Whitemarsh Boat Club believes that every person should have the opportunity to row regardless of economic status, background, ability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

In 2005, the club was founded by a group of parents who saw firsthand how the sport of rowing positively affected their young high school students. We want to expose everyone to this sport that we love. We want rowing to be as accessible to youth as basketball or soccer.

Part of what makes rowing such an impactful sport in the young lives of our rowers are the skills that come from being part of a crew team:

  • Being a Team Player
  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Maturity
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Respect of others
  • Self-esteem

With your financial contribution to the Whitemarsh Boat Club “Power 10” Scholarship Fund, we will be able to provide a rowing program membership to any individual under the age of 18 that meets the financial qualifications and has the physical ability and desire to row.

This fund benefits all student rowers because it includes the acquisition of new boats, ongoing maintenance of club equipment, and can cover salaries of our experienced and professional coaching staff.

*Power 10 – is an expression used by the crew coxswain to motivate a boat to row harder. It helps the crew to mentally commit to rowing simultaneously and keep focus.


Thank you for considering making a donation! Whitemarsh Boat Club appreciates donations of any size. Your donation will help us to accomplish our mission of teaching people not only to row, but to love rowing. We welcome rowers of any level and any age. We have rowers as young as 15 and as old as 85! We foster a welcoming, inclusive environment for rowers and prospective rowers of all backgrounds, abilities, races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations. WBC promotes sportsmanship, friendship, and good physical and mental health through competitive and recreational rowing. Our scholarship program supports masters and juniors low income rowers. We want to give everyone the chance to fall in love with rowing!

Whitemarsh is housed in the largest boathouse on both the upper and lower Schuylkill. Our club offers a wide variety of singles, doubles and quads of any boathouse in Philadelphia. We aim to provide our members with the safest and latest rowing shells.

We are currently honoring two impressive ladies who have given much to our sport: Lois Trench-Hines and Sybil Terres-Gilmar. They have both contributed to make rowing possible for all of us at WBC. Lois purchased the boathouse. Sybil started rowing at the age of 65. They have both worked to keep the wheels in motion despite adversities such as a pandemic and a flood. They are both hard workers. Lois keeps things running at the boathouse including communication to all members, boathouse repairs, securing new racks when we need them, and making sure money is available to pay for all these things. Sybil keeps track of the people and the boats. She inspires rowers young and old alike with her spunk and determined attitude. Sybil came up with the idea of the HRC Task Force to allow us to row again during the pandemic. Overall, these ladies have made the difference for so many people who can now enjoy paddling on the river or competing at the highest level. They are to be commended. We thank them for their time, dedication, inspiration, and good spirit.

Lois has named the Vespoli SD135 “Task Force” and Sybil has named the SLW Wintech Racer “Lois & George.” Please give to our POWER 10 scholarship fund to help us honor these ladies.

Whitemarsh Boat Club appreciates donations of every size! THANK YOU!