Introduction to Gloucester Rowing

So what is crew? Crew is the ultimate team sport that is also one of the most physically challenging. Rowers must train to a high aerobic level and also weight train to build power and strength.

In the spring high school rowers compete over a 1,500 meter course. It takes between 4 minutes 30 seconds and 8 minutes to complete a race- depending on the class of boat. (College, club, and elite rowers compete on 2,000 meter courses.) Rowers sit in boats called “shells” where they sweep (with one oar) or scull (with two oars). The shells can hold as many as 8 sweep rowers and a coxswain — or as few as four sweep rowers and a coxswain. Both men and women compete in their own events that are arranged so that each boat in the race is matched against rowers of comparable age, size, or skill level. There are varsity, freshmen, novice, and lightweight events.

When Is Crew Season?

Serious rowers say, “It’s never not rowing season,” but Gloucester Crew training begins in late August in preparation for the fall season. Workouts will be scheduled by team coaches, and fall rowing opportunities are available for novices and experienced rowers. The official rowing regatta season begins in March when we begin rowing in regular weekly regattas. Some crews may participate in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, which is held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Participation in SRAA Nationals is earned by crews during the Spring Regatta season. Some of the regattas are “by invitation of the coach” based on skill and qualification.

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