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High School Rowing

New Athletes Wanted!

New to Rowing? Try the first week of our program out for free!

Seeking both rowers and coxswains. Who are coxswains? See below for more information.

Season Details

Fall and Spring programs are $1350* per season. Varsity practices are 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday. Novice** practices are 5 days a week, Tuesday-Saturday.

*Financial aid is available. Please contact for information.

**Novices are new rowers who have less than one year (two seasons) of racing experience


FALL September 5, 2023 to November 14, 2023
SPRING (Main Season) February 20, 2024 to May 14, 2024
SPRING (Extended Season)** May 15, 2024 to June 11, 2024

Practice Times:

Monday - Friday (Varsity) 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday (Novice) 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday (Varsity & Novice) 8:00 am - 10:30 am

**Extended Spring Season is for select crews who qualify for nationals. The qualifying regatta is USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships.

Regatta Dates

Fall 2023:

September 24, 2023 King's Head Regatta
(Schuylkill River - Upper Merion, Bridgeport, PA)
October 15, 2023 Navy Day Regatta
(Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA)
October 20-22, 2023 Head of the Charles
(Charles River, Boston, MA)
Select qualifying crews only
October 29, 2023 Head of the Schuylkill
(Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA)
November 11, 2023 Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta
(Mercer Lake, West Windsor, NJ)
November 12, 2023 Bill Braxton Regatta
(Mercer Lake, West Windsor, NJ)

(Updated: 8/3/2023)


Spring 2024:

March 24, 2024 Metropolitan Youth Speed Order
(Overpeck Park, Leonia, NJ)
April 6, 2024 Steve Neczypor Regatta
(Cooper River, Pennsauken, NJ)
April 20-21, 2024 Mercer Lake Sprints
(Mercer Park, West Windsor, NJ)
April 28, 2024 Cooper Cup
(Cooper River, Pennsauken, NJ)
May 11-12, 2024 USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships
(Mercer Park, West Windsor, NJ)
May 17-18, 2024 Stotesbury Cup Regatta
(Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA)
Single scullers on Varsity team only
June 6-9, 2024 USRowing Youth National Championships
(Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, FL)
Select qualifying crews only

(Updated 11/7/2023)

All competitive program athletes will compete in all regattas unless noted otherwise.

 USRowing Mid-Atlantic District Championships - All crews compete, boats competing in select categories have the opportunity to qualify for nationals.


Please download and review the parent and athlete handbooks below at the beginning of the season. 

Code of Conduct

All athletes, employees, and family members are expected to abide by the NRC code of conduct.

The code of conduct can also be found at the back of each of the handbooks above.

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Basic Program Information

Newport Rowing Club’s High School Competitive Rowing program is open to athletes entering 9th grade through 12th grade and is divided into two groups, Novice and Varsity. Novices consist of athletes with less than 1 year of competitive rowing experience. Please note if your athlete participates in NRC’s Middle School Rowing or Middle School Winter Rowing program, when your athlete enters High School they will progress to the Novice program as the Middle School programs do not race. Once an athlete has one full calendar year of racing experience, they will progress to Varsity.


Novice Rowers

  • Learn basic rowing techniques, power application, and important skills for safe rowing.
  • Potential to learn sweep rowing (1 oar per person) and sculling (2 oars per person).
  • Build a base level of fitness


Varsity Rowers

  • Fine-tune rowing technique, blade work, and boat moving skills.
  • Row in all boat sizes, sweep and sculling, and on port and starboard.
  • Continue to build aerobic and anaerobic fitness.
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The coxswain is one of the most misunderstood seats in the boat. From afar it appears the coxswain does little if anything at all, but in reality - their job is intricate and vital to the success of their crew.

What is a coxswain? 

  • Steers the boat.
  • Executes all practices and race plans.
  • The link between the coaches and rowers.
  • Becomes the "brain" of the boat.

What makes a great coxswain? 

  • Smaller build (not necessarily athletic)
  • Desires to perform at their best
  • Good communicator
  • Focused under pressure
  • Strong and confident personality
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NRC Successes

Since 2010, NRC athletes have been recruited to row at many different universities around the country.  We have also had a number of athletes make the USRowing National Team and Olympic Team.

2016 Alumni attending Lehigh - Delaware's premier youth rowing club, located just south of Wilmington, DE
2017 Alumni Attedign RIT - Delaware's premier youth rowing club, located just south of Wilmington, DE
2017 Alumni Attending SJU - Delaware's premier youth rowing club, located just south of Wilmington, DE
2017 Alumni Attending SJU - Delaware's premier youth rowing club, located just south of Wilmington, DE

Below is a list of all the colleges where former NRC athletes have rowed after graduating High School:

·       Harvard University

·       Dartmouth College

·       Cornell University

·       Stanford University

·       Notre Dame

·       University of California Berkeley

·       Rochester Institute of Technology

·       Ohio State University

·       University of Texas

·       Connecticut College

·       Drexel University

·       Lehigh University

·       United States Naval Academy

·       Syracuse University

·       Boston University

·       University of Massachusetts

·       Duquesne University

·       University of Louisville

·       Northeastern University

·       Loyola University of Maryland

·       Temple University

·       Saint Joseph’s University

·       Bucknell University

·       Washington College

·       University of Scranton

·       Rollins College

·       University of Delaware

Newport Rowing Club has a growing list of athletes who have represented the United States through the Junior National, Under-23, and Senior National teams:

·       Justin Best (2018, 2019 U23 Team; 2021 Olympic Team; 2022, 2023 Senior National Team)

·       Lainey Tierney (2021 U23 Team; 2022, 2023 Senior National Team)

·       Rose Carr (2015, 2016, & 2017 Junior National Team)

·       Michael Glaude (2016 U23 Team)

·       Nathan Smith (2012 Junior National Team; 2013 U23 Team)

Newport Rowing Club has had two athletes who have won medals at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships. In 2012, Sabine Sellers placed 5th overall in the Lightweight Junior Women’s 2k and in 2014, Julia Baumel came in 2nd in the Lightweight Under 23 Women’s 2k.

From 2013 to 2017, Newport Rowing Club’s alumnus Julia Baumel held a world record for the Indoor Lightweight Women’s Marathon (42,195m) ages 17-18 with a time of 3:09:04.4.

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There will be 3 to 5 races (called regattas) per season. Fall races are “head races”, 4000-6000m time trials in which boats are sent down the course one at a time at 10 to 20 second centers. Spring races are sprints, 1500-2000m races in which 4 to 7 boats line up in lanes and begin at the same time. Regattas are busy and exciting events! There are typically a lot of boats moving around in a congested space and athletes are typically working on a tight schedule. For your safety, please wait for your athletes at the parents tent and enjoy watching the races come down the course.

For more information about racing, see our “General Regatta Information” page under "News".

Races our athletes have participated in since NRC was founded in 2010:


§  Head of the Charles (Boston, MA)

§  Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga, TN)

§  Navy Day Regatta (Philadelphia, PA)

§  Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta (Mercer Lake, NJ)

§  Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta (Mercer Lake, NJ)

§  Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (Philadelphia, PA)

§  Head of the Christina (Wilmington, DE)

§  Head of the Ohio (Pittsburgh, PA)

§  King's Head Regatta (Upper Merion, PA)


§  Saratoga Invitational (Saratoga, NY)

§  Metropolitan Youth Speed Order (Leonia, NJ)

§  USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships (Mercer Lake, NJ)

§  USRowing Youth National Championships (Sarasota, FL)

§  Cooper Cup Regatta (Pennsauken, NJ)

§  Steve Nezcypor Regatta (Pennsauken, NJ)

§  Mercer Sprints Regatta (Mercer Lake, NJ)

§  The Baltimore Invitational (Baltimore, MD)

§  Stotesbury Cup Regatta (Philadelphia, PA)

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Newport Rowing Club
301 Harvey Drive, Suite 8
Newport, DE 19804