Atlanta Rowing Club

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ARC Logo.

Atlanta Rowing Club (ARC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) masters rowing club located in Roswell, Georgia. ARC's colors are red and white. As a masters organization, it is the only club in the Atlanta area for rowers who are beyond high school or college age, although there are several members who are in college. The club is a volunteer-based organization with 200+ members throughout the year. ARC conducts three four-week long Learn-to-Row sessions each year. The classes teach people new to rowing how to row. ARC also hosts a National Learn-to-Row day where people can try rowing for one day at no cost. ARC has 3 buildings for storing boats; a large building mostly housing eights, fours and quads, a cage holding singles, doubles, and pairs, and a small building holding private singles. There is also an erg room, kitchen and bathroom in the main boathouse.


Founded in 1974, the club was initially located on the lake at Stone Mountain. By 1982 membership had grown and the club obtained the use of a small building and dock at the Chattahoochee River Park. By 1989 the main boathouse was constructed where it presently stands along Azalea Drive, across from the Chattahoochee River.

Notable members[edit]

  • Jeffery Koplan - Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and currently vice president for academic health affairs Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]
  • Norton Schlachter - One of the first members and officers of the Atlanta Rowing Club in the early 70s. He was a USRowing board member and later Chairman of the US Men’s Olympic Committee. He was the first Southerner and youngest Chairman at the time.
  • Daniel Wolff - French Junior National Champion in doubles sculls racing.
  • John and Lyn Wylder - 1 of 3 couples in the world that are both International Rowing Federation (FISA) referees.


The club's activities are managed by its Board of Directors and are governed by its By-laws. An election is held in January of each year to vote on the Board's five officers. Board meetings are held once a month to manage the club's business.


  • President - Bernie Burgener
  • First Vice President - Kerry Brown (Responsible for coaching)
  • Second Vice President - Lynne Pfister (Responsible for community affairs)
  • Secretary - Grace Teborek
  • Treasurer - Richard Miller


Boats inside main boathouse.

ARC owns 30 rowing shells that can be used by its members. In addition to club boats 70 private shells are stored in the boathouse including shells from Georgia State University crew team.

List of Current Equipment:

Type Manufacturer Boat Name Year Weight Class
1x Maas Party of One 1991 ALL
Maas Single Serving 1992 ALL
Peinert One Track Mind 1995 HWT
Peinert Aerodynamic 2004 HWT
Peinert Solitude 2003 LWT
Burgashell Starbuck 2000 MWT
Burgashell Ruthless 2001 MWT
Burgashell Seashell 1998 MWT
Hudson Happy Hour 2007 LWT
Hudson Solo Slide 2007 MWT
2- BBG Nur die Nesten 1990 HWT
2x Wintech Magnolia II 2005 HWT
Kaschper Phoenix 1997 HWT
Kaschper Kudzu 1998 MWT
Kaschper Double Trouble 2003 MWT
Hudson Sequoia 2004 HWT
Hudson Redwood 2006 HWT
2x/2- Hudson Heron 2006 LWT
2x/2- Hudson Dogwood II 2006 MWT
4+ Vespoli Fortitude 2002 HWT
Vespoli Fourtune 2002 MWT
4x Kaschper Egret 1997 MWT
Hudson Quadzilla 2006 HWT
Hudson Crews Control 1999 MWT
4x/4- Hudson USA 2006 LWT
8+ Vespoli Bear 1985 HWT
Vespoli Donohoe 2003 MWT
Vespoli Go Streight 1998 MWT
Vespoli - - HWT
Vespoli See Ya L-Eight-R 2004 LWT

Key - 1x = Single, 2- = Pair, 2x = Double, 2x/2- = Can be Rigged as either a Pair or Double, 4+ = Coxed Four, 4x = Quad, 4x/4- = Can be rigged as either a Coxless four or Quad, 8+ = Eight. For information about different types of boats see this article.


ARC, in conjunction with Lookout Rowing Club hosts the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Head of the Hooch has been held in two other locations throughout its 27 year history. It is the third largest regatta in the United States.[2] The largest is the Head of the Charles in Boston, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ Rangus, Eric. "The Koplan files." Emory Report 30 Sep 2002 7 Jun 2008 <>
  2. ^ Compare Head of the Hooch's 1,938 entries. See "Head of the Hooch". Regatta Central. Retrieved 4 November 2013. ; with Head of the Fish's 2,028 entries. See "Head of the Fish". Regatta Central. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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