Safety for the First Days on the Water after Winter Conditioning

Coach/Launch Safety After a winter break, coaches and launch safety may be overlooked as crews return to the water early. Ensure equipment and launches are managed well to minimize cold water risks. For coaches, cold weather brings circulation issues and hypothermia. Prioritize safety to maintain decision-making abilities. Follow these guidelines: Layer clothing: Polyester base layers, … Read more

Common Questions for Parents thinking about rowing as an option for their children

What is rowing and how does it differ from other sports? Rowing is a sport where athletes propel a boat using oars. It differs from other sports in that it requires teamwork, synchronization, and endurance, while also offering a unique on-water experience. There are opportunities for athletes to row and for coxswains who are usually … Read more

The role of a Coxswain

The coxswain is responsible for steering the boat and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. In some capacities, the coxswain is responsible for implementing the training regimen or race plan. Most coaches cannot communicate to boat/coxswain, so the coxswain is the “coach” in the boat. The role can be both critical and fulfilling. While … Read more

The “Katie”

Many people were involved with the start of CLCR. It would be easy to forget some, hard to remember all. Ron Cotterill was the key. He and I met on the water, fellow scullers in 2014. As a long time sculler on the lake he had often thought about starting a club. Over coffee after … Read more

Summer is here and Learn 2 Rows are offered weekly

Have you ever wanted to learn to row? Did you row in high school or college and want to get back in a boat? We adapt our programs to suit your needs and your schedule. If you don’t see a program that fits, email us at and we will organize a private or semi-private … Read more

The most important race ever

Thank you to Litchfield Rowing Club for saving the day. After dates getting mixed up with North Hampton, then DEEP permits getting cancelled for Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta, our rowers were left with a trailer ready to go and no place to race. Litchfield had a scrimmage already lined up with Rumsey Hall Rowing and … Read more

Coventry hosts Westford Rowing and Pioneer

Sandwiched in between UConn Men and UConn Women’s rowing has its advantages… they teach you things when you are the little guy on the block. Like how to capitalize on their home scrimmages and borrow their race buoys. On April 30th, Coventry hosted Westford Rowing and Pioneer Valley Rowing for a morning of 1.5M races … Read more