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).
- 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.