VUHS Rowing History

The Rowing Club has been in existence at Vergennes Union High School since the spring of 1999. As a class project, Lee Shorey and Dennis West in partnership with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum built a 32-foot long boat. From this project, Dennis West started the Vergennes Rowing Club. Over the next four years, Vergennes, Middlebury, and St. Albans high school students built four more long boats. As of 2018 LCMM has built over 15 four and six oar pilot gigs.

The rowing team is open to all middle and high school students. The rowing team has varied in size from 14 to to a high of 52 rowers in 2018. Rowing is a two- season sport. The fall season begins in September and ends in early December, when we participate in the season ending race "The Icebreaker" in Boston. Boats are then taken out of the water and put away for the winter. During the off season, January and February, the boats are stripped and repainted by the VUHS Rowing Club and others to get them ready for the next season which begins in March, with the first race back in Boston. The spring season then continues from March until the end of school.

VUHS has supported the Rowing Club over the years by providing transportation for practices and for the races. The principal in the past has made available funds for entry fees. In 2005 the Vergennes Rowing Club became a varsity sport.

Since 2005, the Vergennes Varsity rowing team has grown steadily in size. In 2013, the Vergennes team grew to an amazing 35 rowers. In 2018, Vergennes numbers climbed to an all-time high of 56 rowers.