Gay rowing clubs?

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    Nov 03, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    Hey, guys. I have enjoyed kayaking for a long time, but I've always wanted to be part of a crew team. I know a lot of cities have gay running teams, softball, etc. ...but is anyone aware of any gay crew teams? It's something I'd definitely look into as I am moving soon.
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    Nov 03, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    Dear Ben10,

    If I was you. Go to SF CA and its LOAD with club you want to join in! Take mine word of it!
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Nov 03, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    Where are you moving, Ben?
    I'm about to do the same, here in Central Florida. There are some good on-line resources for glbt sporting/athletic/outdoors groups.
    Check out this site:
    http://www.hikinglite.com/igloo
    or
    http://www.gayoutdoors.org/page.cfm?typeofsite=links&sectionid=176
    and a search of "BING" with the boolian criteria of glbt rowing club will yield results for lots of cities.
    Good luck!
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    Nov 03, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    Thanks! I'll definitely check out those sites. Not sure yet where I'm moving. I'm interviewing across the country for my medical residency. So far I love Denver and Dartmouth. Hoping Denver has a rowing team!
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    Nov 03, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    Washington D.C., Chicago, and Melbourne are the only cities that I know of that have competitive rowing clubs.
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    Nov 03, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    I think rowing is a sexy sport! But what is up with the "gay team" phenomenon?
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    Nov 03, 2010 8:08 AM GMT
    San Francisco has the San Francisco Bay Blades. Used to cox and coach for them a few years ago. My Masters 8 took gold at the first Out Games in Montreal icon_smile.gif
  • laxdude25

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    Nov 03, 2010 9:01 AM GMT
    Boston also has a very active gay rowing scene, including the Boston Bay Blades. The medical community is also pretty active, icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 03, 2010 9:18 AM GMT
    Love this thread....Saw some men teams on West Lake in China last year, very nice! Not any help here but reminded me way I need to move. Oh, doc can I make an appointment?? icon_wink.gif

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    Nov 08, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    DC has DC strokes
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    Nov 08, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    RowBuddy said
    chogenki saidI think rowing is a sexy sport! But what is up with the "gay team" phenomenon?



    Exactly. What is the point of being the number one gay team when you come in last place when competing with other non-sexually based teams?

    I have seen this "phenomenon" with gay football, gay softball, gay soccer and gay rowing. I have NOT seen it with "straight" counterparts. The partying comes AFTER the completion of the sporting event. Not before. I am finally, after three years getting this THROUGH to the gays I coach. When you work hard, you get results. And not just against other gay teams, but OTHER teams at world respected and prestigious sporting events (Like the Charles, Henley, etc). Isn't that something to strive for rather than being #1 gay team in a made up all-gay "olympics" that nobody in the rowing world really cares about? Not to diminish anyone's' accomplishments, but.... but really now. I remember a story about some Rugby team being the #1 Gay team in the nation or world... but then played against other clubs and were last or next to last.


    Shouldn't the goal be to be the best you can be and excel at your sport? Some of the gay based sports I have played were more like Drinking Teams who skip practice and games/races to get drunk and use out of town team trips as hookup parties and opportunities for bar crawls at the expense of their athleticism. How can you play a game/win a race/compete when you are HUNG OVER or worn out from being out all night?

    I have witnessed that most "gay" themed sports teams are just thinly veiled "drinking" and "hookup" teams that have "sports" problems. God forbid they work out outside of practice, stop smoking, give up drinking for the ON season or show up to practice!


    Although I agree with your summation, I think that GLBT sports do play a role in introducing gay men and women to a more healthy gay lifestyle than the bars and bath houses. But, if you want to row competitively and kick some serious ass, then you need a serious team who's focus isn't on sexuality, but rowing and winning. It all depends on your focus. You also have to keep in mind that many of the GLBT individuals you coach have NEVER participated in a competitive team sport. They don't know what it means to work as a team, to win as a team, to fail as a team.
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    Nov 24, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    I heard Gentle Giant still was the "gay friendly" club in Boston, but I've rowed at CRI and RBC and my sexual orientation had no real impact on my relationship with my team. I switched to riverside since they had a more competitive program than CRI.

    I say join a club that fits your goals with rowing. If you just want to row recreationally, then go ahead and try to find a lgtb club, but if you want to win regatta's go to a club with a competitive program.
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    Aug 02, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    There's a gay rowing club in London. It's called Soho Rowing Club.

    They're website is www.sohorowingclub.com
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 02, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    I came out to my Rowing Club (City of Leeds) in the UK and was totalyl cold-shouldered by the other guys. They refused to shower with me, change in the same room as me and one of them wouldnt evenwork out with me.icon_mad.gif He was smokin' hot but a very holier than thou Baptist. But yeah...had far from a positive experience in rowing being gay and out.
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    Aug 02, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    Love the DC strokes, especially at the Head of the Charles Regatta
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    Jan 23, 2016 11:01 PM GMT
    I find it strange that you have special LGBT rowing clubs. Here in the Netherlands we have none, but we don't need one. Nobody cares if you are gay or bi. Are American/British rowing clubs less openminded, or do the gays wanna row with gays ;p?
  • AttisXVI

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    May 02, 2016 10:29 AM GMT
    I know a couple of the guys in the DC Strokes. They convinced me I need to learn to row, so I'll be taking the classes at some point.