First Colonial Crew Club | FCHS, Virginia Beach, VA

Founded in 2001 by a handful of members and one rowing machine, The First Colonial Crew Club has grown to include 55 members and 8 professional rowing shells.  FCCC is a year-round rowing program of conditioning and practice on the water. Come enjoy a sport that celebrates the nautical heritage of our community and provides for lifelong fitness and health. Find out why “Crew” is one of the fastest growing NCAA sports in the nation!

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Rowing is a total body workout. Although rowing looks like an upper body sport, the strength of the rowing stroke comes from the legs. Rowing is one of the few athletic sports that involves all the body’s major muscle groups. It is a great aerobic workout with low impact on the joints. The sport demands endurance, strength, balance, and mental discipline.


Crew has a fall, winter, and spring season. The team practices daily from 3-5:15 pm at a water site in the Hilltop area. The fall is a time for cardiovascular conditioning and long-distance races (head races). During the winter, the team does land conditioning and ergathons (indoor rowing competitions). Spring practices focus on enhancing form, power, and speed.


Usually on Saturday, with an occasional Sunday, the regattas are exciting competitions with as many as 20 different teams attending. They are an all day affair, starting early in the morning, usually lasting until mid-afternoon. Along with serious competition, comes food and socializing at the river’s edge. Click here for the Regatta schedule.


The cost for FC Crew Club is $850 for the year. Uniform costs are additional. The cost for the club covers all coaches’ fees, boat usage & maintenance, regatta fees, food at regattas, and other benefits.  The club owns three 8-man shells, four 4-man shells, one double shell, 13 conditioning rowing ergs, a boat trailer, several coaches’ boats, and a food trailer.

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