River City Rowing
Founded in 1983, RCRC is a grassroots rowing club created and galvanized by the volunteer efforts of our members. The RCRC boathouse, located at the Port of West Sacramento, offers well-protected water centrally located to residents of Sacramento, West Sacramento, Davis, Woodland, Elk Grove, and beyond. The Club's programs provide competitive and recreational rowing opportunities for community members of all ages and athletic experience.
These programs include a nationally competitive juniors team, providing instruction and training to over 60 high school athletes during the school-year. RCRC's Junior team coaches take pride in providing a safe environment for young athletes to participate in a non-traditional sport and challenge themselves on and off the water in ways often not anticipated. Many junior team alumni have found life-long friends, earned scholarships to college, and carry through life the lessons learned in rowing.
The 150 adult members of RCRC's masters program, comprised of six teams and numerous independent rowers, consistently share that rowing at RCRC provides a community of motivated individuals and diverse health benefits. The masters program progresses from a novice to an intermediate team, then to three competitive advanced teams. Together these teams provide training for adults of all levels of rowing while supporting the nuanced fitness, recreational, and/or competitive motivations of each member.
To reach Sacramento community members who are new to rowing RCRC offers Learn to Row classes for juniors and adults, manages a recreational middle school rowing program for students ages 10-13, and makes our canoes and kayaks available to youth groups such as the Boy Scouts. Moreover during the school year RCRC coaches visit local schools' P.E. classes, bringing equipment and giving rowing instruction to nearly every student at those schools.
RCRC draws rowers from beyond Sacramento and expands the visibility of rowing within the area by hosting two annual regattas: a 5000-meter head race, "Head of the Port", attracts nearly 1000 competitors to the Port of West Sacramento, and a smaller 1000-meter regatta, "River City Rebellion", draws competitors from all over the region each July. Additionally RCRC frequently welcomes collegiate and junior programs for spring break and dedicated training trips.
RCRC relies on the support of our members and the greater community to fulfill our mission and offer rowing to a wide range of Sacramento area youth and adults. Through financial support of RCRC donors and sponsors can directly advance the Club's rowing programs by empowering the Club to expand our outreach, build a better rowing fleet and improve our competitive standing, providing an outstanding rowing experience for everyone.