Bowdoin Rowing competes in the top tier of NESCAC and NCAA Division III competition, and contributes significantly to the mission of the College, its coastal character and its heritage.
If you are a high school rower interested in rowing at Bowdoin, Coach Gil Birney is eager to hear from you! He delights in introducing you to the college and the program. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remigio Delectate et Remigate Velociter: Have fun, go fast
Core Values of the Club
Because rowing is a water sport, safe operation of all equipment and safe behavior from all participants is our first and most important priority.
As a rower you learn to give of yourself: to your boat, to the program, on and off the water. Rowing is a racing sport, and in training as well as races, you learn to give yourself to the point of emptiness, to achieve a fullness only racers know.
Members of your boat, and the whole program rely on your presence and generosity. Five people make the boat go; relying on your crew to give as much as your give is the foundation of the sport.
Our motto is “have fun and go fast.” Fun means we enjoy one another in good humor. The balance to the strenuous work is fun, laughing with one another and enjoying the company of safe, generous and reliable boat folk.
It’s more fun to go fast. We race to win. We win when we make the boat go as fast as we can, as well as when we go faster than any other crew in the race. All our actions in and out of the boat focus on making the boat go fast.