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Enjoy the San Diego Crew Classic’s Annual Regatta on Mission Bay

Some major athletic competition is about to go down on the palm-lined waters of Mission Bay, and you’ll be able to take it all in with note-perfect accommodations at the Sofia Hotel!

The sporting contest in question? The 25th Annual San Diego Crew Classic, which sees rowers from more than 100 different universities, high schools, and clubs participate in a high-profile regatta that’s been going on for better than 40 years.

Come join us at the Sofia and take in the oar-sculling and oar-sweeping action this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 23rd through the 25th!

The San Diego Crew Classic

Established back in 1973, the San Diego Crew Classic is a fixture of the spring sporting scene here along our glittering (and glamorous) swath of Southern Californian coastline. From novices to Olympians, from teenagers to 80-year-olds, the regatta involves a wonderful range of rowing talents in a weekend packed with better than 100 races.

Slicing across Mission Bay from near the Ingraham Street bridge to Crown Point Shores, those races run on roughly 10-minute intervals from 7:20 AM to 6:30 PM on Saturday and 7:20 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, each day kicking off with a rendition of the National Anthem. Friday afternoon offers an opportunity to watch whole fleets of racing shells practice during the Crew Classic Preview Day (2 to 6 PM), the ideal spectating perch being the Lane Zero Beer Garden (also open on both weekend days).

Races are also broadcast on a mighty Jumbotron to maximize viewing.

And to maximize convenience, meanwhile, the San Diego Crew Classic will be running a free shuttle between free parking at Ski Beach and the regatta’s main gate from 6 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and 6 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

The complete schedule of events at the 2018 San Diego Crew Classic’s just a click away!

Enjoy World-Class Rowing on Mission Bay With a Sofia Hotel Getaway This Weekend

So come enjoy one of the standout downtown San Diego hotels—the historic Sofia, right at the doorstep of the Gaslamp Quarter—and make the short trip up to Mission Bay this weekend for the 25th Annual San Diego Crew Classic: a rowing spectacular in the spring sunshine of Southern California that you’ll definitely want to see for yourself!