Who is North Bay Rowing Club
NBRC was founded in 1984 by Greg Sabourin, still a member, to support the sport of rowing and take advantage of the Petaluma River. The Juniors program began in 2004 and competes against over 30 teams within the Southwest Region. We represent both Junior High and High School athletes from Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties.
Practice & Training
Athletes are expected to be at every practice. Each practice is 2 hours long and is divided between land and water training. The program focuses on erg-testing, on-the-water rowing technique and cross-training activities such as running and strength training. Practice is typically held at the NBRC boatyard but will occasionally meet at nearby gym facilities. At the end of each season the Team runs to the top of Mt. Burdell in Novato.
Will my athlete compete in races?
The Competitive Team travels and participates in regattas around the bay area and beyond. In the majority of the races all athletes will compete. In some regattas athletes will be hand selected by the coach. Several factors are taken into consideration in the selection process and is a combination of the following six elements.
Erg Testing/Fitness. An ergometer is a land-based rowing machine that shows fitness levels and mental resolve. Athletes are tested periodically to gauge progress towards race preparation. Erg testing is also the primary measurement for identifying Junior National Team candidates. In the Fall, the head race season, the coach will test athletes in 5k and 6k pieces. In the Spring, the sprint season, athletes will be tested with a 2k piece. The coach will look for continual improvement in erg scores and the athletes drive to push themselves to their limit and beyond.
Practice Attendance: Practice attendance is a requirement for race participation.
Rowing Technique. Rowing is a complex sport that requires a high level of fitness and technical ability. On-the-water technique is essential for a fast boat. Rowers will be expected to row efficiently on their own and as well as in the team.
Seat Racing. Seat racing shows how fast an athlete can move a boat on the water and is a technique used to compare the relative speed of athletes on the water.
Cross-Training. Cross-training demonstrates an athletes overall strength and endurance.
Attitude. An athlete’s effort and desire to improve shows dedication.
A important member of the crew is the coxswain (pronounced “coxin”). The coxswain’s function is to steer the boat while calling commands to the rowers and ensuring safety of the crew. A successful cox exudes confidence and the ability to motivate and is typically smaller in stature than the rowers.
Sweep Rowing and Sculling
The Junior program trains and competes in both sweep and sculling boats.
Sweep Rowing: Sweep rowing is when a rower utilizes one oar. Rowers are paired together so there is an oar on each side of the boat; one on starboard (left side) and one on port (right side). The Junior Crew races in boats that hold either four or eight rowers including a coxswain. The boats are classified as a four (4+) or an eight (8+).
Sculling: Sculling is when a rower utilizes two oars. The Junior Crew races in boats that hold either a one, two or four rowers. Sculling boats are coxless and are steered by the rower in bow. The boats are classified as a single, double or quad.
Competitive Team, High School Athletes:
2016-17 Competitive Team Schedule
Competitive Team, High School Athletes:
Registration & Monthly Dues for Competitive Team
Learn-to-Row Team (Middle School):
Registration & Monthly Dues for Learn-to-Row
NBRC is a non-profit organization and fundraising efforts play a key role in the support of Junior programming. The Juniors host several fundraising events annually and athletes are required to participate. The following is a list of fundraising events that parents can expect to participate.
Erg-a-thon. Juniors participate in an annual erg-a-thon where athletes are divided into two teams and race 100 miles on a single rowing machine. The event is held in downtown Petaluma just outside Central Market restaurant on Petaluma Blvd N. Juniors solicit local businesses for donations in support of NBRC Junior athletics.
Car Washes. Each season Juniors are required to participate in several car wash events.
Dine-and-Donate. Hosted at a local restaurant a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to NBRC Junior athletics. Families are encouraged to promote and participate in this event.
eSript Fundraising. You shop and NBRC earns money! Check the donate page for details.
Parent Booster Club & Volunteering
The Booster Club is an important part of the Juniors program. Parents support NBRC athletics by voluntarily participating in several functions including the hosting of pre-race dinners, providing transport and support at races, organizing travel detail for road trips, and organizing and attending fundraising events.
NBRC offers a limited number of scholarships for families in need of assistance. If your athlete is ready to participate in the Juniors Program and assistance is needed, contact Head Coach Will Whalen: email@example.com
Basic Uniform (Mandatory for All Athletes): Uni, Practice Tank Top & Trou Shorts, & Practice T-shirt
Optional Uniform Products: Bags, Tech Jacket/Shirt, Warm-ups
Required at all practices: Both Running Shoes and Sandals
Uniforms are ordered through JL Racing at www.JLracing.com through the North Bay Crew Store.
The Boatyard & Parking
Juniors practice is held at the NBRC boatyard in the southwest corner of the Foundry Wharf parking lot. Parking in the lot is strictly prohibited from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday. If you are picking up your athlete during these hours and need to park please utilize street parking only. Driving through the parking lot and remaining in your vehicle is allowed. Parking in the lot is permitted on weekends.