Saugatuck Rowing and Fitness Club in Westport, CT to Host Open House Event, Saturday, March 16, 11 AM – 1 PM

Published March 6th 2024

World-Class Rowing – Fitness Center – Boathouse Restaurant
Open to the Public and Open Year Round

March 5, 2024, Westport, CT: Saugatuck Rowing and Fitness Club and the Boathouse Restaurant will host an Open House event on Saturday, March 16, from 11 AM – 1 PM, a common occurrence for this stunning lifestyle destination situated along the beautiful Saugatuck River in Westport, CT, to introduce the property and its offerings to the public. The event kicks off the property’s spring season and welcomes the public to tour the facility, learn about its world-class rowing program, visit the fitness center (membership incentives offered), meet the rowing coaches and fitness team, and experience the Boathouse Restaurant. Saugatuck Rowing and Fitness Club is not a private club, and all of its offerings are open to the public. Sign Up For Membership at the Open House, and the Rest of March is Free.
Founded in 1990 by renowned rowing coach James Mangan, the Saugatuck Rowing Club (Fitness was added later) is the realization of his vision, shared by Dr. Howard Winklevoss, Club Proprietor, whose twin sons learned to row at SRC under Mangan’s tutelage. The 15,000-square-foot facility was built on the site of an old freight station and has grown over the years to include a fitness center, additional training space (Boathouse) built in 2002, and an award-winning restaurant (Boathouse Restaurant opened in 2010). The state-of-the-art fitness center is a bright, open, and welcoming workout facility with gorgeous views of the Saugatuck River. Personal training and group fitness classes are offered. The Boathouse Restaurant offers a vibrant and seasonal land and sea menu, a curated wine list, craft cocktails, and waterside dining. Catered affairs run the gamut from breathtaking weddings and milestone celebrations to corporate outings and community events.
Today, Saugatuck Rowing’s junior programs (ages 11-18) continue to bring in new generations of rowers. Novice programs introduce rowing to men and women of every age, including senior rowers and both newcomers and experienced oarspeople alike, including National Master’s Championships and U.S. Junior National Team selectees as accomplishments.
Current SRC Rowing Stats and Standings:
  • The Saugatuck Junior Girls hold the record for most consecutive National Titles won in the Girls Varsity Eight (the most prestigious event), winning 5 times in a row, 2014-19.
  • 2023 Youth Nationals Results:
  • U17 Women Youth Four- 1st place
  • U17 Women Youth Four- 2nd place
  • U16 Men Youth Eight- 3rd place
  • U17 Men Youth Four- 3rd place
  • 2023 Head of The Charles Results (90 entries per race):
    • Women’s U17 Four- 1st place (only 26 entries in this race)
    • Men’s Youth Eight- 2nd place (fastest US Crew)
    • Women’s Youth Eight- 4th place
    • Women’s Youth Four- 6th place
  • Currently, over 150 athletes are on SRC’s competitive junior team, which practices 6+ times a week.
  • 100+ athletes are in SRC’s beginner/intermediate groups that practice 2-3 times a week.
  • Summer 2023 had 140 athletes participate in SRC’s two-week learn-to-row class.
“We are extremely proud of our 2016 junior alumnus Oliver Bub, who just placed 2nd, narrowly missing out to first place by .55 seconds, in the pair at the Winter Speed Orders for the National Team Hopefuls. This puts Oliver in a position to make an Olympic Boat, “says SRC’s Head Rowing Coach Dave Grossman.
Exciting 2024 races coming up include the San Diego Crew Classic, Chicago Rowing Foundation’s Chicago Scrimmage, Youth Nationals in Sarasota, FL, and the Henley Royal Regatta in England. This is the first time in SRC’s program history the SRC will be attending this race. 

Rowing - Spring/Summer Juniors Registration is currently underway.
421 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT  06880