As with so many activities, the COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted the Duluth Rowing Club. During 2020, rowing was limited to adults rowing in singles. During 2021, Junior rowing, Learn to Row classes, adults rowing in crews resumed following advised COVID safety protocols. All regional summer regattas were canceled, including the annual Duluth International Regatta - the Club's major fundraising event.
With very limited programing in 2020 and the Club's major fundraising events canceled in 2021, DRC's revenue has been significantly reduced. Funding is currently needed to cover fixed operational expenses which must be paid even if the Club is not in full operation.
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $3,000
Located on the western tip of Lake Superior, the Duluth Rowing Club (DRC) is home to a thriving rowing program composed of both competitive and recreational crews. The DRC provides youth and adults the opportunity to learn the sport of rowing and experience fun and fitness on the water. The DRC offers all needed equipment, coaching, and a place to row from its newly constructed boathouse. The DRC also sponsors two events during the rowing season: the Annual Duluth International Regatta held in July, and Death Row, a 25 kilometer event up the St. Louis River, held in September.
The Duluth Rowing Club's primary focus is its youth program for those age 13-18. During non-Covid years, over 120 Junior rowers typically participate from throughout the Duluth area. Junior rowers learn valuable teamwork skills, improve their overall health and fitness, learn water safety, and gain an appreciation for the Lake Superior waterways. In addition to the fun, competition, and camaraderie, each Junior is eligible to earn sports letter from their high school. Duluth Junior crews consistently medal in local regattas and several go on to row in college.
The Duluth Rowing Club also has an active adult rowing program available to men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Current adult rowers ages range from 18-80. There is the option to row for fitness and recreation, or for competition. Several competitive adult rowers have medaled at national and international regattas. The Learn to Row course is offered several times during the summer to introduce adults to the sport.
All are welcome at the Duluth Rowing Club. Program fees are affordable to encourage participation. Scholarships are available to cover program fees. No one is turned away for inability to pay membership fees.
The Duluth Rowing Club is a financially sound, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in good standing. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
More information on the Duluth Rowing Club is available at https://duluthrowing.org/