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 join us on the lake!

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 • Best for 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.

If you plan to row at least 15 times this season (at least 3 months out of the 5.5 month season), the Season Membership might be right for you! On average our regular club rowers save $3/row with a Season membership.

Vermont Skiff Rowing Club
Wednesdays in Burlington • Best for Beginner to Experienced Rowers

The Vermont 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.

If you plan to row at least 15 times this season (at least 3 months out of the 5.5 month season), the Season Membership might be right for you! On average our regular club rowers save $3/row with a Season membership.

Community Rowing Club
Thursdays in Vergennes • Best for First-Time through 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.

If you plan to row at least 15 times this season (at least 3 months out of the 5.5 month season), the Season Membership might be right for you! On average our regular club rowers save $3/row with a Season membership.

Not sure if rowing is right for you? Just join us for your first row! No club membership fees needed. Contact Lisa Percival at (802) 475­-2022 or percival@madriver.com for more information.


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

All rowers are asked to bring their own:

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

In accordance with the State of Vermont’s COVID-19 plan, we have introduced some new safety protocols that all participants are required to follow. Before you sign up for a club, please make sure you agree to and can follow the following items:

  • There will be no public restrooms available
  • Upon arrival, you will be asked if you have any symptoms and your temperature will be taken
  • Participants must wear a mask or face covering when on site and on the docks. While rowing, masks will be worn around necks at all times, to be used as necessary when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • When not in boats, participants will maintain 6’ social distancing as much as possible
  • Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, including oar handles and life jackets, will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between use
  • Do not share your personal equipment with others
  • No spitting when in the presence of other rowers or staff members
  • Participants must bring their own water bottle and cannot share water bottles or food with others

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

Pilot gig waits to be launched