Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center

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Arrillaga Family Rowing and Sailing Center
Front of the Rowing & Sailing Center
Front of the Rowing & Sailing Center
Named after John Arrillaga
Established 1905; 113 years ago (1905)[1]
Founded at Redwood City, California
Type Educational organization
Purpose Recreational
Coordinates 37°30′17″N 122°13′05″W / 37.504752°N 122.217973°W / 37.504752; -122.217973Coordinates: 37°30′17″N 122°13′05″W / 37.504752°N 122.217973°W / 37.504752; -122.217973
San Francisco Peninsula
Services Rowing and sailing
Men's Head Coach
Craig Amerkhanian[2]
Women's Head Coach
Derek Byrnes[3]
Main organ
Stanford Cardinal
Parent organization
Stanford University
Affiliations PCCSC
Website Facility Website
Formerly called
Stanford Boathouse

The Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center is a boating facility utilized by Stanford Cardinal Athletics for sailing and rowing sporting activities. It is located at the Port of Redwood City along Redwood creek in Redwood City, California. The facility's full name is Stanford University Arrillaga Family Rowing and Sailing Center.


The Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center has a long history dating back to 1905 when undergraduates at the university saw a need for a boathouse for intercollegiate competition.[1] The first boathouse was constructed along Redwood Creek and remained active for the next 10 years there. In 1913, another boathouse was built on campus on the edge of Lake Lagunita for Freshmen, spring practice, and campus recreation.[4] Due to the onset of the World War I rowing dwindled in popularity and revenues fell from sporting events and there was no longer any way to support it.[5] In 1929 the student body voted on reinstating crew as a sport and acquiring boats and shells with which to compete. In 1940 the Cardinal Crew made a comeback once again and with a new boathouse at the Redwood City Harbor.[6] However once again the onset of war, this time World War II brought the end of rowing and the new boathouse was locked up for many years with use of the boathouse only finally resuming in 1947.[7]

In more recent years there was resistance from homeowners in Redwood Shores to having Stanford boats stored near their properties.[8] This in part spurred forward the building of the current center which still stands today.


The modern Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center is located alongside Redwood Creek in Redwood City and was built in 2003 to replace older facilities.[9] It is a 16,500 square feet (1,530 m2) boathouse that cost US$5,000,000 to build. The building was designed by Hoover Associates and contains accommodation for both men's and women's crew and sailing with a second level with locker areas, exercise facilities, and a large function room.[10] The center also hosts many youth rowing and sailing groups, often sharing dock and launch space with the nearby Marine Science Institute.[11]


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  1. ^ a b "Stanford Rowing & Sailing Center". Stanford Athletics. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Craig Amerkhanian". Stanford Athletics. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Derek Byrnes". Stanford Athletics. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Lagunita Boathouse Ready For Use". The Stanford Daily (35). 24 February 1913. p. 1. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Reeder, Anson (21 May 1929). "Student Body To Take Stand On Question Of Crew". The Stanford Daily (60). p. 1. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Brucker, Jerry (4 January 1940). "Movement for Return Of Stanford Boat Club Gains Alumni Support". The Stanford Daily (48). p. 4. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Shapiro, Art (30 January 1947). "Cardinal Crew Has Choppy 43-Year Story". The Stanford Daily (65). p. 3. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Durand, Michelle (9 October 2004). "Stanford booted from lagoon". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Quinn, Molly (9 October 2003). "Crew opens fall season in new home". The Stanford Daily (15). pp. 6–7. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Joncas, Richard; Neuman, David J.; Turner, Paul Venable (1 January 2006). Nicola Bednarek, ed. Stanford University. Jan Cigliano. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-56898-664-7. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Mazeika, Vytas (9 May 2014). "Stanford Rowing Center qualifies four boats for youth nationals". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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