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Boston is the greatest city in America for rowing, and it's a pretty good place to be gay. So where are all the LGBT rowers? I want to start a meetup group that will let us meet and socialize without making people commit to being part of a boat that has an ongoing practice schedule.
So this meetup is starting out as a SOCIAL group. This is NOT a learn-to-row group, and it is NOT being organized to line up nine people to go out in a boat. Maybe later, but just now right now.
For people who have gotten in touch with us because you want to learn to row, first of all: Hooray for you! You're going to love it. Then, what you should do is to get in touch with either Community Rowing or Boston University. They both have great learn-to-row programs, and you'll be out on the water in no time this summer. Here's their URL's:
Some background on me: I rowed freshman and intramural crew at Harvard, and now I'm rowing a single out of Community Rowing. But I travel a lot for work, and so being part of an eight just wouldn't work for me. Just the same, I could imagine going out on the water every now and then in a pick-up boat, perhaps with adult supervision from a coach at one of the boathouses. And for the scullers among us, it would be nice to connect with other people to go out on the water with, either in singles or in doubles.
IN SUMMARY: if your experience with rowing involves being on the water, and when you're inside you refer to those godawful contraptions as "ergs" and not as "rowing machines", then you're somebody who should join this group. There are hundreds of us LGBT rowers out there in the Boston area -- we're just waiting to finally meet each other.
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