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I always loved the idea of rowing but the closest I got to it was the Concept2 indoor rower at a gym. I showed up to the introductory day, held by Cape Cod Rowing, on June 2, 2018; my 60th birthday. I thought I would just get in a boat that day and check it off my list of ‘things to do before I’m too old’. Instead, this event opened up a new world to me, through which I rediscovered important aspects of myself lost during adult life.

Signing up for the ‘Learn to Row’ course with Alex was the important introduction to the sport. I also felt a comradery with the other new members and an immediate sense of acceptance by existing club members. Never having been part of a sport related group, it was so wonderful to be a productive player on a team.

Wonderful new friendships developed and my skill gradually improved. I developed a new confidence; a personal strength that allowed me to address and restore important aspects of myself. I would stand on the beach watching the sun rise, aware of the sense of peace I was gaining from this re-emerging inner strength.

I am forever grateful for all that rowing with this club has brought me; personal growth, inner strength, dear friendships and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature; much more than just a checkmark on my ‘things to do before I’m too old’ list.

Nancy S., Hyannis

i started rowing in college as a novice with no experience and immediately fell in love with the sport. I took a few years off after graduating but always felt drawn to return to the water. I found my way to CCR in the spring of 2016 and that longing was fulfilled. I fell in love again - with the team, the lake, the gorgeous morning practices (albeit early!) and the comradery. Everyone has a role to play on the team, which helps to create a true sense of community and support. The team also strikes a balance between fun and competitive - you can be a competitive racer, or you can just enjoy some exercise on the lake as the sun rises. I enjoy both aspects and hope to contribute to this team for years to come!

Amy D., Plymouth

Two years ago, I was invited by a friend to check out/join Cape Cod Rowing. As a youngster growing up in Worcester, I would always watch the rowers at Regatta Point on Lake Quinsigamond. As I stood on the shore watching I always was impressed with how those boats would glide across the water. I always thought that it would be pretty cool to do that someday. Well let’s just say it took a few years, but I finally got into the sport. The only regret that I have is that I waited so many years to do it. As a club Cape Cod Rowing is great. The coaching and support from fellow members are amazing, everyone is willing to help you succeed. The members are friendly, the lake is beautiful. If you have ever thought about rowing stop by and check us out. You’ll be glad you did!

Al B., South Dennis

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