Introduction to Crew 2020-2021
This message is for all rowing novices, potential novices, and anyone curious about the Berkeley High Crew novice program.
We are Sarah Rose and Jason Bartlett, BHS Crew varsity parents and volunteer co-presidents of the BHS Crew Board. On behalf of the Board and the Coaching Staff, welcome! August is fast approaching and we are kicking off the 2020-2021 rowing season in the unusual way that you might expect. The purpose of this message is to introduce ourselves, explain what BHS Crew is doing with the current program, announce a new event, and give you a sense of what is ahead.
To those novices who have been participating in our conditioning program at Tim Moellering field, thank you! Though it is different from the typical crew experience, we are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to some of our terrific coaches and to each other. We hope that you have found the program to be fun, challenging, and energizing.
To those of you who signed up for our "learn to row" camp, we are sorry to announce that we have to cancel. Those who paid will receive refunds around the time that you receive this message (or a similar one from our registrar). Current COVID restrictions preclude us from putting multiple rowers in the same boat. That means we cannot use the large, more stable boats that we need to introduce novice rowers to the water.
New: Intro to Crew Event, August 8, 10 am
We are very eager to get to know all of you and to tell you more about the program. We are therefore pleased to invite you all (parents and prospective rowers and coxswains) to the Berkeley Crew Boat House at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland for a get-to-know-crew event. The event will start at 10 am on Saturday, August 8. We expect it will last about 60-90 minutes and will be conducted primarily outdoors. During the event we will:
Introduce you to the BHS Crew Coaches and some members of the BHS Crew Board;
Provide a broad overview of the program, its benefits and requirements;
Discuss our plans for the fall and beyond;
Answer your questions;
Tour of the facilities; and
Watch members of our varsity team race a demonstration singles regatta.
We are eager to meet you and hope you will attend if you can! It almost goes without saying, but please be sure to wear masks and observe distancing on site. Mark your calendars and click the button below to sign up! This will help us to get a sense of the planned attendance.
Plans for the Fall
We plan to stay flexible and react as circumstances evolve. At a minimum, we plan to continue offering a socially distanced conditioning program similar to the summer program. We plan to add after school or weekend rowing machine training on campus using the team's rowing machines when circumstances and school rules permit. When we are finally able to put rowers together in the same boat, we plan to start training our novices in the training barge at Jack London Aquatic Center. We are not expecting to be involved in any live rowing competitions this fall, but we will continue to cross our fingers for the spring. We may see a virtual regatta (rowing machine competition) or two, or maybe we will hold one of our own!
We will discuss our plans for the fall session in further detail at the intro-to-crew event.
Sarah and Jason
Learn to Row and Summer Camps 2020
Berkeley High Crew’s summer rowing program was launched in 2009. Since then it has offered thousands of local students, ages 11 and up, a chance to try this unique, growing sport with the Berkeley High School Crew coaches and current team members.
We offer three weeks of Learn-To-Row camps for new rowers and Varsity camps for experienced Berkeley High rowers.
Summer Camps (Varsity 7-9, 9-11 am; Learn to Row for newcomers has been cancelled):
August 3-7, 2020
(We may open another session the following week if interest and COVID-19 allows.)
Bay Bridge Row To Start 2020
Saturday, January 4, 2020
The first Saturday of the new year was a perfect day to row – cool air, clearing sky, and no wind resulted in smooth waters out into the Bay. A few days before, one group of BHS rowers had headed out to the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, but there were more rowers who wanted to go than the number of boats that can travel on open waters would allow. A second trip was arranged, and on this morning 8 enthusiastic rowers showed up early in the morning, put boats in the water, and headed off. Coaches Brandon and Marie followed in launches, shouting encouragement and guiding the boats through the port. One lucky parent went along for the ride.
The port was empty and still. There was only one container ship nearby, and due to the lack of wind, sailboats stayed in the docks.
The trip out to the bridge took about an hour, with a few rest breaks along the way. The round trip was almost exactly 19,000 meters – more than most practices!
We took a rest break on the way back at the estuary mouth, and one or two harbor seals took an interest in us, trying to climb on board the boats. Then, as we neared Jack London Square, the 10 a.m. ferry headed out, its wake being the biggest waves we experienced on the trip. All in all, a great way to start off 2020!
Time for the holiday sprints!
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Jack London Aquatic Center, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
The Holiday Sprints are an opportunity for our Crew Alumni to come back and row with the current BHS Crew.
If you are alumni and you want to row, please arrive at Jack London Aquatic Center (115 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA, see map) by 8:15 a.m.
The first races begin at 9 a.m. After racing, there will be a festive buffet provided by the team parents. Even if you do not wish to race, please come on by to eat and meet the current team and coaching staff.
Thanks! See you there!
Head of the port results
This past Sunday, Oct. 13 2019, Berkeley High School raced at Head of the Port, winning our priority events and taking home a number of 1st place Head-of-the-Port 1st-place mugs.
The BHS women's varsity eight won.
The BHS 2nd women's eight not only beat the other 2nd eights, they beat all the other varsity eights.
No other team entered a 3rd women's eight, but if they had ours would've beaten them.
The BHS men's varsity four won.
The BHS 2nd four beat the other 2nd fours and all but one of the 1st fours.
BHS also took 2nd place in the women's four, men's double, and women's double.
Full results here.
It was a good day. Next race for us is Head of the American at Lake Natoma on Saturday, October 26th, 2019.
Men's Assistant Coach
Fall 2019 Racing Schedule
Updated: October 1, 2019
Ready for another exciting year with the Jackets?
Come cheer the team on at the following venues (subject to change as the details are ironed out):
October 13, 2019: Head of the Port of Sacramento (Port of Sacramento) - Varsity Only
October 26, 2019: Head of the American River (Lake Natoma)
November 10, 2019: Head of the Lagoon (Foster City Lagoon)