Community Rowing’s women’s masters competitive crew on the water at 5

Members of Community Rowing Inc., including coxswain Amy Jackson and rowers Katie Perry and Jessica McKenna (second picture from left) enjoy an early-morning workout.
Members of Community Rowing Inc., including coxswain Amy Jackson and rowers Katie Perry and Jessica McKenna (second picture from left) enjoy an early-morning workout.Photos by Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

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Weekday rush hour arrives just a little bit earlier at Community Rowing Inc.

While the nearby Massachusetts Turnpike generally swells with activity around 7 every morning, the CRI boathouse in Brighton — named after Harry Parker, the legendary men’s rowing coach at Harvard — starts bustling two hours before.

At 5, cars pour into the parking lot. Individuals of all ages emerge, seeking to take advantage of CRI’s countless offerings for adults and youths, both novices and experienced rowers in recreational and competitive settings.

As scullers begin pulling single shells from boathouse shelves, team coaches gather their squads to lay out the day’s itinerary.

“I start my day early,” said Katie Perry, a 22-year-old Weston resident who is a member of the women’s masters competitive team, a group numbering approximately 30.

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