The Great Bay Rowing Club (GBR), founded in 1997, is a non-profit, community based organization developed to foster interest in the sport of rowing in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire at both the masters and junior level. Our goal is to provide our members with the opportunity, facilities, equipment and instruction in sweep and sculling techniques, to row at both competitive (novice, JV, and varsity) and recreational levels. We strive to provide a rewarding rowing experience that encourages club pride and individual achievement. Participation is open to anyone interested in rowing.
Great Bay Rowing was founded in 1996 by Sean O’Connell in an effort to address a growing interest in rowing in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, and as a means of giving back to the community what he had enjoyed as a high school rower on the Oyster River.
The club operates out of a boathouses located at Jackson’s Landing in Durham and Dover NH. Great Bay Rowing shares the facilities with the University of New Hampshire. The boathouses exists under a unique arrangement with UNH and the town which requires that a portion of the boathouse be set aside for use by community members, resulting in the boathouse we use today. In 2003 Great Bay Rowing Club purchased a fleet of boats. Prior to this GBR rented the equipment used. This was a milestone in the club’s evolution.
GBR, a young and growing club, had already met with great competitive successes. Both the junior and master teams have won medals at regional regattas. Club teams have had the privilege of competing in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, Masters National and Masters World competitions. Several GBR juniors rowers have gone on to take prominent positions on their college rowing teams. Fun events, both rowing and non-rowing related, have become traditional aspects of the GBR experience.
The club continues to look towards competitive success, but also hopes to continue to draw a large recreational constituency of both sweep and sculling rowers.