Founded as the National Association for Amateur Oarsmen in 1872, it was changed in 1982 to the United States Rowing Association. Yale College founded the first collegiate boat club in the U.S. in 1843. FISA, the first international sports federation, was founded in 1892. Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian History of Crew. The sport of rowing unofficially began in the 1700s when watermen would race in long barges on the river Thames in England. The sport began its modem incarnation when “gentlemen' created the Oxford-Cambridge race in 1829. The Henley Royal Regatta was started in 1839.
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