Rowers in sliding seat boats harness the power of their legs by pushing against a fixed foot brace and sliding on tracks on their seats as they drive the oars through the water. Sculling boats can be rowed by one (single), two (double), or four (quad). Sweep boats, commonly called crew boats, are called “pairs” if rowed by two, “fours” if rowed by four, and “eights” if rowed by eight. Most crew boats also have a coxswain on board to steer the boat. Fixed seat rowboats come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Some even come with small sailing rigs to take advantage of the wind.
The North Bay Rowing Club was founded in 1984 and began the NBRC Juniors program in 1990. Combined, the club has over 100 members, including dozens of juniors rowers. Sonoma State Crew, which rows out of the North Bay Rowing Club’s facility, began its rowing program in 2003 and has over 80 collegiate rowers. Both clubs currently row out of their shared home at 624 2nd Street, accessible from the Southeast corner of the Foundry Wharf parking lot.
What it’s Like to Row
How to get involved….
The North Bay Rowing Club holds several weekend introductory sweep rowing classes and introductory sculling clinics for adults, one each in the spring, summer and fall. Check here for upcoming classes.
NBRC also has coaches who can give individual sculling lessons. Look here for more information.
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