Sculling Program

2018 Sculling Clinic:   July 17 to 26

MHRA has a proud history of sculling on the Hudson River going back more than 60 years.  Masters rowers often migrate to sculling for the technical challenge and for the scheduling flexibility.   We offer a range of sculling opportunities including recreational sculling and coaching for novices to competitive scullers.

MHRA offers coached sculling sessions several mornings per week with experienced adult sculler/coaches.  There is no additional fee for this program.  It is valued by many to improve skill and confidence after participating in our summer Sculling Clinic.  The annual Sculling Clinics are led by Bill Davies,  a knowledgeable coach and competitive rower with over 40 years of sweep and sculling experience.

MHRA has a certification program that assures a basic skill level for scullers to row unsupervised.  Certified scullers meet early on most mornings for recreational and competitive practices.  The club provides sculling boats (singles, doubles and a quad) or our members can rent private boat racks through the Hudson River Rowing Association. Fill out the Boat Rack Waiting List and mail it to: "Hudson River Rowing Association, P.O. Box 506, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602".  Notify us that you are on the private boat rack waiting list.

Competitive masters scullers will find a supportive atmosphere for working out and improving technique when they join MHRA.  Several of our members compete regularly in masters sculling events in singles and doubles. Sculling scrimmages are held periodically in the summer for local rowers.  Scheduling and attending races is up to the individual sculler.


Coached sessions weekly (June - September):  Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 5:30 AM  Sign Up Here

Sculling Clinics

Sculling Clinics are open for beginner to intermediate scullers.  Beginners are required to have some prior sweep rowing experience.  The clinics have been run for 10+ years by coach Bill Davies who has over 40 years of competitive sculling experience.  He is a US Rowing Level II certified coach, and a former coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center.  Beginners will learn the basics of sculling while intermediates will improve their skills and confidence on the water.  Participants row in doubles primarily, although we also use Club training and racing single sculls, and our quad.   For more information contact Bill Davies email.


July 2018 Sculling Clinic:  July 17 to 26          

  • Each Sculling Clinic is composed of six outings over two weeks.
  • Classes are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 AM and Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 AM. 

Program Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of the rowing stroke as is gained in the Learn-To-Row Program
  • Must be able to swim
  • Dress for rowing in close-fitting layers (baggy clothes catch in the sliding seat wheels)
  • Bring a water bottle 



Two ways to Register:

  • Online via RegattaCentral using a check or credit card (Note: RegattaCentral asks you to create a "user account" and then allows you to choose the rowing club and the session dates). Clubs are listed alphabetically. To register with us, select Mid Hudson Rowing Association
  • Mail a check for $175/person ($150 for MHRA members), payable to Mid Hudson Rowing Association to Mid-Hudson Rowing Association P.O. Box 683 Poughkeepsie, NY 12602.  Include name, address, phone, email address and rowing experience.



Full refunds (less $20 processing fee) available up to 48 hours prior to the start of the first class.  Other refunds at the discretion of the MHRA Board of Directors

Races attended by MHRA members in the recent past:

  • US Rowing Masters Nationals
  • Diamond State Masters Regatta
  • Head of the Hudson
  • Mystic Race
  • Head of the Housatonic
  • Head of the Connecticut
  • Head of the Charles
  • Head of the Fish
  • Tail of the Fish

For more information, contact us.




Men Double - Head of The Charles

Men Single - Hudson River Local Race