UC Irvine hosts the Henry T. Nicholas III California Challenge Cup,
now a Henley-style race with many California universities.

February 29th, 2020

You’re invited to the 2020 California Challenge Cup Regatta!

– 11 Crews –
– 216 Athletes –
– Henley-style Sprint Racing –
– On-water Viewing –
– Live Stream – 

UC Irvine is once again hosting the premiere Newport Harbor rowing event of the year. This time, the format has changed for a day packed with exciting racing featuring a finish every 5 minutes!

There are 22 entries racing in three qualifying pools, consisting of either eight or six crews each. FOUR rounds of pool racing in rotating opponent two-crew races over approximately 1245m. After each round is completed, the speed order will determine points awarded with 22 points for the fastest time in each round, 21 for second, etc. through 0 for slowest. Winning your pairing earns two points and winning your pool round earns one more. The total points from four rounds will determine the twelve crews for the final position in the regatta.

Full Race Details

Venue: Marina Park
1600 W. Balboa Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Races Begin: 7:30 am
Finals Cup Races: 12  – 12:50 pm
Awards Ceremony: 1:15 pm

RSVP for On-water Viewing

We hope to see you all there!

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