Scrimmage against New Trier High School

The Camp Randall Rowing varsity squads have been invited to race New Trier and select Chicago crews on Saturday October 21, 2017 and we have accepted the challenge to race one of the fastest teams in the Midwest. Given that the varsity boys were not selected to race at the Head of the Charles and only six Varsity girls are racing in Boston, racing New Trier presents a great opportunity for CRRC to finalize our preparations for the Blake Haxton regatta the following weekend and gain much needed racing experience.

According to Coach Mike, “We will be racing both varsity 8s and 4s with select novice rowers included to fill out boats. Arriving around 9am in Chicago, the scrimmage will recreate what most college racing is like: you show up, rig boats, and then go bang heads against fast crews on unfamiliar waters. While formal regattas are nice, during this scrimmage CRRC’s athletes will experience racing in its most pure format. And it will also give our rowers and coxswains another chance to fine tune their racing strategies before the last race of the fall season.”

We will be traveling by school bus from the Pick ‘n Save on University, leaving at 6 a.m. and returning by 6pm that evening. Please note, Rowers provide all of their food for this event. There will be no onsite meals.  Click here for the full itinerary.

Cost is $45. You must register by Wednesday October 18.

Seats on the bus will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to parents for $20. Please email Mark @ if you are interested in riding with the team.

What to pack: Uniform (all competitors must wear their club colors on the water), appropriate race gear, water bottle, snacks, packed breakfast & lunch, sun screen, clothes for cooler weather, a duffle or backpack for your belongings, homework and other down time activities.

Venue: The scrimmage will be based out of the Dammrich Rowing Center, 3220 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076


  • Bus will be provided and all rowers must ride with the team
  • Rowers may not leave the scrimmage site during the event
  • Each rower to bring breakfast and lunch in cooler
  • This event is for Varsity rowers and invited Novice only. However, novice rowers are welcome to travel down with the team if there is room on the bus. Talk to coach Mike if you are interested.

It’s time to order spirit wear for holiday gift giving!

Our JL Racing store is open!

Get holidays gifts for your rower, yourself, grandma and grandpa, the mailman…CRRC swag is the perfect gift for EVERYONE in your life. The store will be open though midnight on Monday, October 16th and orders will be available in early December.   

Order CRRC Clothing, Uniforms and Spirit Wear ON LINE! CRRC’s store is only open for a few weeks a year (spring and fall), so order what you need today.

Popular holiday items include:

Boathouse Jackets & Bumper Stickers:

If you would like to order a bumper sticker ($3) or  Boathouse Camp Randall Rowing Club jacket ($75) – these must be ordered through Andrea and Dave direct. Please email

Junior Rower Uniforms:

Below are the clothing requirements for each level of rower. Required clothing must be worn at all regattas. 

  • Girls & Boys Novice Rowers – white tank and “trou” (black spandex shorts) email the clothing chairs to order Novice tank.
  • Girls Varsity – CRRC “uni” and Headsweat cap or visor
  • Boys Varsity – CRRC “Uni”

How to measure for the best fit:


Payments for clothing are separate from other club fee payments. All clothing has a CRRC logo. Clothing comes in unisex sizes S-XXL; no tall sizes available. If unsure about size, talk to other rowers & coaches; try on a friend’s item. For Unis and Varsity Tanks, see the picture above and/or read sizing information at

Not sure if you are a novice or varsity rower? Please check with your coach. If you’ve been a Novice for a year, you’ll be Varsity for the first Fall Regatta and will need to order a Varsity Uniform in the summer for delivery in the fall.

Trou can be purchased at other locations, but the JL Racing brand are more durable and more comfortable.


Head of the Rock Regatta ~What you need to know

Head of the Rock Regatta ~ Rockford, IL

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Click Here for the full itinerary of the Head of the Rock Regatta

Important Notes:

  • ROWERS must have a US Rowing Waiver a Code of Conduct and an attendance agreement on file.
  • NO BUS. Coaches and Captains will help coordinate carpools… ROWERS are NOT allowed to drive themselves to this or any other regatta.
  • ROWERS may not leave the regatta site during the event.  Rowers must stay til the end of the day. Once the trailer is loaded and the camp site is cleaned up rowers will be dismissed by coaching staff.
  • Volunteer SIGN-UP GENIUS: We need help! sign up here
  • NEW THIS REGATTA! Spectator Lunch SIGN-UP GENIUS: Bring $5/person donation (the day of the regatta) and CRRC provide lunch for you. You MUST sign up ahead of time so that we have ample food for rowers and spectators.
  • Fun Fact! Adults from CRRC also row this race. Cheer on WeCanRow and the adults who row out of the CRRC boathouse.

Website: Head of the Rock Regatta

Location: You can use 200 Y Blvd., Rockford, Illinois as your GPS/map address. This head race begins at Martin Park and ends 2.75 miles later at the YMCA log lodge. It’s a great venue for bringing your bike…you can pedal alongside the river for most of the racecourse.

Spectators and Fans: CRRC will have coffee for you set up at our tents, and usually someone bakes something delicious to share. Stop by and chat with other CRRC fans. Bring chairs, binoculars, a picnic (or sign up for our $5 spectator lunch option) and a full water bottle. Dogs and bikes welcome. Suggested viewing spots are Martin Park, The Symbol, Sinnissippi Gardens, and anywhere along the east bank of the river between Riverside Boulevard and Whitman Street.

Weather: Up to date weather information for Rockford, IL can be found here.

What to Pack:

  • Breakfast, snacks and a FULL water bottle.
  • Entertainment/activities, homework for non-race time: art supplies, Frisbee, book, card games, etc.
  • Uniform (required on the water)
  • Coxwains: Cox Box, watch, notebook and pen in a fanny pack
  • sun hat/cold weather cap
  • sun screen
  • clothes for cooler weather/rain-gear
  • money for race t-shirt (optional)
  • assorted clothing for non-racing time

Headof the rock CRRC rowing


Sunday, October 8

  • 5:30 AM Athletes MUST depart Madison
  • 7:30 AM Coaches/Coxswains meeting will begin promptly.
    • Any changes to the regatta schedule will be announced at the meeting.
  • 11:30AM Approximate lunch time at CRRC camp
  • 5:30 PM Approximate departure from Rockford. ALL ROWERS MUST STAY TO LOAD TRAILER AND TRUCK.
  • 7:00 PM Approximate ETA in Madison

Monday October 9 – NO PRACTICE


Questions and Contact info: Mark 608-354-6998 & Melissa 608-575-0031


Milwaukee River Challenge: What you need to know

17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge
Downtown Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, September 16 2017

Important Notes:

The itinerary for this race changed slightly since it was first published. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CALENDAR IS UP TO DATE. Most notably, racing begins a half hour earlier (which means you need to show up to rig boats a half hour earlier… 7AM!

  • Only Varsity boats race this event because of the stage of the season and difficulty of the course. All CRRC families are welcome to attend.
  • ROWERS must be registered for the Fall 2017 season to travel/compete this weekend complete registration here. ROWERS must have a US Rowing Waiver and a Code of Conduct agreement on file.
  • Transportation is not provided to this regatta. Parents drive. Captains and Coaches will work with families who need to carpool. NO athletes may drive to this or any other regatta
  • Sign up Genius: Help with food and bin transport.


Milwaukee River Challenge

Location: 25th & Canal streets on the Menomonee River, proceed east to the junction with the Milwaukee River, and turn north to Schlitz Park just below Pleasant Street. CRRC’s tents will be near Schlitz Park and the finish line:  215 East Pleasant Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Spectators and Fans: The Milwaukee River Challenge is a great viewing course, find complete spectating information here. CRRC will have coffee for you set up at our tents, and usually someone bakes something delicious to share. Stop by and chat with other CRRC fans.

Weather: Up to date information for Milwaukee, WI can be found here.

What to Pack:

  • Entertainment/activities, homework for non-race time: art supplies, Frisbee, book, card games, etc.
  • Uniform
  • sun hat
  • water bottle
  • sun screen
  • clothes for cooler weather/rain-gear
  • money for race t-shirt (optional),
  • assorted clothing for non-racing time

UPDATED Itinerary:

Saturday, September 16

  • 5:00 AM  All rowers depart Madison for Milwaukee.
  • Approx.7:00AM Arrive at CRRC at regatta site. Rig and set up.
  • 7:30AM  Coaches and Coxswains meeting near launch site.
  • 8:00AM  Launching begins.  Boats warm up on the way and assemble in start order.
  • Midday – Lunch provided by CRRC.
  • 4:30PM Approximate time of departure from Milwaukee to Madison.

Full Itinerary: Milwaukee River Challenge Itinerary 2017 for CRRC

Questions and Contact info: Mark 608-354-6998 & Melissa 608-575-0031


Be in the Know: How to Stay in Touch with CRRC

Last night at the parent meeting we talked about the different ways we communicate at CRRC. You can find an entire list of the ways we communicate here. The biggies are:

  • Subscribe to the OARacle, the CRRC Newsletter – fill out the form on the home page of this website.
  • Like and follow CRRC Parent’s Facebook page.
  • Follow us on Twitter. Twitter gives you real time information on canceled practices, OARacle notifications and website communication updates.
  • Visit the website. All Twitter notifications will be on the homepage, and you can find detailed information about almost anything CRRC related.

Did you know that you can receive Twitter notifications as text messages, without a twitter account? Here is how:

Create a SMS (Short Message Service) Follow

  • Send a text message from your phone to ‘phone number’ 40404
  • Type the following into your message box: Follow RowCRRC, and press send.

You will immediately start receiving Tweets on your device via text message whenever we post a new tweet or website blog update. 

Useful Fast follow mobile commands:

  • Follow rowcrrc – allows you to receive updates from CRRC
  • Leave rowcrrc – allows you to stop receiving updates from CRRC
  • OFF or STOP – turns off receiving updates from all the users you are following.
  • ON – will turn on device updates and you will start receiving tweets again.
  • GET rowcrrc – retrieves the latest update that user has posted.