Novice Racing Team

Practice Days: Mondays, Wednesdays at 6:30pm & Saturdays at 6:30am

Overview: This program was created for committed adult athletes of all ages who have recently discovered rowing and are interested in committing to a training program and racing.

Benefits: This class was designed for rowers who are early in their rowing careers who want to fast track their rowing technique and start racing at regattas. This focus on competition allows rowers with a similar mindset to improve their technique quickly, thereby increasing chances of winning races and moving on to one of the top competitive programs at the boathouse after completion of the novice program. As for the other benefits? Friends, fun and a lasting commitment to peak fitness!

Eligibility: Picked up an oar for the first time less than 2 years ago and ideally less than 1 year ago for full eligibility in all novice events.

Prerequisites: Completion of any Learn to Row class and preferably with a coach’s recommendation. You must either currently be or soon become a trial or full member.

Racing & Regattas: If you want to race as a novice (2 years or less since you first picked up an oar as of the date of the regatta), this program will have priority boatings in all novice events. For regattas without novice events, we’ll work with other coaches in the boathouse to enter all events possible.

Commitment: You will be expected to attend 3 practices per week and an additional 3 hours per week of cardio, strength and flexibility which will be prescribed by the coaches. If you can only attend 1-2 practices with the Novice team due work/life schedule, you can attend another classes at the boathouse but please note that this may impact whether you are in top/fastest lineups at regattas.

Boats: We’ll enter novice events throughout the year for most types (1x to 8+ – maybe even an 8x+!) and accordingly, we will practice sweeping and sculling most practices. Races will include men’s, women’s and mixed events.

Ready to Commit? Questions? For membership/pricing questions, please contact Patty at or via phone at (206) 860-4199.

If you have questions about the program or you want to sign-up, please email Val at