Olympic Trials and Open Ocean Rowing, Oh My!

 On the road to Rio! The Olympic and Paralympic Trials will start today, April 17 and continue for the next eight days to April 24 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida hosted by USRowing. There will 73 entries from 30 clubs. This course will be used for the 2017 World Championships. 

Today’s schedule:

6:40- 7:40 AM Practice No launching after 7:00

3:00 PM Coaches and Athlete Meeting M4x

5:00 PM Time Trial M4x 3 entries

5:30-7:30 Practice 

 The 40th Annual Open Ocean Regatta will be held today hosted by the Open Water Rowing Center (OWRC) in Sausalito, California on San Francisco Bay. The OWRC takes rowing in open water seriously offering special race prep clinics leading up to today. There will be 48 entries in shells and traditional boats from 13 clubs choosing from three different courses in length and water conditions.  

The short Downtown Triangle Course and the medium Richardson Bay Course both head along protected water. More challenging is the 14k Diablo Course due to the unpredictable conditions of open ocean rowing. The Diablo is the Black Diamond of open rowing geared for the most experienced open water rowers. The longest course will start near downtown Sausalito continuing under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge turning around at Diablo Point, returning back under the Golden Gate Bridge toward Belvedere’s Peninsula to finish back at the Sausalito waterfront starting point. Talk about coming full circle. Best part, there’s a post race barbecue!

  The 5th Manny Flick / Horvat Series will be held today in Philadelphia with an astounding 579 entries from 80 clubs. This is the final invitational sprint in the series on the Schuylkill River hosted by the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association.

UConn hosts URI, UVM UNH, UMASS and UML on home course at Patriot Park on Coventry Lake, Coventry, Connecticut. Go Huskies!

EARC Lightweight Men: Yale vs. Cornell, Derby, Connecticut. 

  The Covered Bridge Regatta continues for another day on Dexter Lake hosted by the Oregon Association of Rowers.

  The FSRA Sculling Championships will finish today at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida hosted by the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association.

  The SIRA continues on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee hosted by the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association. 

The Texas Rowing Championships (TRC) will finish today at Festival Beach Park on Lady Bird Lake in Austin hosted by the Austin Rowing Club. 

In North Carolina, the Clemson Invite will conclude with final heats and Class of 1989 Points Plaque: Cornell vs. Penn, Clemson.

The Mercer Lake/ISA Sculling Championships will wrap up at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey.

And the Lake Natoma Invitational will finish today in Gold River, California. 



On the road to Rio in World Rowing, the 2016 World Cup wraps up today with finals in beautiful Varese, Italy organized by the Comitato Organizzatore dei Campionati. In bocca al lupo!


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