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Competitive Racing

Rowers will be pushed to a higher level of performance by focusing on cardio, endurance, precise technique and race preparation.  Rowers will compete in various regattas both locally and on a national level.  Participation with the competitive team is up to the coaches' discretion

Competitive participants are selected from our Experienced Rowing group. 

The Competitive program involves a commitment to training specifically designed for those who make the pursuit of fitness a core part of their daily routine.  For many of our rowers who have been exposed to racing locally, the opportunity to really push their personal fitness and compete against athletes from across the country and Canada is a challenge they are willing to undertake. Our team is consistently winning medals at US Nationals and at Canadian regattas, and we are always looking for those unique individuals who are driven, show commitment to rowing as a sport and are willing to push themselves more than the average person.

The typical Race Team participant meets the following criteria:

  1. Carries a high level of fitness into the start of each season;

  2. Has a high level of technical rowing ability;(Rowing Director will let you know if you are ready!)

  3. Committed to attending scheduled rowing practices;

  4. Willing to train outside of rowing practices on a daily basis;

The club devotes significant energy and resources to the Race Team, and participants are expected to behave as Rowing Ambassadors,  exhibiting the highest level of sportsmanship toward those both inside and outside our club.

2017 Race Season:

Spring training will be held in weeknight evenings and Saturday mornings, practices will be mixed with rowers from our experienced programming.  Summertime training will take place 3 mornings per week per rower during the summer. Rowers will typically be assigned to either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday at 5:45 am plus 7 am (or later) on Saturdays. Advance notice of scheduling & regattas will be provided to participants.

It is assumed participants will be training on their own either off the water or sculling an additional 3 sessions per week. Training during each session will build toward performance at the targeted regatta at the end of each session.

A commitment to being at practice is essential.   In order to participate you must be a member of the club and selected by the coaches.

Spring: Competitive Rowing

April, 10th – May 27th 2017

Both Competitive and Experienced rowers will practice together for the first 3 weeks of spring.  Then the competitive rowers will be boated together starting Tuesday, May 2nd while still practicing at the same time and will move to 7am Saturday practices.

Tuesday & Thursdays – 5:45pm-7:15pm

Saturday – 9:00am-10:30am

**Saturday – 7:00am-8:30am (starting May, 6th)

Racing Opportunities:

  • Pittsford Regatta – Pittsford, NY - Saturday, May 27th


Summer I: Competitive Rowing

June 1st - July 18th ( 6 weeks)

Tuesday & Thursdays – 5:45am-7:15am

Saturday 7:00am-8:30am

Racing Opportunities:

  • Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta - Welland, ON - Sat, June 17th

  • Independence Day Regatta - Philadelphia, PA - July 1st-2nd

  • Row Ontario Championship - TBA - July


                    Summer II: Competitive Rowing  

July 20th - September 2nd

Tuesday & Thursdays – 5:45am-7:15am

Saturday 7:00am-8:30am

Cost is $360 for the session

Racing Opportunities:

  • Canadian Masters Championship - TBA - July

  • Canadian Henley Regatta - St. Catherines, ON - Sunday, August 6th

  • US Masters Nationals - Oakridge, TN - August 17th-20th

Fall Rowing 
September 11th - October 29th
                                 Tuesday & Thursday 5:45pm-7:15pm
Saturday 7:00am-8:30am

Racing Opportunities:

      • Lift Bridge Regatta - Fairport, NY - Sunday, September 17th
      • Head of the Welland - Welland, ON - Saturday, September 23rd
      • Head of the Genesee - Rochester, NY - Sunday, October 8th
      • Head of the Charles - Boston, MA - Saturday, October 21st
      • Head of the Schuykill Philadelphia PA - Sat/Sun October 28-29

All rowers participating in GRC programming or representing GRC at regattas must be US Rowing members. This includes both members and nonmembers. Instructions for doing this may be found here. If you are a new US Rowing member, select Join under Individuals. If you are already a member select the appropriate link from the Members drop down menu under Individuals.

Questions about programming?  Contact our Head Coach Nicki Brugler by emailing

Send us mail at:

Genesee Rowing Club
P.O. Box 10073 
Rochester, NY 14610-0073

Visit our Boathouse at:

1 Hawthorne Dr.
Genesee Valley Park
Rochester, NY 14623