SDRC – Masters Rowing Programs

SDRC is set up for men and women to train year-round whether they are just learning to row or have decades of rowing experience.


Learn to Row classes are for folks new to rowing or who feel they need a refresher.

Those who have prior rowing experience or have taken classes at other clubs may request an override from the Director of Rowing or an SDRC Coach into the appropriate program.

  1. To become a member you must complete Scull I and Scull II.
  2. To participate in the Novice Rowing Program you must be a member and complete Sweep I.
  3. To participate in a competitive coached program you must have participated in the Novice Rowing program for 6+ months.

Upcoming Classes


Those who row on their own time, not in a scheduled or coached program.

  1. Use of club equipment is limited to non-race equipment.
  2. May request an override from the Director of Rowing to use race equipment.

NOVICE ROWING – Coach: Lauren Takahashi 

Mon, Wed, Fri 5:15-7:00am, $150/qtrrec

This is a year-round program with a focus on improving fitness and rowing technique in a group setting that promotes the enjoyment of the sport.

  1. The Novice Rowing program is for those new to rowing who have completed Learn To Row Scull I & II and Sweep I
  2. Those with little rowing experience.
  3. Focus is on technique and fitness.
  4. Use of equipment is limited to non-race equipment.


Tue, Thu 6:15-8pm, Sun 7:30-9:30arec

This is a year-round program with a focus on improving fitness and rowing technique in a group setting that promotes the enjoyment of the sport.

  1. This co-ed, un-coached program is for recreational rowers.
  2. It is a self-organized program with emphasis on improving rowing skills and fitness level.
  3. Attendance is not mandatory. Racing at local regattas is optional.
  4. Use of equipment is limited to non-race equipment.

COMPETITIVE TEAM – Head Coach: Patti Pinkerton, Assistant Coach: Lauren Takahashi 

Tue, Thu, Sat 5-7am, (Sun 6-8am optional), $210/qtr

  1. mens boatCo-ed with a focus on technique, fitness and competition.
  2. Good technical ability and fitness as well as coachability (do you listen, can you make changes), good sportsmanship, attitude and team participation are essential.
  3. Focus is on refinement of rowing technique and skills; development of sport specific training, learning to seat race, erg testing and increased racing skills.
  4. Participation must be approved by the coach.
  5. The team competes in regattas regionally, as well as San Diego Crew Classic, Head of the Charles, Masters Nationals and others.

Additional expenses for race entries fees, trailer fees and travel to regattas are expected. For multiday races, all efforts will be made by a Race Coordinator to arrange for a block of hotel rooms.

Race entries and boat selections

  1. Coaches are in charge of all boatings and entries.
  2. All race entries will race as SDRC in SDRC colors and uniforms.

Coxswain costs

  1. Coxswains do not pay membership or competitive program fees.
  2. Coxswains pay their own travel expenses; the club does not cover their costs.
  3. If rowers want to pay for any of their coxswain’s costs they must make those arrangement among themselves.

Coach’s travel expenses

Airfare and hotel cost (in a shared room) will be included in rower’s trailer fees to HOCR, Nationals and races where at least 20 rowers will be racing.

Race deadlines

  1. 4 weeks prior to race – rowers are fully committed. Some races will be months ahead of time.
  2. 3 weeks prior to race – coach will submit entries, boat/equipment requests to Director of Rowing and SDRC Captain. (If there’s no coach, a single point of contact)
  3. 2 weeks prior to race – Director of Rowing & Captain will determine equipment and trailer plans.

SDRC equipment priority:  Juniors have first priority, then Masters, then Learn to Row.  

2016 Race Schedule:

March 19      Freedom Cup – Newport, CA

April 2-3       Crew Classic – San Diego, CA

May 15         SDRC Games & Beach Boil – SDRC Boathouse (fun times)

July 16-17   Cascadia Masters Championships – Vancouver, BC

Aug 18-21    Masters Nationals – Worchester, MA

Aug 26-28    Americas Masters Games – Vancouver, BC (500m)

Oct 22-23     Head of The Charles – Boston, MA

Oct 30           Row for The Cure – San Diego, CA

Nov 12          Fall Classic – San Diego, CA

Planning Ahead…

Apr 21-30, 2017    World Masters Games, New Zealand