Oyster River/ Little Bay / Great Bay Location: Jackson’s Landing off of Piscataqua Rd., Durham, NH (not a mailing address).
Coaches: James Dreher and Coleen M. Fuerst
Jim Dreher was the founder of UNH Rowing Program and was responsible for getting the boathouse constructed at Jackson's Landing on town land for the equal use by the University and Community in 1975. Initially the UNH Rowing program and the Community Program was called the UNH / Durham Rowing Association. With the growth of popularity of the rowing in Durham and the divergence of focus of the two programs, the UNH Crew Program and the Durham Boat Club became separate entities in 1978. Today Durham Boat Club runs its recreational program from the Lamprey River location, which is not affected by the tides and uses the Oyster River Location for its smaller group of competitive scullers.
Body of Water:
Lamprey River - fresh water, little or no current, protected, scenic river status approved Fall '96
Oyster River extending into Little Bay, Great Bay (tidal estuary)
Yearly Dues and one-time Initiation Fee: $250 per season (Spring: May 1st. - June 30th.; Summer: July 1st. - Aug. 31st.; Fall: Sept. 1st. - Oct. 31st.); or $550 per year. All New Members will pay an additional one-time fee of $50 with the first payment of dues. This fee will cover the initial lesson. Lessons are provided for a $50/hour fee unless rowing with one of the supervised programs. Only experienced scullers may row on the Oyster River unless under the direct supervision of a coach. Recreational boats and novice level singles are restricted to the Lamprey River. Private rack rental is on a first come first serve basis and members must pay the same dues as other club members. The rate for individuals just storing their boat for the winter only is $200.
The 2-Station Indoor Rowing Tank is available to club members for use. For non Durham Boat Club members, the tank can be used for a fee of $25.00 per hour and for out-of-season Club members (i.e., any member in the previous year) the fee is $15.00 per hour. First priority will be to existing club members.
Club Equipment and Services:
Lamprey River - 5-6 Rec-Racers or comparable recreational shells and 5-6 Racing Singles. We also keep 2-3 SUPs with rowing units tied to the dock, so that if club members come on the on weekend and cannot get a boat down to the dock, we always have a couple hitched to the dock.
Oyster River - Racing Singles, Doubles and Quads can be brought over to the Oyster River from our location on the Lamprey River for use by Racing Team Members.
Indoor Rowing Tank: 2-Station Sculling/Sweep Athlete Powered Tank. The Indoor rowing and sculling tank is equipped with a force measurement system to allow a realtime view of tank participant's force and handle speed curves along with stroke length, slip, power per side bar graphs and stroke rate, time and relative water velocity. In addition, summer training tapes can be displayed on a large screen TV to provide the feeling to our tank users that they are out on the water. We also use the Hyndsight Vision System to allow the team members to get even more feedback.
Three Rowing Simulators (2) Rowperfects equipped with computers and (1) Coffey Sculling SimulatOar™ on Floaters, which are like slides with springs, which provide a close simulation of the feel of sculling on the water. The two Rowperfects can be tied together for work on synergy between two people and force curve synergism.
Other - videotaping and stroke analysis of selected organized practices for Racing Team Members.
Private or group lessons are available for all.
Help with finding summer jobs for Racing Team Members.
X-country skiing and/or skating during the winter from the Lamprey River location is also available when weather conditions permit.
Membership Numbers & Breakdown:
Total Number of Members - 10-20
Masters/Recreational - 50%; Competitive (any age) - 10%; Juniors - 40%.
Programs Offered: Sculling: All levels; private and group lessons are available. Coaching is available to competitive athletes of any age.
Club Colors and Blade Description: White, red and blue uniforms with black blades.
Full-Year Member Discounts on Equipment and Accessories: 20% on oars; 5% on boats (up to $500 discount on boats, 10% on hardware or accessories and 20% on Team clothing. These specials are on items that are not already on internet special.
The program's focus has shifted around between Juniors, Pre-elites, Elites and Masters depending on the level of interest. Presently the emphasis is on serious competitive scullers of any age. See some Historical Photographs taken from old Durham Boat Club videotapes, some of our successful DBC alumni, and recent DBC news and results.