FINAL
9:22 AM – Women’s Pair, FINAL
10:01 AM – Men’ Lightweight Eight, Heat
11:31 AM – Men’s Varsity Four, Heat
12:03 PM – Women’s Varsity Four, Heat
1:44 PM – Men’s Straight Four, FINAL
2:48 PM – Women’s Straight Four, FINAL

Race Report: Pacific Invite

Men's Novice Quad

Berkeley High’s Men’s Novice Quad

Berkeley High raced at Lake Merced for the second time in 2014 and showed that the team is continuing to build speed midway through the spring racing season.  The Jackets posted victories in the Men’s Varsity and Novice Quads and JV8, and in the Women’s Frosh 8.

The Men’s Varsity Quad was a particularly exciting race, with Berkeley’s scullers finishing first in a field of seven boats and edging out a skilled crew from River City by just three-tenths of a second.

Complete regatta results are on row2k.

Up next is the 510 Sprints, which Berkeley High will host on Sunday, April 6th.  Participating crews include Artemis, Central Valley, Deep Water, Humboldt, Los Gatos, North Bay, Oakland Tech, Pacific, Palo Alto, and Serra HS.

Raffle 2014

RaffleOur annual 510 Sprints Crew Raffle is back!  We’ve already started gathering some great prizes with more on the way, including

  • Go Pro Camera
  • One-week family pass to the Claremont Hotel Club
  • Tickets to the Rialto Theater

and gift certificates to

  • La Note Restaurant
  • Cafe Clem
  • The Bay Wolf Restaurant
  • Berkeley Bowl
  • Star Grocery
  • Picante
  • East Bay Nursery
  • La Farine Bakery
  • AMC Theater tickets

The drawing will be held at the 510 Sprints on Sunday, April 6, 2014 (you do not need to be present to win). Raffle tickets are  $5 each, three for $10, or eight for $20 (what a bargain!) and can be purchased at the Sprints or by contacting us.

Here is a list of donors from last year: Raffle 2013

Race Report: Battle of the Bay

Battle of the BayThe Battle of the Bay regatta between Berkeley High, St. Ignatius Prep, Oakland Strokes and Marin Rowing Association is usually the Jackets’ toughest early-season test, and the 2014 edition was no different, with Marin taking home most of the honors.

Conditions on the Estuary on Sunday morning, March 9 were ideal for rowers and spectators alike.   Sunny skies and very little wind meant that the four Bay Area teams enjoyed great racing conditions.

Highlights for Berkeley High included the men’s Varsity and Junior Varsity 8s: both boats were in close battles with the crews from Saint Ignatius and were able to come out on top.  Complete results of Berkeley High races are here (PDF).

Up next for the Jackets is the Pacific Invitational:  March 23 at Lake Merced.  Berkeley High will be racing crews from Artemis, Humboldt, Norcal, North Bay, Pacific, Palo Alto, River City, St. Ignatius, Serra High School, and Upper Natoma Rowing Club.

Spring Racing

Spring Racing is Here!

Berkeley High Crew kicks off it’s spring racing season with the  Novice Regatta (plus a few varsity races) on Lake Merced in San Francisco on Saturday, February 22nd.

Our full race schedule is below – keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for updates and race results.

February 22 – Novice Regatta – Lake Merced

March 9 – Battle of the Bay – Oakland Estuary

March 23 – Race @ Pacific – Lake Merced

April 6 – 510 Sprints – Oakland Estuary

April 12 – Race @ Capital, Lake Natoma

April 19 – Race vs. Artemis, Oakland Estuary

May 2 – 4 – USRowing Southwest District Championships – Lake Natoma

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