Fall Rowing


In the fall, both competitive and development programs are offered for junior rowers with practice beginning September 6. Both programs are open to young athletes interested in improving their rowing technique and fitness. Athletes committed to training and racing at a high level, including the Head of the Charles may elect the Competitive program. The Development program is designed for those rowers not wishing to make the time commitment required for the Competitive team. Afternoon practice for crews enrolled in the Competitive program is five days/week and for the Development group is three days/week . Rowers will have the opportunity to train and race in a combination of sweep and sculling boats.


The Old Lyme Rowing Association is very pleased to offer junior rowing to Southeastern CT once again this fall! The Juniors will train and compete for approximately eight weeks under the direction of Head Coach and Program Manager Paul Fuchs, who has been working with our Juniors for the past years and has been is a former Olympic and National Team Coach.

This is a training and racing program and does not include a ‘learn-to-row’ component. Juniors participating in either of these programs must be proficient in sweep and sculling and ready to train to race.

Athlete Profile:
In order to participate each athlete must:

  • Be a high school student entering grades 9-12, or with the approval of the head coach
  • Pass a swim test which includes treading water for 10 minutes, swimming 100 yards using any stroke, and swimming underwater for 10 feet
  • Have previous rowing / coxing experience in either a high school varsity, club, or novice rowing program

Program Goals:
The Blood Street Fall Competitive Program will focus on development towards competitive excellence. In order to reach this goal, we will develop proper technique using drills and exercises, promote teamwork, teach racing preparation and strategy, and conduct a comprehensive training program. It is expected that athletes participating in the program will adhere to the guidelines, attend practice regularly and take instruction and direction from coaches.

Athletes will also learn about proper equipment care and basic rigging.  All rowers will have the opportunity to race and train in a combination of sweep and sculling boats, both large and small. OLRA is very fortunate to have a large inventory of both sweep and sculling boats that we make available to the juniors.

Practice Schedule:
The Competitive program will train Monday through Friday, from 2:45-5pm. Old Lyme students may ride the school bus to the boathouse for practice. It is expected that athletes will be on time and prepared for the start of practice.

The Developmental program is M-W-F at the same time. The focus will be more on technique but will include training. Athletes in this group are also expected to be competent and ready to row on the first day. They will be eligible to participate in the fall races at the coaches discretion.

Racing Schedule:
Events we are considering for the fall are below. Once posted and the program starts we will ask for preliminary commitments to our final schedule of regattas. Regatta fees are an additional cost. There will be a commitment  survey put out at the start of the season and approximate costs will be included.

We generally attend Riverfront, NEIRA, Charles, Fish and, with a subset of the team, Coastweeks.

17SEP             Mystic, Connecticut     Coastweeks Regatta

01OCT            Hartford, CT                    Riverfront Regatta

08OCT            Worcester, MA                NEIRA Junior Regatta

21-22 OCT      Boston, MA                      Head of the Charles

28-29 OCT      Saratoga, NY                   Head of the Fish

Program Dates and Cost:

Program begins September 6 and ends October 30.

The Competitive program and the Development program have separate fees. The fee does not include regatta fees for entries, trailer costs, food and travel.

Note: Fee for participants who are part of Blood Street Sculls Family Membership is reduced 50%