Our fleet of lightweight open water rowing shells includes over a dozen boats of various designs. These are ideal for exercise, and competition, on the open waters of San Francisco Bay.
Maas open water shells have been proven open water rowing boats for many years and are light and fast. The club owns five singles (aeros and 24s), and three doubles.
We also have two single, and one double ‘coastal’ class boats. This is a design that is gaining popularity internationally and is being considered for the Olympics.. These are very stable, and ideal for rougher waters like San Francisco Bay.
Like bicycles, shells may look difficult and unstable, but they are really quite easy once you master the basic principles. They do require some agility to get in and out of at our dock. Confidence on the water will make your experience more enjoyable.
Shell rowers in training may row inside the cove, and with certified shell rowers along the waterfront. To become certified to row shells out of cove, and further away from shore alone you will need to be certified.
Mastering good technique will ensure that capsizing is an unlikely event – even on the narrowest of our shells. But it’s best to be prepared, and so the highlight of shell certification will be where you practice a ‘self-rescue.’ You should know how to swim to fully enjoy this part!