RPI Crew is a club rowing team through the Rensselaer Union. Team members are current members of the RPI community as well as students from Russell Sage College and Hudson Valley Community College. The rowers come from across all class years and levels of experience. If you've never rowed before, don't worry! We can teach you.
Though we are not NCAA/IRA level, we do maintain a strong commitment to practicing and competeing at a high level. Practices are conducted 5 days per week with regattas on weekends. On any given morning or afternoon, you may find our shells cruising up and down the Hudson River. That is, unless the river is frozen over. When the river is frozen (and even when it's not), you will find team members in the erg room, racking up the extra meters.
You will find our boathouse in Hudson Shores Park in the city of Watervliet (just across the Hudson River from Troy). We use the stretch of river from the Troy Locks all of the way down to the I-90 bridge as you're starting to get into Albany.
Our erg room is located back on campus in '87 Gym. The room is primarily used during winter training from January - April but is often used throughout the year. We have 25+ ergs ready and waiting for action.
Our fleet is mostly comprised of Vespoli racing shells. We have 8 Vespoli eights, 1 Vespoli four and 1 Hudson four. Our equipment team works hard to keep these boat in as good of condition as possible. Any smaller boats (singles, etc.) rowing under our name belong to the team members that are rowing them and not to the club.
You are going to want to get in contact with our membership officer at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will help you learn more about the team. We do not formally recruit but will be happy to hear more about you and share information about the team with you.
First of all, welcome to the sport! Rowing is a beautiful sport that takes a lot of passion and commitment to perfect. Don't worry about having not rowed before. Many of our team members learn to row when they join the team. We will take the time to teach you the fundamentals and build a strong base to work from. If you are an incoming freshman, we encourage you to check out our NRB day-trip, Rowing with Rensselaer, to get a feel for the sport. If you are a current student, email our membership officer at email@example.com to find out about opportunities to come by and try it out. We hope to see you soon!
Yes, it does. That said, you'll likely find that it's much less expensive than most other rowing clubs. We try to keep costs down to that we are more available to more students. In general, team membership will cost approximately $200 per semester.
Any rower will tell you that crew takes an large amount of time. You can expect to devote about 3 hours every weekday to practicing. Then, 4-5 times per semester, we attend regattas on the weekend, typically on a Saturday although sometimes on a Sunday. Beyond that, there are additional commitments such as fundraising and general team assistance. You should be prepared to make a significant commitment out of your schedule. Despite this, you will still have time for other things and many team members participate in numerous organizations outside of the team.
The team as a whole is divided into four smaller teams: Varsity Men, Varsity Women, Novice Men and Novice Women. In general, everyone rows two seasons on the novice team before being moved up to varsity. The only exception to this happens when novices are needed to fill a varsity boat at which point, it is at the coaches' discretion. This is regardless of if you have rowed in the past.
Email our secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will help point you in the right direction.