USRowing Club National Championships Return to the Cooper River in 2018
By Allison Mueller • August 8, 2017
PRINCETON, N.J. — For years, the Cooper River in Camden County, N.J., has been a top venue for rowing regattas. Next year, it will be home to the 2018 USRowing Club National Championships.
The United States Rowing Association is pleased to announce that the event, hosted by the Camden County Boathouse and South Jersey Rowing Club, will take place July 11-15, 2018.
USRowing is excited to return to the Cooper River in 2018. The venue has a history of hosting large events, both in scale and stature, so we are very confident in the local organizing committee’s expertise in hosting events of this caliber,” said USRowing Senior Events Manager AJ Dominique.
In 2014, the park began a major development project and was closed for the rowing season. The $30 million, state, county and grant-funded program allowed upgrades to the infrastructure and roadways around the park, landscaping to clean the vegetation that clogs the riverbanks, the development of bike paths and an amphitheater, a permanent bathroom facility, a new boat launch, vista decks along the banks of the waterway for viewing value, the dredging of the river and the construction of start and finish line towers that mirror the architecture of the boathouse that opened in 2006.
“Camden County Boathouse and South Jersey Rowing Club are proud to be the host for the 2018 USRowing Club Nationals next summer,” said boathouse manager Jamie Stack. “The Cooper River venue is currently undergoing different phases of improvements, and we look forward to showcasing these upgrades to the rowing community. Working with USRowing on one of their events is always a good experience, and we are excited to have them back to run another successful event.”
The USRowing Club National Championships, which feature racing in the under 17, under 19, intermediate, and elite/senior categories, have seen significant growth over the past several years and have become one of the largest summer regattas in the country. The 2017 event last month in Clermont County, Ohio, broke the organization’s all-time participation records with nearly 1,700 crews competing over five days.
“Clermont County did a wonderful job for us the past three years in hosting this event at Lake Harsha,” said Dominique. “We look forward to returning for future events, as USRowing continues to explore other regions in the country to host our summer championships.”
The Cooper River venue hosts more than a dozen regattas per year, and has been the site for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Rowing Trials and several national championships including the USRowing Club National Championships, USRowing Masters National Championships, Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships and the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships.