Adult Rowing

Weekly exercise, great company, beautiful views! Adults of all ages and all rowing abilities (including first-time rowers) are invited to join us on the lake for weekly open-water rowing, April through October in Vergennes and Burlington.

Open-water rowing, also known as coastal rowing or gig rowing is an international sport, with clubs in the USA, UK, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Bermuda, and more. A full-body exercise, a crew of sweep-rowers and a coxswain navigate over an open body of water – ocean, river, or lake. Our clubs row in 6-seater pilot gigs or 4-seater St. Ayle’s skiffs, built right here in the Museum’s boat shop.

Browse through our current rowing club options below to find the best fit for you and then register for the season.

If you are a first-time rower or interested in joining us for a trial row, your first row is on us! Select the “One Day Membership” level on the season registration and your row will be free.

If you are 25 years old or younger at the time of registration, your season membership is free for 2022. Simply indicate that you are under 25 on the season registration and you will be able to complete your membership registration for free.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced some new safety protocols that all participants are required to follow. Before you sign up for a club, please review these protocols below.


Rowing Clubs

Click on a rowing club title to read more.

Rowing for Racing Club
Tuesdays in Vergennes • Intermediate to Experienced Rowers

The Rowing for Racing Club is our advanced adult rowing club which meets every Tuesday evening at the Museum campus. Best suited for intermediate and experienced adult rowers of all ages (18-99+), this weekly club sets out for an aggressive 1.5 to 2 hour row each week and practice strength training, rowing techniques, and endurance. This club is a great way to exercise, socialize, and experience the beauty of Lake Champlain, while improving our rowing skills.

Full Season Membership Dues: $175/Season
One Day Club Membership: $10/Row
Join all 3 Clubs: $250

Burlington Rowing Club
Wednesdays in Burlington • Open to All / Beginner to Experienced Rowers

The Burlington Rowing Club, or the Skiff Rowing Club, meets at Perkins Pier in Burlington, VT every Wednesday evening, weather permitting. Open to adult rowers of all ages (18-99+) and of all levels (beginner to experienced) this weekly club sets out for a 1.5 to 2 hour row each week in the museum’s St. Ayle’s skiffs. This club is a great way to exercise, socialize, and experience the beauty of Lake Champlain, while practicing skiff rowing and racing techniques.

Full Season Club Membership Dues: $175
One Day Club Membership: $10/Row
Join all 3 Clubs: $250

Community Rowing Club
Thursdays in Vergennes • Open to All / Beginner to Experienced Rowers

The Community Rowing Club meets every Thursday evening, weather permitting, at the Museum campus. Open to adult rowers of all ages (18-99+) and of all levels (beginner to experienced) this weekly club sets out for a relaxed 1.5 to 2 hour row each week. We row the museum’s fleet of rowing gigs, either 6-seater pilot gigs or smaller St. Ayle’s skiffs. This club is a great way to exercise, socialize, and experience the beauty of Lake Champlain in with a relaxed group.

Full Season Club Membership Dues: $175
One Day Club Membership: $10/Row
Join all 3 Clubs: $250


Season Registration

Ready to row? Please review the details below and then click the “Register Now” button to select a membership level and register with your chosen rowing club(s) for the season.

You have two season registration options for each rowing club:

  • Full Season Membership: $175
  • One Day Membership: $10/Day

There are a few special circumstances and deals to know about for 2022:

  • If you want to join all three rowing clubs for the 2022 Season, you can select a discounted Full Season Membership of $250
  • If you are 25 years old or younger, your 2022 Season Membership is free for all clubs. Please indicate that you are 25 or younger on the registration and then select which clubs you’d like to join, for free.
  • If this is your first time rowing with us or you would like to do a trial row, it’s on us! Please select the One Day Membership on the registration. You will not be billed for this first row.

Ready? Let’s row!


Weather

Weather is important! If there is a change of plans due to the weather, or any other reason, we will email every weekly registrant by 3:00 PM on rowing day. If you don’t hear from us, we’re going rowing! We use the National Weather Service Lake Forecast.


Rowing Prep & Safety Protocols

As of August 2021, all adult rowers are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of medical exemption and wear a mask. Review the Museum’s full COVID-19 Safety Protocols here.

All rowers are asked to bring their own:

  • Suncreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks (if needed)
  • Towel
  • Gloves
  • Seat Pad or Cushion

Questions? Contact Lisa Percival at percival@madriver.com for help!

Pilot gig waits to be launched