Race Course: A one-mile race from the south east corner of Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay.
Best Viewing: Aquatic Park.
Awards Location: Aquatic Park, across from the Sea Scouts Base. Aquatic Park is within the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. It is located at the foot of Van Ness Avenue north of North Point St. Park along Van Ness.
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The Bay Area Whaleboat Rowing Association (BAWRA) kick-off party in the spring sets the right tone for whaleboat racing. Food, beer, dancing and lane draws. Donít miss it!
The party location may change from year to year, so check the Schedule page for the latest information.
Race Course: A five-mile race from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay.
Best Viewing: All along the San Francisco Waterfront.
Best hills: In the Presidio along Lincoln Avenue, Fort Mason bluffs, Coit Tower.
Best waterfront: Crissy Field, the Marina Green, Municipal Pier at Aquatic Park, the end of Pier 39, the end of Pier 1 and the Ferry Pier at the Ferry Building, the Port Promenade.
Awards Location: See current year race information for Awards location.
Race Organizer: BAWRA / US Coast Guard Rowing Team
Race Course: A Timed Race about a mile and a half around Coast Guard Island in the Oakland Estuary.
Best Viewing: From Coast Guard Island, Union Point Marina, the causeway to Coast Guard Island, along Embarcadero in the regional park with benches and a pier, Township Commons.
Awards Location: See the current year information for the awards location. If on Coast Guard Island, you will be asked ahead of time for a contact name for your club, and/or the names of every guest you plan to bring on the island. You will need a picture ID for access to the Island and proof of car insurance if you drive onto the island.
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Race Course: A half-mile sprint in front of the Bay View Boat Club in San Francisco Bay.
Best Viewing: The Bay View Boat Club, the Mariposa Hunters Point Boat Club, and the waterfront in between.
Awards Location: The party is at the Bay View Boat Club, 489 Terry Francois Blvd (aka China Basin Street) / Pier 54 in San Francisco. Parking is available in the lot or on the street.
Race Course: A three mile head race in the Oakland Estuary.
Best Viewing: Township Commons and the shorline park along Brooklyn Basin.
Awards Location: Township Commons, on the Estuary north of Coast Guard Island. Use the street address for 9th Avenue Terminal at 288 9th Avenue, Oakland, CA.
Race Organizer: BAWRA / Oakland Estuary Whaleboat Rowing Society (OEWRS) -- Ketos
Race Course: Race between Fruitvale Bridge and the Aeolian Yacht Club.
Best Viewing: Fruitvale Bride, the shorline parks on both sides of the Estuary, the shoreline park north of the Aeolian Yacht Club
Awards Location: Aeolian Yacht Club at 980 Fernside Blvd
Race Course: One-mile race in the Oakland Estuary.
Best Viewing: (Channel) Estuary Park on Embarcadero between Fallon and 5th Ave. in Oakland.
Awards Location: At the end of the pier at Estuary Park. Use the Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC) parking area at 115 Embarcadero. This is approximately one mile east of Jack London Square.
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Race Organizer: BAWRA / Straits of Mare Island Rowing Association (SOMIRA)
Race Course: A "W" course in Mare Island Channel.
Best Viewing: Along the waterfront in front of Coal Shed Brewery.
Awards Location: Mare Island Brewing Co., Coal Shed Brewery
Race Course: Zig-zag course in front of the breakwater at the Berkeley Marina.
Best Viewing: The end of Spinnaker Way.
Race Course: A two-leg sprint between Park Street Bridge and Fruitvale Bridge in the Oakland Estuary.
Best Viewing: From the parking lot behind Nob Hill Foods, 2351 Blanding Ave. (between Broadway and Everett Streets), Alameda, Ca.
Awards Location: Alameda Yacht Club
Race Organizer: BAWRA / San Francisco Whalers
Race Course: Sprint in McCovey Cove.
Awards Location: McCovey Point