National Learn to Row Day is this Saturday, June 3 and among those opening their boathouse to the community is the Fairport Crew Club.
People can come to the Fairport Crew Club from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and learn to row for free.
We spent some time this week gliding along the historic Erie Canal in Fairport with coxswain Heidi Granville and her team. “You really have to work together because unlike a lot of other sports rowing doesn’t have one all-star person,” she said.
Granville has been a member of the Fairport Crew Club for five years. It’s her passion. “I’m a coxswain for the Varsity Boys team as well as a captain for the team, so just being able to be a leader and lead this group of people is very rewarding,” she said.
Lisa Jones was once a rowing novice. Now she’s the Club’s Novice Girls Coach. She said her kids brought her to the sport. “They decided to try rowing, and I did the adult learn to row and I got hooked!”
Jones said anyone can learn to row and the Fairport Crew Club has plenty of opportunities for those who are interested. “We have an adult program in the summer and some youth programs in the summer, and our two competitive youth seasons,” she said.
People can tour the Club’s boathouse Saturday and get on the water with some experienced rowers. Taking that first step is all it takes. “Everyone is welcome and you have the ability to move up and take the sport however far you want to go with it, so there’s a lot of flexibility in this sport, and it’s very welcoming,” said Granville.
Anyone of any fitness level between the ages of 12 and 90 can learn to row for free during the event. The Fairport Crew Club is located in Perinton Park along the edge of the Erie Canal.
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