CRRC has dozens of active members from 20-something to well beyond 70, a year-round rowing and fitness calendar and a great inventory of boats and a trailer for hauling boats to regattas. As a member, you can use club boats at no cost, once you’ve shown you can handle them safely.
Throughout the world, Masters Rowing, for rowers 21 and up, is the fastest growing segment of the sport, and no wonder. It’s a fun upper- and lower-body workout that many consider the perfect way to stay fit. (And unlike exercising in a gym, the scenery is always beautiful.)
Chester River Rowing Club got its start in the 1980s when a small group of men who’d rowed in high school and college decided they wanted to get back on the water. Washington College invited them to use its boat- house and docks near downtown Chestertown on an ideal stretch of the Chester River.
Now, more than 30 years later, while most members learn to row in our Novice Classes, we still enjoy guest status at the WC boathouse—a benefit that helps the club keep annual dues unusually low.
We hope you’ll want to learn to row, and once you do, we hope you’ll want to keep at it, either just for fun or as a racing team member.
FACILITIES & BOATS
CRRC stores its boats and equipment at the Washington College Boat House. Club members can store their boats on the CRRC boat racks.
The club enjoys guest status at the boat house, and members can use the college’s training tank and exercise equipment when it is not in use by the college rowing teams.
The club fleet includes:
A fleet of singles—many of them super-stable and suitable for novice rowers
Images from previous races and events can be found here.
BECOME A MEMBER
We’re the beneficiary of the generosity of Washington College and keep our boats on the boathouse property, using the college’s excellent floating docks to launch. If you want to race, you’ll find plenty of company: our men’s, women’s and mixed boats compete in sprint (1,000 meters) and head races (5,000 meters) in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond every season.
The best part, of course, is the water. Our stretch of the Chester River is 23 miles from the Chesapeake Bay so it’s wonderfully calm most of the time. There’s nothing in the world like going out for a row at dawn or dusk on perfectly flat water, with great blue herons and an occasional eagle for company.
Benefits of Membership
Use of club boats (after proof of ability)
Guest status at the Washington College Boat House and grounds (club activities only)
Participation in Masters Regattas (regional and national)
Many opportunities for recreational rowing
Be a part of a great group of rowers from all over the middle Eastern Shore
Our annual dues are $375.00. Regatta fees are additional.