2018 USRowing Annual Convention

What’s better than four days in the middle of December on the beach in sunny San Diego? Not much, except all that plus hanging out at a spa with friends, enjoying good food and drink, and hobnobbing with the “movers and shakers” of rowing, all while celebrating the sport we love! If that sounds good to you, then you won’t want to miss this year’s convention!

Join USRowing and the folks from the San Diego Crew Classic for the 2018 USRowing Annual Convention December 6-9 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. This year’s convention-goers get a program jammed packed with training and technique gems that are guaranteed to make you and your crews faster but also the opportunity to relax in one of the country’s most picturesque venues – Mission Bay, California!

Online registration has closed. On-site registration will be available beginning Thursday, December 6, at the USRowing desk at the host hotel. On-site registration includes:

  • General Pass (all days) – $500
  • Advanced Coaches Conference – $400
  • One Day General Pass (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only) – $200
  • Business of Rowing – $175
  • CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference – $175
  • Masters Track – $75
  • Junior Day – $75




“San Diego is a beautiful place for this year’s convention, and the venue is ideal. The hotel is right on the water, and we will look to take every advantage of that location. We’re expecting a truly remarkable and memorable event for next year’s convention.”

AJ Dominique III, USRowing Senior Events Manager

“The 2018 USRowing Annual Convention will once again be a meeting of the minds for all in the United States rowing community. There’s no better place to relax, strengthen your rowing knowledge and pick up tricks of the trade than San Diego in December!”

Susan Smith, USRowing Chief Domestic Officer

Program Information

  • Advanced Coaches Conference

    Star-studded line-up of speakers this year!

    Back by popular demand the Advanced Coaches Conference (ACC) returns, continuing to provide leading edge insights and speakers that coaches have come to expect. The program will run Saturday and Sunday featuring group general sessions and a variety of breakout speakers.

    This year’s slate of speakers include U.S. national team coaches Tom Terhaar and Mike Teti, University of Washington Women’s Head Coach Yasmin Farooq, USOC Senior Physiologist of Athlete Performance Services Michael Shannon, legendary coach and Senior Men’s Head Coach for Rowing Canada Aviron Dick Tonks, three-time Olympian Mary Whipple Murray, and that’s just for starters!
    Program   |  Speakers

  • CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference

    Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association

    USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association are partnering once again to bring the CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference to the USRowing Annual Convention. College coaches, both CRCA members and non-members, are invited to attend this track of programming.


  • Level 2 Coaching Certification

    When only the best will do

    Complete the coursework and test required to earn your Level 2 Coaching Certification. The standard bearer for quality coaching, USRowing coaching certification is the credential that head coaches and administrators want their coaches to have. Level 2 is designed to train assistant and head coaches at the high school and collegiate levels.
    Program  |  Instructors

  • Business of Rowing 2.0

    Presented by - RegattaCentral

    This year’s program returns with a new, more robust programming schedule. Business of Rowing 2.0 is designed to bring the entire administrative side of the sport under one program, incorporating the former America Rows Forum and Regatta Management tracks while expanding the offerings to topics applicable to any administrator.
    Program | Speakers


  • Referees

    Come one, come all

    This year’s program welcomes all referees, including current candidates and prospective candidates, kicking off on Friday with the annual December Meetings of the Regional Coordinators and the Referee Committee. Topics on current issues and future plans will be discussed and voted on. The meeting is open to the public, and welcomes all referees to attend.

    Licensed referees can look forward to the (Chief) Referee College programming on Saturday and a session with staff of Nielsen-Kellerman, who will be showing their latest technology and products.

  • Junior Day

    Breakfast with champions and more!

    Juniors start off the day with a panel of World Champions and Olympians and hear how they started their rowing careers, the in’s and out’s, and the successes and challenges that made them the champions they are today! U.S. National Team nutritionist shows how (and what) elite athletes “eat for speed.” In College Recruiting 101, juniors learn from Princeton University coach Bill Manning about the different types of rowing programs, the pros & cons of each, and how to match their  collegiate (rowing) goals to the right school. And for those athletes with elite rowing aspirations, junior national team coaches lay out “The Path to the National Team.”
    Programs | Speakers

  • Masters Track

    Making Masters Faster!

    Join us for a day of programming focused on the unique needs of the Masters rowing community. Learn about the basic foundation of recovery while preparing one of the National Team’s favorite snacks. Discover how small adjustments in your equipment can help you row more efficiently.  Explore the relationship between stroke length, power, and rating as well as other “tricks of the trade” to make your boat go forward…faster!
    Program | Speakers

  • Fun!

    Happy Hour hosted by ZLAC Rowing Club & WeCOACH

    Attendees will be invited to visit the ZLAC Clubhouse to experience and learn about the history of the oldest women’s rowing club in the world. Don’t miss this chance to experience one of rowing’s truly historic settings. ZLAC members will be on hand to teach about the history of women’s rowing, and the clubhouse will serve as a wonderful setting to celebrate the achievements of women in the sport.

    Fiesta! & USRowing Annual Awards Reception

    Plan to join us in celebrating the year in rowing and recognize the people and organizations that have made 2018 another banner year for the sport of rowing.

    This year’s event will begin with a San Diego style fiesta, leading into the presentation of USRowing’s annual awards.

  • Get Active!

    Experience The Hull Truth! with Filippi

    How does it feel to row the world’s fastest boat? Sign up for “The Hull Truth”, Filippi’s first ever test drive event and see for yourself! Filippi will be at the USRowing Annual Convention in San Diego with a small fleet of bow mounted, carbon rigged, racing singles available for athletes between 50 and 110 kilograms, any athlete is welcomed to lock in their oars and see why Filippi is the choice of champions!

    Info | Register



    Join Concept2 to get your morning workout in at this year’s Convention. BikeErg sessions will be available Saturday and Sunday mornings before your classes begin. Can’t make it in the morning? The BikeErgs and a selection of Model D’s will be available in the Pavilion throughout the weekend so you can get your holiday meters in while travelling.


  • Sponsors & Exhibitors

    Exhibitor Information

    The USRowing Annual Convention is a great opportunity to engage with the rowing community away from a competitive, regatta atmosphere.

    Partners & Sponsors

    There are many opportunities to become a partner for this year’s convention. Whether it’s as a presenting program sponsor or a “Happy Hour” host, there’s a package that we can customize for you.

    Info | Contact Us

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Travel and Lodging

The host hotel is the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, 1775 East Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA 92109.

Airport and Ground Transportation

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Meet our Host

From its modest beginnings over four decades ago, the San Diego Crew Classic has matured into the largest regatta in the world held for primarily eight-oared rowing shells. The regatta provides a venue for high school junior programs, collegiate teams, masters clubs, and even Olympic-level competition. San Diegans can be proud of the strong influence the regatta has had nationally on the sport of rowing. Click the logo to learn more about this year’s event.

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