Masters Competitive Rowing

  • Competitive Masters 1
  • Competitive Masters 2
  • Competitive Masters 3

Whether you rowed in high school or college, or learned as an adult, we welcome all masters ready to step back into a shell. Those who join should be willing to commit to a consistent training schedule and compete on a local, national, and international level. You remember those 6am practices – cursing at 5am when the alarm goes off, the countless strokes, the erg workouts, the callused hands – well, they’re back. But by 7:30am, after stepping out of your boat with 7 of your newest friends, you will experience that superhuman feeling – and head out to conquer the world (as well as eat a second breakfast).

In addition to rigorous training and competition, we hope you will embrace a leadership role within the Row New York community. The primary mission of our organization is to teach competitive rowing to those communities that lack resources – teens from underserved communities as well as people with physical and/or emotional disabilities. Rowing is an amazing sport that can be adapted to almost anyone, and we pride ourselves on our inclusive mission. Our master rowers are Row New York’s important role models, setting an example of how to operate, train, and compete with dignity, respect, and professionalism.

The Competitive Masters train out of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse on the Harlem River five mornings a week. Practice runs from 6:00am – 7:30am, Tuesday through Friday, and from 7:00am – 9:00 am on Saturdays. All rowers are expected to arrive no later than 5:50am (6:50am on Saturdays) and to let the coach know if they are going to be late due to train delays, traffic, or any other unexpected circumstances. Rowers are not required to attend practice five days a week, but are encouraged to make as many as their schedule allows.

The Competitive Masters program will aim to compete in several local and regional regattas throughout the summer and fall seasons. Races and events will be selected by the coaches based on the competitive potential of the crew and the attitude, attendance, and performance of the individuals throughout the season.

In addition to the local and regional regattas, the Row New York competitive masters target Canadian Henley as their culminating summer championship event, as well as the USRowing Masters National Regatta, (provided the regatta is being hosted at an east coast location).

Rowers with high school, collegiate, or previous masters rowing experience are eligible to join the Competitive training group*. These rowers are expected to have a solid understanding of basic rowing techniques and concepts, in addition to basic technical terminology. Rowers with no previous experience who join Row New York through the Learn-to-Row programs are required to complete both the Learn-to-Row 1 and 2 courses (or equivalent), in addition to spending at least one year in the Recreational Masters program before moving on to compete.

Our Recreational Masters program is also open to anyone with previous rowing experience who may not be able to commit to the Competitive Masters schedule.

Our competitive on-water programming takes place in the spring, summer, and fall. If you are interested in training with us through the winter, we also offer an indoor erging program that’s open to all program participants!

*All participation in the Competitive Masters Program is at the discretion of the Head Coach.
If you have any questions please contact Adult Program Coordinator & Competitive Masters Head Coach, Claudia Loeber, at for more information.

Registration for both the recreational and competitive teams are open throughout the course of the season. Late registrants must contact to receive the sign-up link for the programs.

Please note there is a $50 change fee associated with any refunds or cancellations.