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.
Training takes place after school at Sinclair’s Landing, on the water. Buses may be provided.
Competitions are held in October and November and are all located at some location in Virginia. The coaches target approximately two or three events for each of the rowers. Some of the regattas are by coach invitation only.
Training from November to February is almost exclusively on land. Rowers will “erg,” lift weights, run, and meet for other physical activities. Winter conditioning takes place at GHS. During Winter Break conditioning will continue and attendance is expected, not optional.
Competitions exist for indoor rowing. All rowers/coxswains are expected to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints (Alexandria, VA) in January/early February and possibly in the Hampton Roads Erg Pull (Norfolk, VA) in February.
Training on the water begins again in late-February with the goal of having the rowers on the water five days per week. A bus will transport rowers from GHS to Sinclair’s Landing in the Naxera area of Gloucester.
Competitions start again mid to late March and continue through the end of May. Most of the regular season regattas are held in Virginia. Some rowers may be invited to compete in events farther away such as the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, PA or the SRAA.
Times and dates of the summer rowing program is determined on an annual basis.