Fall 2019 Racing Team


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The fall season at WBC is a chance for all students ages 14-18 whose schools do not offer a rowing team to train and race with other athletes from around the region. The 2019 season starts Thursday, September 5th and ends Monday, November 11th. We have coaches for both experienced and novice rowers which allows everyone the chance to participate and race no matter their experience level.

If Spring is “track”, Fall is the “cross country” of rowing. The competition is just as intense, but with longer race distances the focus tends to the technical side of the sport. As a rower you will finish the fall with a fantastic aerobic base & will be ready to tackle the winter season head on. As a coxswain you will come out of the fall season with more knowledge of the rowing stroke, & a much better understanding of the intricacies of proper steering, both of which will make you more valuable to any boat in the spring.

For Fall 2019, high school rowers with NO EXPERIENCE are welcome! You will be taught all the basics of rowing and by the end of the season compete against other new rowers in races around the region.

Rowers participating in this program will be expected to:

  • Attend practices four or five days per week, with any absences excused in advance (and kept to a minimum).  Practices will be Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00-6:30p (drop off no earlier than 3:45p, pick up by 6:45p) and Saturday, 9:00-11:30a (drop off no earlier than 8:15a, pick up by 11:45a). On trailer loading days athletes may be kept until noon.
  • Sunday practice will be optional for most athletes & required for all athletes selected to race at Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Sunday’s practice times will be the same as Saturday, 9:00a – 11:30a.
  • Be open to training & competing in either sweep or sculling boats.
  • Commit to competing in six regattas:
  1. King’s Head– Bridgeport, PA, Sunday, September 29th
  2. Head of the Christina– Wilmington, DE, Sunday, October 6th
  3. Navy Day Regatta– Philadelphia, PA, Saturday, October 12th
  4. Head of the Schuylkill– Philadelphia, PA, Saturday/Sunday, October 26-27th
  5. Frostbite Regatta– Cherry Hill, NJ, Saturday, November 9th
  6. Braxton Memorial Regatta– Cherry Hill, NJ, Sunday, November 10th
  • Upon the recommendation of the head coach and approval of WBC, selected participants may have the opportunity to attend Head of the Charles in Boston, MA (October 19 – 20). Entry fees, travel and trailer expenses for this regatta will be paid by the participating rowers.


HEAD COACH for the 2019 Competitive Junior Fall Program is Joe Sullivan. Joining Coach Joe we are pleased to welcome back Lauren Lehane, Head Coach of Germantown Academy & long time masters’ racing member & coach at Whitemarsh Boat Club. We will announce other assistant coaches as we get closer to the start of the season.


The fee for this program is $1,450* when paid by check (this fee includes the $50 yearly facilities fee for HRC – anyone who participated in a program in 2019 at the Hines Rowing Center will have already paid the Facilities Fee); the program fee includes regatta & trailering costs associated with the 4 main regattas. Head of the Charles in Boston is a trip that will include multiple nights at a hotel and, therefore, will be assessed separately. Any athlete who has rowed out of HRC in 2019* has paid the $50 yearly fee & will pay $1,400 for the WBC fall race team.

*Programs that have paid the 2019 HRC Fee include- Archbishop Carroll Crew, Germantown Academy Rowing, Radnor Girls Crew, Lower Merion Rowing, Mount St Joseph Rowing, Academy of Notre Dame Crew, Gwynedd Mercy Academy Rowing & all Whitemarsh Boat Club teams (racing & technical).


Practice is RAIN OR SHINE at the Hines Rowing Center. CLICK HERE for directions and information about parking. Space is very limited; carpools are highly encouraged! NEW AS OF 2015For parents who choose to stay for practice we are asking you to move your vehicle to one of our satellite lots in order to leave room for club members & those juniors who drive themselves. While our enrollment has continued to grow, our parking lot, unfortunately, has remained the same size. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.




Questions or concerns? PLEASE don’t hesitate to contact our Program Coordinator, Marie Leonard-youthrowing@whitemarshboatclub.com