Varsity Rowing



  • No experience is necessary to join rowing. We will train you.
  • Rowing is a racing sport. There are no time-outs. There is no ball or net. There is no playbook. The Fastest boat to the finish line wins the gold.
  • Rowing has been a varsity sport at Carlson HS since 1986.
  • Winter training begins in January at the high school. It takes months of training to prepare for the racing season.
  • Varsity also trains three days per week from September – December.
  • There are multiple racing classes for all athletes. Varsity, Junior Varsity, Novice (First year rowers), lightweight, heavyweight, Junior, U-16, Freshman, etc.
  • There are no exhibition races. Everyone has an opportunity to race, and everyone can potentially earn points or medals.
  • We race in Eights, Fours/Quads and Pairs/Doubles.
  • The team travels to Nashville, Tennessee during spring break week for spring training on the Cumberland River.
  • We practice on the Detroit River. Once the ice melts and the river is clear, the team’s home is the Wyandotte Boat Club. Carlson shares the facility with 6 other schools; Crestwood, Grosse Ile, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton, and Wyandotte.
  • Carlson is a member of the 20-team Scholastic Rowing Association of Michigan, and also a member of the 75-team Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association.
  • Racing season begins in late April with local regattas on the Detroit River. The Michigan State Championships are in mid-May. The team then travels to Canada twice to finish out the season.

2020 Racing Schedule

April 3rd – April 10th
Spring Training Camp
Nashville, Tennessee

April 18th
Wyandotte Boat Club Scrimmage
Wyandotte, Michigan (Home)

April 25th
Hebda Cup Regatta
Wyandotte, Michigan (Home)

May 2nd
Wy-Hi Regatta
Wyandotte, Michigan (Home)

May 9th
Kent Lake Regatta
Kent Lake, Michigan

May 16th
Michigan State Championships
Grand Rapids, Michigan

May 23rd
Western Ontario Championships
London, Ontario, Canada

June 4th – 7th
Canadian Nationals
St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada