Rowing at LPBC
LPBC offers sweep and sculling for all ages and abilities
Our competitive teams are among the fastest in the Midwest and the USA, competing and winning medals at national level regattas such as Club Nationals, Masters Nationals, Head of the Charles.
LPBC High Performance Group (HPG) athletes have represented the club at national and international level
Our recreational rowers enjoy the sport on the Lincoln Park lagoon
COMPETITIVE SWEEP TEAM
Our members come from a variety of rowing backgrounds; whether you rowed in high school, competed in college, or have worked your way through the ranks of a learn-to-row program, we encourage you to join the fastest adult team in the Midwest!
Through training and with great coaching, we are consistently one of the fastest Masters Rowing Teams in the country, the fastest co-ed adult team in the Midwest, and one of the top teams overall in the nation.
We compete in several regional and national regattas throughout the summer and the fall such as The Chicago Sprints, USRowing Club and Masters National Championships, The Head of the Charles and The Head of the Hooch, and many more.
While primarily a sweep team, our members also compete and train in many sculling events. There are several opportunities to learn to scull, as well as compete in numerous small boats throughout the year.
Prospective team members are welcome (and encouraged) to join us for a few practices before becoming a member allowing you to meet the team, coach, and understand our training. Please don’t hesitate to contact a captain to schedule a time to come by.
SUMMER COLLEGE CAMP
The Summer College Camp is geared towards collegiate rowers who either want to develop their skill over the summer or maintain and expand their training while not actively enrolled in classes. While rowing with LPBC for the summer you will have the ability to race with us at: Chicago Sprints, USRowing Club Nationals and USRowing Masters Nationals (if you are turning 21 this year, or older).
You have two enrollment options to row with LPBC for the summer. Option 1 (College Camp) has only riversite access and a lower price point while Option 2 (Student Associate) has unlimited access to both locations and a slightly higher price point – both are solid options, but it just depends on what works best for you and your plans / schedule for the summer:
Option #1 – LPBC College Camp: $300 total.
This option provides 3 team practices a week over a 10-week period at our riversite. Practices are on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm and on Saturday mornings at 7:45am at our riversite location (2401 S Corbett Street, Chicago). Pricing includes race entry fees.
Option #2 – LPBC Summer Associate: $280 for student membership, plus an additional $80/month while training with LPBC ($440 is rowing with LPBC for two months over the summer)
This option provides the 3 team practices a week at our riversite while in Chicago (may be longer than 10 weeks) plus unlimited access to the LPBC Boat House (2341 North Cannon Drive) with unlimited access to weights, ergs, singles, doubles, kayaks and SUPs. If you choose this option, there is a dedicated group that trains at our LPBC boathouse on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Sundays which you are more than welcome to participate in, as being a Student Associate gives you unlimited access to the facilities and training with the team. With Option #2, your Student Associate Membership is also good for months when you are home over Winter Break and want to maintain your fitness. Pricing includes race entry fees.
COMPETITIVE SCULLING TEAM
The LPBC sculling team is made up of individuals of all ages, experience levels, and goals. Some on the team are new to sculling, many have a background in sweep rowing, and others have been sculling for decades. Some on our team enjoy the workouts for their own sake, and others work out to get faster and win races. Year after year, members of our team place well in national and international regattas. Our recent results include wins at the US Masters National Regatta, the Head of The Charles Regatta, and the Henley Masters Regatta in England.
In addition to boat-house racks for private boats, LPBC has a selection of club boats for all qualified members to row. The club boats range from training singles to high performance racing shells. Club boats include singles, doubles, and a great, new quad for rowing on the river.
Terry Conway is our sculling team captain.
June Czerniawski is sculling treasurer
RECREATIONAL SWEEP TEAM
As an active part of the LPBC Sweep Team, the Rec Team is geared to those who would like a more relaxed pace to their rowing experience and to recent Learn to Row graduates. Made up of rowers from all skill levels and backgrounds, we practice as frequently as the Competitive Teams but with a looser attendance policy.
Despite our varied backgrounds and skill levels, we have a great time on the water and compete in several regattas each year. Additionally, we act as a feeder program for those who are newer rowers or a little rusty and need to build their skills before advancing to the Competitive program. We practice together throughout the year and divide our time between three water practices a week at our Chicago River site between the months of April and November. We also train indoors at the Lincoln Park Boat Club for our non-water workouts and during the winter months.
Prospective team members are welcome to join us for a few practices before officially becoming a member, and we welcome experienced rowers who would like to decide between the Competitive program and the Rec Team to check out both aspects of the Sweep Team. Please contact a captain to schedule a time to come by.
Recreational sculling welcomes scullers of all abilities. including programming specifically structured to improve skills and foster enjoyment of the sport at all levels. This is a good place for people who have completed LTR / novice rowing, and wish to continue sculling recreationally. The lagoon is a great place to scull independently in a calm body of water on the lagoon