Rowing has been happening in Rotorua since 1904. The Rotorua Rowing Club was incorporated in 1962. It includes under it’s “umbrella” Club rowers, younger rowers from the Rotorua secondary schools, an active and growing Masters program and a new Community rowing program for twice a week sessions weekdays during the day or weekends and out of work hours.
Junior rowers row for the club during the inter-club season and for their respective schools during the Secondary Schools rowing season. As schools do not have the numbers to maintain a rowing program long term it is much more effective for the club to provide the equipment and facilities and make it available to all the schools and club members.
Our club numbers are approximately 40, including coaches and committee.
To help with the running costs of the club we run an annual regatta on the Blue Lake in Rotorua which involves every club members family with voluntary work. Outside of Karapiro, this is the biggest regatta held in the North Island.
The club is located in the Watersports building on the Rotorua city lakefront near the North end of the walkway and rowers train on the western side of the lake from the City past Ngongataha township to the northern side of the lake, generally shallow and safe training water.
If you are interested in having a go or want to know more fill out the enquiry form on the membership page or the community rowing page. This is not a commitment to join.
If you have time weekends or weekdays and would like to start rowing again or would like to try rowing then check the Community Rowing tab. School pupils who would like to try rowing from term 2 - see the School/club page.
Joining the Club
Once you've decided to join the club then go to the Membership tab
Small and Smart? - we need Coxns
So what does a Coxswain do in a rowing boat
The coxswain is a crucial member of the crew. Each cox trains as hard as the rowers do to ensure that they get the most out of every training session and race. In the boat, the cox's role is not only to steer and be aware of where other crews and the coach boat are, but also to feel how the boat is moving, how the balance feels and give feedback to the crew as they row. Each cox will use a cox box to give them data about the pace of the boat, the rate of strokes per minute, and a timer. Coxswains train to be able to perform in high-stress situations, as they will need to be making constant decisions during the course of a race. The cox also has close contact with the coach to give feedback about how the rowers are working, and to ensure that the coach's instructions are followed in the boat. Coxswains are also important during derigging, as they help oversee that all of the boat, blades, and coxing equipment has been packed for each regatta. They are generally small, as weight limits of 50-55kg are required across all races, depending on class. Coxswains need to be able to work with people, have respect for other people even if they aren't the best of friends, and have confidence in what they are doing. They also need to bring lots of warm clothes to get changed after training and racing, as all that water sloshing around in the boat usually gets the cox first!
Corporate challenge April/May
Blue Lake 1000 October
Dewer Shield Regatta Lake Tikitapu January
All welcome to come and see what rowing is about. No spectator fees. Free Parking
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