Rowing

“RowBOC” is the nickname of the Brattleboro Outing Club Rowing Program. We are in our eleventh season rowing from our docks on the West River in Brattleboro, VT. We believe rowing builds skills people use and need in daily life: teamwork, persistence, working toward a goal, a sense of humor and humility, as well as providing excellent opportunities for fitness, recreation, and social engagement.

 

 

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Please visit the CLINICS and LESSONS link and email rowboc@gmail if you have questions and are interested in the 2018 season Learn to Row Clinic.

“RowBOC” is the nickname of the Brattleboro Outing Club Rowing Program. We are in our eleventh season rowing from our docks on the West River in Brattleboro, VT.

The view from the boathouse.

Join BOC to access the online registration forms. Rowers may join the Brattleboro Outing Club Rowing Program after either

1.completing a Learn-to-Row program or

2.demonstrating a proficient rowing ability to one of our coaches.

RowBOC Boathouse Directions: Spring Tree Rd. off Putney Rd., east bank of the West River. Drive in toward Marina Restaurant and turn right just before the guard rail, follow dirt road to tan Quonset Hut on the right.

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Docks-in day 2010

Our members range from youth rowers to novice through experienced adult rowers and competitors. The rowing season generally runs from early May to the middle of November. Our dock and boathouse on Spring Tree Lane gives us access to both the West River and the Connecticut River.  We are so fortunate to have access to these two rivers with all their varied conditions. The West River gives us access to the water earlier and an optimal place to teach novice rowers.

Membership in RowBOC entitles rowers to use club equipment depending on their proven individual skill level and on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not use a reservation system for certain boats at scheduled times. There are planned group rows throughout the season and we welcome all members to join in. We have active local members who travel from as far afield as Shelburne Falls, MA and Keene, NH to row with us!

The boathouse

The RowBOC boathouse has a variety of boats available for sweep and sculling in singles, doubles, pairs, quads, and fours. We place emphasis on safety and correct rowing form, as well as care for the boats and equipment. Certain boats are limited to members who have demonstrated advanced rowing skill and boat handling in and out of water.

Rowers have access to the boathouse through a combination lock once they have paid their membership fee. There are no scheduled rowing hours, and no boathouse manager on site. Rowers who have taken a clinic and gained experience may take a boat out independently, though we advise rowing with a buddy whenever possible.

Tim and Diana Whitney

The RowBOC coach is available for private lessons for those who cannot attend the clinics but wish to become skilled enough to join the club. Please contact tim@soulsportvt@gmail.com or david.gessner.vt@gmail.com about private lessons.

Our fleet includes:

  • Vespoli 4+
  • Vespoli Double — mid weight
  • King — racing single, late 80s model, lightweight. A rare and fine wooden single shell built by local master Graeme King of King Boatworks
  • King Rec boat — nice mid step from trainers to racers. Wooden hull.
  • Maas 24 — single training boat
  • Van Dusen — Double
  • 2 Schoenbrod 4+
  • Zephyr — training/learning single
  • Alden Single recreational trainer
  • Kingfisher design — “Joe Burk” single recreational wooden scull
  • 3 Peinert 26 racing/training shells

For more information please write to:
rowboc@gmail.com

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