R.O.W. BLUE Camp: June 18-21, 2015


The University of Michigan Men’s Rowing staff has designed this camp for women surviving breast cancer. The camp will run on two tracks, one with experienced rowers and the other for those who have never taken a stroke before but want to learn.

This year we are excited to announce the addition of a fourth coach in Michigan alumna Kate Robbins (maiden name: MacKenzie) who learned to row as a novice at Michigan. After college, Kate competed with the U.S. National Team, winning the World Championships in the Women's 8+ in 2002, and competing in the Women's Pair in the 2004 Olympics. After the 2004 Olympics, Kate retired from international rowing but stays involved in the sport through coaching and recreational rowing. Currently, Kate is a physical therapist at Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers in Howell, MI.

In addition to Kate, Chris Lalande will be returning for her third year at the camp. Lalande is a former Michigan assistant from 2003-2005 where she worked with both the mens and women's programs. Since then she has been working with the Wisconsin Womens rowing team as a volunteer assistant where she has worked with the Novice Programs as well as the underclassman on the Varsity Program.

Members of the University of Michigan Men’s Rowing Team will help fill out lineups as needed, including in the coxswain’s seat. Working with seasoned collegiate athletes and coxswains will help practice run smoother.

The camp will include post-row talks on:

  • Video review of each rower
  • Understanding the “whys” of technique and adjusting it to fit your goals
  • Effective training on the erg
  • Adjusting training plans as you age up

The camp will begin on Thursday, June 18 with practice in the early afternoon, and will end after morning practice on Sunday, June 21.

Camp Location, Housing and Food

The camp will be based out of the Fountain Point Resort, on the Leelenau Peninsula, near Traverse City in Northern Michigan. Founded in 1889, Fountain Point is Michigan’s oldest family-style summer resort, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fountain Point sits on the shore of Lake Leelenau, which provides over 20 miles of protected water, perfect for both technical and hard training rows. It is one of the nation’s most beautiful rowing sites.

The camp will have exclusive use of the resort’s original hotel building, which sleeps 32 people and includes large public gathering spaces and a kitchen. All meals except dinner (pre-morning row continental breakfast, brunch, pre-afternoon row snack will be provided). Dinner will be on your own, allowing you to explore many of Traverse City’s restaurants and wineries. Other housing options in the resorts cabins can also be arranged.


The cost of this camp is $850. A non-refundable $250 deposit is due within two weeks of receiving your confirmation email. Full payment is due by May 20, 2015. The camp fee includes coaching, housing, meals (excluding dinner).


Step 1: Complete the Online Registration Form. An email confirmation will be sent when your application has been received.

Step 2: Pay a $250 deposit within 2 weeks of your confirmation email to reserve your spot in the camp.

Step 3: Submit release and consent form along with medical form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this camp different from others?
This camp offers the opportunity for women surviving breast cancer to come together and learn more about the sport of rowing under the leadership of one of the country’s leading college coaching staffs and to work directly with the team’s rowers and coxswains.

Why is this camp being held in Northern Michigan?   
Our partnership with Fountain Point Resort allows us to row at one of the nation’s best rowing venues. Additionally, the resort itself has the feel of a great old summer hotel, the essence of a Michigan summer. The exclusive use of their hotel building will give the camp a focus and a center.

Can I bring my family with me to camp?
The camp fee is based on shared rooms in the hotel building, but the resort management is also glad to work with us to provide special rates on the resort’s cabins contingent on availability. While you are rowing, they can enjoy all the attractions of the Leelenau Peninsula and the Traverse City area, including visits to lighthouses, antiquing, the beaches of nearby Lake Michigan, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Fountain Point itself also offers a great getaway for the entire family.

What should athletes bring to camp?
Athletes should bring sunscreen, water bottle, hat and sunglasses, and plenty of spandex.