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Welcome to the South End Rowing Club

Established in 1873 and continually making, then breaking, then re-breaking records.

The South End Rowing Club is a San Francisco institution and the city's oldest swimming and rowing club.

South End athletes have competed in many Olympic and international sporting events, including swimming the English Channel, but the club welcomes everyone with an interest in rowing, open water swimming, handball, and running. Club members also regularly swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco (typically clad only in swimsuits, bathing caps, and goggles), row in regattas around the world, compete in marathons and long-distance running events and are renowned in the international handball community for championship play and world-class tournaments.

Over its long history, Club members have accomplished extraordinary athletic fears - never losing sight of the fact that to be a South Ender is to love life, enjoy good food and drink, revel in the company of fellow members, throw great parties, and be very glad to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The club is the oldest west coast club founded solely for the purpose of rowing in 1873. The six-oared barge "South End" was christened Valentine's Day 1915 and is still in occasional use. Constructed in 1873, the boathouse building was once located near AT&T park and moved in the 1930s to its current home at 500 Jefferson Street at Aquatic Park.

There is something for everyone at the South End Rowing Club. We hope you'll visit us, become a member, and see why we call it 'the best club on earth'. Join and contribute to our community and celebrate the San Francisco Bay with us.

We are located at 500 Jefferson Street on the East side of Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

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Our home: Aquatic Park, San Francisco, CA