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About Pettipaug Rowing

Pettipaug Rowing is a group of masters, open and junior scullers that row singles (1x's) and doubles (2x's) on the lower Connecticut River near Essex, CT. The River offers not only superb natural beauty but also plenty of scope: 40 miles upstream past Hartford, downstream about 6 miles to Long Island Sound, plus many islands, coves and even a rowable creek to vary the experience. Click here for a chart of our playgrounds.Scull Rack

Pettipaug is home to a varied clan of rowers who are active competitors traveling to races across the country, veteran rowers, passionate recreational athletes, retirees, and all other manner of boating enthusiasts. Members have access to outdoor rack storage along the river’s edge, and make use of PYC’s clubhouse (restrooms, equipment lockers, meeting room etc). Club members generally own their own shells, however in recent years the club has assembled a small fleet of shells for the use of members and their guests, visiting rowers, and for introducing new rowers to the sport.

Experienced rowers are welcome as guests at Pettipaug but must be accompanied by a club member (USRowing waiver required). For additional information, please contact us at

Pettipaug Rowing - Membership

Pettipaug Rowing operates within the Pettipaug Yacht Club (PYC), a sailboat racing club which also offers a well-known summer sailing academy for children. Most of our members are experienced rowers, either recreationally or competitively. However, novice rowers may also be considered for membership on a case by case basis.

Those interested in becoming members should contact a member of the Pettipaug Rowing Board, or email All Pettipaug Rowing members will also need to be members of Pettipaug Yacht Club, and we will assist you in that process.

• Pettipaug Yacht Club Annual Membership       $129
• Pettipaug Yacht Club Initiation (1st year only)    $103
• Pettipaug Rowing Annual Membership         $75

Returning Members:
• Payment for the upcoming season is due April 1st.
• All members will need to sign the USRowing standard waiver. Please download and sign; completed waivers will be collected at the PYC Boathouse.
• Use the dropdown below to make payment to Pettipaug Rowing for the 2020 season.

US Rowing Release of Liability

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Pettipaug Rowing – Learn to Row Program

PYCR offers on site instruction for both novice and experienced rowers as follows:

PRIVATE 1 - HOUR (usually 8AM - 9AM) coaching sessions are available by appointment only for 1 to 2 individuals, including novice rowers. These lessons take place on-river using the Wintech training shell and may include video feedback at the instructor’s discretion. Coaching is provided by one of two of our nationally recognized PYCR scullers. We offer the first session with no membership commitment to allow an individual to assess the experience.

Contact John Laundon (; 860-227-9728) for current rates and scheduling.

Outside of PYCR, numerous organizations offer rowing instruction which you may want to explore, including:

Sculling Classes: Blood Street (Old Lyme, CT):

Sculling Camps: Craftsbury (Craftsbury, Vt.):

http:/ - provides an extensive listing of rowing camps and clinics.

Pettipaug Rowing – Special Events

Special Events organized by Pettipaug Rowing include:

THE LAUNDON LOOP - a 10km course up through Selden Creek, out onto the Connecticut River, and back to the Club, which is an end of season high point taking place in early November. Post-race, we enjoy coffee and pie by the fire in the clubhouse. This race has become a cherished event for rowers in the Northeast US. Entry is limited due to restricted parking available at the Club, so it is not broadly advertised.

Learn More About Us

Our mission is to learn to scull better, whether we compete or not, to enjoy rowing on the Connecticut River, and to enjoy each other’s company.

If you would like to know more about Pettipaug Rowing membership and our rowing program, please come to one of our special social events which are offered throughout the season. Event dates will be communicated to Pettipaug Rowing members by email.

Please contact Doug Kelley, captain, at the email address below or a Pettipaug Rowing Board Member with any questions.



For further information contact PYCR at