Rowing

The Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club was originally started by rowers and then opened to other watercraft after a few years.

Rowing is a rewarding sport, requiring a unique balance of technique, fitness and character. The scope of our activities ranges from casual individual rowing to competitive crew. We are willing to teach you the basics and encourage all members to give it a try.

A rowing boat is called a "shell". The oars come in two basic styles. Two sculling oars are held in each hand by a rower in a single, double or quad shell. A single sweep oar is held by each rower in a pair, four, or eight man shell. Shells of 4 or 8 are typically directed by a coxswain who directs the crew's activities.

 

    Individual Rowing


The club owns five MAAS recreational shells (21 and 24 ft. shells) plus a lightweight racing shell and a recreational double.

Volunteer instruction is available to members from other members on a time available basis. Usually three training sessions are needed to qualify a person for safe sculling on the Columbia River. For information on whom to contact for instruction, see the MORE > Contact Us section of the site or click here.

Competitive Master's Crew

The Row & Paddle Club has two 8-person boats and one 4-person boat.

The Club is planning to expand its crew boat inventory in 2016 with the addition of another 4+.

The Master's Crew competes in individual and team rowing races at regattas around the Northwest and in Canada. Competing is not a requirement to be a member of the Master’s Crew, but most of our rowers do race and enjoy a strong sense of camaraderie and accomplishment as a result of training and competing together. If you are looking for a team, we are looking for you!

Four+ shell docking

The crew welcomes new rowers and new coxswains anytime during the rowing season, March - early November. Rowing is a low-impact endurance sport for all ages. It's also an effective cross-training activity for those already involved in other endurance sports.

"There is a feeling of emotion you get out of it - when the boat is at speed and it's churning," Coach David Bentsen says. "And then there's that 'runner's high' when you get done.

"You get out of it what you put into it."