I have never been able to do this,but then I also have never been interested in doing it either! My dad was a realy good rower and was in his University Rowing team before he got married and came out to Australia. He is also a god swimmer,another thing I simply have never mastered no matter how many times I tried to learn!
I can confidently answer yes! I recently went kayaking, which was absolutely hilarious and realised rowing is easier than a lot of people think. I think it does require confidence, but once the sun is shining, you're with friends, and don't take it too seriously, then you'll be great. Or at least that's how I approached it.
I tried to row once, across the narrow river from the in-laws house to the park opposite. I was hopeless, & my arms were aching. That was it, never tried again. My problem is, I give up to soon on everything I try to do! Just call me lazy!