Masters Sweep Rowing

Sweep Masters Rowing Programs 2014

BIR offers several different sweep programs to accomodate a variety of work schedules, rowing goals, competition goals, and levels of rowing experience. See below for details.

If you are interested in a particular program, check first with its coordinator to make sure it's the right program for you; there may be times during preparation for a particular race when it's not appropriate to accomodate new rowers. Then use the Doodle scheduler to let the coach and coordinator(s) know when you'll be at practice.

2014 Sprint Season Doodle

We are targeting three regattas this spring including the Opening Day Invitational (which we should be hearing about soon - a mixed 8 and a ladies 8 were submitted). The doodle addresses the other two:

  • April 12 - 13: Covered Bridge Regatta in Dexter Lake, OR.
  • June 20 - 22: NW Master Regionals at Vancouver Lake, WA.

Saturday and Sunday morning rowing

Weekend rows may have regatta focus on occasion but are generally open "ham and egg" rows involving ALL MASTERS GROUPS to build experience, fitness, and camaraderie. Practice times typically 7:00 - 9:00 AM.

Doodle schedule: Saturday/Sunday Doodle Link

Coordinator: see week-day coordinators below

Coach: Matt Niemeyer and Morgan Seeley

Early morning rowing

This group is shifting to the evening (see below) for an evaluation period in spring 2014. Coordinators/coach are, however, listed/linked below.

If you are game for a rigorous early morning workout and genuinely interested in perfecting your technique to the racing or near-racing level, this program's for you.

Historical practice times: [see Evening group below]

Doodle schedule: [see Evening group below]

Mid-morning rowing

This groups focuses on improving rowing technique, conditioning, and training for competition. The group includes both racers and non-racers.

Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays at 9:00 am.

Please doodle in for the entire week ahead. Make any necessary changes on Doodle by 3 pm the day before the row.

Mid Morning - Intermediate/Novice

This group is for Novice rowers upon graduating from Learn to Row, and for those who are returning to rowing after an extended period of time. Intermediate/Novice (IN) rowers will get a good workout and develop their skills as rowers and coxswains. Please doodle in or out as far in advance as possible and by 3:00 pm a day ahead. If emergency/illness requires you to cancel on the morning of rowing, please doodle out and text coordinator Jo Vander Stoep at (206)841-1551.

Practice times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Doodle schedule: Mid-Morning Intermediate Novice Rowing Doodle

Evening rowing

This group involves rigorous workouts designed for experienced, competitive sweep rowers. Both men and women now row during this period.

  • Coaches: Chris Lane coaches the ladies. Matt Niemeyer coaches the men. NOTE SEPARATE DOODLES BELOW.
  • Practice times: Tuesday, Thursday: 6:15-7:45pm; Saturdays: 7-9am
  • The Evening group week-day rowing begins Tuesday, March 11 (first Tuesday after Daylight Saving Time begins).

Join the mailing list: To get on the Evening Masters mailing list, please join the Google Group "BIR Evening Masters" and set your membership to receive email.

Novice Evening Rowing

This group supports recent Learn to Row participants. The focus of the program is development of rowing technique, conditioning and learning to move a boat.

Practices times: Ordinarily evenings at 6:30 pm, however this spring this session isn't available until after the April Learn To Row class completes.

Doodle calendar: TBD

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