Masters rowing is loosely defined as post-elite or non-elite rowing, training and competitions of sweep rowers and scullers ranging in age from 27 years well into the eighties.  USRowing defines the age categories for competitions.

Novice Masters rowers are both common and very welcome. No prior experience is required.

Masters rowing events are included yearly in many West Coast regattas, including the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, the Long Beach Christmas Regatta and the San Diego Crew Classic (SDCC) held each spring on Mission Bay. USRowing yearly holds regional and national championships.

In addition, USRowing conducts a yearly two day Masters Sweep training camp. Men and women have attended from across the U.S. to work on technique and strength training under the tutelage of some of the finest college coaches. In 2008, the camp was held in Seattle, Washington under the University of Washington Head Coach Bob Ernst (UCI, Class of ’67).

UCI strongly encourages Masters rowing and would very much like to accomodate rowers at all levels of competition and recreation. However, due to the current severe demands on time and space on the UCI boathouse, at this time Masters rowing is severely limited.

Any UCI alums who wish to row out of the boathouse must first contact in a sufficient time in advance and receive permission from UCI Coaches.

As always, alums using the boathouse are asked to leave the equipment in at least as good of condition after as before their use.

UCI rowers who recently participated in Masters events include the following:

  • The 2008 US Masters Regional and National Championships were held at the Long Beach Marine Stadium. Former Coach Scott Charette competed in both the Regionals and the Nationals. A number of UCI Alums competed in the Nationals.
  • The alums of the 1992 Men’s Crew trained under Coach Emeritus Duvall Hecht for a 2010 tour of club rowing regattas in England. The alums do most of their training at their home sites which are now somewhat dispersed across the US but get together at Shellmaker Island periodically for group practices.

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