Our fleet

Updated: February 26, 2013

In five short years, Twin Cities Youth Rowing has acquired a fleet of 15 racing shells for use by our oarsmen and oarswomen. We row two classes of boats, fours and eights.

While many of our shells are nearly 20 years old, you wouldn’t know it. Each winter all the boats are removed from storage and gone through by staff and parents to replace worn parts, touch up scratches and, in some cases, even repaint them.

By 2012 we were through with the capitalization phase of fleet development and we are in the process of replacing old, tired and the wrong-sized boats and with newer, more reliable and faster equipment.

Today’s rowing shells are built with the same construction materials as Indy race car bodies. While our older boats use fiberglass or even wood in some areas, our newer boats are 100% carbon fiber, amazingly stiff and light, and have a service life measured in decades. While a new racing eight can cost over $30,000, fours and very well maintained used eights are available for much less. Trainers are slower, heavier, more flexible and even more affordable.

Equipment funding comes from the annual budget, but a number of our shells have been partially or wholly donated by friends of  TCYR. Nearly all were purchased used from colleges, with the exception of two acquired new in 2012 with the help of one of our families.
It is a tradition in rowing that donors decide on the boat’s name. Shells are named for family members, supporters, and some just for fun. A number are memorials which will serve future rowers for many years. A special moment in the life of our program is the naming ceremony for a new boat where families gather, some from across the country, to celebrate and witness the ceremony.

If you would like to support Twin Cities Youth Rowing by contributing to the fleet, please make contact with one of the coaches or a board member. Naming rights come with even a partial gift for fleet development.

The TCYR Fleet, Winter 2012

Use Name Year Source Size
Top Racing Eights Girls (no Name) 2005 Yale Medium
Boys Miles 2 Row * 2007 Michigan Medium
2nd Racing Eights Girls Courageous * 2001 SUNY Small
Boys Speed Queen * 2001 Williams Large
3rd Racing Eights Girls Susan Vojta * 2000 Minnesota Medium
Boys (No Name) 1999 Notre Dame Large
1st Training Eights Girls J&C Hammett+ 2000 Minnesota Medium
2nd Training Eights Girls
Boys F17+ 1997 Stanford Large
Training Fours Girls Jolly Rogers * 1994 Wisconsin Small
Boys Three Rivers + 1997 Deerfield Medium
Spare Fours Girls Lowrider 2000 Rochester RC Small

* indicates memorial boats
+ Indicates named in honor of supporters

Here’s a link to Bill Davis’s tour of the Vespoli shop in 2012 (PDF file, 7Mb)

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