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About Us

The Clarkson University Crew is a dedicated group of rowers who thoroughly enjoy rowing and the fellowship of the team. We practice Monday to Friday in boats of as few as one person, to full eight person boats. We have students with a range of abilities, from complete beginners to experienced rowers from high school. We have two dedicated coaches who without their help none of our achievements would have been possible. 

Team History

The concept for the Clarkson Crew Team was started by Charles Tinney and Damian Micomonaco in 1998. They went to Dr. James Thorpe with their idea and gained his support. Dr. Thorpe assisted with fundraising and raised enough to get the club off the ground. In the 1998-1999 school year, Steve Titus, Jonathan France, and Petra Sergent joined the group and the club constitution was submitted to CUSA in 1999. The first boat was bought from the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club. Extensive work was done on the boat in high bay at CAMP and at a local barn in order to get it seaworthy. The Chargers found out we were students starting a club, and we traded that boat for one in better condition. Work was started on the Tyler as soon as we got it. The Grateful Oars rowing club built a boathouse on Norwood Pond so the boat and other equipment could be housed there permanently. We took the Tyler onto Norwood Pond for the first time, with limited success. We soon found ourselves with more work to do after the wood around the rigging for the 8 seat cracked and pulled away. After the necessary repairs were completed, regular practices began and the Clarkson Crew Club finally brought competitive rowing to the Clarkson community.

In the fall of 2000 we began inter-collegiate racing with limited success. During the winter of 2000-2001, we acquired a motor boat and promptly dubbed it the "Pea Pod" because of its green nature. More equipment began to be acquired or borrowed, allowing the club to grow. The club soon outgrew the Grateful Oars boathouse and became nomadic. Boats were stored on our new trailer and the grass in Norwood. Other club possessions were stored wherever space could be found over the winter. In addition, the club built a dock, making the frigid rowing in Northern New York much more pleasant. During this period from 2001-2004, the club grew dramatically from a rag tag group of people who liked rowing to a serious club that began winning medals.

Everything changed in the fall of 2004 when construction of the new boathouse began. The boathouse was completely built by rowers, and after many weeks of difficult days (practicing in the morning and building in the afternoon), the facility was complete. The new boathouse has room for 10 large boats and several singles, and uses solar power for lighting. As of 2012 the club owns ten shells: three eights, four fours, and three pairs. The team also owns two launches that accompany shells during water practices.

When we started our efforts back in 1998, it was with the hopes that this team would become a varsity sport in the future, and that it would compete against such teams as Cornell, Yale, and Harvard. One day, all of the hard work and dedication contributed by its members will come to fruition.