Vero Beach Rowing’s masters program is for all levels of rower. Whether it is a rower with tons of experience as a junior or collegiate rower and beyond, or just someone just getting in the boat for the 2nd time, our club is for you. As a masters member you have the opportunity to use the club’s equipment all year round and enjoy coached sessions each week.
You will have the opportunity to hone in your skills on our sweep and sculling equipment, as well as stay in shape with our ergs. Our equipment ranges from stable learn to row type shells, to faster racing shells. All in all, we have a shell for you. If you have your own shell and would like to store it at our facility for you to use, we have that option as well.
You can usually find one of our masters rowers out every morning, and most evenings when the weather permits.
Group Row Schedule
(Through the end of May)
Mon – Fri
Times Vary with Sunrise
Next Learn-to-Row Session
Our Winter Learn-to-Row session will begin on Tuesday, January 23rd and run through March 8th.
Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 – 10 AM
Learn how to board a boat correctly!
Catch, Drive, Finish, and Recovery
The whole body is involved in moving a shell through the water. Although rowing tends to look like an upper body sport, the strength of the rowing stroke comes from the legs.
The stroke is made up of four parts: Catch, Drive, Finish and Recovery. As the stroke begins, the rower is coiled forward on the sliding seat, with knees bent and arms outstretched. At the catch, the athlete drops the oarblade vertically into the water.
At the beginning of the drive, the body position doesn’t change – all the work is done by the legs. As the upper body begins to uncoil, the arms begin their work, drawing the oarblades through the water. Continuing the drive, the rowers move their hands quickly into the body, which by this time is in a slight “layback” position, requiring strong abdominal muscles.
During the finish, the oar handle is moved down, drawing the oarblade out of the water. At the same time, the rower “feathers” the oar – turning the oar handle – so that the oarblade changes from a vertical position to a horizontal one. The oar remains out of the water as the rower begins recovery, moving the hands away from the body and past the knees. The body follows the hands and the sliding seat moves forward, until, knees bent, the rower is ready for the next catch.
Men’s Doubles Rowing Title
Congratulations to VBR Members Jimmy Michael and Luke Golash! They were the First Place Men’s Double winners at the Sunshine State Games Regatta in Sarasota, Florida.