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Thank You for Supporting BHS Crew @ Youth Nationals 2015!

The men's team at Youth Nationals 2015

The women's team at Youth Nationals 2015

Dear BHS Crew community,

In my official capacity as the president of the Berkeley Crew Board, the parent group fostering rowing at Berkeley High School, let me say a BIG THANK YOU for your donation to last June’s Youth Nationals fundraiser. Because of your timely generosity, we were able to transport the team’s four boats, eight yellow-tipped oars, nine nervous students and three slightly less nervous coaches to the other side of this great country, to claim Berkeley’s first national medal since 2011!

Here is where each of the BHS boats placed:

  • Men’s Ltwt 2x (Leon Maurer & Elliot Meldrum): 12th in the nation
  • Men’s 2x (Zach Alter & Val Fan): 17th in the nation
  • Women’s 2- (Lena Bertozzi & India Robinson): 2nd in the nation
  • Women’s 4+ (Chloe Schalit, Josie Beyer, Elisa Forbes, India Robinson & Lena Bertozzi): 7th in the nation

As a parent of one of the rowers who earned the trek, I must also thank you for giving our kids the chance to represent BHS on high school rowing’s biggest stage. Our boys & girls carried themselves with grace and confidence in the unrelenting Florida heat, shrugging off their underdog status to repeatedly challenge elite teams with significantly more funding. Irrespective of the impressive results, you would have been proud of your Yellow Jackets — on and off the water.

A few of us parents were fortunate enough to join the team for the event. As we ran alongside the course, shouting “Go Berkeley” and “Go Jackets”, I was amazed at how many folks added their own cheer of support. Perhaps they recognized our unique city, or wanted to rally one of the few public high schools that had made it this far. Whatever the reason, it felt good to be representing Berkeley High School as a parent too!

And here in October, as the days start to get colder and shorter, the team has already set its sights on the 2016 Youth National Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey. The coaches and kids have resumed their strenuous training schedule — 15+ hours per week on the Oakland Estuary, on the ergs and in the weight room. It will be another difficult journey, but I look forward to getting back to you with more great news next year.

A Silver Medal for the Women's Pair


Thanks again for supporting Berkeley High Crew!

And they’re off!

BHS Crew off to Youth Nationals

This afternoon, nine athletes and three coaches from Berkeley High Crew started their journey to sunny Sarasota to compete in the 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships. Everyone was in good spirits, happy to have a chance at the ultimate medal on the final weekend of a record-breaking season.

Here is some information for those who won’t be able to attend:

  • The competition starts on Friday 6/12 and concludes on Sunday 6/14.
  • Friday’s heat assignments are still pending but here are the heats for each BHS event (all times Eastern):

    Mens Ltwt Youth 2x (Event #5)
    Heat 1 @ 9:52 AM
    Heat 2 @ 10:00 AM
    Heat 3 @ 10:08 AM
    Heat 4 @ 10:16 AM
    Mens Youth 2x (Event #6)
    Heat 1 @ 10:24 AM
    Heat 2 @ 10:32 AM
    Heat 3 @ 10:40 AM
    Womens Youth 2- (Event #7)
    Heat 1 @ 10:48 AM
    Heat 2 @ 10:56 AM
    Heat 3 @ 11:04 AM
    Womens Youth 4+ (Event #12)
    Heat 1 @ 2:26 PM
    Heat 2 @ 2:34 PM
    Heat 3 @ 2:42 PM
    Heat 4 @ 2:50 PM
  • Racing on Saturday and Sunday will be streamed live on USRowing’s YouTube channel:
  • USRowing will be holding a Graduation Ceremony for seniors on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 PM EDT. The ceremony will be streamed on USRowing’s YouTube channel and our seniors (Leon, Val, & Zach!) will be participating.

Keep checking this web site and we’ll do our best to keep you updated!


Urgent Fundraising Appeal

Gold for the Women’s Pair
Gold for the Women’s Pair

After a STELLAR performance at the 2015 Southwest Youth Championships, seven members of Berkeley Crew (six rowers and one coxswain) earned the right to represent Berkeley High School in June at the YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in Sarasota, Florida!

2015-05-04_Lena_India_Josie_Chloe_Elisa_Gulliver_Ilyana_smallerAs one of the only PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS in the West with a varsity crew program, Berkeley competes against larger, better-funded, and better-equipped private schools and clubs. But compete, and WIN, they do!

IMG_7230_Gary_Orkin_cropped_coachesCrew is an expensive sport — boats and oars have to be purchased, maintained, stored, and transported. Student-athletes have to be coached, trained, and organized . Regattas charge entry fees, and the teams need food and drinks at every race. With as many as 100 rowers on Berkeley’s team, the costs add up quickly. Throw in airfare to Florida, the cost to transport our boats there, and accommodations for our seven medalists and coaches, and keeping the team going can be a challenge.

That’s why we’re asking for your support, by donating online or by sending a check (see below for address).

IMG_1456_sleepBerkeley Crew teaches kids the benefits of discipline and hard work. Crew is one of the most physically demanding sports there is (they say that in one two-kilometer race, which can last LESS THAN 7 MINUTES, a rower burns as much energy as a basketball player playing TWO FULL GAMES!!), and these kids work incredibly hard all year to get in shape and row fast.


Your GENEROUS SUPPORT will help Berkeley Crew continue to make rowing accessible to all students at Berkeley High School and compete with the FASTEST BOATS IN THE NATION. Please do what you can to SUPPORT BERKELEY CREW!

Thanks, and GO JACKETS!

Please help support our team and make a tax-deductible donation online here or send a check payable to Berkeley High Crew to P. O. Box 1012, Berkeley, CA 94701-1012.

Berkeley Crew is a 501(c)3 organization. Our Tax ID number is 94-2976226

2015 Southwest Youth Championships

Berkeley High squared off against the fastest crews from California, Arizona, and Utah over the weekend at the Southwest Youth Championship and had its best overall performance in years.  The Jackets brought home:

  • Gold in the Women’s Pair (1st of 14)
  • Bronze in the Men’s Lightweight Double (3rd of 21)
  • Bronze in the Women’s Varsity Four (3rd of 21)

By virtue of their top-three finishes in those events, Berkeley has earned the right to compete for national titles at the Youth National Championships on June 12th in Sarasota, Florida!

 Complete results are available here: https://www.herenow.com/#/races/20136/results (search for “Berkeley” to quickly find our results).

 Congratulations to all our student-athletes and coaches!