Y Rowing Club was founded in 1910 to provide rowing opportunities for women and while the Centre now conducts programs for both sexes, membership is still open only to women. The ‘Y’ has been at the forefront in popularising rowing for women. Its members were the first to represent Australia at World Championships and a Lightweight Four recorded Australian women’s first success at international level in 1979.
A detailed history of the club can be downloaded here (1.6 Mb).
In 1965 British Pathé produced a short segment featuring the club. It’s called Keep warm by Rowing.
The two-bay boathouse and clubrooms, built in 1996, house a well-maintained modern fleet of 30 boats. There is a compact gym with an eight-station Universal Weight Unit, exercise bikes, a stepper, and five Concept Rowing Ergonometres.
Club of the Year
The Y Rowing Club won the National Rowing Club of the Year Achievement Award recognising the scope and quality of our Learn-to-Row and other participation programs.