Members and friends of the Genesee Rowing Club will come together for two events the first weekend of June to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club.
Plans are underway for a wine and beer tasting event at 5 p.m. on June 1 at the Roger Robach Community Center at Charlotte Beach; and a free learn-to-row afternoon June 2 at the Genesee Rowing Club, 1 Hawthorne Drive, Rochester.
Included with admission for the wine and beer tasting event are DJ entertainment, silent auction, food and drinks. There will be a variety of wineries and breweries represented including The VB brewery, CB Craft Brewers, WeBe Brewing Company, Original Stump Blower Ciderworks, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars and FIZ Pop. The event is open to the public and the $55 tickets are available at eventbrite.com or through club members.
Learn-to-Row Day activities are free, but spots should be secured by going to geneseerowingclub.com and filling out a reservation form, which will allow selection of a time slot.
GRC started with a small group of Rochester-area enthusiasts dedicated to creating a venue exclusively devoted to the sport of rowing. Genesee Rowing Club has grown to become a premier rowing club in the upstate New York region, offering classes for adults in sculling and sweep rowing at the beginner, intermediate, recreational and competitive levels.
Since its inception in the fall of 2008, the club has grown to about 75 members, has taught instructional classes to hundreds of newcomers and has built a boathouse which the club currently shares with the St. John Fisher College and Brighton crew teams. The club also provides space to Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing, a group whose goal is to provide rowing opportunities for those with barriers to conventional rowing.
The docks and boathouse at GRC are positioned to take advantage of the upstate waterways, being located in Genesee Valley Park at the junction of the Genesee River and the Erie Canal. GRC offers programming for adult rowers taking their first strokes as well as those who want to bring their water time to a higher level by competing against others. The GRC race team has competed locally, nationally and internationally at venues such as the Royal Henley in London. They have won medals at every level and have team members ranging in age from 23 to the mid-70s, male and female. The club also supports individual rowing for those who have their own sculls or racing shells.