Summer Rowing


Our summer juniors actively train and race for a seven week period, starting June 21. Coached practice is Monday through Friday from 6:00-8:00AM to keep our athletes’ work interruptions to a minimum and take advantage of the best lake conditions!  The focus is on development towards competitive excellence on the water and off, from equipment care and rigging to adherence to a race plan. Rowers will have the opportunity to train and race in a combination of sweep and sculling boats. Registration is open.


Hannah Paynter – Program Manager

Paul Fuchs

Andriel Doolittle

James Whelen

Emily Powers

Peter Fuchs


The Old Lyme Rowing Association is very pleased to offer junior rowing to Southeastern CT once again this summer! The Blood Street Summer Competitive Juniors will train and compete for seven weeks under the direction of our coaches Paul Fuchs, Andriel Doolittle, James Whelen and Hannah Paynter.

Athlete Profile:
In order to participate each athlete must:

  •  Be a recent graduate or 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
  •  Be a member of USRowing

Program Goals:
The Blood Street Summer Competitive Program will focus on development towards competitive excellence. In order to reach this goal, we will teach proficiency in on-land training, on-the-water drills and training, technique, race strategy, practice & race day conduct, teamwork, and adherence to a training plan. 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 will make available to the summer juniors. At the end of the program everyone should be confident rowing port, starboard and sculling.

Practice Schedule:
We will train Monday through Friday, from 6-8AM, as to keep our athletes’ work interruptions to a minimum and take advantage of the best lake conditions! First day of practice will be on June 20th and last day will be August 5th.

Racing Schedule:
The schedule is still being finalized but one race we are likely to attend is:

Narragansett Sweeps and Sculls Regatta in Providence, RI

…and something else

Registration is open.