Rowing is an ancient sport and one of the oldest Olympic sports (men only until 1976). Team members, or crews, range in number from one to nine, depending on the boat and class. Crew size is one, two, four, or eight, plus the coxswain, who steers the boat and does not row. Boat classes — sweep, sculling, and open- water — range from an individual shell to an eight-person with a coxswain. Every person in every position on the boat has a name and specific function.

Learn about Wellesley’s history with and contribution to the sport of rowing, its mental and physical benefits, and its growth to include all potential rowers in the area in the Digital Edition of the Fall 2022 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.