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ELHS Spring Varsity Program East Lyme Rowing Association Vikings Rowing Team

The spring program is an East Lyme High School varsity sport, running from March to June. Athletes compete in several races against public and private high school teams, concluding with the New England Rowing Championships in Worcester.

Varsity crew races on a 1,500-meter spring course. This is our most competitive program, both in terms of the number of the races and the determination of who competes in the first boat.

Spring practices are held every day after school from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Practices are also held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays when no race is scheduled.

Participants must pay a fee of $275 to ELRA to participate in the spring program, with checks payable to the association. This fee helps cover the purchase and maintenance of boats for the program. Although varsity crew is not a CIAC sport, we follow CIAC rules. As such, this program is not open to middle schoolers or athletes from schools other than ELHS.

ELRA provides relief to rowers and families who have trouble affording a program’s fee. For more information, contact Scott Mahon at 860-949-5422 or scott.mahon@elpsk12.org.

A pre-season meeting is held in February. Training on the water can begin in March as soon as water conditions are amenable.

ELRA Summer Rowing Programs East Lyme Rowing Association Vikings Rowing Team

The East Lyme Rowing Association offers two six-week summer programs: a “Learn to Row” course for middle school students and a skills development course for high school rowers.

In the Learn to Row program, students are introduced to the basics of crew including rowing technique, maneuvering on the water, handling and transporting boats, and boathouse routine. No previous experience is required!

The high school skill development program is open to high schoolers wishing to build on rowing skills they have developed in previous programs. This program includes drills to improve rowing technique and skills.

Both programs run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday to Friday, for six weeks in June and July. Participants can choose to attend some or all sessions.

Participants must pay a fee of $125 per week to ELRA. If a student takes part in four weeks of training, the fifth/sixth weeks are provided at no charge.

ELRA provides relief to rowers and families who have trouble affording a program’s fee. For more information, contact Scott Mahon at 860-949-5422 or scott.mahon@elpsk12.org.

ELRA Fall Club Competitive Program East Lyme Rowing Association Vikings Rowing Team

Participants in this program will meet regularly to train for a series of races through the fall. Practices take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and most Fridays. The season runs from August to October.

The fall program focuses on endurance racing, with five-kilometer races. Rowers typically take part in four or five races, culminating in a New England championship regatta in October. This program is an excellent way for young rowers to build up their physique and skill prior to the spring varsity season.

The fall program will accept high school students from other schools who are interested in the sport of crew. Middle school students who can keep up with the training regimen and show strong promise may also be able to participate.

Participants must pay a fee of $360 to the ELRA.

ELRA provides relief to rowers and families who have trouble affording a program’s fee. For more information, contact Scott Mahon at 860-949-5422 or scott.mahon@elpsk12.org.

Winter training East Lyme Rowing Association Vikings Rowing Team

At the close of the fall competitive season, the East Lyme Rowing Association runs a four- to six-week boot camp to help rowers stay in shape and build their skills in the off-season. Taking place after school, the workouts include circuit training, conditioning, ergs, running, and weightlifting.

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