The Classic started in 1973 with just 11 events on its schedule and has grown to more than three times that size with over 40 races held annually. Women's events were first added to the race program in 1978. The San Diego Crew Classic is considered the nationis premier early-season regatta, with crews from the east coast and midwest making the trip west to Mission Bay. The UW has claimed more titles at the event than any other program.
The Husky varsity eight has won 12 titles overall, including consecutive wins between 1987 and 1989, and 1992 through 1997. Washington has won 13 titles in the junior varsity eight race and six titles in the novice race. Last year the Husky varsity eight, and junior varsity eight won their respective titles.
Year Varsity 8 JV 8 Novice 8 1997 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Virginia 1996 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1995 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1994 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Washington State 1993 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1992 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1991 Boston Univ. UC Davis WASHINGTON 1990 UCLA UCLA WASHINGTON 1989 WASHINGTON Yale California 1988 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1987 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1986 Wisconsin WASHINGTON 1985 Victoria WASHINGTON 1984 WASHINGTON WASHINGTON 1983 WASHINGTON GBRC 1982 Victoria WASHINGTON 1981 WASHINGTON 1980 No Regatta 1979 BLTC WASHINGTON 1978 California
"The concept of the San Diego Crew Classic is unique," said Washington Crew Program Coordinator Bob Ernst (pictured), who has participated in every Crew Classic. "It is not the East vs. West thing. It is the bringing of everyone together before the shooting starts. I think that rowers throughout the nation look forward to San Diego throughout the winter."
"For new rowers, San Diego is the first hint they get of how good their sport can be. And for veteran rowers, San Diego becomes an annual rite of the season. Even the nuances of the event have enduring quality."
1973 - Washington sweeps varsity, JV and frosh eights against Navy in the first Crew Classic.
1975 - Led by Olympians Dick Cashin and Al Sheely, Harvard makes first appearance and defeats Washington.
1977 - Penn edges Washington on the final stroke
1983 - Crew Classic becomes one of first major regattas to put women's events on equal footing with men's championship races.
1990 - Washington wins but finishes last in re-row after officials rule race was started before every crew was ready. Appeal to U.S. Rowing Association returns victory to Huskies.
1995 - Huskies sweep all six major men's and women's events.