Open Ocean Regatta

  • Hosted By: Open Water Rowing Center


The Open Water Rowing Center in Sausalito, Ca hosts the 43rd Open Ocean Regatta. Parking is available at the boathouse, first come first served. The post-race barbecue is a fun get-together for rowers and a great way to kick off the racing season! BBQ Tickets for non-racers will be available for purchase onsite. 


Boats launch from our water-level docks early in the morning; they can be quartered at the OWRC boathouse the afternoon and evening before.

Boat rentals are available on a prepaid, first-come, first-served basis. OWRC rents boats to rowers who have been cleared to safely row the type of boat that they are renting. California requires that all boaters have a personal flotation device in their boat; PFD’s are provided with each boat rental. Boats are rented on a first-come, pre-paid basis. Contact us to request a boat reservation!


The Open Ocean regatta features two courses of varying length and water conditions for open water scullers in shells and traditional boats. Categories include singles, doubles and quads. The 2019 regatta will introduce a new Coastal Rowing Category for singles and doubles in FISA-specific boats. US Rowing age handicaps are applied to results, and both lapsed times and handicapped times are acknowledged. 

We have developed an alternate course for this year in the event the Diablo course cannot be run. It will be roughly an equal length: rowing from the start to a marker just before the Golden Gate, to a marker just past downtown Tiburon in Raccoon Straits, past the Green Buoy at Point Belvedere, then Cone Rock and back to the start.

UPDATE: The Regatta Committee has determined that the Diablo Course will be replaced with an alternate course. 

Download the 2019 Alternate Race Guide (PDF)

Long Course: Due to the timing and strength of the ebb tide, the alternate course will not go out under the Golden Gate. The New Course is approximately the same length (14km) and will take advantage of the building ebb tide, offering challenging open water conditions.

Medium 'Strawberry' Course: Named for the Strawberry Peninsula, the Strawberry Course is 5.3 nm (10.4 km) in more protected water, leaving from and returning to downtown Sausalito, navigating three buoyed turns to Strawberry Peninsula and back. This course can be completed in flat-water boats with favorable weather.