Spring Break 2022

March 13-19, 2022

Spring Break training is an essential jump start to the championship season.

While the lake may still be frozen in Manhattan, being able to row twice a day on flat water in the Texas sunshine provides the focus, intensity, and fun we need to launch our spring season.  This single week is the equivalent of 3 weeks of regular practice back home, so the team returns race ready with their sights on the USRowing Regional Championship at the end of the season in May and potentially Nationals beyond that.

Plus trips to the zoo, Magnolia Market at the Silos, and living in the same hotel with your team for a week is the best team building there is!

We row out of the Baylor Crew boathouse located on the Brazos river next to Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Expected Schedule

  • The week before we leave, Thursday and Friday practices will be spent at the boathouse inspecting and loading equipment onto our trailer.
  • Saturday the coaches will take the trailer down to Waco.
  • Sunday the caravan of rowers and parent chaperones will travel to Waco.
  • Monday through Friday: Eat, Row, Eat, Sleep, Row, Eat, Sleep. Rinse, repeat.
  • Saturday we’ll return to Manhattan OR race in Oklahoma City if their Junior Invite goes ahead.
  • The following Monday’s practice will be spent unloading and storing equipment.

A typical day during Spring Break…

  • Breakfast at the hotel around 7:30am. (How much time rowers allow for breakfast is up to them.)
  • Warmups and calisthenics at the docks next to Baylor’s campus at 8:30 to 9:00
  • Morning practice on water 9:00 to 11:30
  • 11:30 picnic/bbq lunch provided by parent chaperones
  • 12:30 sleep and/or team adventure
  • Afternoon practice 3:30 to 5:30.
  • 5:30 return to hotel for catered dinner
  • 7:00 free time–hang out, play games, do homework, or make use of the hotel pool.
  • 9:30 curfew (All rowers back in their own rooms.)
  • 10:00 lights out

The Great Northern Row to Mexico

Spring Break Thursday’s tradition makes our daily schedule slightly different. We’ll have an earlier and longer morning practice during which the team undertakes the Great Northern Row to Mexico–we’ll row as far up the Brazos as we can while alternating rowers.

Then, instead of an afternoon practice, we’ll do some local activity followed by dinner out at a local restaurant.


A down payment of $165 is due 4 March 2022.

The whole trip will cost ~$500 per rower, which can be raised through various fundraising opportunities provided in the months prior to travel, such as our annual Row For Humanity.

This cost includes:

  • transportation to and from Waco and all transportation during the week.
  • hotel rooms and breakfast.
  • lunch at the boathouse.
  • dinner catered to hotel.
  • dock fees.
  • equipment transportation.

It does NOT cover:

  • food while traveling to and from Waco.
  • the Thursday night meal out (Buzzard Billy’s on the water+ice cream from Heritage Creamery!)
  • anything the rowers want to buy from Baylor’s campus store, Magnolia Market, etc.


Depending on how many rowers go, we will need several parents as chaperones for this trip. This entails:

  • providing a large vehicle like an SUV or minivan to transport rowers.
  • shuttling rowers back and forth between hotel and practice.
  • shopping for and preparing lunches at the boathouse.
  • ordering and picking up catered food for dinners at the hotel.
  • herding cats/managing rowers at the hotel and during off times.
  • your gas, hotel, and meals are covered (please keep your receipts).

Junior rowers from other teams

If you are interested in joining us on this trip, contact us here: juniorcrewmanhattan@gmail.com

If 4 -5 rowers from your team want to join, we ask that one of your parents join as a chaperone. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can work with you on these plans. Firm deadline to finalize hotel reservations ($165 down payment) 11 Feb 2022.