Junior rowers practice daily from 8:00-10:00 a.m., Monday-Friday, from the first Monday after school is out until mid-August.
First-year junior rowers attend “Novice Camp” held the first two weeks of practice, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Monday-Friday. After the two weeks, novices join the rest of the Junior crew at the 8:00 am practice time.
Youth learn to row in all types of boats. Daily practice focuses on rowing technique and fitness with the goal of rowing well and fast. When there is inclement weather, youth train on rowing machines, or “ergs.” Safety boats are out at all times when youth are rowing on the water.
The DRC Junior Crews compete with regional teams and consistently bring home medals from regattas. During a usual season, juniors can compete in 3-5 regattas. Regattas are located in Duluth, Minneapolis, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kenora, Ontario, and the Northwest International Rowing Association Championship Regatta, which rotates among member clubs. Some juniors also row in the fall in Duluth’s Death Row Regatta and Minneapolis’ Head of the Mississippi Regatta.
The DRC awards sports letters through the school district for junior rowers who meet specific criteria. Each year, several junior rowers go on to row with colleges and university programs throughout the US; some receive scholarships.