Novice Parents Need to Know

  • Practices are not finished at exactly the same time each day
  • Blisters are normal for rowers, novices can ask coaches or varsity rowers for the best way to help blisters
  • Coaches communicate with the rowers directly. They typically have a group chat with their team which will be source of info for practice start times, etc.
  • We will provide a regatta information sheet via email prior to our regattas
  • Make sure to use our Club’s website. There you can see the full roster of the club, look for carpools, see a Calendar of events and more. If you are not receiving emails about the club from travel, finance/dues, or others, please verify your email or put an alternate email address on website under the registration tab.
  • Novice rowers will receive a uniform in time for first regatta
  • Every year several of our Senior rowers get impressive college scholarships for rowing
  • Sometimes order forms come home/get emailed for team spirit wear. If adults want CJRC spirit wear or additional items for your rower, we have a CJRC store on the website.
  • Winter banquet will be held in late winter, where parents are encouraged to come with their rower for dinner, talks from coaches and to get an update on CJRC. It’s fun to celebrate our rowers!


  • Start early, kids typically board buses before dawn....
  • Rowers are fed well at our tent throughout the regatta and there is sometimes dinner on the
  • bus on way home or a quick stop for dinner along the way (have rower bring a few $$).
  • Parents bring: chairs, binoculars, snacks, cameras, a variety of clothing for weather
  • Plan or pack lunch. Sometimes there are food trucks or restaurants nearby, sometimes not
  • Print heat sheets from Regatta Central or before you leave for home
  • Regatta Central ( is a website where you can find information for any regatta. Once you register for an account you can save upcoming regattas that CJRC will be attending and receive updates regarding the venue, including information about the race course, parking, vendors, results etc. There is a wealth of information on this website and it is great for planning purposes as well as to look up the competition! They have an app too which is super handy!
  • Fall Regattas are usually Head races (about 3 miles), it is a timed race, but staggered start. You will not know how well your rower’s boat did until all boats in that event have finished times and times are posted.


  • Training at The Montgomery Inn Boathouse, lower level.
  • Practices are usually shorter in Winter
  • Training will be mix of Erging, using the Tanks, running outside, and doing body circuits.
  • There will be an indoor regatta (held in February usually in a school gymnasium) where the rowers row on the Ergs for times, and can win medals based on the 2000 meter time.


  • Regattas: Our club hosts two of them, Cincinnati Invitational (4/10/2021) and Midwest Regional Champs (5/15-16/2021) out at Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, Bethel, OH.
  • Parents are the main source of volunteers, plan on helping and have fun doing so!
  • The format for Spring regattas are Sprints: You will see CJRC boats race against other teams in a 2000 meter race.
  • There are usually 1-2 other Novice regattas in the Spring that are out of town... (last year they were in Oak Ridge, TN (an overnight) and Columbus)


  • We hold a wreath sale for fundraising efforts, an email will come out before Halloween for the sale for the holidays. Rowers are expected to sell 10. This is our only sales fundraiser of the year.
  • We have recently expanded our Boathouse on the Licking River. More work is needed to complete the project and update our docks. We are looking for corporate donations and grants to help defray the costs of this undertaking! Please feel free to share any contacts with us.
  • The Annual Fund is an additional way to support the expenses of the Club. Generally you receive a letter with further details in winter. Other things to know: Your rower will talk about their 2K time, this is important to them and is a number college recruiters look at when prospecting.

Some great book for rowers and parents: Assault on Lake Casitas, Red Rose Crew, The Shell Game, The Boys in the Boat

Learn some Rowing Terminology Here.

We are so glad you are a part of CJRC! Rowing is an amazing sport and our club is one of the top clubs in the country thanks to the dedication of our coaches, parents and our rowers!

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