Joan Brown, Self-Portrait with Swimming Coach Charlie Sava, at Larsen Pool, San Francisco, 1974; Denver Art Museum, gift of Polly and Mark Addison; © Estate of Joan Brown; photo: courtesy the Denver Art Museum
Special Event

Joan Brown Jump and Swim

Related Exhibition Joan Brown

Saturday, Jan 21, 2023

8 a.m.

Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Free and open to the public.
This event is for spectators only. For information about joining the swim, please contact the South End Rowing Club at 415.776.7372.

Gather with us at Fort Mason to cheer on seventy-five swimmers from Joan Brown’s former swim community The South End Rowing Club, as well as friends from the neighboring Dolphin Club, as they take the plunge into frigid bay waters and swim from Fort Mason to Aquatic Park. Spectators can enjoy a warm beverage and watch the swim from the end of Herbst Pavilion (where the jump will occur) at Fort Mason or along the Aquatic Park beach. The swim will end at the beach between the South End Rowing Club and Dolphin Club.

Start of the swim: Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
End of the swim: Aquatic Park, 700-898 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Joan Brown was an avid swimmer, training with Olympic swim coach Charlie Sava and going for open-water swims in the Bay. She, along with five other women, successfully sued the Dolphin Club, the Ariel Club, and the South End Rowing Club to admit women, and she became an active member of the South End Rowing Club. This swim is in her memory.

Accessibility Information
Please email publicengagement@sfmoma.org, and we will do our best to accommodate your request for this event or answer any questions you may have.

About the South End Rowing Club

The South End Rowing Club was founded in 1873 near Third and Berry — the south end of town. In the century and a quarter since its founding, the Club has grown and changed in many ways. After the great earthquake and fire, the current clubhouse was moved by barge to Aquatic Park near North Beach, where it remains. Women were first welcomed into the club in 1977, and today comprise a third of the club’s 1,300+ members.