Welcome Novice Parents!

Look around the website for helpful information on Meetings, Fund Raisers, Schedules, Events and other important news. On top of reading this section thoroughly, ask questions as they come up, as knowledge gained in this section is often too overwhelming for you to completely absorb in one attempt. As each season progresses, the coaches will make decisions and changes as needed to benefit the rowers: please remember they are the ones who lay out the season for us, the schedules, practices and rules, which sometimes means it changes at a moment’s notice. We strive to be flexible!


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and when there is no scheduled regatta, Saturday. There are two buses during the week, from East Lyme high school to the boathouse, which your rowers may take advantage of. Practices are over at 5:00 pm. Really, “Practices are over” actually means that they will be staying to put away the oars, launches, and racing shells before they are free to go. Arrival at 5:15 pm, expect to leave closer to 5:30 pm. Please see the section for Parking at the Boathouse info.

Spring Regattas

Spring Season is exciting! The boats race one another: up to 6 in one race, lining up at the start line, initiating rowing with the sound of the “gun”, and sprinting to the finish line. Spring races are sprint races. Which of the bow balls cross the line first?
Bringing lawn chairs, sun screen, water, binoculars, rainboots (muck boots), an umbrella and dressing for the weather is advisable. Be prepared that some locations charge between $5 to $15 for parking/entrance fees. Usually, more specific information is sent along with each event’s email from the coaches and is contained in the “Signup Genius” (read more about this below).

The Mandatory Parent/Rower Meeting & Launch Party

These are both great opportunities for parents to begin to get to know other parents, understand the Rowing world, pick out some “Swag” for themselves and their rower, and gather much needed information! Parents and coaches will get to know one another at the Launch Party, where many questions will be answered, and you will begin to feel a part of the rowing community of East Lyme. Periodically check the website, watch in your email or ask a Board Member for details about these.


Email has been the preferred method of communication from the coaches, please bear in mind that the master list changes between seasons and years, potentially delaying your email from making “the list”. Should you feel as though you’ve missed something – email the coach, be polite and patient, check with your rower, and/or check with other parents.


If anything, East Lyme Rowers love the Vikings and LOVE rowing apparel. Check out the apparel section on the ELRA website, where you’ll find pictures of everything.

Food and drink for Spring Regattas

Typically, Spring Crew events take up an entire day and we take nutrition for the rowers VERY seriously. This area is the greatest difference between Spring and Fall Seasons. The rowers will consume food at least once, frequently twice, during a race day. Along with all that consumption, is a joint commitment by the ELRA (East Lyme Rowing Association) and YOU, the parents and caregivers to collectively provide the nutritional needs of each rower. Preparing and serving the food for “The Juggernaut”, our Food Trailer/Tent, is the “job” we take on if we have a rower. You will fit right in as a volunteer!
A Signup Genius will be sent out roughly 5-6 days prior to the regatta/event. Watch for this email. Pay attention. Many of you want to be heavily involved and will find places to serve during each race. Within that Signup, you will find slots to be filled with food and drinks as well as donations for work and time. Signing up for even one thing or area helps tremendously! We are always in great need of folks volunteering to work. If you have a talent you’d like to share such as “Grill Master”, “Organizing Expert” or “Watermelon Carving Artist”, please let us know! “The Juggernaut” is extraordinary to behold. Generally feeding between 60-80 or more of rowers, coaches, parents and siblings at each event, takes much effort, but is necessary! At remote venues, running out to grab a bite will be difficult and may cause you to miss the race! We strive for healthy fuel intake, by asking for donations and preparing healthy foods as the coaches recommend a well-balanced diet for the rowers.
Along with slots to be filled out, we will send along specific details regarding the regatta location. This could include knowledge of a parking fee, whether rain boots are recommended, tips on viewing the race, whether there will be merchandise (Swag) for sale in tents, and various other tidbits. Being a volunteer with “The Juggernaut” builds such wonderful comradery among the supporters, coaches and Crew Moms & Crew Dads of East Lyme Rowing.

Parking at the Boathouse

East Lyme Rowing - Parking Information

We have to be careful about parking in our extremely small area at the lake during pick up. It is a public access boat ramp and boaters must always have a place to enter the area, launch their boat, and park their rigs. This is true even in the 15 minutes it takes to pick up our rowers. Please park in the grassy area on the far side of the parking lot, the blue area on the photo. Watch for rowers walking and carrying the oars and boats. If that area is full, please fill in the grass parking area to the East Side of the boathouse, shown in green. Also, fill in the dirt parking area in the center, marked on the photo in yellow. Park with your front tires all the way up to the pavement, because unfortunately we may need to squeeze up to 3 cars deep in this area. Moving quickly out of the way of the boaters is always a possibility. Notice in this area there is a space closest to the lake, in which trailered boats and vehicles may pass through. Let’s keep that passageway open. Do not park in the eastern most portion of the boat launching area, or the red area of the photo. Though it is shady, seemingly out of the way and convenient, it does block the way of the public boaters. The purple shown on the photo marks the entrance and exit to the boathouse area.

Fall Season Information
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