Membership in the New Haven Rowing Club is a gateway to great rowing—both sweeps and sculls—on a beautiful, four-mile stretch of the Housatonic River. We are a collegial group of experienced rowers between the ages of 25 and 80 who share the bonds of friendship and connection to the global rowing community.

You should consider membership in New Haven Rowing Club if you are an experienced sculler interested in either recreational or competitive sculling, or an experienced sweep rower interested in racing. If you have no rowing experience and are interested in learning the basics of sculling, please contact us by email at We have a limited number of seats for sculling classes in summer 2019.

Membership entitles you to access to our gorgeous, two-bay boathouse, complete with rowing equipment, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a third-floor exercise room with ergometers and free weights. Full membership also provides you with free professional coaching twice a week.

The men’s and women’s sweep teams practice on the water from March-November between the hours of 5:30–7:00 am (6:30–8:00 am on weekends). Scullers set their own schedules, but are typically on the water early as well. Members interested in racing have a variety of local and regional regatta options from May to November (regatta fees are not included in membership dues).

There are three forms required for membership applicants (downloadable as PDFs):

1) the application form
2) waiver of liability form
3) a swim test certification

All three forms must be submitted to the club, along with your first-year dues, in order to be considered for membership. The club does not cash your check until the application has been approved by the Board of Directors.

Interested in a test drive? We welcome prospective members to tour the boathouse and have a guest row. To arrange your visit, or if you would like to learn more about membership in New Haven Rowing Club, please send an email to

Thank you for your interest in New Haven Rowing Club. We look forward to seeing you on the water with us soon!

Matt Broder & Mitz Carr
Co-Chairs, Membership Committee
New Haven Rowing Club

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