Masters Recreational Rowing

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Whether you’ve been rowing for years or just learned how to row, we welcome all masters who are willing to work hard to join our Recreational Masters program!

In addition to 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. We look to our masters to set an example of how to operate, train, and compete with dignity and respect. We commit to coming to each practice session with the focus and positive attitude that ensures a safe, inclusive, and effective session for everyone. As rowers, we are connected to a global community united by a love of our sport. We strive to embrace this connection both within our program and in the broader community.

The Recreational Masters Program is open to individuals who have completed Row New York’s Learn-to-Row 1 & Learn-to-Row 2 classes (or equivalent, if from another club), OR, have previous competitive rowing experience and are disinclined or unable to join the Competitive Masters program. These rowers are expected to have a solid understanding of basic rowing techniques and concepts, in addition to basic technical terminology.

Recreational participants will have the option to try out for the competitive team on select tryout days. These days will consist of all interested members being boated together and reviewed by the competitive coach. Frequency will be dependent on interested participants, but there will be at least one tryout day per season.


The Recreational Masters row out of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse on the Harlem River three days per week. Practice runs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings from 8-10am. All rowers are expected to arrive no later than 6:15pm (7:50am on Sundays) and to let the coach know if they are going to be late due to train delays, traffic, or any other unexpected circumstances.

Our recreational 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!

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.