High School Rowing


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Program Structure

Rowing via the TCAPS LEAP program is open to all high school girls from Freshman to Seniors. Athletes will be trained and matched into boats based on technique and athletic ability. Practices help build strength, endurance, rowing technique and teamwork. Working together as a team is the most important part of rowing! Every aspect of every stroke must be in perfect unison with all other rowers in the boat.

Registration is limited to 36 high school student athletes.

History of Success

Despite being a newer program, we’ve proven ourselves as one of the top teams to beat in Michigan. Due to our amazing success, we’ve also been recognized by college coaches around the state and are being closely watched for recruitment and scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship Potential

Traverse City already has a record of success developing Big 10 NCAA Rowing Scholarship athletes on South Lake Leelanau. Due to Title IX college scholarship balancing patterns, there is roughly one full ride athletic scholarship available for every three high school women rower athletes who meet the qualifications. Our mission locally in northern Michigan is to leverage our world class natural water resources to provide a greater opportunity for local high school women not only to afford college but also to build teamwork, develop a strong work ethic and gain confidence.

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is important to our success. Parents are invited to attend and observe all practices but may not interfere with a coach’s ability to conduct practice. At our regattas there will be opportunities to help with unloading the trailer, rigging the boats or launching and recovering at the docks. We also have a number parent run committees designed to help improve organization, communication and fundraising.

For those parents who would like to try rowing, we offer a group rowing program throughout the season.

US Rowing Membership

Having a US Rowing membership is required to be able to compete at regattas and be covered under the regatta insurance plan. Returning rowers with a previous US Rowing membership will simply need to renew it and sign the insurance waiver once per year. New rowers without a US Rowing membership can easily sign up on their website. A basic membership is all that’s needed. If you’d like the monthly US Rowing Magazine and additional benefits, they also offer a championship membership.

New Rowers

  • Enroll as a new member
  • Enter our club name: Lake Leelanau Rowing Club
  • Enter our club code: GHA9K

Returning Rowers

  • Login and sign the waiver
  • If prompted, enter our club name: Lake Leelanau Rowing Club
  • If prompted, enter our club code: GHA9K


Fountain Point Resort

990 South Lake Leelanau Dr., Lake Leelanau, MI

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Days & Times

Practices are held:

  • Monday through Thursday from 5:30p until 7:30p.
  • Saturday from 8a until 10a.

We have three regattas this fall season:

  • September 24th – Frogtown Regatta in Toledo, OH
  • October 8th – Head of the Grand in Lansing, MI
  • October 29 – Leelanau Chase in Lake Leelanau, MI

What to Bring

  • Water bottle.
  • Athletic clothing you can easily move in – matching weather conditions.
  • A towel and change of clothes in case it rains or you want to go swimming after practice.
  • Sunscreen.

***Aside from high winds or thunderstorms we’ll be on the water.

Participation Fee


Program fee includes: entrance fees to regattas, the cost to transport our boats to the regattas, lake access, Fountain Point grounds access, coaching and complete rowing shell fleet including: 8′s and 4′s for sweep rowing; quads, doubles and singles for sculling; Concept 2 rowing machines and weights for indoor training.

***Fee does not include the hotel costs or food at traveling regattas.

Waivers & the Rower’s Handbook

We recommend all parents and rowers review our updates terms & conditions, rower’s handbook and history, tips & terms documents before registering.

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