Organized by DC Strokes, the Stonewall Regatta is an adult rowing regatta featuring local and teams from across the US. The regatta is open to all teams, including adaptive rowing for rowers with disabilities. The regatta starts out of the Anacostia Community boathouse, and the organizers are always proud to show athletes from the region and the country that the Anacostia is a beautiful and important river in DC. This year's Stonewall Regatta is aiming to be a zero-waste event.
Registration opens: April 2, 2018
Standard Registration closes: May 25, 2018
Late Registration closes: May 29, 2018
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.
About a year before the Games, DCSRC learned the host committee for the NYC Games was dropping rowing from the sports line-up. 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 event was named "Stonewall Regatta." 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. Since 2004, the regatta has been held on the Anacostia River out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse. The event typically coincides 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. Join us as the tradition of Stonewall continues this year with our twenty-fourth regatta.