Columbia Rowing Club was founded by masters rowers (everyone above 26 years) who wanted to row as a club and advance the sport of rowing in the midlands of South Carolina. The core of the club remains its masters rowers, and its future depends on the masters rowers, both women and men. Masters rowing at Columbia Rowing Club is primarily recreational and is, at best, loosely organized.
CRC encourages both recreational and competitive rowing.
Most of the recreational rowing at present is done on an ad hoc basis whenever members can get to the river to row. Many of the more active club members own their own singles and/or doubles. Most of the club members are scullers rather than sweep rowers.
Opportunities exist for individuals to organize teams, boats and practice times for recreational team rowing in addition to the following:
Learn To Row
CRC teaches rowing to everyone in the community who would like to try it. We hold four-session classes on a regular basis that cost a small fee of $25. The class size is limited to a small number of beginners to ensure individual care and an optimal learning process. Club members can participate for free to brush up on their technique.
Contact Martin Shaffer if you are interested or have any question about Learn To Row.
Small Boat Clinic
During the winter, George Park will coordinate a series of Small Boat Clinics on Saturday mornings for any member who is interested in improving his/her technique. The clinics are open to all CRC members. The concept is that the leader of the clinic for that day will choose a rowing fundamental to discuss and demonstrate (or at least try to demonstrate). All participants will then practice the fundamental on a row up river to the island. At the island all participants will share their experience, difficulties, successes, concerns and thoughts. After helping each other make adjustments, we will then row back to the dock trying to implement the adjustments. We hope to videotape the sessions and review the videotape at Monterrey's over lunch.
A dozen or more club members enjoy competing in regattas, primarily in the Southeast, at a moderately competitive level. A small number of members are seriously competitive and specifically train for regattas. As a result, the club often garners a surprising number of medals at regional regattas.
Primarily, the competition is in sculling events, but occasionally the club puts together a four or an eight for a specific regatta. The club organizes entries for only one or two regattas per year.
As in Recreational Rowing, the club is looking for one or more rowers interested in competition to step forward and organize more boats and crews to train together for specific regattas, or to just improve overall conditioning and technique.
If you like to get competitive please contact George Park for more details.
last updated: Thursday, November 24, 2005
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