About Rowing


Sweep oars with our club logo.

Did you know? 

  • Rowing races on the Thames River in London date back to the early 1700’s. 
  • Rowing or “crew” was an event in the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 and has been included in every summer games since.
  • Rowing was the first intercollegiate sport contested in the U.S. (Harvard vs. Yale, 1852).




This Double rows scull as rowers have one oar in each hand.


  • Sweep: one type of rowing in which the rower has two hands pulling one oar on either port or starboard.
  • Scull: another type of rowing in which each rower has two oars, one in each hand.
  • Boat or Shell: a vessel made of  fiberglass and carbon fiber.
  • Coxswain: the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. They are typically small in stature and lightweight. 
  • An Eight: a boat holding 8 rowers and 1 coxswain; around 60 ft long, it weighs approximately 200 lbs. and can safely hold rowers weighing as much as a combined 2,000 lbs. These boats are always rowed in the sweep style. 
  • A Four: a boat holding 4 rowers and 1 coxswain; around 30 ft long, it weighs approximately 100 lbs. and can safely hold rowers weighing as much as a combined 1,000 lbs. These  boats can be rowed either in the sweep or sculling style.
  • Regatta: racing events of rowers or sailors. CCRC rows in several regattas a year. Regattas in the fall showcase endurance, while regattas in the spring showcase speed.

“You can often find me repairing the boats or other equipment. If you ever have questions about what something is, or how it works, please ask. I look forward to rowing with you.”

Wes Oliver
Equipment Manager