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Summer and Fall Rowing - 2014 (By Coach Bill Randall)

posted Mar 1, 2014, 9:05 AM by TJ Crew Webmaster

There are quite a number of opportunities to row outside of the high school season. I am biased toward RRC (Resilient Rowing Club) summer and fall programs since I will coach with RRC both this summer (part time) and this fall (full time), but in the interest of full transparency there are other options that I wanted to let you know about. Please talk to me, email me at, talk to one of the other coaches, or contact one of the captains about the programs if you have questions.

There are also some select opportunities for some of the top rowers during the summer through US Rowing including a junior B (1998 and 1999 birthdays) small boat program at Resilient Rowing Club for 14 girls and 14 boys – it is by invitation and it is replacing the camp that I ran, but is more structured and will be a overnight camp (the rowers will stay at GMU and row at Sandy Run).  In my opinion, this is a great opportunity for those invited.

RRC Summer Program: They are offering programs for a select group of competitive rowers and for rowers that want to develop their skills and conditions.  Information is available at Resilient Rowing Club!junior-programs/c1ja6.

RRC fall program: Again the web site is!junior-programs/c1ja6.  The site has been updated and there are competitive and developmental programs available.  For the boys’ team we have a guaranteed entry for a 4 and an 8 at the Head of the Charles (an experience every competitive rower should have).

Thompson Boat Center program: Summer and fall competitive rowing program rowed out of the Thompson Boat Center in Washington, DC (near the Watergate).

Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) Select Crew: Summer and fall program rowed out of the

Alexandria Community Boat Club in Old Town Alexandria.  Their web site is -

Potomac Boat Club Sculling program:  This is a small program for select athletes, but we have sent several rowers in the past.

Still Water Rowing Club (SWRC): Summer and fall development programs at Sandy Run Regional Park.  This is a new program that is starting this year.

These are the programs in the area and if you are interested in competitive rowing, racing and learning/improving your rowing these are the best opportunities.

Other Opportunities - You can also go to for many college programs that run summer camps.  These are usually 5 day camps and allow you to experience that college location, but I am a fan of longer programs like those offered by RRC.