Come Out and Row

The San Francisco Bay Blades is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing in the LGBT community. The SFBB also aims to increase the visibility of LGBT athletes in the rowing community as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We row on Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA, and are part of the Lake Merritt Rowing Club.

The team was founded in 1996 to prepare competitive rowers for the Gay Games in Amsterdam. Our focus is on competition. We welcome gay and gay-friendly rowers and coxswains of all levels -- including those who have never rowed before -- so long as their goal is to compete with us.

Please feel free to contact us.

Check our practice schedule.