CBC runs two competitive racing programs: A Novice team and a Varsity team. Both teams compete together in all of the same events, with the exception of the Youth National Championships (which do not have a Novice division). CBC rowers race in eights, fours, pairs and select sculling events. Our racing teams practice six days a week during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.
The Novice Team
The Novice Team consists of rowers and coxswains who are in their first year of competitive racing. Typically, Novice rowers are high school freshmen or sophomores, although Juniors, Seniors and 8th-graders are eligible and compete on the Novice Team. The Novice squad usually consists of between 10 to 16 athletes.
The Varsity Team
The Varsity team is made up of high school rowers (and the occasional exceptional 8th-grader) who have at least one year of competitive racing experience. Usually there are between 18 to 30 athletes on CBC’s Varsity squad.
Here’s a practice of Novice and Varsity athletes rowing together in mixed boats.