We are a group of rowers of varying experience drawn together by the common desire to push ourselves as individuals athletically while understanding the importance of pulling together collectively to build a competitive team. We also share a passion for rowing and encourage any woman who wants to try a new sport and train, either individually or in a team atmosphere, to join our club.
The women on our racing team come from all athletic abilities, backgrounds, ages (18 to 65). We train women who have never rowed before to be part of an athletic sport that requires fitness, dedication, and the willingness to learn. Best of all, we recognize what is needed to be competitive in the sport of rowing but also understand the need to balance the demands of work and family. Our structured and social atmosphere makes for a one of a kind opportunity that guarantees a rewarding experience.
Training and practices vary between groups and is arranged by the coaches. For example: our racing team will aim to practice three to four times a week and train year round while our development team will practice twice a week and compete at selective regattas. Because we train all of our athletes how to scull, this gives the athlete the ability to train alone or with another rower when conflicts arise with team practices. Our goal is to race sprint (1000 m, with some 2000m) and Head Races (up to 5000m or 3.1 miles). Regattas typically occur on the weekends and are usually within a few hours driving distance. We typically race at Cromwell Cup and Head of the Charles in Boston, Masters Nationals (location varies each year), Head of the Fish in New York, Head of the Hooch in Tennessee, and several races here in Connecticut including Head of the Riverfront in Hartford.
If you are interested in joining a great group of supportive women who are dedicated to rowing and to each other, please email Sonja Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first step is to get you on the water for a couple of practices to meet the squad and the coaches as well as see the beautiful body of water we row on. Don’t worry about fees and membership. Your first couple of rows are free because it is important that you see our club as a nice fit before making a commitment. Come join us for a row and meet the FVRA family.