About RBC 2018-07-21T22:13:54+00:00

About RBC

Our Location

Boat House Location: 10 W. Liftbridge Ln., Fairport
PIRC: 2800 Clover St., Pittsford

Erie Canal Bicentennial Tribute

https://eriecanalway.org/learn/bicentennial

What Our Rowers Say About Us & About ROWING!

Huge thanks to you and all the others who showed up to make sure we got boats in and out of the water, and generally cheered us on. I have never seen an organization that is so supportive of newbies. You could teach a lot of other organizations a thing or two.”
–Beverly Brown, Ph.D., HTR


“Learning to row has given me:
  • an entirely new set of friends and support
  • the opportunity to improve my physical condition — build strength, tone muscles
  • a chance to use my entire body without damaging my knees or other body parts
  • motivation and excitement — something to look forward to and to share with my family and friends
  • a great reason to spend time on the water, connecting with nature
  • a fun way to improve my ability to focus
  • a better night’s sleep.
In short, rowing with RBC builds a community of rowers who treat each other with respect, appreciation and support. It improves individual health by reducing stress hormones, improving cardiovascular functioning, increasing stamina — all of which can lead to improved mental function. Finally, connecting with nature in the context of rowing provides an opportunity to further reduce stress and anxiety, support a healthy appreciation of nature and potentially an understanding of our connection to natural systems.
At the age of 62 I don’t feel old, but my body is beginning to have other ideas. That I can do so much toward having a healthy and productive life as I age, simply by rowing, is the best possible return on the time and money invested. Furthermore, this is a sport I can participate in and benefit from, until I can no longer creak my bones into a boat. Rowing, with RBC in particular with its emphasis on rowing AND creating community is a godsend.” 

–Beverly Brown, Ph.D., HTR

“I’m writing this email to highlight the enormous difference RBC has made in my life. The club is in equal parts fun and inspiring. It has significantly enriched my life by introducing me to a hobby (rowing) that I’m now passionate about. My teammates, and the coaching staff at RBC, have inspired me to improve my fitness and get into the best physical shape I’ve been in since I was sixteen. I treasure every minute I spend with my teammates on the water, and off it. I congratulate the board and the coaching staff at RBC for creating an organization with a wonderful sense of community, a shared passion, and a commitment towards continuous improvement.” –Ravi Mantena


“In late December of 2017, I received an email from a colleague about “Learn to Row”. Since I’d watched both my children row while they were in high school, I thought I’d give it a try. After my first class, I was hooked. While I imagine there are many opportunities in our community for adults to start a new sport, this has been life-changing! And it is not only the rowing experience, but the teaching and support that RBC has provided. I have learned so much and grown so much. The coaches are enthusiastic, available and they know their stuff! The coxswains support us on the water and are there to answer any questions. The entire operation is very professional and organized. We have opportunities to come together as a group and engage in community events such as regattas and fund raisers. I am so proud to be part of RBC!” –Amy Lyons


“Rowing in a word is strength.
Strength in my character as an individual rower
Strength of foundation and building a better boat
Strength in relationships: with the boat and the people in it
Strength of focus and commitment to each row
Strength of celebrating one another
Strength of movement: to achieve synchronicity in our bodies

Strength in numbers as we row all 8
Strength of support: especially during times of stress
In all aspects of rowing, I seek and find strength.”
–Nicky Harding


“No one – EVER – in my life called me an athlete, or described me as athletic. Lazy – yes, a klutz – yes, but never “sporty” or fit. 

In October of 2017, a work friend asked me to accompany her to an Introduction to Rowing session hosted by the Rochester Boat Club (“RBC”) through the Perinton Recreation Center. I begrudgingly agreed to go. I never played sports in school, and up until then, the only “hobby” I had was napping, which warranted me the nickname of “Koala.” As a result of my sustained inactivity, I was overweight and very out of shape, so I fully expected to be carted out of the rowing class by ambulance. Instead, and to my sheer amazement, I was swept away by the sport!

I immediately signed up for indoor lessons twice a week, and have been hooked ever since. As of the date of this letter, I have lost 24 pounds, and more importantly feel strong and energetic. Now that the canal is open, I row on the water 3 times a week, and even get up early on the weekend for a morning lesson instead of opting to sleep more in bed. My old unhealthy habits are gone. 

Besides my own personal physical achievements, I feel equally as lucky to now be acquainted with the great people at RBC. First, the RBC coaches are wonderful, and their passion for the sport is evident in their teachings. Their instruction helped an uncoordinated person like me understand and execute this highly technical sport. The coaches motivate you to push past your self-imposed limits and see your full potential. For example, I started the lessons with only a recreational rowing objective in mind, and then switched to training to make the novice race team. Second, I adore my fellow RBC rowers. The RBC membership is highly collegial and supportive. I have made some meaningful new friendships, which just make the rowing lessons all the more enjoyable. Third, the RBC Board has been welcoming and inclusive, and strives to make sure that the rowing experience fits each person’s individualized needs. There is no pressure to race, and the recreational rowers are afforded equal attention and consideration. I think that the wide spectrum of RBC participants, as well as its overall culture, makes it a unique club deserving of support in its improvement/expansion plans.

This past Memorial Day weekend my race team boat competed in a regatta – my first formal competitive endeavor. This is a feat that never before entered my mind. My transformation is so shocking that at times I do not recognize myself. What I am now is proud to call myself an RBC Rower!”

-Leslie E. Swift


7/9/18

“Rochester Boat Club has changed my life physically, mentally, emotionally, and has given me the confidence I have always wanted.

Fifteen years ago I became a single mother. Feeling lonely and defeated, I got involved with a gentleman who abused me for the next 8 years. During this time, any confidence I had (which wasn’t much) was decimated by him. Once I came to the realization that I was better than the situation I was in, I decided to make changes. I spent a year single and then met my current husband, who is the first person who helped me feel good about myself and the love of my life.

A year after we met, I began having pain in my right hip, later to find out that I needed a full replacement. Soon after having the surgery, I began having pain in my left hip. Needless to say, within a 3 year period I went from pain free to having both hips replaced. During that time I did my best to stay active, but that was not always possible. I put on over 35 pounds by the end of the second surgery and felt awful about myself. I felt fat and old.

Meanwhile, my daughter was on her high school crew team. I absolutely loved watching her and crew in general. It is one of the most beautiful sports I had ever seen. At one of her regattas, as I was “walking” around (with my cane), I saw some ladies my age rowing and wondered where they had gotten involved. After inquiring, I told my husband, with great excitement, “I will do that someday”…

And I did. For the first time ever, I signed up, walked into a practice, 35 pounds overweight, unathletic, knowing no one, and began a brand new sport.

It has been a full year since that first practice and I can’t begin to express my complete passion for this sport. You see, it is not only a passion for rowing in general, but a passion for the people, the coaches, the togetherness, the exercise, the racing, and the team that I now belong to. I feel like I am a part of something and it’s something great!

In this year of rowing, I have lost 30 pounds. Losing that weight was the final step that gave me the self-confidence I had always been striving for in life. It helped me become healthy along with making me strong, both physically, mentally and emotionally. My cholesterol and blood pressure both went down, I lost inches and gained muscle, and for the first time ever, I can say that I am an athlete.”

–Tanya Baker


“Rowing is the combination of team cohesiveness, precision, and athleticism.”


“It is emotionally calming while deeply invigorating.”


“I love being outdoors, leaving my phone behind, and not feeling guilty about it.”


“You don’t have to begin young. Rowing can be enjoyed for a lifetime.”


“Physically I am healthier, my head has cleared, and my engagement in life has deepened.”


“Rowing provided a place to go, a community where people cared about what I did and what I achieved.”

Our Coaches

Rochester Boat Club is delighted to have the following coaches on staff:

Anthony Petrella
Anthony PetrellaCoach Anthony
What do you like best about rowing?
“What I enjoy about rowing has changed significantly over the past several years. As my relationship with the sport evolves from rower to coach, I find myself enjoying the therapy it provides more and more. There’s nothing more calming than a quiet summer morning on the canal with a train passing by. All you can hear is the chug-a-lug of the engine and the thump of collars locking in at the catch. It’s peaceful and I try to show my athletes that side of rowing.”

What other hobbies do you have besides rowing/coaching?
“I love gardening and spending time outside. I try and spend most of my free time meditating or learning something new.”

How did you become interested in rowing?
“My older sister was the one who got me into rowing. She rowed for Fairport Crew and I wanted to do everything she did when I was younger.”

Jordan Short
Jordan ShortCoach Jordan
What do you like best about rowing?
The team camaraderie. In rowing it’s not about how good you are as an individual, it’s what you bring to the team and what the team brings to you. Good rowing comes from being able to trust and rely on your fellow teammates and vice versa. I’ve always been drawn to this aspect of the sport.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
I played trumpet for about 8 years before coming to college. I had the great opportunity to play at the White House and Carnegie Hall!

What other hobbies do you have besides rowing/ coaching?
I’m a BIG movie fan. I love going out to the movies. I’ve also recently started making short films with my friends which has been a lot of fun! I also enjoy sailing, biking and hiking.

How did you become interested in rowing?
I had played baseball all the way up through high school and I was looking to try something new. One of my school administrators I knew outside of class suggested I try rowing because it was challenging and because I’d get to spend time on the Connecticut river. I started my freshman year, and I’ve been hooked since! I rowed competitively in high school and college.

Maddie Davidoff
Maddie DavidoffCoach Maddie
What do you like best about rowing?
How diverse it can be. Rowing is a sport suitable for anyone regardless of age, fitness level, or physical ability. I love meeting new people, so RBC is a great place for that!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
I am a crazy cat lady. I LOVE cats.

What other hobbies do you have besides rowing/ coaching?
I play the flute, piccolo, and ukulele. In my free time, I enjoy reading, crafting, and finding new coffee shops in Rochester!

How did you become interested in rowing?
One of my close friends convinced me to join during my freshman year of high school. I started as a rower and absolutely hated it. Following my first season, my coach asked me to be a coxswain for summer learn to row programs which sparked my passion for the sport! I coxed through the rest of high school, then made the switch to rowing in college.

Our Board

The following volunteers are dedicated to the Mission and Vision of Rochester Boat Club, serving on the Board of Directors—each in multiple capacities as shown below:

Julie Baker
Regatta Co-chair, Programming, and Rentals/Tenants Chair
Jill Eisenstein
Club Treasurer
Patrick Fricke
Boathouse & Equipment Chair
Jean Lourette
Club President, Newsletter, Volunteer Coordinator
Rich Lourette
Website/Registration Chair, Boathouse support
Alix Quinn
Promotions Chair
Michael Raith
Club Secretary, Coxswain Coordinator
Vera Tilson
Events Chair
Jenn Turney
Website/Registration support, IT/Email, Paypal, Surveys, Certificates
Lisa Wiborg
Vice President, Regatta Co-Chair, Intro To Rowing events, Rower Liaison

Our Code of Conduct

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HOW DO I DECIPHER ALL THIS BOAT TERMINOLOGY? 2016-12-05T08:45:43+00:00
Rigging
is how the boat is outfitted, including all of the apparatuses (oars, outriggers, oarlocks, sliding seats, etcetera) attached to a boat that allow the rower to propel the boat through the water. The term comes from an Old English wrigan or wrihan, which means “to clothe.” It literally means to outfit or clothe a boat. Rigging also refers to the configuration of the boat and settings of the apparatuses. The following terms are often associated with a boat’s rigging, along with other often used terms for equipment used in rowing.
The inside of a double scull. Shows the seat, slides, backstops, footplate, shoes and riggers.
Backstay
A brace which is part of the rigger of sweep rowing boats, which extends toward the bow from the top of the pin.
Backstop
The stop mechanism on the seat slides which prevents the rower’s seat from falling off the sliding tracks at the back end (towards the boat’s bow) of the slide tracks. Also, in the UK, the sliding seat position closest to the boat’s bow. As a command, it instructs the crew to adopt this position. (The US calls this seat position the “back end”).
Blade
The spoon or hatchet/cleaver shaped end of the oar. Also used to refer to the entire oar.
Bowloader/ bowcox / bow steered
A shell in which the coxswain seat is near the bow of the boat rather than its stern. The seat in a bow loader partially enclosed and is designed so that the coxswain is virtually lying down, in order to reduce wind resistance and distribute coxswains weight so as to create a lower center of gravity.
Bow
The front section of a shell; the first section of the shell to cross the finish line.
Bow ball
A small, soft ball no smaller than 4 cm diameter securely attached to a rowing or sculling boat’s bow. Primarily intended for safety, but also used in deciding which boat crossed the finish line first in very close races.
Bow number
A card displaying the lane number assigned to the boat for a race.
Bow/Starboard rigged
The person stroking the boat has their oar on the Bowside (Starboard or right side) rather than the typical Strokeside of the boat. (ex: “The Barge” is starboard rigged)
Canvas
The deck of the bow and stern of the boat, which were traditionally covered with canvas.[5]
Cleaver blade
Modern oar blades that have a more rectangular hatchet-shape. (also hatchet blade)
Collar / Button
A wide plastic ring placed around the sleeve of an oar. The button stops the oar from slipping through the oarlock.
Cox Box
Portable voice amplifier; may also optionally incorporate digital readouts displaying stroke rate, boat speed and times.
Coxmate
A portable amplification device, similar to a coxbox, incorporating a digital readout. Higher models may also have a built in radio and speed sensor.
Ergometer (also ergo or erg)
An indoor rowing machine.
Foot stretcher
An adjustable footplate, to which a pair of shoes is typically attached, which allows the rower to easily adjust his or her physical position relative to the slide and the oarlock. The footplate can be moved (or “stretched”) either closer to or farther away from the slide frontstops. (also “Footplate”, “Footchock”, or “Footstop”)
Frontstop
The stop mechanism on the seat slides which prevents the rower’s seat from falling off the sliding tracks at the front end (towards the boat’s stern) of the slide tracks. Also, in the UK, the sliding seat position closest to the boat’s stern. As a command, it instructs the crew to adopt this position. (The US calls this seat position the “front end”)
Gate
Bar across the top of oarlock, secured with a nut, which prevents the oar from coming out of the oarlock. Also historically used to refer to the oarlock or rowlock.
Gunwales
(pronounced: gunnels) The top rail of the shell (also called Saxboard)
Handle
The part of the oar that the rowers hold and pull with during the stroke.
Hatchet blade
Modern oar blades that have a more rectangular hatchet-shape and which are not symmetrical. (also cleaver blade)
Two sculling oars. The “blades” are at the top of the picture and the handles are at the bottom of the picture. The blades are “hatchet blades.”
Hull
The actual body of the shell.
Inboard
The length of the oar shaft measured from the button to the handle.
Keelson
A structure timber resembling the keel, but on the inside of the shell.
Launch
A motorboat used by rowing instructors, coaches or umpires. Referred to as a “coach boat” in Canada.
Sleeve
A thick piece of plastic on modern oars around the oar to keep the oar lock from wearing out the shaft of the oar (typically wood or carbon fiber).
Lines
The ropes held by the coxswain to control the rudder.
Loom
The part of the oar between the blade and the handle.
Macon Blade
Traditional U-shaped oar blade. (also spoon blade and tulip)
Oar
A slender pole which is attached to a boat at the Oarlock. One end of the pole, called the “handle,” is gripped by the rower, the other end has a “blade,” which is placed in the water during the propulsive phase of the stroke.
Oarlock
The rectangular lock at the end of the rigger which physically attaches the oar to the boat. The oarlock also allows the rower to rotate the oar blade between the “square” and “feather” positions. Also historically called ‘Rowing Gate’ by some manufacturers.

An Oarlock attached to a Rigger

Outboard
The length of the oar shaft measured from the button to the tip of the blade.
Outrigger
(See Rigger)
Pin
The vertical metal rod on which the rowlock rotates.
Pogies/Poagies
A type of mitten with holes on each end, which allow the rower to grip the oar with bare hands while also warming the hands, used frequently by rowers in colder climates.
Portside
The left side of the boat when facing forward.
Ribs
The name given to that part of the boat to which the skin of the hull is attached. They are typically made of wood, aluminum or composite materials and provide structural integrity. (see also shoulder).
Rigger
Rowing slang name for an Outrigger. It is a projection from the side (gunwale) of a racing shell. The oarlock is attached to the far end of the rigger away from the boat. The rigger allows the racing shell to be narrow thereby decreasing drag, while at the same time placing the oarlock at a point that optimizes leverage of the oar. There are several styles of riggers, typically attached either to the side of the hull or to the top of the gunwhales. The most common is the triangle frame or Euro rigger (USA), with two points attached to the boat (and almost always with a backstay in addition), and the third point being where the oarlock (gate) is placed. Rigging refers to whether a boat is stroked by a port or starboard (i.e. port-rigged, starboard-rigged). With sweep rowing, riggers typically alternate sides, though it is not uncommon to see two adjacent seats rigged on the same side of the boat.
Roller
The wheels upon which the seat slide travels along its track.
Rudder
Adjacent to the skeg and used by the coxswain (or in some coxless boats, by a rower using a “toe” or foot steering mechanism) to steer the boat via attached cables. Extra-large rudders are used on narrower and/or bendier rivers.
Saxboard
The sides and top edge of a boat, to which the riggers attach – see also Gunwales
Scull
(a) An oar made to be used in a sculling boat where each rower has two oars, one per hand (b) A boat (shell) that is propelled using sculling oars, e.g., a “single scull,” is a one-person boat where the rower has two oars.
Seat
Molded seat mounted on wheels, single action or double action. Single action is fixed bearing wheel, double action is wheel on axle that rolls on track and rolls on horns of seat. A secondary meaning of location in the shell, the bow seat is one, and is numbered upward to the stroke seat (8, in an 8 man shell). Thirdly can mean a competitive advantage in a race, to lead a competitor by a seat is to be in front of them by the length of a single rower’s section of a shell.
Seating
Seating positions in a racing shell are generally numbered from the bow to the stern in English-speaking countries, unlike many non-English-speaking countries which count from the Stroke forward. Generally the forwardmost rower is called the “Bow” and the aftmost rower the “Stroke”, regardless of the number of rowers in the boat, with all other seats simply being numbered. So for instance the crew of an eight (with coxswain) would number off from the bow: “Bow”, “Two”, “Three”, “Four”, “Five”, “Six”, “Seven”, “Stroke”, whereas a four (with or without coxswain) or a quad would number off: “Bow”, “Two”, “Three”, “Stroke”.
Shell
The boat used for rowing.
Shoulder
Load bearing supports that mount rigger and attach to keel of boat. (also knee)
Skeg (or fin)
Thin piece of flat metal or plastic that helps stabilize the shell in the water.
Slides (or tracks)
Hollow rails upon which a rower or sculler’s sliding seat will roll. Older shells might be convex rails with double wheels.
Slings
Folding, portable temporary boat holders. Two are required to hold a boat.
Smoothie
A blade design in which the face of the oar blade is smooth, without the traditional central spine.
Speed coach
A device mounted on the keel of some high-performance shells that determines the boat’s speed based on the speed of a small propeller and transmits this information to the coxbox.
Spoon blade
Traditional U-shaped oar blade, which is symmetrical down the center of the shaft. (also Macon blade or “Tulip”)
Starboard (or Starboard side)
The right side of the boat when facing forward.
Starboard rigged
A boat where the stroke rower is a starboard rower. (ex: “The Barge” is starboard rigged)
Starting gate
A structure at the starting line of the race. The shell is “backed” into the starting gate. Once in the gates a mechanism, or person lying on the starting gate, holds the stern of the shell.
Stern
The rear section of a shell.
Stretcher
A slang abbreviation for Foot Stretchers.
Swivel
The rowlock/oarlock. Often referred as gate due to the securing bar/gate at its top.
Toe
In some boats without a coxswain, a rower may be able to control the rudder and steer the boat by changing the direction his foot points. This is called “toeing a boat.” And the mechanism is called a “toe.” (also: “foot steering”)
Top-Nut
The nut which screws onto the top of the pin holding the Rowlock in place.
Tracks
(see Slides)
Tulip
(see Spoon Blade)
Wheel
(see Roller)
Wing Rigger
More modern version of an outrigger in the shape of a wing. It has a stiffer workthru which makes the boat more responsive to the power of the stroke. This can also have the extra support of a backstay. Wing riggers can either be stern or bow rigged.
WHAT LANGUAGE IS THE COXSWAIN SPEAKING? WHAT’S A COXSWAIN? 2016-12-05T08:22:32+00:00
“Ahead” or “Look Ahead”
Command shouted by a crew about to be overtaken by another crew, telling the overtaking crew of their presence.
“(#) tap it” or “(#) row on”
Tells the rowers to row until told to stop –e.g. “Two, hit it…”
“Back it”
To have the rowers place their blades at the release position, squared, and push the oar handle towards the stern of the boat. This motion causes the shell to move backwards.
“Blades Down”
Used to tell the rowers to place their blades back on the water after performing an easy-all.
“Blades in (side)”
Tell the rowers on one side to pull their blades in, in order to prevent hitting an object or another boat in the water, or to let another crew pass on a narrow river.
“Check it/her down”
Square the oars in the water to stop the boat.
“Count Down” (or “number off”)
Tells the crew to call out their seat number, starting at the bow, when ready to row.
“Coxswain”
In a crew, the coxswain /ˈkɒksən/ (or simply the cox) is the member who sits in the stern (except in bowloaders) facing the bow, steers the boat, and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers.
“Down on port/starboard”
Means that the boat is leaning to one side or the other. Rowers on the side that is down must raise their hands, and the other side must lower their hands.
“Easy” (or “ease up”)
To stop rowing hard.
“Even pressure”
This command tells the rowers to pull with even pressure on both sides. This is the complement to ease-up.
“Firm up”
Tells the rowers to apply more pressure as needed.
“power ten”
Commands the crew to row 10 strokes of special effort. It is frequently given when a crew is attempting to pass another boat.
“Gunnel it!”
A command by the coxswain, where the rowers all hit the gunwhales (sides) of the boat with their oar handles. Used in set exercises occasionally.
“Hands in”
Tells the rowers to grab the ribs on the inside of the boat so that the boat can be rolled from heads. The coach or cox uses this command when the crew is putting the shell in the water.
“Hands on”
Tells the rowers to grab the boat next to their seats, so that the boat can be moved.
“Hands on the dock” (or “ready to shove”)
Tells the rowers to grab the dock in preparation for shoving off.
“Hard on port/starboard” (or “port/starboard pressure”)
The rowers on that side of the boat must row harder (and the opposite side must row slightly easier) in order to facilitate a sharper turn.
“Heads” or “Heads Up”
Off the water, a shout to alert others to watch out for a boat being carried.
“Up and over heads, and up”
Tells the rowers to press the boat above their heads.
“Hold Water”
Emergency stop, also used after the command way enough. It instructs the rowers to square their blades in the water to stop the boat.
“In 2…”
Most water commands are appended prior to the command to take place after two strokes. For example “In 2, Power 10” or “In 2, Weigh-enough.”
“Inside Grip”
A command used when lifting the boat. Grab the boat so that you can lift it over your head. Grab only the gunwale or hull structure – do not lift by the footstop assembly.
“Hands on”
Command given telling the athletes to go to their stations and grab a hold of the boat.
“Let it/her run”
To stop rowing after a given piece of on the water rowing length, but to put the handles of the oars either to the gunwales or out in front of the rower, in such a manner that the oar paddles are parallel to the water yet not touching it. This allows the boat to glide for a distance leaving no paddle wake in the water. Similar, but not exactly the same is the command “Gunnel”, where rowers push the oars until the handle touches the boat’s gunwale.
“Paddle”
Tells a crew to row with just enough pressure to move the boat. The paddle command is also used to bring a crew down from full pressure at the end of a workout piece or race.
“Pick it / Picking”
A rapid stroke where rowers use only their arms and use minimal pressure. An effective and impressive way to turn a boat when done right.
“Power 10”
The command to take 10 strokes at more than full pressure. Used for passing and gaining water in a race. (sometimes “Power 5”, “Power 20”, or “Power 30”)
“Ready all, Row”
Begin rowing.
“Roll it”
Tells the crew to flip the boat over, in unison, from above their heads.
“Set it up”
Reminds the rowers to keep the boat on keel.
“Set ready”
Commands the crew to move to the catch blades buried, and be ready to start the race.
“Settle”
A command and a part of the race. This tells the rowers that the crew is going to bring the stroke rate down for the body of the race, but still maintain the pressure. This usually occurs in the middle of the race.
“Shoulders, ready, up”
Tells the crew to lift the boat from any position below their shoulders, up to shoulder height. Can be reversed to lower the boat from heads to shoulders, i.e., “Shoulders, ready, down!” This is the best position for carrying a shell.
“Sit in”
Tells the crew to get into the boat.
“Scull”
A command used if the stern is held by a stake boat. “Port scull” usually means Two seat takes Bow’s oar in front of him/her and rows lightly with it. Likewise, “Starboard scull” means Three seat takes Two seat’s oar and does the same. This is easier than having one seat take a stroke since it can move the boat in a more parallel direction.
“Swing it”
A command used when carrying a boat to start turning either bow or stern.
“Take the run off”
To stop rowing and hold the blades at a 45 degree angle in the water to slow the boat down.
“Touch it / Touching”
A stroke where rowers use only their arms and back. Used mostly for warm-up or to turn a boat.
“One foot up & out”
The command for exiting a team boat.
“On the square”
To row without feathering the blades on the recovery.
“Waist, ready, up”
Tells the crew to lift the shell to their waist.
“Watch your blades (side)”
Tells one side to look out at their blades, and take action to prevent them possibly hitting something.
“Way enough”
The command to stop rowing or, in some cases, whatever the rower is doing, whether it be walking with the boat overhead or rowing. (“Way” is a nautical term for the movement of a boat through water (as in headway and right-of-way). So the command “way enough”, literally means to enough moving the boat). Often pronounced way-nuf, wane-up or wane-off in the United States.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING ROWING? 2016-12-04T19:07:08+00:00

A full water bottle. There’s a place for your car keys in the boathouse, which will be locked while we are on the water.

WHAT IF I SOMETHING COMES UP AND I CAN’T ROW? 2017-10-29T19:16:20+00:00

Once you are assigned a seat, you are committed to row. We understand that things come up, however, so if you see yourself “boated” (assigned to a seat) but can’t make it, get in touch ASAP with the coach of the day or the DRC (Daily Row Coordinator)–both are listed on the Google doc. The Google doc’s Roster tab gives contact info. Texting is best.

WHERE WILL I BE SEATED? 2016-12-04T19:05:18+00:00

Your coach will assign seats before the row, so that everyone can see the line-ups. If you feel more confident rowing port or starboard, please indicate your preference on the Google doc in the “P/S” column. But don’t get too attached – the best rowers are equally comfortable on either side, so the coach will encourage you to try both sides.

WHAT IF IT’S RAINING? 2016-12-04T19:04:46+00:00

Plan to row, but check the Google doc before you head out. In the event of a torrential downpour, high winds, or thunderstorm, practice may be canceled or moved to the indoor rowing center (coach’s call).

HOW SHOULD I DRESS FOR ROWING? 2016-12-04T19:04:08+00:00

Dress for the weather, in breathable layers (but nothing baggy). There will be frequent breaks to shed clothing. Wear socks (wool socks are great in the cold/wet weather); your shoes will be removed and placed in the boat in front of your seat. Sunscreen is always a good idea, along with a hat or sunglasses.

DO I AUTOMATICALLY MOVE UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL (LTRow -> NOVICE -> EXPERIENCED)? 2016-12-04T18:22:14+00:00

It is up to the coach to determine the appropriate level for each rower. Please feel free to contact your coach directly or check at the end of the session. He or she will gladly let you know, and explain what is needed to advance, if necessary.

I CAN’T MAKE MY USUAL NIGHT. CAN I SHOW UP ON A DIFFERENT DAY? 2017-10-29T19:25:54+00:00

A make-up may be possible. Will try our best to fit you in. Simply add your name to the Make-up/SRows column on the day on which you wish to make up your row. After your name, list “sw” if you are a sweep rower, “sc” if you’re a sculler, or “*” if you’re happy to sweep or scull–wherever there’s room. Also, please list the date of the missed row you are attempting to make up.

If there is room for you, you’ll be boated (if it’s the On-the-Water season), and if it’s the indoor season, your name will be shaded in green to indicate that.

If you’re unable to make up your missed row by the end of session, you can request a receipt for the value of your missed rows, which become a charitable contribution (tax-deductible), as RBC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

NOTE:  For any rows RBC cancels (such as for inclement weather)–if you’re unable to make them up–we will issue a rowing credit that extends past the current session.

I LOVE ROWING! WHAT IF I WANT TO COME MORE OFTEN THAN I ORIGINALLY PLANNED/PAID FOR? 2017-10-29T19:12:40+00:00

You can purchase a “Single Row” online on our Programs page. Scroll down past the class offerings for the current session. Once you’ve registered, you’ll need to sign up on the Google doc, to request that row on a particular day, and if space allows, you’ll be able to attend the extra class. Contact the Registration Team with any questions. Registrations@rochesterboatclub.org.

In the on-the-water season, you may also be able to sub (and subbing is free)!

HOW DO I GET THERE? 2016-12-04T18:25:30+00:00

In the off season we row indoors at the Pittsford Indoor Rowing Center (the PIRC) at 2800 Clover Street, Pittsford, near Lock 32. When leaving, please make sure only one car is waiting at the top of the hill to exit. Please make only a right turn onto Clover Street.

HOW SHOULD I DRESS? 2016-12-04T18:57:43+00:00

Dress in layers (but nothing baggy). There will be frequent breaks to shed clothing. Wear comfortable sneakers. The PIRC can be cold at first, but once you’re rowing you will probably want to have a light shirt/t-shirt on.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? 2016-12-04T18:27:13+00:00

A full water bottle. The PIRC has a water fountain that can be used to refill your bottle. There are cubes for holding jackets, keys, and things you do not want to keep on you while you row.