WelcomeEdgewater Crew stands proud among the first programs that established competitive rowing for high school students in Florida. Since our founding 51 years ago by EHS teacher Dennis Kamrad, we have trained athletes to lead their peers both on and off the water compiling a long tradition of excellence in rowing, scholarship and citizenship.
We compete with more than 40 other school and club programs in Florida, and occasioally venture out of state to race teams on a regional and national scale. Some of our athletes have gone on to row in college, and all have been served well in their adult life by the lessons of dedication and teamwork that are the heart of this sport.
We invite any student who is eligible to participate in Edgewater High School athletics to give rowing a try. Boys and girls of any size are welcome and no athletic experience is required. No one is 'cut'; if a student has the determination to train, we make a place for him/her on the team to race.
Rowing operates as a club sport at the high school level; therefore our team gets no dedicated funding from the state, county or school. There is a financial obligation to participate, however we give students at least 2 weeks to try our program at no cost, and there are numerous opportunities to generate funds to offset dues and fees.
Orlando Rowing Association is a 501, (c)(3) charitable, educational, non-profit corporation made up of Edgewater Crew parents which provides all administrative, financial and logistical support to the team. ORA also conducts fundraising operations while soliciting donations and grants which are put to good use with NO administrative overhead.
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Season's 1st medals won at Sarasota
After 7 weeks of practice our returning rowers got their first racing of the school year at the Sarasota-Bradenton Head Race. Two sets of four from the Boys and Girls side of the House went 5000 meters around the same course of the State Championships and came home with a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal. Check the Regattas page for a link to full results.
New Boat debuts at the Hooch
Edgewater Crew made its 1st trip to the Head of the Hooch in 3 years and rowers were surprised to see their new boat, the shiny red Palmer Feed Store fresh from the factory. Edgewater Crew alumnus, former coach and current Masters rower Bill Palmer made the gift from his family business that has supported the team since the 1980s. Both the Boys8 and Girls8 took the new boat down the race course in their 5K events at the regatta, finishing 56th and 51st respectively.
Junior Eagles continue in the Fall
Middle school rowers have been practicing on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings which continues until November 21. Boys and girls at any middle school are invited to join. The next season will begin in mid-January.
Edgewater Masters begin new racing season
Our adult rowing program started its defense of the season title it won last summer with two entries in the Sarasota Bradenton Head Race. Our mixed4 won a Gold medal and the Womens4 collected a Bronze. Three more events at the Stetson Rendezvous are next on the schedule. Masters train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and adults of any age and experience level are welcome to join. Click on the MASTERS button for more details.
Boathouse gets rededicated with new name
The Dennis Kamrad Boathouse was officially unveiled September 26 at the team's annual fall picnic. Founder and former Coach Kamrad was present to accept the honor and a number of his former rowers were also in attendance.