NBRC was founded in 1984 by Greg Sabourin, who also published Row! Magazine at that time. Greg built the original group of members around open-water rowing with support from Maas and Owen Racing Shells. The club now has a diverse membership of men and women of all ages with interests in recreation and racing, as well as a growing Juniors program. Greg went on to be a co-founder and executive director of Petaluma Small Craft Center, with the mission to improve river access for all non-motorized boats and boards, through small craft programming and the development of a rental center and a community boathouse. As a partner, NBRC helps with PSCC’s summer camps and other public programming, like Day on The River, and the Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Relays & Mixer, and is one of the main supporters of funding for the upcoming Community Boathouse, which is slated to be built in the Riverfront development just southeast of the 101 Bridge over the river.
NBRC offers and supports:
- North Bay Rowing Club strives to support the interested public and our membership by offering a wide variety of options in both activities and equipment.
- Introduction to rowing for everyone age 13 and up, through Learn to Row sessions for both Masters and Juniors, and summer camps for Juniors
- Masters and Juniors competitive sculling & sweep rowing
- Masters training in sculling & sweep rowing
- Sonoma State University Rowing Club
- Open water recreation & racing
On the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, NBRC hosts the Petaluma River Marathon/Half Marathon (42 or 21km distances for all human-powered watercraft). On the first Sunday in October, NBRC and SSU co-host the 5 km USRowing-sanctioned Wine Country Rowing Classic. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, NBRC members participate in the Turkey Relays & Mixer.
For younger athletes, NBRC has a middle school Learn to Row team, a Junior crew competitive team, and summer programs. See the Juniors page for more information.
We also support Petaluma Small Craft Center in its Small Craft Summer Camps, for ages 12-18.
- Maas Aero open water recreational singles
- Maas 24 open water racing singles
- Maas 27 flat water racing single, and racing singles from Fluidesign, Hudson, Kaschper, Owen, and Drew Harrison
- Maas open water racing/recreational double
- Hudson, Owen, and WinTech racing doubles (WinTech can be converted to a pair)
- Hudson and Owen racing quads (Owen can be converted to a straight four)
- Hudson and Kaschper coxed fours
- Hudson and Vespoli coxed eights
- Concept2 and Dreher sculling oars
- Concept2 sweep oars
- Concept2 Model “D” ergometers
- Three launches
- Two dock boxes
- Repair capabilities
Petaluma River is rowable year-round. Members usually frequent the first 6 miles of the river south of Petaluma. The “River” is a tidal slough that is subject to tides which are about 45 minutes behind those at the Golden Gate. Boat traffic is not regulated outside of Petaluma city limits, but tends not to be a major problem except during mid-day on holidays and summer weekends. Most of the river area is bounded by wetlands, a bird sanctuary, and 3 small marinas. There are 4 major straight-aways on the river on which we can row 500-2500m pieces.
- Masters: 7 days per week, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM depending on the crew and season.
- Juniors: September through May, weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
- Sonoma State University: September through May, Monday – Friday 5:15 AM – 7:15 AM, Saturday 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM