University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley made its first appearance at Poughkeepsie in 1921 as the winner of the Pacific Coast Regatta.  Participants of the Pacific Coast Regatta included Stanford and Washington Universities who as winners had previously sent crews to Poughkeepsie.  California sent only a varsity crew who finished second to the Olympic champion Navy crew, an excellent start for their first time competing at Poughkeepsie.

California would not return to Poughkeepsie until 1926, when they sent varsity, freshman, and junior varsity crews.  After the 1926 regatta, they began competing every year and in 1928 had their first victory on the Hudson River and it was quite a victory.  The varsity crew broke a course record set in 1901 by Cornell, marking themselves as serious competitors.  They followed up with another victory at the Olympics in Amsterdam.  

California could be hit or miss, but when they won, they won big.  In 1932, they repeated their victories at Poughkeepsie and at the Olympics in Los Angeles.  In 1939, the varsity broke another course record.  Once again in 1948, they were Olympic (London) champions, though they did not win at Poughkeepsie that year.

California's coaches during the Poughkeepsie Regatta included:

Ben Wallis (1916-1923), Carroll "Ky" Ebright (1924-1959)

Freshman/Assistant Coaches

Victories on the Hudson River in:

1928 (V8), 1932 (V8), 1934 (V8), 1935 (V8), 1939 (V8), 1941 (JV8), 1947 (JV8), 1949 (V8)

Crew Quarters at Poughkeepsie/Highland:

Frank Palmer House

Vassar Alumnae House

Fox Hollow School

California Boathouse

Further Reading:

The Log of Rowing at the University California, Berkeley, 1870-1987 by Jim Lemmon

The Log of Rowing, The University of California Berkeley, Volume II, 2988-2018 by Scott Frandsen, Dennis Evanosky, & Eric Kos

Additional Resources:

The University of California, Berkeley Yearbook--The Blue and Gold

The University of California, Berkeley Athletics Crew History

Friends of Cal Crew History of Rowing

Carrol "Ky" Ebright: Crew Coach for the University of California and the Olympics, Oral History