LBRA Christmas Regatta

  • Hosted By Long Beach Rowing Association
  • USRowing Registered

For decades, the Long Beach Rowing Association has sponsored the Christmas Regatta on the first Sunday in December.  A perennial favorite throughout the southwestern United States, and now in its 52nd year, the event is sanctioned by USRowing, follows a sprint race format, and seeks broadest possible participation by the rowing community. The regatta is welcoming to all rowers regardless of age, skill, organizational affiliation, or nationality.  Events are offered in Masters, Open (Collegiate and Elite), Lightweight, Juniors, and Novice categories.

The Christmas Regatta consists of 850-meter sprint races from a floating standing start.  All contemporary sculling (1x, 2x, and 4x) and sweep (2-, 4+, and 8+) boat classes are represented; the obsolete 2+ (“coxed pair”) and increasingly rare 4- (“straight four”) formats are not included given insufficient demand.

For the special benefit of Juniors programs, novice 4x+ (“coxed quad”) and Freshman 8+ events are offered.  For 2018 we have also added Freshman 4+ and Freshman 4x events.

In 2017, the event witnessed 467 entries (200 men's, 215 women's, and 52 mixed) with a total of 1630 seats raced, a growth of 10% over 2016, and ran from sun-up to sun-down with flights on 5-minute centers.


Host/LOC Long Beach Rowing Association
Contact Rob Glidden
Phone 949-422-8712
Sanctioned By
Chief Referee Robin Kenny
Juniors Yes
HS/Scholastic Yes
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite Yes
Adaptive Yes
Inclusion No
Entry Fees (USD)
Standard Cost Late Cost
1x: $32.00 $40.00
2x/-: $48.00 $60.00
4x/+: $64.00 $80.00
8+: $96.00 $120.00