The Litchfield Hills Rowing Club was founded in 1978 to promote the sport of rowing for residents of the Litchfield, Connecticut area. Through it’s sponsorship of middle school, high school and masters programs, the club is dedicated to making the sport of rowing available to all individuals who have the desire to participate.

 

Our story

The first boats owned by the club were kept on racks at the Litchfield Town Beach on Bantam Lake. Over the years, the hard work of members and cooperation of the town of Litchfield has made it possible to go from a one-bay-one-story boathouse to its current solar powered boathouse built in 2009, which sports 3 bays and a loft area for rowing machines. The LHRC currently has a fleet of singles, pair/doubles, quads, fours and eights. The club also rents a bay to Taft School for its rowing program, and has additional rack rental space for club members.


Rowing at LHRC has helped to instill drive, focus, leadership and determination on the water but also in our son’s academic life. The camaraderie that exists between this tight knit group is second to none. Each supports the other in training and on race days. The commitment this young team shows is inspiring for all to witness
— Parent, Junior Rower 2019

My children were welcomed and included from the very first practice. Their older team mates wait for them on the warm up run and support them through all aspects of training. It shows a respect for each other that is hard to find. My children have definitely found their home at LHRC
— Parent, Junior Rower 2019

One main goal of the club is to introduce area youth to the sport of rowing. The high school rowing program pulls from towns around the region including Litchfield, Morris, Goshen, Naugatuck, Bantam, and Warren. They compete in area regattas and races during spring, summer and fall seasons while also compete at indoor regattas during winter. 

The club is also committed to making sure that adults in the area have many opportunities to row. On national Learn to Row Day, usually in early June, area residents have their first chance to try rowing, with members volunteering their time, and helping to teach some technique, as well as introduce them to the club. People who are interested can then move on to Learn to Row clinics, usually consisting of 6-8 two hour coached sessions. After these are completed, they have the option of becoming full members and joining the ranks of masters’ boats, going out on the water anytime from the crack of dawn to after work rows, as well as weekends.

Since schedules sometimes dictate the formation of these co-ed masters training boats, it can make for an interesting combination of ages, heights, fitness levels and experience. This type of recreational rowing can be enjoyed by all club members, in addition to the formation of specific boats to train for competition in regattas. 

In the spirit of a local small town club, the LHRC will continue to evolve to better serve the needs of its community and membership, and to foster in its participants a sense of discipline, dedication, teamwork and fun which are all at the heart of the sport of rowing.

LHRC isn’t like a lot of other rowing programs, we’re a lot smaller than other teams but these rowers are tough, they’re gritty, and they aren’t going to give up no matter what. That’s something that I have brought with me to my training every single day in college, and it has brought me much success on the water, on the erg, and in the classroom. I went from being rather soft to being tough and ready to take on whatever physical or mental challenges that I am faced with. I still make sure to maintain relationships with some of the incredibly supportive and helpful rowers on the team, both on the juniors and the masters teams. LHRC shaped me into a hard worker, a physically more fit person, and a leader. I wouldn’t trade my experience with the team for the world.
— Current College Rower. LHRC Junior 2012-2017