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What is Rowing?

What is rowing?
Rowing is the act of propelling a boat through the water with the use of oars. In a rowing shell the rower sits on a seat that moves both forward and backward. This enables the rower to bend and straighten his or her legs increasing the length of each row or “stroke” as we say. This makes the boat much more effective and faster than a regular rowboat. The rower basically rows using the oars to push the water in front of them causing them to go backwards. There are two different types of rowing, sweep and sculling. In sweep rowing each rower holds one oar with both hands, and is in a boat with 2, 4 or 8 other rowers. In sculling, each rower has two oars, one in each hand, and may row in a single, double or quad.

How do I get started if I’ve never rowed before?
Three Rivers Rowing offers the Winter Rowing League from October-May for adult beginners looking to start rowing in the winter. Both Beginning Masters and Corporate Rowing Leagues incorporate beginner in their early-spring to fall programs. Private sculling lessons are also available through Three Rivers Rowing staff. Click here for more information

What is the distance of a rowing race?
There are two types of races with which most rowers are familiar. One is the sprint race, which takes place in the spring to early part of summer and is either 1000 meters or 2000 meters in length. The other is the Head race and usually ranges in distance from 2 to 3 miles.

If I would like to row competitively, against whom do I row?
Most of our competition is from neighboring areas at regattas in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and New York. Clubs we encouter include Alexandria, Capitol, Community Rowing, Greater Columbus, Western Reserve, colleges and many more.