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Columbia Rowing Club

Welcome to CRC

All club meetings are open and we invite you to join us to learn more about rowing in Columbia.
The next club meeting will be the election of officers
held at 6PM, MAR 16...
(typically the 3rd THUR)
Hope you can make it.
Cafe Strudel
300 State St.
West Columbia

Regatta Schedule

APR 1st Clemson Sprints Are Fast Approaching
The Clemson Sprints are in less than 3 weeks from now. A good time to check your training for this regatta. The new dock is here....Alleluia!!!


Learn To Row

Learn-to-Row will be starting mid APR

There will be a $25 fee for
Learn-To-Row starting in mid APR.

Please click here to email Martin Shaffer for details and sign up for the new Learn-to-Row session.

No experience is necessary.  You are never too old to learn how to row! Our oldest member is in his 80's.
The general public is invited to row 3 different time before deciding whether to join the club.

New Dock Donated by EZ-Dock Is Installed
EZ-Dock has been great to work with....
Check their new low profile rowing dock at

E-Z Dock Crew got their part of the job done in less than a day....very quick installation....very professional and knew exactly what they needed to a do and when to do it. Good experienced crew. Thanks to Ray and the crew for coming down from New Jersey for the installation...
Great group of guys.

"We used this dock at the Tail of the Tiger" last fall at Clemson and had no problems launching the eight.

No more splinters from an old wooden dock.
No soft edges when placing the eight person shell in the water
(no wet feet).
No slip surface.
Very solid and durable structure.
UV protection for many years of no  maintenance.
Light color to help keep heat from building up on surface.

We want to thank EZ-Dock for donating a new low profile dock specifically designed for rowing shells.

Our total existence would be in jeopardy if EZ-Dock had not stepped up to the plate. The new dock will allow us to jump start our juniors and masters programs. A True Blessing...

Also thanks to the many rowers around the world that donated
to our Go-Fund-Me page....these funds, over $20,000 was used to pay for engineering, construction documents, placing the river piers, rip-rap and ramp concrete pad. EZ-Dock sent one of their best crews from New Jersey to do the installation.

Again many, many thanks to  EZ-Dock!
CRC wants to thank John Worrell, President of CRC for his endless hours working to get a new dock in place. Those hours include working with Richland County, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control,
SC Department of Natural Resources, City of Columbia and Army Corp of Engineers...

Columbia Rowing Club Flood Relief
We Lost Our Boat Dock
Former Location of CRC Dock Near I-20 Bridge
The Columbia Rowing Club in Columbia, South Carolina is still standing on the banks of the Broad River after the massive flooding in Richland County on October 3, 4, and 5th, 2015.  Approximately 7 feet of water rose into our boat house and slowly subsided over last week, leaving a lot of debris...





Youth Rowing

Our youth rowers have been land training for the last few weeks and will be starting water training around MAR 1st. Any interested rowers should contact Brielle Stark,
head coach, at

They plan to participate at the John Hunter Regatta, Clemson Sprints and the Southeastern Youth Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Northern Colleges and High Schools Visit for Training

So Happy to Have Rhode Island as our first visiting crew to the new dock. Welcome....

University of Rhode Island starting on MAR 10th. This is important to Columbia Rowing Club and the local Columbia hospitality businesses such as hotels and restaurants.

Rowing crews that have benefited from winter and spring training in Columbia include the University of Rhode Island, Georgetown, Michigan Vanderbilt and Vassar.
Message to potential visiting crews:
I believe training in Columbia, South Carolina is very good quality... some of the best training water you will find anywhere. The Broad River is protected from wind from the west and east because it is a high tree line and high banked river.... (not an open body of water that can build up waves from across a body of water).... Our section of the Broad River consist of two 2000 meter rowing straight-aways. It is ideal for detailed coaching instruction.... typically extremely calm water to get that nice solid catch that we all like to have in our rowing stroke.
Also the average high temperatures in the winter of about 55 degrees. If you are lucky you may get those nice 70 degree days that I personally enjoy about living in South Carolina.
I hope you will join us for the experience.
Mark Conrardy
Vice President
Columbia Rowing Club

 Weekly Rowing Schedule

Weekly Rowing Schedule is on hold until we can get a new dock in place....
SAT: Community Row 8AM
SUN: Community Row 8AM
WED: Community Row 5:30PM (During Day Light Savings Time....MAR 13 to NOV 6, 2016)
Head of the South
Augusta GA
NOV 2016
We had great fun rowing at HOTS, SAT NOV 12.
The men's masters 4 got first place medals and 
the mixed masters 8 got third place medals.
A great time was had by all....eating dinner
afterwards at
 Naucho Mama's... 
just like to old days when we first started the club.

Flood October 2015

Description of Broad River Richland County Rowing Site:

  • About 3 miles of river without any sandbars, rapids or bigger rocks...
    (two - 2000 meters straight away water distances with meter signs every 500 meters)
  • Low Head Dam 900 meters downstream from dock. (water height gage at dock)
  • <6 inch/sec current most of the time.
  • High trees to protect the river from wind.
  • Calm water with sufficient depth over entire width of river... from east bank to west bank.
  • Warm air temperatures most of the year...many sunny 70 degree days in the winter.
  • 13' wide x 120' long dock with one 5' wide ramp.

Easily accessible:

  • Close to the Broad River Rd Exit off I-20: click here for directions.
  • Close to many hotels.
  • Close to downtown & restaurants & movie theatres (Harbison Blvd / Bauer Parkway / Vista).
  • Close to natural and absolute quiet (4000 meters upstream from dock).

Columbia Rowing Club is a 501(c)3 organization allowing us to accept tax deductible contributions for Youth Rowing and our other rowing education programs.