Every spring, rowers and spectators from around the greater Washington D.C. area, nation and globe gather in Washington D.C. for the Stonewall Regatta, the only regatta in North America hosted by a GLBT rowing team. Stonewall Regatta began in 1994 during preparations for Gay Games IV in New York City. About a year before the games, DCSRC discovered there was no event for gay and lesbian rowers. DCSRC quickly organized a regatta at the Orchard Beach Race Course in Pelham Bay State Park, site of the 1964 Olympic Rowing Trials. 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 premier gay and lesbian rowing 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. The event typically coincides with D.C. Pride events.
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 and beyond. The event promotes true sportsmanship in an open-hearted and inclusive environment created not only by the participants themselves, but also by the event sponsors and volunteers. The tradition of Stonewall Regatta continues this year, and we're sure it will be better than ever!
Your organization can be tied to this one-of-a-kind event!
Become a sponsor.
Consider supporting the institution our club has helped create over the past 21 years! Less the expense of hosting the regatta, DCSRC uses 100 percent of the proceeds from Stonewall Regatta to build and create new community rowing programs, contribute to improvement of the boathouse, purchase equipment and sustain ongoing efforts to help the broader D.C. community.
Download the 2015 Sponsorship Packet which outlines sponsorship levels and benefits. We welcome monetary donations as well as in-kind donations of food, equipment, and supplies. Running the regatta requires a great deal of resources and your help ensures the event is a success... again!
If you would like to make an in-kind donation of food, equipment, or other supplies to Stonewall Regatta, contact the Regatta Director.
Thank you for helping to make Stonewall Regatta a success!