Rowing camp

Blair Crew, in conjunction with Washington Rowing School is offering a series of one week rowing camps.Each one week camp cover basic and advanced stroke technique, race tactics and strategies, and water and land training tips.

The camp will be run by Cindy Cole of Washington Rowing School and Greg Gallishaw of Blair Crew.

Camp starts June 20 and runs for 8 weeks, and is from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The cost is $195. Multi-week discounts are available. If rowers have commitments one or two days and would like to participate, arrangements can be made to accommodate his or her schedule.

To register, click on the link below and select the camps & clinics tab, choose the week, or weeks you would like to attend.

Join Blair Crew!

Blair Crew invites new rowers to join the team for the 2016-2017 school year. Students looking for a bonding team experience that develops friendships, strength, and confidence will find it in Blair Crew. We are a coed, parent-supported club team that rows in the fall and spring (rowers can participate in one or both seasons). Blair Crew DOES NOT CUT – all students who are willing to work hard make the team. Most incoming Blair Crew rowers are new to the sport and learn technique and strategy from our experienced coaches. Practices are held after school and bus transportation between Blair and the boathouse in Bladensburg is provided during the week. Here’s what several of this year’s novice (beginner) rowers and parents have to say about their experience with Blair Crew:
“I definitely feel like I’m part of a team and am a lot stronger now, too. It’s a lot of fun and worth the hard work!”

“Being on Blair Crew has made Blair a lot smaller. I really feel like I’m part of a family.”

“It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the transition from middle school to high school. My daughter’s involvement with Blair Crew gave her an instant community within the school. It also provided her with a tremendous opportunity to develop new friends and discover strengths and skills she didn’t know she had.”

If you have questions about Blair Crew or wish to receive e-mail updates over the summer about Blair Crew events/registration, contact

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WMIRA this Saturday (5/14)

Here are some logistics for this Saturday’s race. 

The lot will be available for you to park at 5:30 am.

Please direct your parents and athletes to carpool and to avoid trying to park in the TBC lot. This is a problem with most regattas at TBC – avoid the nightmare and park elsewhere 🙂

Note that trying towards the Watergate is an option in addition to Georegtown. 


The regatta has a permit for tents to be set up along the Georgetown waterfront park. I am meeting with NPS on Friday to determine exactly where they may be located. The tents are NOT to be staked to the ground. Please remember that the waterfront park and Thompson Boat Center are National Parks. Please respect the environment, and take out any trash that you bring in. The boathouse facilities should be reserved for the athletes and coaches. Please direct your parents to stay out of the way of boats to make race day traffic as efficient as possible. There will be portapotties for them to use.

Teams have asked about Chuckwagons. They can be parked along Water Street under the Whitehurst Freeway. That will be the easiest access to where the tents are.


If you have a trophy from last year, be sure to polish it up and bring it with you. There will be parent volunteers upstairs at TBC (or outside if the weather is nice). Please email Andrew Bright with any queries regarding volunteer duties.


Coaches/Coxswains meeting at 7:30am.

Looking forward to a great day of racing at the 9th annual WMIRA Championship!

Novice regatta this weekend (5/7)

Dear Blair Crew Parents and Rowers,
Thank you parents for your help and donations in Chestertown! This weekend is a NOVICE-ONLY regatta at Thompson’s Boat Center in Georgetown. Varsity Parents, encourage your rowers to go to Georgetown and cheer the Novices on! We’re waiting on details about time and racing, but wanted to put some basic information so you can plan your weekend. Right now the forecast on Saturday calls for 50% chance of rain with highs in the low 70s.

Food and Drink:

Every rower or family needs to volunteer and should be donating some food or drink item. Because of the early heat and fairly early finals, we are focusing primarily on breakfast. If you are interested in lunch you may bring your own. Also, there are a lot of really good restaurants nearby. If you are having any trouble with Signup Genius, contact me directly. Click on this link to identify your generous donation and volunteer opportunities on the signup genius website 

Directions and Parking:

Parking is pretty bad in Georgetown so pay attention to the TBC suggestions on where to park. (You might have luck down Virgina Ave and towards George Washington Univ instead of in Georgetown proper)

The boats will be in the Thompson’s parking lot. Rowers need to go there and start taking boats off and rigging them.


Carole Giunta , Kelly Kleine

Novice Regatta Coordinators for this Event

Maryland State Championships this Weekend!

MD Rowing Champ-Chesterton
Rowing on the bucolic Chester River

Dear Parents and Rowers,

Our next regatta, Maryland State Championship will be held on Sunday, May 1 at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. It’s across the Bay Bridge, 1 hour and 40 minutes from Blair.  Some people have driven over on Saturday and spent the night.  If you’re thinking about coming to watch, it’s a lovely venue and a great little town for wandering through between races.  Don’t forget those regatta essentials for a day by the river: chair, blanket, something to read, binocular, camera, and comfortable shoes.

Arrival and Departure time:

All separate email from Coach Greg will follow with the arrival and departure times.  For now plan on arriving at 8:00 a.m. with a coxswains meeting at 7:45 a.m. and departing from Chestertown around 4:30 p.m. Race schedule is here.

Food and Volunteer 

We are grilling!  It is very important for every Rower or family to donate food or drink item!  Click on this link to identify your generous donation and volunteer opportunities on the signup genius website: Also, if possible please bring your food donation in a disposable/recyclable container, if it requires refrigeration please pack it in a cooler with ice packs, and if you’d like to have any left-over food back, please feel free to collect it during clean-up as well as taking left over food/snacks for the trip home.

Directions to Washington College Waterfront and Wilmer Park:

The location is the Washington College Waterfront and Wilmer Park on the Chester River, 445 Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Parking for families and spectators is located close to the event and throughout Chestertown.

From the Annapolis Area:

  • Follow Route 50 over
  • At split for Route 50/301, follow signs for Rt. 301 on left
  • Continue on Rt. 301 until you see signs for Rt. 213 N toward Centreville
  • Follow Rt. 213 N. through Centerville and continue about 20 miles to Chestertown
  • Once you have crossed over the Chester River Bridge into Chestertown, turn left at first light onto Cross Street.
  • Continue on Cross Street until you reach Wilmer Park and then Washington College Boathouse on left.

Restaurant and Hotel Information:

Kent County Chamber of Commerce


Washington College Waterfront:


Kristin Staroba, Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Linda Turpie
Regatta Coordinators

Gunston Recap

Great race everyone! Recap from Coach Loree

BlairCrew had a 1st Place in Boy’s Novice 4+, three 2nd Place finishes in Boy’s Varsity 8+, Boy’s Varsity 4+ and Girl’s Novice 4+, and a 3rd Place in in Girl’s Varsity 8+.  

An important highlight was the close finish for 1st Boy’s Novice 4+ who moved from being a seat behind to take the lead and first place by less than a second ahead of Gunston– I’ve attached a photo of the extremely close finish! Also important to note that we were in two other extremely close races,  only being out four seconds from moving up a position on a 2nd place and a third place finish (these were the Girls Novice 4+ and the Girl’s Varsity 8+ races). 

Overall an excellent showing by the entire crew and an exciting regatta!

 Coach Loree


Gunston results
Gunston results

boys novice 4+take lead

Steep launch site, Gunston
Steep launch site, Gunston