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About PYC Rowing

Pettipaug Yacht Club Rowing (PYCR) is a group of masters 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

Most boats stored on our premises are member owned. However, the PYCR owns a small fleet of boats for members’ use including 2 newly purchased Wintechs singles (for novice training), 1 Alden (for novice training), and 1 Vespoli racing shell for advanced rowers. Members must obtain prior authorization from a PYCR Board Member before using any club boat and must pay an annual boat usage fee (see Fees below). Click here for a list of our current Board Members.

Our boats are stored on racks close to the river (photo below), and we have a low dock for launching. For those who wish to store boats on club premises, the required 2018 annual storage fee is $25.00.

For those interested in purchasing a boat and saving money, used boats can be found through the classified ad section at

Guests are welcome at PYCR but must be accompanied by a club member and must be experienced (unless they are sharing a 2 x double shell with a member). We do require all guests to sign a waiver form which members should ensure is executed and returned to a Board Member prior to using a club boat. Click here for our waiver form.

PYCR Membership & Fees

Pettipaug Yacht Club Rowing (PYCR) operates within the Pettipaug Yacht Club (PYC), a sailboat racing club which offers a well-known summer sailing academy for children.

Most of our PYCR member scullers are experienced. However, novice rowers of all ages - from Middle School Grade 6 and older - with little to no experience may also be considered for membership on a case by case basis.

Please note that all PYCR members are also required to be members of our parent club, Pettipaug Yacht Club (PYC).

• The 2018 annual fees for the Pettipaug Yacht Club (PYC) is provided in the 2018 Membership Dues form.


• The 2018 annual fees for the Pettipaug Yacht Club Rowing (PYCR) is $75.00 for Adults and $20.00 for Juniors (i.e. college students and younger). Click “Membership” in the navigation above to access the form.

• In addition to the membership fees listed above, there is a $75 annual boat usage fee for the seasonal usage of any of the PYCR’s boats.

Payment is due April 1.

PYCR 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.

PYCR Special Events

Special Events organized by PYCR 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 PYCR 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 PYCR members by email.

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



For further information contact PYCR Captain Doug Kelley at