CRF Competitive Masters

CRF offers a nationally ranked, nationally competitive team with some of the best coaching in the Midwest.

The team includes male and female athletes, whose ages range from 22 years to over 60 years with rowing experience spanning a couple years to decades.

Competitive Masters are accepted on the team at the start of each season subject to coach approval. For Adult Rowers, CRF offers a variety year-round recreational programs like Learn-to-Row, Drop-in Sessions, and Recreational Teams. Please visit those pages to find the right program for you.

Practices are geared to train athletes to get faster, stronger and ready to participate in competitive national masters’ regattas.  Fees include 3 training sessions per week plus entrance fee and equipment for one race per CRF sanctioned regatta.* See list of included regattas for the current season below. Additional regattas may be added to the program at the coach’s discretion for an additional fee.

If you have further questions about which program is right for you, contact us at

*All efforts will be made to seat each rower in one race per regatta per season. Should unforeseen events such as regatta lotteries, regatta cancellations or rowers’ change of plans result in a greater number of rowers than available race seats, the coaches may need to limit the number of rowers at any given regatta.

CRF Intermediate and Recreational Masters

CRF Intermediate and Recreational Masters

The recreational masters team is for rowers 18 years and older who are interested in rowing but do not want to compete. The intermediate team is for rowers 18 years and older who wish to compete for a spot in a boat to race at  two races annually (The Chicago Sprints during the summer and Rowtoberfest during the fall). Both teams practice three times a week.


New rowers are welcome to join the recreational masters team at the beginning of each season. In order to start during an on-water season (Spring & Fall), participants must have completed at least one of the following:

  • Winter season with the Rec team
  • One learn to row session (5-6 on water practices) with Chicago Rowing Foundation
  • One on-water season at another club

If you have questions about joining either team, please contact us at