Our Story


A long time ago on the banks of a very foggy river, several frustrated rowers met before dawn, clad in ancient spandex, old socks and most sacred flip flops. The season had been a long and hard one. An evil enchantress has cast spells among the devoted causing riggers to loosen, boats to become heavy and bridge arches to narrow.  Many who were called to the water fell away, leaving only a tenacious few who suffered under the enchantresses curses of "politics" and struggled to overcome and row beyond the "who said what to whom" syndrome.

One morning, before the sun rose, the valiant few ritualistically trudged down single file to the water and met at their customary time only to find that the junior program had taken their equipment to a regatta and they were left with an ancient wooden boat that should be hanging over a salad bar. 

In total frustration, they threw their blistered and calloused hands in the air and wailed. Their cries pierced the night, and the water stirred. From a spot on the lake where a ribbon of moonlight reflected on the water, a maiden arose. Her blue JL fit her flawlessly, and she walked from the water carrying her oars, she stooped a little to the left (it was apparent to all that she had rowed starboard for years), and her calves showed the telltale slide bite marks of a competitor.... She looked at the wailing women and said, "You are not alone ... there are others, follow me and I will bring you together - but bring a wrench the boat needs to be rigged" ... and with that the fog parted, and Avalon began.

How it works?


When Avalon plans to attend a regatta we will send out an email blast to all of our contacts who are subscribed to the Avalon Yahoo Groups List Serv and wait for their welcomed response. Depending upon the race we can have as many as 50 rowers who are able and willing to get in a boat on race day.

We make lineups based on age and skill as well as a little bit of luck. Avalon Rowing Club has placed at The Head of the Charles, FISA World Masters, San Diego Crew Classic, Head of the Schuylkill, US Rowing Masters Nationals and many others. 

If you are interested in joining us at an upcoming regatta send us an email sally_the_mander@yahoo.com with all of your information including your age (for masters rowers) as well as your personal persuasion - let us know whether you are a sculler and/or a starboard or port sweep rower. You can also visit the tab labeled Sign Up to enter your information directly on our site. 

Recent Announcements

  • Another spin on the “traditional” brick and mortar boat house The 1x society was started in the spring of 2014 as an outreach and networking venture, based out of southern New Hampshire by Sally Alwan.  Sally (yeah, another Sally) loved ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2015, 5:29 PM by CUA CREW
  • Howard Smith, my Dad and a rowing ambassador. by Pat Montain (Avalon Rower)   My Dad, Howard Smith, was a rowing ambassador. He loved the sport. He represented it with pride and dignity. He spread the gospel of rowing ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2015, 6:45 PM by CUA CREW
  • View from Bow (Head of the Charles 2014), by Anne Faber This year, Avalon entered 4 boats into the 50th Head of the Charles.Nancy Crome and Cookie Miller who took 1st in the woman's 2xMichele Muldari, Priscilla Hoffnung ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 3:26 PM by CUA CREW
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