About the Program
Bowdoin Rowing is the club rowing team of Bowdoin College, a small liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine. Rowing was the first intercollegiate sport at Bowdoin, originally founded in the latter half of the 19th century. The sport, however, was absent from student life at Bowdoin during most of the 20th century, until it was reinstated in its modern form in 1985.

Bowdoin's men and women crews have distinguished themselves and the College in regional, national, and international competition. Our crews have won medals, many of them gold, at the New England Rowing Championships, the Dad Vail, and the Head of The Charles. We have competed in both the Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women's Regatta as well. If you are looking for a challenging academic experience in a supportive community and a beautiful setting with a small, but very competitive rowing program, we hope you will consider studying and rowing at Bowdoin.

If you are a current or prospective Bowdoin student interested in joining the Rowing team, contact head coach Gil Birney at jbirney@bowdoin.edu

The Bowdoin Rowing boathouse, which is named Smith House, sits on the New Meadows River, 4.5 miles down Bath Road from the Bowdoin College campus. The river is tidal, inhabited by lots of wildlife, and well protected for 1.5 miles downstream until it opens in stages to the North Atlantic starting at about 8 miles from the boathouse.

Smith House, which was dedicated on October 5, 2002, is complimented by a 110' long by 12' wide dock, which allows us to launch or retrieve five fours simultaneously.

To compliment their training on the water, athletes train indoors on Concept 2 ergometers in the club's training facility adjacent to the student union on campus.