The DC Strokes Rowing Club has held a Masters sprint regatta for 28 years. For the past two years we have held virtual events but we are excited to be holding an on the water event this year.
Join us June 5, 2022 for a great day of rowing!
Registration will open on 24 April 2022 and regular registration will close on 24 May 2022. Late registration will be accepted no later than 29 May 2022
Regatta Schedule (tentative)
6:00 - Team check in
6:30 - Coxswain and coaches meeting
12:30 - Lunch
1:30 - Race resumes
4:30 - Last race ends
6:00 - Post-Race Happy Hour (TBD)
The regatta will include the following events:
Men's Open 8+, Men's Master 8+
Women's Open 8+, Women's Master 8+
Mixed 8+, Mixed 4+
Men's Open 4+, Men's Master 4+, Men's Open 4x, Men's Master 4x
Women's Open 4+, Women's Master 4+, Women's Open 4x, Women's Master 4
Novice Men's 4+, Novice Women's 4+, Novice Men's 8+, Novice Women's 8+
Men's 2x, Women's 2x, Mixed 2x
Women's Master 1x, Men's Master 1x
Women's Open 1x, Men's Open 1x
Novice Men's 1x, Novice Women's 1x
Adaptive 1x, 2x, 4+
USRowing Gender Policy
The USRowing Rules of Rowing has only two gender divisions. Their Gender Identity Policy states that any rower "... over the age of 18, who is not considered a youth or collegiate rower, shall be allowed to participate in a rowing activity in accordance with his or her expressed gender identity irrespective of the gender listed on the athlete’s birth certificate and regardless of whether the athlete has undergone any medical treatment."
Ensuring that our programs and regatta are welcoming to all individuals is a core value of our organization, and DC Strokes Rowing is proud to serve, encourage, and promote the accomplishments of all athletes! We welcome entries from athletes of all gender identities and gender expression.
Registration opens: 25 April 2022
Standard Registration closes: 25 May 2022 (regular); 29 May 2022 (late)
Event logo and t-shirts are produced once again by our long time event sponsor and partner, Rowsource. Pre-order your gear to day to be picked up on Regatta day. Pre-order discounts will apply until 27 May 2022. Can't make it to the regatta but still want the gear to support us? You can also order and have it shipped to your location. Shipping charge applies. Follow this link to the pre-order shop.
Rowsource also makes other rowing-themed shirts, totes, and magnets. Follow this link to see more.
Parking for rowers and spectators
Parking for rowers and spectators will be at Maritime Plaza Upper Parking Lot on M Street SE DC, which is approximately 0.5 mile from the boathouse and race course. Upon entering M Street, Regatta volunteers will help direct you to the appropriate location. A free shuttle will offer pick up and drop off service for rowers and spectators between the parking lot and the boathouse. Rowers and spectators may be dropped off closer to the boathouse at the designated drop off location. Boat trailers, car top scullers, race officials and handicapped parking is available at the ACBA Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC.
REQUIRED: Parking pass must be displayed on all parked vehicles. (Check back for parking pass)
NOTE: Vehicles parking at non-designated area along northeast direction of M Street SE, DC will be towed or ticketed by the DC Metropolitan Police.
Enter “38.8782,-76.9796” as your destination.
To the Anacostia Community Boathouse
From I-295 SOUTH: Take the exit (on right) toward Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Turn right onto O Street SE/Water St SE (first right after the bridge). Turn right onto M Street SE. Continue to the boathouse
From I-295 NORTH: Take the exit (on right) toward Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn right onto O Street SE/Water St SE (first right after the bridge). Turn right onto M Street SE. Continue to the boathouse.
From I-395: Take the 11th St SE exit. Turn right on 11th St SE. Turn left onto M Street SE. Continue to the boathouse.
To the Parking Lot at Maritime Plaza
From 295 SOUTH: Take the exit (on right) toward Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Turn right onto M Street SE. At the circle, turn right into the parking lot. Continue to the end of the parking lot, then turn left into the upper lot.
From 295 NORTH: Take the exit (on right) toward Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn right onto M Street SE. At the circle, turn right into the parking lot. Continue to the end of the parking lot, then turn left into the upper lot.
From I-395: Take the 11th St SE exit. Turn right on 11th St SE. Turn left onto M Street SE. Keep going toward the traffic circle after 11th Street. At the circle, turn right into the parking lot. Continue to the end of the parking lot, then turn left into the upper lot.
Can I borrow a boat for myself or my team?
Our club has a limited number of boats but we will work with you and other clubs and vendors to ensure that you and your team will be able to participate.
What time could I start bringing boats and equipment to the site?
The boathouse will be opened for trailers starting after 1 PM on Saturday, 4 June 2022. Please contact the regatta director for an arrival time. Trailers for large boats must be at the site no later than 6 AM on regatta day. Car tops for singles will be accommodated all day on a first come first, serve basis. All boats and trailers must vacate the site no later than 6 PM on regatta day. Please contact the regatta directors if you plan on arriving outside of these times or plan to leave trailer or boats overnight before or after the regatta.
Could we practice on the race course?
The course will be available for practice from 1 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, the day before the regatta. All boats must follow established river traffic pattern.
Can I give you money to sponsor this event?
Yes! Contact Tammy Enright at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a question that isn't answered here, can I contact the Regatta Director?
Yes! Email the director at email@example.com
Interested in becoming a Stonewall Sponsor? Contact Tammy Enright at firstname.lastname@example.org
All affiliated sponsors agree to abide by the DC Strokes Sponsorship Code of Conduct and treat all with respect and dignity.
Every summer, rowers and spectators from around the greater Washington DC area, nation, and globe gather in Washington, DC for the Stonewall Regatta, hosted by the DC Strokes Rowing Club (DCSRC). Stonewall is the only regatta in North America hosted by a Gay & Lesbian rowing team.
The first Stonewall Regatta was held in 1994 during Gay Games IV in New York City. About a year before the Games, DC Strokes Rowing Club (DCSRC) learned that the host committee for the NYC Games was dropping rowing from the sports line-up, and subsequently decided to organize an independent regatta to run concurrently with the Games.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village in 1969, considered the start of the gay civil rights movement, this regatta was named "Stonewall Regatta."
The original regatta occurred at the Orchard beach Race Course in Pelham Bay State Park, site of the 1964 Olympic Rowing Trials. The event was such a success that DCSRC decided to bring it home to Washington, D.C., where it has since been held every June, typically coinciding with DC Pride festivities.
Stonewall Regatta follows the commitment of DCSRC to bridge gaps between communities by building an inclusive environment and educating the public not only about rowing, but also contributions by the GLBT community and DCSRC. The event promotes true sportsmanship in an open and inclusive environment, created not only by the participants themselves, but also by the event sponsors and volunteers.
Stonewall does not just highlight and promote rowing in the GLBT community. The regatta also kicks off the circuit of adult sprint race competitions in the mid-Atlantic region and draws serious rowers of all stripes from throughout the area.
For the past two years, the event pivot to virtual events but we are excited to once again host all rowers and spectators to the ACBA boathouse