The Bay 21
The Bay 21 is a custom single rowing shell with recreational versatility and open water capabilities. Built by the same craftsmen that have handmade the finest shells in the world, the Bay 21 is uniquely crafted with responsive racing shell ergonomics and capable handling in rough water conditions. This high-quality single rowing shell supports a number of accessories and options, all of which can be custom-modified to fit your specific and creative needs.
The Bay 21 is the Ultimate Multi-Purpose Single Open Water Shell!
The Bay 21 is a versatile single, open water rowing shell and can be used for all your rowing and open water racing needs! We want to provide the ultimate experience, so you can achieve your ultimate potential. No matter what your level or rowing experience is, the Bay 21 is designed to bring out the best in every rower, whether recreational, club, competitive, or elite racer. Due to the design and customization, we have built the boat to accommodate rowers from 5’2” to 6’-7” with weights ranging from 115 Lbs. to 260 Lbs.
Who We Are
Since 2010, Bay Shells Rowing has been improving and expanding our products to incorporate the latest in shell design, and to accommodate rowers of all experience levels. We have built upon more than 40 years of company history! We are a family-owned operation, and proudly handcraft all of our products in the USA!
Through independent testing and working with the most elite craftsmen in the industry, we will continue innovating the rowing industry by bringing recreational and open water rowing to new heights. Our products are our passion. The experience we offer is backed by expertise, tested by time and created by industry innovators. Our handcrafted products are versatile, durable, performance-driven and affordable. At Bay Shells Rowing, we will continue to ROW TODAY + TOMORROW.
How it all began
Bay Shells Rowing has not always been recognized by the name and boat it sells today, and has a colorful, celebrated history. Our uniquely crafted Bay 21 is a rowing shell that has literally been over 40 years in the making!
Open water rowing legend, Gordon Nash, developed three boats: the Pacific 18, Pacific 24, and Pacific 30. He began manufacturing these boats at Pacific Rowing Crafters in Sausalito, CA.
The Pacific 24 quickly gained a reputation as a fast open water boat having been designed so that the center of buoyancy is forward of the cockpit, which causes the bow to rise in rough water. The Pacific 18 was a popular entry level boat. The Pacific 24 long held records in the Isles of the Shoals, Catalina, Monterey and Santa Cruz races. In 1987, Nash sold his “plant” to an investor group called Rowtech Corporation.
The owners of Rowtech Corporation spent a significant amount of money on further product development, and produced around fifty Pacific 24s, and more than fifty Pacific 18s. In 1989, they ceased operations due to management interest in other areas.
An avid open water rower named Tom Bush, the owner of Rowing/NW Inc., obtained the molds for the boats and the rights to produce the shells, and operations were moved to Seattle. He renamed the Pacific 24 to the Bay 24, and the Pacific 18 became the Bay 18. Bush leased out space from the Portage Bay Sculling Club (where the Pocock Rowing Center is currently located) to house his rowing club, boat rentals and boat sales business.
At the time, the mold and rights to the Pacific 30 were sold to a member of the Southern California Paddle and Oar House where they were produced and sold.
Tom Bush started Bay Shells Inc. as its President, with partners Jay Wakefield and Paul Harvey. Over the next several years, Bay Shells Inc. was looking to develop the next generation of open water and recreational shells. Manufacturing was relocated to Pocock Racing Shells in Everett, Washington.
As then-President of Bay Shells Inc., Paul Harvey collaborated with Bill Tytus of Pocock Racing Shells and the Bay 21 was born.
Under new ownership, Bay Shells Inc. became Bay Shells Rowing, LLC. It is currently owned and operated by Tyler and Christy Peterson. Christy started rowing at the collegiate level in 1993 and spent 6 years racing as a lightweight. She was part of a PCRC championship lightweight crew, competing at the National Level in the Lightweight National Championships twice. She went on to coach at the collegiate level.
Tyler has been rowing since 1995, has been a member of the US National Team, and holds many course records in Open Water races. He is a two-time winner of the North American Open Water Championships. Tyler served as President of Sound Rowers and Paddlers, the nation’s premiere open water rowing club for an 8 year term.
The Bay 21 underwent some design upgrades and is now able to accommodate a variety of new options.
Our company is always looking to improve and expand our products to incorporate the latest in shell design and accommodate rowers of all experience levels. By working with the elite craftsmen at Pocock Racing Shells and through independent testing, we plan to continue to be innovators in the rowing industry and plan to take recreational and open water rowing to new heights.
The Bay 21 is simple and easy to handle, whether you are rowing to stay fit, an elite racer, or just starting a new, fun hobby!
Don’t let your shell be the limiting factor when conditions get rough!