Adult Sweep Learn to Row Classes begin Monday May 8, 2023 at Robious Landing and Tuesday May 9, 2023 at Rocketts Landing. There are 12 scheduled classes at each location. Cost is $325.
Participants will have the opportunity to compete against the other LTR class at the Virginia Boat Club Sprints Regatta on June 17th at Robious Landing Park. Save the date!
There are two beautiful locations to choose from:
Rocketts Landing - 4708 Old Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231
Robious Landing - 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
Sign up instructions:
Adult Learn to Scull Classes will resume once the water temperature reaches acceptable levels. Reserve your place in line by signing up now. LTS classes are 1:1 instruction with and experienced instructors at either boathouse. You and your instructor will schedule times convenient for your schedules, typically early morning or evening.
Sign up instructions:
VBC Women Compete at Henley
At VBC, we offer group Learn-to-Row classes for sweep rowing, where each rower uses one oar. Sweep rowing is a great way to learn the basics and get comfortable with the sport. As your skill progresses, you can move to sculling where each rowers use two oars.
Sweep rowers work in pairs with a coxswain (2+) and pairs without (2-), fours with a coxswain (4+) and fours without (4-) and the eight (8+), which always carries a coxswain. The eight is the fastest boat on the water. A world-level men's eight is capable of moving almost 14 miles per hour.
Rowers with two oars – one in each hand – are scullers. There are three basic sculling boats: the single – 1x (one person), the double – 2x (two) and the quad – 4x (four).
Athletes are identified by their seat in the boat. The athlete in bow is seat No. 1. That's the person who crosses the finish line first (which makes it easy to remember – first across the line is No. 1 seat). The person in front of the bow is No. 2, then No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8, a.k.a. the stroke. The stroke of the boat must be a strong rower with excellent technique, since the stroke sets the rhythm and number of strokes per minute the rest of the crew must follow.
Classes are held at both boathouses and are 12 sessions. The spring sweep session includes racing in our home regatta against other novice boats.
VBC Learn to Row