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History. Ancient sailing vessels from Phoenecia, Egypt, Greece and Rome all had oars to supplement their sail power. In the third century A.D., rowing regattas were held in Venice. The oldest annual sporting event in the world, the Doggett's Coat and Badge, started in 1712 as a race for Thames River waterman in England.  In 1829, the first eight-oared race was held between Oxford and Cambridge, with a 500 Pound Sterling prize. The Henly Royal regatta was founded in 1839. In 1876, the first American intercollegiate race in eights was held between Harvard and Yale. The U. S. Rowing Association was formed in 1873 and now has over 350 member clubs.
Rowing became an Olympic sport in 1900. Events are held in single and double sculls, coxless quadruple sculls, coxless pairs, coxed pairs, coxed fours and eights.  At the collegiate level, men usually row 2000 meters. In high school, both men and women row 1500 meter races.*

Rowing is experiencing a significant growth in the United States. This enthusiasm is due mostly to the number of college- and high school-aged students encouraging their schools to start programs. It is also the result of a number of community-based programs offering classes to new rowers.
Why Row?The rowing stroke uses all major muscle groups in a rhythmic manner that makes the sport fun and healthy.  In addition, its team-orientated nature makes the sport excellent for youth to learn the importance of teamwork.
How Safe is Rowing? The no-impact, fluid nature of the rowing stroke minimizes the chance of injury. With proper rowing technique instruction and a physical fitness program designed to prevent injury by strengthening rowing muscles, rowing injuries are rare. As with any water sport, there is the chance a rower will end up in the water. Coaches in power boats are always in the immediate vicinity in the event a rower goes overboard!

Here, for your edification and enjoyment is more about our sport.

Webster's New International Dictionary defines flotsam as "(1) The wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating in the sea, or, (2) Anything floating or drifting about on the surface of a body of water."  Sometimes, when the water is rough, or the rowers are just not getting their act together and everyone just seems to be flailing their oars about not going anywhere, the shell becomes like wreckage upon the sea.  If the crew is particularly uncoordinated, unskilled or unfortunate, the shell may come in violent contact with other water-borne or stationary and immoveable objects, thereupon self distructing to really become flotsam! Not a desireable condition for crew or coach.

Jetsam, also as defined by my Mr. Webster, is "goods cast overboard to lighten a vessel in distress." On occassion, a crew will find themselves in the distressful position of being behind in a race.  They have been known to throw the coxswain overboard in hopes of lightening their load and going just a bit faster.  This rarely works as now the crew must steer the shell by force of oar and usually end up crashing into a bridge abutment or grounding on a rocky shore. This, of course, causes damage to the shell, the egos of the crew, the psyche of the cox and generally makes the coach and his staff go red in the face and splutter strange invectives and other vile things! It also causes a previously sea-worthy and very expensive watercraft to become flotsam

An excellent article in Harvard Magazine about Harry Parker, the legendary Head Coach of the Harvard University rowing program.

Another article from Harvard Magazine entitled The Tao of Crew by Coxswain Kevin C. Murphy, Harvard 1997.

Thoughts on the Sport of Rowing

Weightless in water, swift as the wind,
Subtle of purpose - a feather blown -
I go with my oarsmen where they will,
My beautiful body and theirs all one.
- Mark Van Doren


"Pull thy oar, all hands, pull thy oar,
till thou be stiff and red and sore..."
- Dr. Sydney Dangell

To follow the drops sliding from a lifting oar,
Head up, while the rower breathes, and the small boat drifts quietly shoreward...
- Theodore Roethke ( The Shape of the Fire )

"You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side...
The Bending forward and backward of the rowers..."
- Walt Whitman "I Sing the Body Electric"

    I met a solid rowing friend and asked about the Race.
    "How fared it with the wind," I said, "When stroke increased the pace?
    You swung it forward mightily, you heaved it greatly back.
    "Your muscles rose in knotted lumps, I almost heard the crack.
    "And while we roared and rattled too, your eyes were fixed like glue.
    "What thought went flying through your mind, how fared it, Five, with you?" 
    But Five made answer solemnly, "I heard them fire a gun,
    "No other mortal thing I heard until the Race was done." -R.C. Lehman

    Faintly as tolls the evening chime,
    Our voices keep tune and our oars keep time. -Thomas Moore

    Rowing: a competitive sport of boats that are narrow.
    (Great Soviet Encyclopaedia)

    And all the way, to guide their chime,
    With falling oars they kept their time. -Andrew Marvell

    So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

    "Internally, you experience rowing as a graphic microcosm of life -
    solitude, learning, work, rest, nourishment, sharing and ultimately
    challenge." -Allen Rosenberg

    "Rowing is more than a fast boat on race day.  It's a complementary experience to a young man's intellectual
    development. Rowing, like success, is a journey, not a destination. I tell my oarsmen to have fun, learn and, most of all, grow as individuals. The wins, the losses will take care of themselves."
    -Rick Clother, Rowing Coach USNA

    "Rowing is not like baseball, where you can arrive late, grab your glove and run onto the field. For me, it was the discipline of having to be at a given place at a given time, sometimes seven days week. As time went on, that very discipline influenced other dimensions of my life." -Frank Shields, Penn. '63

    "On race day, there's tremendous anxiety. Leading up to the stake boat, I distinctly remember saying to myself, `I can't wait 'till this is over'." -Frank Shields

    "In rowing as in life, there are competitors and there are racers. The competitor works hard and rows to his limit. The racer does not think of limits, only the race." -Jim Dietz, Rowing Coach, USCGA

    "The most significant message I can convey to the rowing athlete is: Just row the race. Think, about the process. Don't dwell on the result until it's history." -Larry Gluckman, Varsity Heavyweight Coach, Princeton University

    "Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream. When the work stops, the dream disappears." -Jim Dietz, Rowing Coach, USCGA

    "As a coxswain, I concentrated most on knowing the people in my boat - why they were rowing, why they came down to the boathouse, what made them tick. You have to know whether someone's rowing because they love their mother and hate their father. They're not sure they are proud of themselves; they want to be proud. Determine some of that and you can tap the strongest parts of those individuals. Being able to inspire  someone, unexpected and in a way new and fresh to them, is what made coxswaining special for me." -Devin Mahoney, Coxswain, Varsity Heavyweight Eight, Harvard '86

    Not everybody wins, and certainly not everybody wins all the time. But once you get into your boat and push off, tie into your shoes and bootstretchers, then "lean on the oars," you have indeed won far more than those who have never tried. (Unknown)

    Flatter me, and I may not believe you
    Criticize me, and I may not like you
    Ignore me, and I may not forgive you
    Encourage me, and I may not forget you.  -William Arthur Ward

    "When one rows it is not the rowing which moves the ship: rowing is only a magical ceremony by means of which one compels a demon to move the ship."     -Nietzsche

    "When we gather for the happiest week in all the year, it is the brotherhood of rowing, the comradeship of the oar that we recall, when eight men who have trained until they have become a single drive, a single thrust of forward-flashing wrists, face suddenly the crisis towards which that selfless toil has led them, and know that every link in all that pulsing chain of flesh and blood rings true. For us, there are no centuries or duck's eggs, no goals or gallery kicks, no individual distinctions where the crew are all in all. The rattle of the riggers of the finish, the music of the tide beneath her body as she shot between the strokes, the grim yet heartening sound of splendid and unbroken strength when all eight blades crashed in together - these are the things that no one who has heard and felt them will ever forget. Some delirium. Some tremens. Some kaleidoscope."  -Sir Theodore Cook

Beyond Pain
Interview by Steve McKee

When you finish a race, if you've done it right, it would kill you to take another stroke. You're beyond feeling. At the start, it's different. The first 30 seconds are an all-out sprint. It doesn't hurt and you're not breathing hard, you just do it as hard as you can. It's like you're cheating your body to get closer to the finish line.

But then it starts to hurt. Your legs and arms start to burn. So you pull a little easier. You're trying to fool yourself again: after pulling 36 strokes a minute at the start, you pull 32, and that feels pretty good. It feels like you could row that way forever.

But you feel your body deteriorate. It happens gradually. Everything's getting tight, your legs are turning to wood. You wish you could take more breaths. At two breaths per stroke, that's 64 a minute. But it never seems like enough.

The gray zone's between the 1,000- and 1,500-meter marks: the notorious third 500. By now everything hurts. You have to keep your head in the boat. You can't let your mind go out to the end of the oars, where terrible things can happen.

Your last thought starts the sprint: one last thought before I die! But because your focus has changed - to crossing the line, to winning - you're able to endure. The pain doesn't get worse, you've just got it for two more minutes.

You know how they talk about near-death experiences? Sometimes that happens in rowing. I take my mind totally away from my body, because the mind can't stand what's going on. I'm not here, this isn't me. Every once in a while I'll notice: Another 250 just went by. Where was I?

After a race, it doesn't take long till you can't remember the pain. It's like people who get elective surgery a second time: If they could remember how much it hurt, they wouldn't do it. That's the way it is in rowing. Off the water you can't reconstruct the pain. And it's a good thing, too. If you could, you'd never get back in the boat.

Kris Karlson...women's world lightweight single and double sculls gold medalist...the first woman to win two sculling events at the same world championships...26 years old, 5'9".  From the Seattle Pacific University Crew site.

Personality Traits in an Eight

From the stern:
Cox: It's pretty obvious what traits a cox must adopt and tries to learn to do a good job in this most unique position in the athletic world. I'll pass on the leadership stuff, Napoleon complex garbage, and point out a secondary characteristic or two that coxes unintentionally inherit after riding in the box for a while. They can't drive a car anymore. They take 10 miles to change a lane, oversteer, can't find the brakes, and yell to the car a lot. This has nothing to do with the coxes' former driving ability. Stick Richard Petty in a cox seat for a while, they'll take his drivers license away. Coxes also begin to squint a lot, no loss in vision, they just squint.

Stroke: 'It's a tough job but only I can do it.' The meekest, most frightened non-rower in the world - when plugged reluctantly in the stroke seat, stays meek up until the first few strokes. The first few paddle strokes, a thought grows in the wimps' sniveling little mind that this job is his/hers for life. Back on the shore, the real personality will percolate back to the surface. 'I hope you guys could follow me ok'. In the boat they're thinking: 'stop rushing, you weenies!" Strokes are born and made to be the most competitive person in the boat by far, and if they stroke long enough, become overly competitive in everything they pursue, or don't pursue.. Don't expect to finish a game of Monopoly, Risk, or Golf with a stroke. The only one that can beat him to the chow line is the three man (more later) because the stroke was delayed trying to put more oars away in the rack than anyone else.

Seven: The seven seat is the Bitch Niche. I don't know if whining, overly bossy, big mouthed complainers are born, and I can't believe that the cosmic effect of this seat could possibly be so instantaneous, but you could teach Mother Theresa to row in a tank, stick her in an eight at seven for the first time, and as the stern four is rowing away from the dock, she'll turn around and yell at the bow four to 'set up the @#$% boat'. The longer one rows at seven, the more sophisticated and complex the bitching becomes, changing from a crude verbal rowing suggestion to the six man in the early stages to long winded level-voiced reasoned treatises after every piece explaining why the crew is slower now than last week.
Ever wonder why when a coach drives up shell-side to ask how a piece went he says: 'So how did that go, fellas? -Not you seven.' I was a team captain, looked up to leader of my college crew, kept my mouth shut and did my job. I raced one week at seven, my coach told me to 'shut up Sullivan' in a post race meeting.

Six: If you bred Arnold Swartzeneggar with a Golden Retriever, you get a six. Six is also Seven's yin. The gentle giant, gorilla in the mist. Six absorbs most of seven's bitching and keeps it from moving through to the rest of the crew. Six nods and agrees a lot. It is a hard thing for a normal person to row six. It seems like such a great seat, you're in the stern, the boats more stable here, but you are done with a rowing career at six, you find you been used. Sixes are characterized by great competence in execution of rowing and life, but poor self confidence and a propensity to self-flagellation. Take your 3 year stroke out of the stroke seat and stick him/her at six for a week. This will be the first time you ever hear him/her say: 'My fault, fellas', at the end of a poor piece. Sixes meditate. Sixes marry, go to work for, and lend their power tools to sevens. This support system keeps sevens with thriving businesses, mates they can walk all over, and a garage full of power tools at their disposal that they don't have to fix when they break.

Five: God. Yahweh. Allah. Buddha. It's not that the five seat IS those things, it's just that's how (s)he gets treated. Five's stool don't stink, the catches don't hang. They're the older brother or sister that gets special treatment, and has no idea. If a photo is taken of the crew, five will look great, everyone else is caught with shirtaills out, and snot on the lip. At heart and soul, five forgets to change oil, pay phone bills, and turn in the forms to the IRS. Five is an example of what happens to a bum that is treated like a king, they act like one. Five has the greatest delta between image and reality. The fortunate thing is that the unearned unabashed worship lasts only as long as the time on the water. Five's on his own back at home. Five wears aviator glasses.

Four: The Amnesia-seat. Take a genius with a photographic memory. Row said genius at four. Listen to him ask for the third time in the same warmup. 'How many of these 500s are we doing?'. Four seat is not stupid, just has immediate and catastrophic memory loss. At a start and 20, four settles at 21 because in the time the cox yelled 'settle in two', he forgot. In a Novice boat where the seats have been removed and cleaned, it'll be four's that went back in backwards. Four will forget to tell the boatman about his(her) stripped rigger nut - usually from the time he is told by the coach, until he arrives at the boatman's bench wondering what he's doing there. On that first day on the water as the ice is breaking up, who is rummaging around the back of the boathouse looking for a sweatshirt? Four is why racing shirts are handed out on race day.

Three: Late in the water. Late to practice. Late to class. Late to work. Late out of the water. Late to his date. Late to the team bus. Late for everything but chow line. There is no competitiveness involved here, just an uncanny knack to have the first three rowers into the dining hall stopped by friends for a brief discussion while three breezes on by to the tray stack. Three generally gets assigned a sitter.

Two: Lean to the Left, Lean to the right, stand up sit down fight fight fight. Cheerleader. What is amazing, is to sit at four or five after a particular piece - seven is whining about the balance, the spacing, no swing, rushing: two is back there with pom poms saying: ALL RIGHT GUYS! LETS DO THAT AGAIN!.... Two calls out names of power 10s. 'Awright guys - OAR CLASH TEN!' If he says something funny, he repeated something the bowman prompted him with.

Bow: Comedian. The bow seat creates a strange fatalism. They know that in a catastrophic collision, they'll be the only one to die or get paralysed. Consequently there is a constant quiet stream of one-liners that two or three could probably hear if two were not cheering loudly. If the bow is joined by a cox in a front-loader, this trait completely disappears, since someone is now likely to hear him joke about three being late, five not pulling hard, or the coxn's course looking like a signature. (S)he can be humorless and witless off the water, but on the water when there is breath to spare, you're sure to catch a chuckle if you listen.

Conclusion: There is no possible use for this info. You don't necessarily stick your most competitive athlete at stroke. Stick anyone there and they'll get competitive. It takes a long time for some of these seat traits to manifest themselves in personality disorders, but you can usually catch subtle differences the first day.

Mike Sullivan, UC Davis

C A M P!

Camp is a wonderful way for young athletes to become immersed in this great sport. Following is a list of rowing camps taken from the print edition of the 1998 Rowers Almanac. This material is correct to the best of our knowledge, but subject to change. Please contact the club or camp before making firm plans to attend. The print edition of the Almanac contains more information on these camps, as well as clubs that welcome visitors in the U.S. and abroad.
If your club or university is operating a camp that is not listed here, please
e-mail the information and I will gladly add it.


Rowers and Coaches at the Northeast Rowing Center in Raymond, Maine pose for a group photo.  Twenty-one rowers from Jacksonville schools, including 16 from Bolles, attended the week-long intense training under the guidance of Master Coaches from Yale, Williams, Penn, the US Naval Academy and Brown. For more information about this great facility, check the listing below or jump directly to their site here.

 Northeast Rowing Center   Raymond, ME
 Bill Miller,
 PO Box 2060, Duxbury, MA 02331
 Email: rowne@tiac.net
Instruction in Sweep Rowing and Coxing
This is the Camp of Choice for us. Instruction from the premiere rowing coaches from America, quality Vespoli boats, a great location, good food, evening discussions and classes ensure a high quality rowing experience. This camp is not appropriate for those just starting to row. You should have at least one full season of rowing experience.
Two sessions each August. Cost is about $750/week (includes room & board, transport to/from Portland Jetport)      Equipment provided

Acadia Sculling Center, Bar Harbour, ME
Sculling instruction for Juniors-Masters
Mary Anne Meyer, 9 Atlantic Ave. Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-3270; 800-2-ROWING
Weekday: $420-$575; Weekend: $290-$329
Equipment provided

Adirondack Rowing, Queensbury, NY
Peter Gallo, 48 Meadow Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804
FAX: 518-745-7691
Email: P.Gallo@capitol.net   Sculling instruction for Juniors & Adults; Novice & Intermediate
Inquire about dates and fees   Equipment provided

Austin Rowing Club Youth Camp & Learn-to-Row, Austin, TX
David Bonomi/Arnie Villarreal, PO Box 1741, Austin, TX 78767-1741
Lessons given Apr-Oct
Fees: $50/two weeks (3 camps); $80/month
Equipment provided

Berkshire Sculling Association, Pittsfield, MA
Lew Cuyler, 43 Roselyn Dr., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Equipment provided   One-hour lessons; inquire about fees

Bolles School , Jacksonville, FL
Mark Frampton, 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville 32217
904.733.5952, ext. 279
Bolles Summer Rowing is available to students in the seventh through twelfth grades.  The objectives of the program are to provide new rowers with an opportunity to learn how to row and to enhance the rowing skills of experienced rowers.  This is accomplished through a comprehensive training program that includes land- and water-based workouts.  On land, rowers will log a multitude of miles running, rowing on indoor rowers and weight training.  On the water, rowers will train in weight, four, and single person shells.   All rowing equipment provided. Bring hat, towel, sunscren, sunglasses, water.
Program Dates:     Monday, June 5 to Friday, July 29
Practice Times:     6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost:                      $120 for two-month season or $65 per month

Brock Sculling Center
, St. Catharines, Ontario
Joe Dowd, Brock University, St. Catharines, ONT, L2S 3A1, CANADA
905-688-6660 ext. 4105
FAX: 905-688-0541
Sculling: Novice through expert
Weekly Sessions: $500; Weekend Sessions: $200
June through August    Equipment provided

Burnt Hills Rowing Assn, Schenectady, NY
Lorraine Sturges, 24 Beechwood Dr., Burnt Hills, NY 12027
Parents Learn-to-Row, Juniors Learn-to-Row, Competitive Juniors Program
Fees: $130/8 weeks; $60/3 weeks; Competitive Program: $85 3/weeks
Equipment provided

Camp Thunderbird, Lake Wylie, SC
Contact: Camp Thunderbird, 4 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710

Cascadilla Boat Club Learn-to-Row, Ithaca, NY
CBC, PO Box 4032, Ithaca, NY 14852
15 sessions, three times a week for five weeks
Inquire about fees   Equipment provided

Casco Bay Rowing Center, Yarmouth, ME
5 Meadow Rue Ct. Yarmouth, ME 04096

Charles River Rowing
CRRC, POBox 380441, Cambridge, MA 02238-0441
For high school-aged men & women at Harvard & Radcliffe
2 sessions in the summer with
Harry Parker for men, and Liz O'Leary for women
Two incredible coaches.

Corvallis Rowing Camp for Masters, Corvallis, OR
Kathleen Greathouse-Brownel, 6410 NW Sumac Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330
Masters Sweep Rowing Camp
Fees: $200/3-day camp      Equipment provided

Craftsbury Sculling Center, Craftsbury Common, VT
Steve Wagner. PO Box 31, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
800-729-7751; 800-200-6629
Beginning-Elite Sweep & Sculling; May-Oct
Fees: $685-$775/week; $415-$455/weekends
(includes lodging, meals, video taping, coaching)
Equipment provided

Community Rowing of Boston, Inc.
P.O. Box 382604
Cambridge, MA 02238
Office Phone: 617-782-9091

Durham Boat Club Sculling Center, Durham, NH
Coleen Fuerst/James Dreher, 220 Newmarket Rd., Durham, NH 03824
Beginning & Advanced Sculling; May-Oct
Fees: $45/session (1.5 hr sessions)
Equipment provided

Florida Rowing Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Arnold Fraiman, 1140 Fifth Ave. , New York, NY 10128
Single Sculling
$550/7 days; $325/4 days; $275/3 days
Equipment provided

Georgetown Rowing Academy: McDonnough Gym, Washington, DC, 20057
Youth program for ages 13-17. Four sessions in the summer
Head Coach:  Tony Johnson
Camp Director:
Tom Sanford

Henry Hamilton's Sculling School, Tampa FL; Sloatsburg, NY; Wayne, ME
Henry Hamilton, 433 Putnam Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Novice/Advanced Sculling
$115/1-day; $325/3-days; $415/4-days $490/5-days (on-site meals @ $25/day)
Equipment Provided

High Performance Training Camp -- LWT Men & Women, Bronx, NY
Ted Bonanno, Lombardi Center, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458
Lwt Men & Women Sweep/Sculling Camp
Mid-June to mid-August
Fees determined by competitive goals     Equipment provided

Ithaca College Crew Camp , Ithaca, NY
Becky Robinson, Office 45, Hill Center, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850
Junior Sweep for Men & Women -- 1-week in July
Fees: Inquire      Equipment provided

Junior Rowing Camp, Sacramento, CA
John Disney, PO Box 780401, West Sacramento, CA 95798
Junior Rowers grades 8-12
$75/2 weeks in July (inquire about dates)
Equipment provided

Lake Union Crew
Lightweight Women's program: 16-22 July, $395.
Junior prgram: Two sessions in the summer. About $169/session
Seattle WA.

Lake Washington RC Sweep/Sculling Development Camp, Seattle, WA
Contact: Manager, LWRC, 910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103-8831
Men & Women Sweep/Sculling Development Camp
Inquire about dates
$400/8 weeks     Equipment provided

Long Beach Rowing Assn Elite/Development Program, Long Beach, CA
Ian Simpson, PO Box 3879, Long Beach, CA 90803
Year-round Sweep/Sculling Elite & Development Program for men & women
Inquire about entry dates & fees     Equipment provided

Master Women's Rowing Camp, Boston, MA
Master Women's Rowing Camp, Weld Boat house, Cambridge, MA 02138

Miami Beach Rowing Club, Miami Beach, FL
Aleksander Stojanovic, 6500 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL
Junior/Senior/Master Sweep & Scull
Elite/Pre-elite Development for Men & Women; Sweep & Scull
Winter, Spring, Summer: $650/week including room & board
Equipment provided

Narragansett Rowing Club Sweep & Sculling Camp, Providence, RI
Thom Collins, NBC PO Box 2413, Providence, RI 02906-2413
Beginning/Advanced Sweep & Sculling
4-week program; fees vary; call to inquire     Equipment provided

Navy Rowing Campfor Girls, aged 13-18. 566 Brownson Road, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402
Three sessions: 11-15 June, 18-22 June, 25-29 June
$475 for four days, four nights    Equipment provided

Nike Rowing Camps - 2000
Boys & Girls ages 14 and up. Call: 800.645.3226
Camp Location  -  Head Coach      
Univ of Pennsylvania - Bruce Konopka
Univ of North Carolina - Joel Furtek
Syracuse Univ - Kristen Sanford
Univ of Michigan - Mark Rothstein
Kansas State Univ - Jenny Hale
Univ of Texas at Austin - Carle Graves
Stanfors Univ - Amiee Baker
Univ California at Berkeley - Craig Armstrong

Occoquan Boat Club Collegiate Sculling Camp—Women, Occoquan, VA
Contact: Brian Tassi, 12223 Ivy League Ct., Woodbridge, VA 22192
Summer program for collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to learn or advance sculling skills.
Inquire about dates, fees, housing.  Equipment provided

Oregon State Crew Camp, Corvalllis, OR
Contact: Oregon State Crew Camp, 103 Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 97331-4105
Tel: 541-737-2820
Fax: 541-737-4002
Email: owenc@ccmail.orst.edu
Program for juniors, beginners to experienced
$350 for boarders; $200 day campers      Equipment provided

Palmetto Rowing Club, Hilton Head Island, SC
Palmetto RC, 4 Brams Point Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Collegiate Spring Break Training Site
Hosts HS crews for Spring Break Training
Masters & Junior Sweep/Sculling Camp
Call to inquire about dates and fees       Equipment provided

Penn AC Elite Sweep & Sculling, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Men: Curt Browder, Women: Sara Field
Tel: 215-978-9458
Call to inquire about particulars

Potomac Boat Club Elite & DevelopmentalSculling, Washington, DC
Ken Dreyfuss, 3530 Water St., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Elite & Developmental Sculling
$400/season year round for PBC Members; $250 June-August for non-PBC Members;
Sliding fee scale for other months. Call for particulars
Equipment provided (except singles)

RM Cooper 4-H Leadership Center Training Facility, Summerton, SC
Michelle Steuber, Rte 1, Box 1225, Summerton, SC 29148
Fax: 803-478-2179
Email: mstbr@clemson.edu
Winter & Spring Break Training Center for HS, College & Community rowing teams & clubs
Fees start at $25 per-person, per-day which includes meals, lodging & use of facilities.
Length: 5-12 days or as needed     Equipment Not Provided

Radcliffe Rowing Camp , Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Radcliffe Rowing Camp, 60 JFK St. Cambridge, MA 02138.
For girls ages 15-18 years old, novice to experienced. Call: 617-495-9249

Rio Abajo Rowing Club Sculling/Open Water Camp, Sante Fe, NM
Mark Miller, 1729 1/2 Agua Fria, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Sculling for Novices/Masters     Schedules customized for 4 to 6 people
Call for fees & dates of operation     Equipment provided

Rivianna Rowing, Charlottesville, VA
Contact: Brett Wilson, PO Box 6151, Charlottesville, VA 22906
Sweep/Sculling for men & women; Learn-to-Row for all ages
Prices vary from $30/sculling lesson to $150 for four-week sweep course
Call for particulars     Equipment provided

Riverside Boat Club Development LWT Sweep Camp, Cambridge, MA
Contact: Richard Branch, c/o RBC, 769 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-926-5864 (home), 617-492-1869 (Riverside)
Fax: 617-258-7343
Email: branchr@mit.edu
Men's and women's Lightweight Sweep Camp
$500/non-club-members; $275/full-time club members
Ten weeks summer; seven weeks in fall
Equipment provided

Rocky Mountain Rowing Center , Lake Dillon, Frisco CO. rowing@themanagers.com
800.766.1477 (v) 970.668.3174 (v)  970.668.3032 (f)
Beginners through experts. Open June 26 - Sept 14.
Located at 9,100 feet above sea level and surrounded by beautiful mountains.

 Masters Camp & Clinics: Holly Metcalf, PO Box 382641, Cambridge, MA 02238-2641
Tel: 781-326-4648 or 617-422-1811 (voice mail) Fax: 617-320-0053

The first Masters Women's camp established to provide elite level coaching in an environment that is supportive of physical, mental and spiritual needs.
June: Novice & Intermediate: Mount Holyoke College
July: Intermediate & Advanced: Mount Holyoke College
$750, including room & board for 6-day camps; call for 3-day clinic prices
Equipment provided

Rowomen Masters Camp, Iowa City, IA
Contact: Lisa Glenn, 216 Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA 52242
Tel: 319-353-5532
Fax: 319-335-9333
Email: Lisa-Glenn@u.iowa.edu
Masters Women's Sweep Camp
Average length: four days; call for fees     Equipment provided

Seattle Yacht Club: Junior & Adult Jovice Programs, Seattle, WA
Contact: Trip Switzer, SYC, 1807 East Hamlin St., Seattle, WA 98112
Co-ed junior Learn-toRow & Intermediate Sweep, Adult Novice Sweep
$120/month, 3 days per week      Equipment provided

Thompson's Boat Center, Washington, D.C.
Contact: Matt Russell, 2900 Virginia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Sweep & Sculling, Competitive & Developmental for juniors and adults, beginners through masters.
Fees and length of programs vary; contact Matt Russell for particulars
Equipment provided

Toledo RC Novice Sweep & Sculling, Toledo, OH
Contact: Rod McElroy, 623 Valley Drive, Maumee, OH 43537
Novice Sweep & Sculling program
Camp is for six weeks, including a 2-week land trial
Contact Rod McElroy for fees and dates     Equipment provided

1998 US Rowing Association Development Camps

Dartmouth College, Hanover,NH
Discipline: Open Sweep Women
Head Coach: Chris Schmidt, Dartmouth
Dates: July 6-August 9
Cost: $200
Contact Phone: 603-646-2330

Fordham University/Empire State R.A., New York, NY
Disciplines: All
Head Coach: Ted Bonanno. Fordham, Univ. Dates: June 5-August 9 Cost: $125 (travel costs not included) Contact Phone: 212.718.0817-4262

Occoquan Boat Club, Washington, D.C.
Disciplines: Open & Ltwt. Sculling women
Head Coach: Brian Tassi, occoquan
Dates: June -August 
Cost: $175 (travel costs not included)
Contact Phone: 703-490-3557

Riverside Boat Club, Boston, MA
Disciplines: Ltwt. Sweep/Scull Women & Men
Head Coaches: Dave O'Neill, Boston College & Joe Wilhelm, Northeastern Univ.
Dates: June-August 
Cost: $500
Contact Phone: 617-492-1869

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Disciplines: All
Head Coaches: Jan Harville, U. Washington & Bob Ernst, U. Washington
Dates: June - August 
Cost: $200 (all travel costs not included)
Contact Phones: Men: 206-543-2136; Women: 206-543-1117

University of Wisconsin/CampRandall, Madison, WI
Disciplines: All
Head Coaches: Greg Myhr, U. Wisconsin & Mary Browning, U. Wisconsin
Dates: June -August 
Cost: $250 (travel costs not included)
Contact Phones: Men: 608-265-6165; Women: 608-263-6422

Please Note:
None of the above costs reflect any associated housing costs.
Pre-Elite Camp invitations will be mailed out the first week of May
For more information on any of these camps, please contact Willie Black at U.S. Rowing
Tel: 317-237-5672
Email: WillieB@USRowing.org

More Camps
In addition to the USRA-sanctioned development camps and clubs listed here -- and the camps and clubs included in the print edition of the Almanac (and listed above) which offer pre-elite and elite development programs -- some other excellent, non-sanctioned development clubs include:

Malta Boat Club, Philadelphia, PA
Specialty: Men's Development & Elite Sculling
Contact: Fred Duling, Sr.
Phone: 215-765-9363

Undine Barge Club, Philadelphia, PA
Specialty: Men's Development & Elite Sculling
Contact: Joe
Phone: 215-232-2293

Specialty - Fitness Camp - Healthquest, Inc. in Jacksonville FL.
520 Morse Ave, Jacksonville 32244
Contact: Dr. Peter J. Lord
Phone: 904.778.2090