2018 USRowing Annual Convention

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

This year’s 2018 USRowing Annual Convention will be hosted in partnership with the San Diego Crew Classic December 6-9 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, Calif.

Registration Information

Standard registration is now open.

Click the link below for more details and to select your options.

Deadline: November 13, 2018 

Register Here

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

AJ Dominique III, USRowing Senior Events Manager

“We are very excited to host the USRowing Convention in conjunction with the Winter Classic.  Whether athlete, coach or official, you will enjoy the great racing conditions on Mission Bay in December. Warm weather, flat water, hotel on the beach at the start and finish line, authentic luau and more!”

Darlene Disney, San Diego Crew Classic Executive Director

Program Information

  • Advanced Coaches Conference

    Program Information

    The Advanced Coaches Conference returns this year, continuing to provide next-level 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. Monitor this space to learn more about the speakers and topics planned for 2018.


    • Dick Tonks – Men’s Head Coach, Rowing Canada Aviron
    • Tom Terhaar – Women’s National Team Head Coach, USRowing
    • Mike Teti – Men’s National Team Head Coach, USRowing
    • Nadine Dubina – Manager of Coaching Development, United States Olympic Committee
    • Yasmin Farooq – Women’s Head Coach, University of Washington
    • Greg Hartsuff – Men’s Team Head Coach, University of Michigan
    • Sarah Trowbridge – Women’s Head Coach, University of San Diego
    • Dr. Peter Wenger – U.S. National Team Physician
    • Mary Whipple – Coxswain, Two-Time Olympic Champion and Consultant with The 9th Seat
    • Hank Pelto – University of Washington Team Physician
    • Steve Gladstone – Yale University Men’s Head Rowing Coach
    • Bryan Volpenhein – San Diego Rowing Club Junior Crew Varsity Men’s Coach
    • Dr. James Li – University of Arizona Head Cross Country Coach and Associate Head Track and Field Coach
    • Michael Shannon – Sports Physiologist, United States Olympic Committee

  • CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference

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    USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association are partnering together 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

    Program Information

    Complete the coursework and test required to earn your Level 2 Coaching Certification. The “bread and butter” of the coaching education program, this level is designed to train assistant and head coaches at the high school and collegiate levels.

  • Business of Rowing 2.0

    Program Information

    The “Business of Rowing” program is returning with a new, more robust programming schedule. The new format is designed to bring the entire administrative side of the sport under one program, incorporating the former America Rows Forum and Regatta Management tracks to expand the offerings to topics applicable to any administrator.

    • Program and Speaker Information

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  • Referees

    Program Information

    USRowing Referees
    The referee program will include an Advanced Referee College and the annual December meeting of the Referee Committee and Regional Coordinators.

  • Race at the Convention!

    San Diego Winter Classic

    “The rowing season ends here.” Attendees to this year’s Convention will have the opportunity to get one last race in before the end of the year. The 3rd Annual Winter Classic will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018. Registration information will be announced soon.

    Race Registration

    The third annual Winter Classic will be held in conjunction with the USRowing Annual Convention, Sunday, December 9, 2018. Registration is now open!

  • Junior Day

    Program Information

    Junior athletes are invited for an interactive day of learning from minds across the rowing world. The program will cover topics tailored to the needs of junior athletes.

  • Masters Program

    Program Information

    Masters athletes are invited to attend a day of programming focused on the interests of this portion of the rowing population.

  • Fun!

    Happy Hour hosted by ZLAC Rowing Club

    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.

    Luau & 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 an authentic style luau, leading into the presentation of USRowing’s annual awards.

  • Sponsors & Exhibitors

    Exhibitor Information

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

    Click here to learn more about the exhibitor opportunities available.

    Click here to register for your space now.

View Schedule

Current as of September 5, 2018.

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

  • SAN

    San Diego International-Lindbergh Field

    You can travel to virtually any city in the world from San Diego. Nearly 500 daily flights provide non-stop and connecting services to major domestic destinations and across the globe.

Travel and Lodging Partner

A block of rooms has been reserved for this event at a special rate, beginning at $139/night.

The special room rate will be available until November 13 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Book your room today!

Book at Host Hotel

All programs take place in the host hotel, unless otherwise noted.

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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