Let's Go Rowing
in the 1870s, rowing was the most widespread form of recreational
boating on San Francisco Bay. As late as World War I, rowing clubs
out-numbered yacht clubs in the region.
Oakland was at the center of the 1870s rowing fad. The protected and
accessible waters of the Estuary and Lake Merritt provided ideal
settings for rowers and spectators alike. Rowing regattas became annual
events drawing big crowds. But by 1913, only the Alameda Boating Club
and University of California crews remained on the Estuary. In recent
years, rowing has regained some of its former popularity. The University
still rows on the Estuary. Companies such as Sea-Land sponsor whale boat
rowing crews. Dragon boats and outrigger canoes race on the Estuary. The
Oakland Women's Rowing Club, the Lake Merritt Rowing Club, and the
Oakland Strokes still find the Estuary and Lake Merritt ideal settings.
"Walk Along the Water"
© Oakland Museum of California, used with permission.
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Cal Crew website
Lake Merritt Rowing Club
Oakland Stroke website
Resolution Celebrating 90th Anniversary of Lake Merritt Womens Rowing
Club - City of Oakland
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