Upper Natoma Rowing Club

Our Learn to Row program is offered to young men and women between the ages of 13 to 18.  No experience is necessary; we will teach you how to row, handle a boat, be part of a team, stay physically fit and have a lot of fun in the process.  Participants will learn sweep rowing techniques in eight-person shells.  The first Learn to Row session will be held on June 6th through June 10th from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Nimbus Flat.  See below for directions.  The second session will be held on June 13th - June 17th

You can download the membership application here. The cost of attending one Learn to Row session is $150.00.  There is a $50.00 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot, and the remaining balance of $100.00 will be due on the first day of your session. If you have any questions please contact Lori at (916) 300-3624 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We will only have 18 spots available for each session.

Choose a Session

Upper Natoma Rowing Club is beginning its 6th season!  New athletes are still welcome to join now.  Practice begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. at Nimbus Flat.  Please download the membership packet, fill it out and bring it to practice on the first day.

If you are coming to Nimbus Flat from Westbound U.S. 50, exit at Hazel Avenue and make a right onto Hazel Avenue.  Then make the very first right turn into the Nimbus Flat State Park entrance, pictured below. (When you make that right turn you should still be able to see the freeway exit ramp.  If you reach Gold Country Blvd/Nimbus Flat Rd., you've gone too far).  Proceed to the State Parks gate where you will have to pay $10.00 to drive into Nimbus Flat.  If you do not want to pay the $10.00 entrance fee, you can park your car at the "park and ride" area located just before the gate for free and walk from there to our meeting place. 

Once you go through the state park gate, follow the road to the 3rd stop sign (there will be a "UNRC" sign there), then make a right and you will see us just ahead.  Please call Lori at 916-300-3624 if you have trouble finding us, or if you are going to be late.  We looking forward to meeting you!


Upper Natoma Rowing Club, the region’s newest teen rowing program, celebrated its 5th anniversary of rowing on Lake Natoma. This amazing team topped off a successful season as it once again made its mark at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships held on their home water in early May. Upper Natoma qualified three boats to compete the national competition set for mid-June in Sarasota, Florida.

Upper Natoma’s dedicated coaches, Dave Hayashi and Chris Manibusan, have decades of rowing and coaching experience between them. They pride themselves in the unique experiences that only a smaller program can provide to athletes. UNRC is known for its personalized coaching, lots of time spent on the water and the tight knit comradery that develops between the athletes.  This close bond was repeatedly highlighted by the team’s graduating seniors at their recent end of season banquet. Most of this year’s seniors will continue their love of rowing at the collegiate level at a variety of prestigious universities.

Top ten reasons why you should join Upper Natoma Rowing Club:

1.In the program's first season (2010-2011), four boats qualified for Nationals and won medals at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships. In the 2011-2012 season, three UNRC boats won medals at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships and two boats went on to earn silver and bronze medals at Nationals.

2.  UNRC was the first Sacramento-based rowing club to qualify a women's varsity 8+ for Nationals, which placed ninth in the nation. 

3.  We have dedicated, hardworking and successful coaches and staff

4.  You will train and row on Lake Natoma, a world class rowing venue

5.  You will learn to work as part of a team as you all strive for success

6.  You will become mentally and physically fit

7.  You will learn discipline, time management and other life lessons

8.  You will learn unique skills, including how to rig and derig a rowing shell

9.  You will learn the art of rowing

10. You will have fun and make new friends

About Us

Upper Natoma Rowing Club (UNRC) was established to meet the need for a competitive high school rowing program in the Folsom, Sacramento and surrounding areas.

UNRC competes in the Southwestern Conference. Our coaching staff has established UNRC as a Southwestern powerhouse.  In its first season, UNRC qualified and medaled four boats at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships. We were the first Sacramento-based rowing club to qualify and send a women's varsity 8+ to the National Championships 
Our coaches and staff provide a positive rowing experience for our athletes and teach useful life lessons including hard work, dedication, sacrifice, teamwork, time
management and excellence.


by Chris Manibusan

Rowing is a sport of trust. It requires you to trust in your training, teammates and coaches. 

Doubt, hesitation, and fear can fracture that trust and cause hopes of victory to slip away.  At the moment when the pain sets in, and it will, you must trust that you have been properly prepared for what you and your team want to achieve. Trust that the person in front of you and the person behind you are giving it their all.

Know that victories aren't a certainty.  Nor is there any "luck" involved in winning. Victories are earned.  They are earned with every ounce of sweat, drop of blood, lunge, hill, erg, mile, day, hour, minute, and second that you work.

This is what rowing is about. It is THIS hard work that separates victory from defeat.  It is what separates us from them.  It is the difference between being ahead or behind when the flag drops. The question is where do you want to be?


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