Northwood offers Crew, or rowing, during the fall and spring seasons.
Fall regattas are "head races," time trials over river courses typically two to three miles long; spring regattas are in "sprint" format, with six boats racing side by side down a straight 1500-meter course. Because rowing is an aerobic racing sport, it involves extended training efforts, both on land and on water, that lead to high levels of aerobic fitness. Because the athletes sit on sliding seats and get most of their power from the large muscle groups in the legs and back, trained rowers have strong legs and excellent core strength.
Northwood rowers compete in single sculls, double sculls (two rowers, four oars), quadruple sculls (four rowers, eight oars) and coxed fours (four rowers, four oars, and a coxswain who steers and makes tactical calls). Our main spring competition, the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships, is a qualifier for the championship regatta of the Scholastic Rowing Association of America.
The SRAA Regatta is always held somewhere on the East coast; when we qualify a crew, as we've done four times in the past nine seasons, we compete there. Our frequent use of small boats (singles and doubles), which our small size favors, makes our athletes versatile candidates for positions in collegiate programs, many of which offer scholarships and/or preferential admissions status for talented high-school rowers.