President's Message

I would personally like to welcome you to the West Side Rowing Club’s website. Since the Club’s founding in 1912, we have remained true to our mission of “teaching the youth of Western New York the art of rowing”. This tradition continues even today as we celebrate over 100 years of our Club.

Back in 1912, the Western New York rowing community was comprised of almost two dozen rowing clubs of which all have disappeared except West Side. The strong leadership of people, such as former Presidents Mike Broderick and Bill Cotter, have enabled our Club to be a survivor as well as to prosper and over the years develop world class athletes who have gone on to represent the United States in many Olympic and World Championship regattas.

Today we remain a beacon along the Buffalo waterfront serving high school athletes, college athletes and adults who wish to learn and compete in the sport of rowing. Our campus adjacent to the Niagara River and one-quarter mile south of the internationally known Peace Bridge, which links the United States and Canada, includes the West Side Rowing Club, the Doc Schaab Boathouse and the recently built Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse, the newest architectural treasure along the United States border. 

The West Side Rowing Club is comprised of athletes, coaches, Board members and volunteers who strive to provide a safe and secure environment where individuals from all backgrounds can learn, enjoy and compete in a sport which taxes the physical limits of every participant. The diverse backgrounds of our athletes can be  seen almost every day at our Club and we welcome all members of the community who express and interest in learning our sport. We look forward to your future participation. 


Warm regards,
Ted Marks
President, West Side Rowing Club