First Annual Rowak at San Diego Crew Classic®
April 6, 2014 at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay
U.S. Junior Canoe Kayak Team, National Champions
Reprinted with permission from Chris Barlow – Head Coach, San Diego Canoe Kayak Team
San Diego (February 18, 2014) — The 41st Annual San Diego Crew Classic, set for April 5 – 6 at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay, will host the first annual Rowak Classic, which will pit students from local schools against each other in a race off to see who is faster — a four person kayak (K4) or a four person rowing shell (4-). The first event of its kind was raced a few months ago in Melbourne Australia and attracted more than 10,000 spectators. The kayakers prevailed beating the rowers by almost a second.
“We have a long tradition at the Crew Classic of showcasing new events and feel that the Rowak Classic presents a real opportunity to bring together many paddle sport disciplines for head to head racing,” said San Diego Crew Classic Executive Director, Darlene Disney.
Athletes from the San Diego Canoe Kayak Team (SDCKT) will provide the paddling horse power – many of whom have represented the U.S. in either Jr. World Championships or as Olympic hopefuls. “We are excited about this opportunity to race head to head with the local rowing teams and establish a tradition where we can crown a local champion for preeminence on Mission Bay, as well as raise awareness of all the great programs available to San Diego’s youth and athletic communities,” said SDCKT Head Coach Chris Barlow.
The Rowak Classic will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, and the winner will be best two out of three. The women will race 500 meters first and then be followed by the men, who will race the same 500 meter course. The competitors will then swap into two coed fours (4-) and K4s, and race reverse direction on the course to determine the overall winner of the 2014 Rowak Classic, should a rubber match be necessary. A trophy will be presented to the winners – rowers or kayakers – commemorating the first victory; this trophy will be passed on each year to the winners for many years to come.
To see an example of the Rowak event held in Australia, click here.