Coming from the only true scholastic boys team in rochester, ny, clubs definitely have an advantage. Some club teams get money from towns and also are MUCH larger than their scholastic counterparts most of the time. Two of the clubs around here have well over 100 people each. They can draw from several highschools and also don't have to deal with AD's. They can make their own rules and requirements (as long as parents and participants agree obviously). There are only a few teams in the new york area that have true backing from the highschool (canisius, chaminade, saratoga to name a few).
The distance for ALL regattas should be 2000 meters. The scholastic national championships for canada are 2k. A good crew is really decided in that last 500 of a 2k.
USRowing does not need to "wake up." Every single legitimate regatta in the world is 2000 meters, from the Olympics to Canley. Maybe Stotesbury and SRAAs should become 2000 meters and join the rest of the world. Cinci is a true national championship, and turning it into a 1500 meter affair would lessen its prestige and only hinder the development of junior athletes who have aspirations to compete at the international, collegiate, or club level. Don't complain about the organization who got it right. If you feel disadvantaged at Youths because of the distance, take it up with whoever feels their regatta should be shorter than the standard international distance for rowing. Please, enough with the sour grapes. Lets celebrate the achievements of these five impressive crews. By the way, this website is row2k.com.