Row for fun or as a part of our racing team.


CRRC has dozens of active members from 20-something to well beyond 70, a year-round rowing and fitness calendar and a great inventory of boats and a trailer for hauling boats to regattas. As a member, you can use club boats at no cost, once you’ve shown you can handle them safely.

Throughout the world, Masters Rowing, for rowers 21 and up, is the fastest growing segment of the sport, and no wonder. It’s a fun upper- and lower-body workout that many consider the perfect way to stay fit. (And unlike exercising in a gym, the scenery is always beautiful.)

Chester River Rowing Club got its start in the 1980s when a small group of men who’d rowed in high school and college decided they wanted to get back on the water. Washington College invited them to use its boat- house and docks near downtown Chestertown on an ideal stretch of the Chester River.

Now, more than 30 years later, while most members learn to row in our Novice Classes, we still enjoy guest status at the WC boathouse—a benefit that helps the club keep annual dues unusually low.

We hope you’ll want to learn to row, and once you do, we hope you’ll want to keep at it, either just for fun or as a racing team member.




CRRC stores its boats and equipment at the Washington College Boat House. Upon availability club members can store their boats on the CRRC boat racks.

The club enjoys guest status at the boat house, and members can use the college’s training tank and exercise equipment when it is not in use by the college rowing teams.

The club fleet includes:

  • A fleet of singles—many of them super-stable
    and suitable for novice rowers
  • Four doubles
  • One four and two quads
  • One eight
  • And a trailer for hauling boats to regattas.


We’re the beneficiary of the generosity of Washington College and keep our boats on the boathouse property, using the college’s excellent floating docks to launch. If you want to race, you’ll find plenty of company: our men’s, women’s and mixed boats compete in sprint (1,000 meters) and head races (5,000 meters) in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond every season.

The best part, of course, is the water. Our stretch of the Chester River is 23 miles from the Chesapeake Bay so it’s wonderfully calm most of the time. There’s nothing in the world like going out for a row at dawn or dusk on perfectly flat water, with great blue herons and an occasional eagle for company.

Benefits of Membership

  • Use of club boats (after proof of ability)
  • Guest status at the Washington College Boat House and grounds
    (club activities only)
  • Participation in Masters Regattas (regional and national)
  • Many opportunities for recreational rowing
  • Be a part of a great group of rowers from all over the middle Eastern Shore

Membership Fees

Safesport Requirements must be completed prior to accepting the dues.
Dues must be paid paid to use any equipment and have access to the boathouse

Membership dues: $375.00
Regatta fees are additional

News & Events

Head Of The Occoquan 2021

Saturday, November 6 – Two CRRC members competed in the HOTO (Sponsored by Occoquan Boat Club) Masters 1x events.  A chilly morning saw 96 1x competitors race on one of …

CRRC Competes in Occoquan Challenge 2021

   Sunday, October 10 – Chester River was represented by 3 rowers at the 2021 Occoquan Challenge, a 5000 m head race with 3 challenge turns.  The course is fully …

CRRC Head Race Regatta 2021

On Sunday, Sept. 26 CRRC held the second annual Head Race Regatta.  All ages and rowing experience participated and 11 rowers competed in singles, doubles, and/or quads.  With some gusty …

CRRC member in Italy

Check this out!!!   Our own Celeste rowing in Portofino, northern Italy.  This is what is so great about rowing.  It is a world-wide community and you are always welcome to …

USRowing Masters National Championships 2021

Aug 12 through Aug 15, 2021  USRowing Masters National Championships in Oakridge, TN. Over 1400 competitors from 111 clubs raced in 237 events. Chester River Rowing Club, represented by L. …

Special Olympics Maryland – Kayaking

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”   (motto of Special Olympics) SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND Aug 7, 2021 Kayaking Time Trials     Aug …

Learn to Row 2021

CRRC’s Learn to Row Class was held June 14-25, 2021, 6 classes.  We had a great turnout of 9 enthusiastic students/rowers.  The coordinated efforts of our coaches and experienced club …

The CRRC Boys in the Boat

Chester River Rowing Club Mens 4- Up and Rowing!  John (stroke), Dawson, Jordan, and Brad (bow man!) looking awesome! 6-12-21