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Competition

Rowing was the first intercollegiate sport in the U.S,; it began when Yale College founded its boat club in 1843. In 1852, Yale raced Harvard in the first intercollegiate race. Yale and Harvard have raced annually since 1876.

Today, there are more than 1,000 rowing clubs registered with U.S Rowing, the national governing body for the sport. Forty-five states have at least one rowing club. In Florida alone, 63 registered crews hold practice and attend regattas throughout the state, the southeast region and the country.

Unlike many collegiate sports, which are in season for only a portion of the year, college crew spans the entire year. Crews compete in events called regattas in the fall and spring. Fall regattas are called Head Races and are typically 5,000 meters long. Spring regattas are called sprint races and are 2,000 meters long.

Visit the Fall and Spring racing pages for more information about each racing season. Or continue to the Equipment page to learn more about rowing boats and oars.