Men’s Sweep Rowing

Team boat rowing requires proof of COVID vaccination,
including a booster dose

Our men’s sweep program includes rowers aged 20-75.  Some learned to row in high school or college, others started rowing as adults.  Participants train and compete in local and regional regattas.  The more competitive rowers also may elect to compete at national regattas.

In 2013 and 2014 we sent boats to the Head of the Charles.  In 2015 and 2022 we raced at the San Diego Crew Classic.  In 2017 & 2019 we won the men’s 8+ at the Opening Day regatta in Seattle.

College rowers are welcome to join the sweep program for the summer, at the monthly membership rate.

Nationally Competitive (NC) Sweep

  • Our NC men’s sweep squad trains for major regattas on an annual schedule, some of which are limited entry events. Placement in this squad is subject to coaching staff review and approval.
  • Practice is mornings on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Goals:
    • To develop and race nationally competitive boats
    • To actively develop depth and quality of individual rowers and the team
    • To honor individual and team commitment to highly competitive goals
  • Expectations / Requirements:  
    • Coachability
    • Constructive mindset and attitude
    • Demonstrated control and consistency in rowing technique and skill development, as assessed and approved by the coaching staff
    • Active commitment and demonstration of your fitness and rowing technique
    • Erg testing, as announced
    • Commitment to the necessary practices in preparation for the races you sign up for / want to be considered for, as announced
    • Appropriate consistency in attending practices in support of the NC Sweep Goals, if not racing

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Regionally Competitive (RC) Sweep

  • Our RC men’s sweep squad trains for major regattas on an annual schedule. RC squad members are invited to take part in erg testing, but it is not required.
  • Practice mornings on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Goals:
    • To develop and race regionally competitive boats
    • To actively develop the depth and quality of individual rowers and the team
  • Expectations / Requirements:  
    • Coachability 
    • Constructive mindset and attitude
    • Demonstrated consistent foundation in rowing technique and skill development
    • Clear goal-setting (e.g., what do you want to get out of rowing? what do you want to aim to achieve presently & in the long run, with consideration to other life priorities?) and developing a course for progress in conversation with coaches
    • Regular attendance at practices encouraged, especially if participating in a regatta
    • Participation at some regattas encouraged

Development Sweep

  • Our development sweep program is designed for rowers who know how to scull, or have a bit of experience sweep rowing. The purpose of the program is to develop skills and fitness and enjoy the camaraderie of team boat rowing. There are three scheduled practices per week.  The development sweep squad does not train for specific regattas, but members can take part in some events on the annual schedule.
  • Practice is mornings on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
  • Goals:
    • To actively develop sweep rowing skills and fitness
    • To experience the camaraderie of team boat rowing
    • To have opportunities to participate in local and some regional regattas
  • Expectations / Requirements:  
    • Coachability
    • Constructive mindset and attitude
    • Previous sweep rowing experience OR sculling experience and the completion of one or more Beginning Sweep clinics.

Beginning Sweep Clinics

  • For rowers who only have sculling experience, we offer regular sweep rowing clinics to learn the basics of sweep rowing. After attendance at one or more of these sessions, a member can join the Development sweep squad. This group meets on Sundays as announced.
  • Expectations / Requirements:  
    • Coachability
    • Constructive mindset and attitude
    • Six months of sculling experience, through Learn to Row and/or our Beginning and Development sculling groups

If you have previous sweep rowing experience, you can sign up for a membership to join. If you are new to rowing, check out our Learn-to-Row classes!