Lake Norman Magazine

Stroke! Stroke!

Scott Branscomb, assistant rowing coach for North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing, teaches a winter fitness class at Blythe Landing in Huntersville. The classes help keep folks in shape and also prepare them for when the rowing and sailing season starts in March.
Scott Branscomb, assistant rowing coach for North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing, teaches a winter fitness class at Blythe Landing in Huntersville. The classes help keep folks in shape and also prepare them for when the rowing and sailing season starts in March.

North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing offers lessons for kids, adults and the disabled. The nonprofit also organizes races on Lake Norman throughout the spring and summer. And when the weather turns cold, instructors move the classes from the lake to the 26-acre Blythe Landing park in Huntersville, where the NCCSR has a dock designed specifically to accommodate its sailing and rowing programs. From November to March, rowers can continue to work on their technique and stay in shape by participating in the NCCSR’s winter fitness classes, which is a land-based strength and conditioning program using weights and machines. “It’s an alternative to going to the gym,” says Bridget Blair, NCCSR’s director of rowing. “It really helps keep people motivated. It’s cool because they all know they’re training for the same thing—to get back in the boat together and race.”

Beginner and advanced rowing and sailing classes start in March. For details go to: www.nccsailrowing.org

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