NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships After the international circuit, there is simply no better showcase of women’s rowing talent than the NCAA championships. Last year, California played spoiler—in only coach Al Acosta’s third season at the helm—preventing the Ohio State Buckeyes from earning a fourth national championship. Is it the beginning of a streak, or will the ultra-competitive league crown a new champion in West Windsor, New Jersey? We’re about to find out.
European Rowing Championships For North American rowing fans, the European championships are somewhat of a curiosity—and an anachronism, with the recently revived regatta serving as the de facto worlds before their was such a thing. A cross between a World Rowing Cup event and a full-blown international championship, the racing is not necessarily predictive, but always fun to follow. This year’s contest in the Czech Republic will be no exception.
ACRA National Championship Regatta As go the eights, so go the points titles. The University of California Santa Barbara and University of Michigan ran off with the women’s and men’s respective team and varsity big boat titles in 2016. Are repeats in the offing at this year’s ACRA season-ender in Gainesville, Georgia?
NEIRA Championships Deerfield won a tight one over Belmont Hill and Noble and Greenough School in last year’s grand final of the women’s eight on Quinsigamond. But at one of scholastic rowing’s most competitive regional regattas, past is rarely ever prologue. Expect great racing in Worcester, Massachusetts, as New England’s best put a season’s worth of training to the test.
IRA National Championships This year’s IRA championships on California’s Lake Natoma is essential viewing (and streaming) for anyone who appreciates fast rowing. In the mix in the men’s varsity, as always, are California and Washington, with Yale looking to correct the record after coming up short at the end of last year’s stunning undefeated regular season. In the lightweight ranks, Stanford is eyeing a staggering seventh national title in eight years.
CSSRA Championships The Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Championships—the event formerly known by the decidedly non-inclusive “schoolboys” moniker—features some of the best youth rowers in Canada and beyond at arguably the best venue in North America: St. Catharines’ historic Martindale Pond.
Stonewall Regatta Hosted by DC Strokes, the annual Stonewall Regatta takes its name from the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village and draws racers from across the country looking to light it up on the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. The regatta was first held in 1994 during preparations for the Gay Games in New York City.
Youth Nationals Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park hosts the top junior crews in the nation at the main event in USRowing’s seven-race Youth Series, which includes six regional championship regattas. Roughly 1,500 athletes representing 150 clubs across the country are expected to vie for the 18 national titles up for grabs in Florida. Expect the racing to be as hot as the weather.
Harvard-Yale Regatta Though it no longer commands the attention it once did, the annual four-miler in New London, Connecticut, remains one of—if not the—most important events on the competitive calendar for both the Crimson and Bulldog programs. Steeped in tradition and never anything less than a bruising battle, the Harvard-Yale Regatta is a tangible connection as any to our sport’s storied past.
Derby Sweeps & Sculls New Haven Rowing Club’s Derby Sweeps & Sculls puts the “sprint” in spring racing. Held on the mighty Housatonic River in Shelton, Connecticut, the annual sculling and sweep regatta sees crews doing battle over an abbreviated 1,000-meter course. Settling is not an option.
World Rowing Cup II The second World Rowing Cup of this first year in the Olympic cycle arrives in Poznan, Poland, the site of the 2009 world rowing championships. It’s a reliably fast course, so expect quick times from some of the rowing world’s best in this tune-up for the season’s ultimate prize in Sarasota.