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

“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.”