Now in its third year, Eastern Shore Community Rowers are back on the water with new boats, new team members, new times, and renewed vigor.
Known as ESCRowers.org, the non-profit membership is made of adults of all ages and experiences from ages 18 to 80+. With a masthead of “Rowing for All,” ESCRowers shares the enthusiasm by inviting anyone interested to try out for this multigenerational sport, which promotes team spirit, personal excellence, and takes advantage of our wonderful waterways, underscoring the appreciation of preservation our natural resources.
“We have a steadily growing membership and assortment of rowing shells,” says Chloe Tong, ESCRowers Executive Director, “so we have a bit of everything to offer. Within three years, we have acquired a nice selection of used boats and thanks to the enthusiasm of our members, we have repaired and outfitted a small fleet of 8s, 4s, doubles, and single rowing shells. We also added a trailer last year so we look forward to taking our team to regattas with other groups, such as Chestertown, Annapolis, and Baltimore as well as larger regional races.”
ESCRowers now offers two morning time slots, a vigorous workout at 5:30am M-F for those who have to get to work early, and a recreational row at 7:00am M, W, F, as well as an all-team row at 7:00am on Saturdays.
Free Learn-to-Row introductory sessions are available the first Saturday of each month, and two-day weekend clinics for those who would like to continue the lessons on the water with one of three certified coaches.
ESCRowers is grateful to Evergreen at Easton Point for hosting their boats and usage of their floating dock, which the adult group shares with the teen program, Freedom Rowers. “We have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with Evergreen and Freedom Rowers, and shared philosophies of health, wellness, and appreciation of our beautiful rivers,” says Howard Parks, both a Tai Chi practitioner and rower, as well as a Board member for both organizations. “It really gets down to community, and bringing people together to explore their potential for personal health and well being. I teach Yoga and Tai Chi, to which I find rowing a wonderful compliment as it’s both core strengthening as well as focused and meditative.”
For more information on schedules or membership, visit ESCRowers.org or find Eastern Shore Community Rowers on Facebook.