The Wappingers Crew Club is a parent supported Wappingers Central School District club, competing in Scholastic Regattas with other schools in the Hudson Valley. Our club consists of dedicated athletes from John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham High Schools as well as Van Wyck and Wappingers Junior High Schools.
In 2004 a few students participated in a rowing class that was offered by the YMCA. Realizing how interested students were in this activity a group of parents worked together along with Coach Hancock to form a crew club in the Wappingers School District. They rented space in the Hudson River Rowing Association’s boat house and through fundraising efforts were able to buy used equipment to start the club. 20 students made up the first season, today there are 85 students participating in the club. Year after year the club continues their fundraising efforts to replace used equipment that was acquired in the first few years.
Fall Learn to Row
First time rowers have a chance to "learn to row" in our fall program. From mid September to the beginning of November we teach first time rowers the techniques of rowing on Wappingers Lake. Practices for boys are Tuesday after school and Saturday morning, girls are Thursday after school and Saturday morning.
If rowers enjoy the fall program they can sign up for our spring program rowing on the Hudson River.
In September we hold a parent meeting to discuss all aspects of the program, meeting date and time will be in the school announcements starting the beginning of September.
In February our practices start with “on land” training where ALL practices will be at Ketcham High School. These practices consist of weight lifting, running, calisthenics and using rowing machines.
Rowers are expected to be on time for practices, parents please pick your rower up promptly at the end of practice.
When the ice melts on the river around mid March we move to the boat house.
On the Water:
We (along with many other high schools) rent space in the Hudson River Rowing Association Boat House in Poughkeepsie. Our boats are located in bay 4. The address to the boat house is:
272 N. Water Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Practice will not be cancelled for poor weather conditions, if the water is rough we can run, if it is raining rowers can practice on erg machines inside the building.
Please remember the following when dropping off/picking up at the boat house:
- The speed limit is 15 mph
- Dropping/picking up off in front of the boathouse is prohibited. When dropping off or picking up your athlete, continue past the boathouse to the parking lot on the south side. This is the safest place to pick up and discharge passengers.
- The spaces in front of the boathouse have been designated for coach and handicapped access use only. Please do not park in these spaces!
Rowers should where layered clothing to accommodate for changing weather. Rowers should also bring extra clothes and a towel to practice in case they get wet.
Race season starts in April. Races are at the boat house and we travel to a few races that require an overnight stay. Information for hotels will be distributed in January at the parent meeting. A block of hotel rooms will be set up for the team, you can book a room at this hotel or stay in another hotel, you do not have to stay in the team hotel.
It is the discretion of our coaches whether a boat is race ready. Novice boats have been known to skip a race or 2 based on readiness. Please check with your coaches prior to making any non refundable hotel arrangements. ALL our team hotels have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
The weather in the spring is unpredictable; it is helpful if the rowers bring the following items:
- Extra clothes, especially socks
- Rain jacket
- Boots (the race course can be muddy)
- 7/16” wrench (used to rig and derig boats
There is a lot of time when rowers are waiting for their races, rowers might want to bring items to pass the time such as a book, cards, etc. If you are bringing electronic equipment remember that you are responsible for the items not the coaches.
Rowers are required to wear a team uni at the races. There is an additional cost for the uni. Order forms will be distributed in early February, in order to have the suits back by racing season we needed to order them by mid February, please do not delay handing in the paperwork.
Rowers are expected to be at the race at the time the coach designates for them to be there. The entire team is responsible for loading the boats on/off the trailer and rigging/derigging the boats. Rowers are not to leave a race until they are dismissed by their coach.
Rowers may not drive themselves to away races, they must be accompanied by an adult.
Curfew is 10 p.m., rowers must be in bed by that time.
Appropriate behavior is expected at the hotel, no running or loud talking in the halls. Appropriate behavior is expected at the race course.
Parents/Guardians attending races should bring the following items to races:
- Boots (the race course can be muddy)
- Extra clothes (dress in layers)
- Portable backup phone charger (Power brick). The cell service is poor at Saratoga. Let friends/family know that it may be difficult to reach you.
- There is a charge for parking (Saratoga and Syracuse) so have cash ready if you choose to park in the available lot. The fee is around $10 but have a little extra just in case they increased it.
- There are only port-o-pottys (Saratoga and Syracuse). You might want to bring extra hand sanitizer and an emergency roll of toilet paper.
- Plastic bags (to put muddy boots and wet clothes in)
Many of the races are sanctioned by US Rowing. For these races you can visit www.regattacentral.com for more information. To get racing results when you are at the race you can download the Regatta Central app to your phone.
The team has a food trailer that is set up at all the races. There is a small fee for the food trailer. Fee information will be distributed a few weeks before the first race. It is a good idea to pay ahead for the races.
A team tent is set up for the spectators to sit. Parents/guardians are asked not to stand at the trailer. Rowers are required to stay by the trailer -- it becomes a hazard when too many people are in the area where boats are being carried.
Club e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mails with updates are sent often to our distribution list; please send an e-mail requesting to be added to the distribution list. If you have questions please send an e-mail.
Website address: www.wappingerscrewclub.org
Parents meetings are held at either John Jay High School or Ketcham High School. Locations are posted on the website. We will review the upcoming activity for each month. If you cannot make a meeting ask another parent to give you updates after the meeting. If there are handouts ask them to pick up copies for you.
Announcements are usually sent out through the schools, if you do not receive school announcements via e-mail go to the school district website and sign up for electronic announcements.
The club has a Facebook page that we use to make announcements as well as to post pictures. Although the best place for announcements would be to check e-mail or the website first.
The club’s address is:
Wappingers Crew Club
P.O. Box 221
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Each rower is required to pay dues plus an equipment fee. Below is the list of ongoing fundraisers we participate in to offset the cost of both these fees. If you have any ideas for a fundraising activities please let us know.
Duck Race – September (can be used towards equipment fund)
Candy Sales – Fall (can be used towards dues or equipment fund)
Banner Sponsors- Due in February (can be used towards dues fund)
Erg-A-Thon – March (can be used towards equipment fund)
General fundraising activities for the club are as follows:
Scrip Pro Gift Cards
For more information about fundraising please refer to our fundraising page.