Directions & FAQ

FROM NYS THRUWAY NYS Thruway (Route 90) to exit 38.

At traffic light turn left onto Route 57. Heading north on 57, travel about 1 mile to Long Branch Road. Turn left on Long Branch. Follow Long Branch about 2 miles as it crosses Route 370. Ten Eyck Road is on the right just before the old Long Branch Bridge.

The Charger Boathouse is the brown boathouse at the end of Ten Eyck Rd.

Hathaway Boathouse


Head West on I-690 Exit on John Glenn Blvd. Exit #4 Take first Right onto Long Branch Rd. Cross over One lane bridge and take first Left onto Ten Eyck Rd.

The Charger Boathouse is the brown boathouse at the end of Ten Eyck Rd.


Head North on I-81 Exit towards Liverpool and Onondaga Lake Parkway Take Onondage Lake parkway into village of Liverpool Stay to your left and turn/veer onto Cold Springs Rd / Route 370 Stay on Route 370 and cross over NYS Thruway Turn left onto Long Branch Rd. (At the Sunoco Gas Station) Turn Right onto Ten Eyck Road.

The Charger Boathouse is the brown boathouse at the end of Ten Eyck Rd.

10 Eyck Road
Liverpool, NY 13088

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What do I wear to rowing?


A simple pair of short and t-shirt work the best. I usually tell most people whatever you would go to the gym and work out in is usually acceptable down at the boathouse. Always bring a pair of socks to wear in the boat as your feet will  be in shoes that are already existing in the boat. No baggy clothing or bare-midriff. As you progress in the sport you will probably want to purchase some spandex and a tighter fitting shirt so as to limit restriction and ease of movement.

Fall and Spring

As it is much colder the main word here is layers. The weather is always unpredictable and you need to be ready for everything. Attempt to keep everything as tight fitting as possible with no baggy clothing that can potentially get stuck in the tracks while rowing. If you are dressed appropriately you will probably take a layer or two off in the boat as your body temperature begins to rise while working-out. Any type of long-sleeve, and full leg spandex is always helpful to keep a minimum amount of skin exposed.

Q2: What should I look for during a race?

The crew that’s making it look easy is most likely the one doing the best job. While you’re watching, look for continuous, fluid motion of the rowers. The rowing motion shouldn’t have a discernible end or beginning.

Synchronization. Rowers strive for perfect synchronization in the boat. Clean catches of the oarblade. If you see a lot of splash, the oarblades aren’t entering the water correctly. The catch should happen at the end of the recovery, when the hands are as far ahead of the rower as possible. Rowers who uncoil before they drop the oarblades are sacrificing speed and not getting a complete drive.


Even oarblade feathering. When the blades are brought out of the water, they should all move horizontally close to the water and at the same height. It’s not easy, especially if the water is rough.

The most consistent speed. Shells don’t move like a car – they’re slowest at the catch, quickest at the release. The good crews time the catch at just the right moment to maintain the speed of the shell.

Rowing looks graceful, elegant and sometimes effortless when it’s done well. Don’t be fooled. Rowers haven’t been called the world’s most physically-fit athletes for nothing. A 2,000-meter rowing race demands virtually everything a human being can physically bring to an athletic competition – aerobic ability, technical talent, exceptional mental discipline, ability to utilize oxygen efficiently and in huge amounts, balance, pain tolerance, and the ability to continue to work when the body is demanding that you stop.

Q3: Cool! Any other tips for race spectating?

Race times can vary considerably depending upon the course and weather conditions. Tailwinds will improve times, while headwinds and crosswinds will hamper them.
If a crew “catches a crab,” it means the oarblade has entered the water at an angle instead of perpendicularly. The oarblade gets caught under the surface and will slow or even stop a shell.

A “Power 10” is a call by the coxswain for 10 of the crew’s best, most powerful strokes. Good coxswains read the course to know how many strokes remain for their crew to count down to the finish.

Crews are identified by their oarblade design. The USA blades are red on top and blue on the bottom, with a white triangle at the tip.

It doesn’t matter whether you win an Olympic medal or don’t make the finals – each crew still carries their boat back to the rack.

Coxswains from first-place boats worldwide are thrown into the water by their crews.
Coxswains don’t now and probably never did yell “stroke! stroke!” Similar to a jockey, their job is to implement the coach’s strategy during the race, in addition to steering and letting the rowers know where they stand in the race and what they need to do to win.

Q4: What’s the difference between a Sprint and a Head race?

The Sprint Race
National, collegiate, worlds, and Olympic sprint competitions are 2,000 meters, or approximately 1.25 miles. The race course is divided into 6-8 lanes and each 500-meter section is marked with buoys. Masters races are 1,000 meters. Often, juniors races are 1,500 meters. 
The race begins with all boats aligned at the start in the lanes they’ve been assigned. Individuals in each lane hold the stern of each boat steady while an official, known as the aligner, ensures that each boat is even with the others and squarely facing the course. 
Each crew is allowed one false start; two means disqualification. If within the first 100 meters there is legitimate equipment breakage (e.g., an oar snaps in two), the race will be stopped and restarted with repaired equipment. 
The stroke rate (the number of rowing strokes per minute that a crew is taking ) is high at the start – maybe 45 to even 50 for an eight; 38 to 42 for a single scull. Then, the crew will “settle” into the body of the race and drop the rating back – 38 to 40 for an eight; 32-36 for a single. The coach and the way the race is going determine when the crew will sprint but finishing stroke rates of 46+ in the last 200 meters aren’t unheard of. However, higher stroke rates are not always indicative of speed. A strong, technically talented crew may be able to cover more water faster than a less-capable crew rowing a high stroke rate. 
Unlike canoe/kayak competitions, rowers are allowed to leave their lanes without penalty, so long as they do not interfere with anyone else’s opportunity to win. An official follows the crews to ensure safety and fairness. 
Despite the exhaustion of the race, the crew will row for five to 10 minutes afterwards in order to cool down. In rowing, the medals ceremonies include the shells. The three medal-winning crews row to the awards dock, climb out of their shells and receive their medals before rowing away.

The Head Race
Head races, which are generally held in the fall, about 2.5-3 miles long and the boats are started in their respective divisions separately at 10 second intervals. They are usually conducted on a river with an assortment of bridges and turns that can make passing quite interesting. The winner is the crew that had the shortest elapsed time between the start and finish lines, with any additional time included for penalties.

Q5: What’s the difference between sweep v sculling?

Athletes with two oars – one in each hand – are scullers.

There are three sculling events: the single – 1x (one person), the double – 2x (two) and the quad – 4x (four).

Athletes with only one oar are sweep rowers. Sweep boats may or may not carry a coxswain (pronounced cox-n) to steer and be the on-the-water coach. In boats without coxswains, one of the rowers steers by moving the rudder with his or her foot.

Sweep rowers come in pairs with a coxswain (2+) and pairs without (2-), fours with a coxswain (4+) and fours without (4-) and the eight (8+), which always carries a coxswain. The eight is the fastest boat on the water. A world-level men’s eight is capable of moving almost 14 miles per hour.

The pairs and fours with coxswain are sometimes the hardest to recognize because of where the coxswain is sitting. Although the coxswain is almost always facing the rowers in an eight, in pairs and fours the coxswain may be facing the rowers in the stern or looking down the course, lying down in the bow, where he or she is difficult to see.

Identifying positions in the boat
Athletes are identified by their seat in the boat. The athlete in bow is seat No. 1. That’s the person who crosses the finish line first (which makes it easy to remember – first across the line is No. 1 seat). The person in front of the bow is No. 2, then No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8, a.k.a. the stroke. The stroke of the boat must be a strong rower with excellent technique, since the stroke sets the rhythm and number of strokes per minute the rest of the crew must follow.