Youth Rowing

Our youth rowing program blends urban and suburban participants who practice and race together, giving both groups the opportunity to learn from one another in our own version of a magnet school for rowers.

Past rowers have earned rowing scholarships to college, participated on US Junior National Development Teams, and earned invitations to the prestigious USRowing Youth Nationals. Current program offerings are listed below.

Fall High School Rowing
September 7 through November 3
Practice: M – F, 4 – 5:45 pm

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, September 1, 5 pm: Parents Information Meeting (Boathouse)
  • Tuesday, September 7: First day of practice
  • Saturday, September 18, CRI Fall Classic (JV/Varsity only)
  • Sunday, October 3: Head of the Riverfront
  • Saturday, October 9: Head of the Housatonic (JV/Varsity only)
  • Saturday, October 23: Head of the Charles (select Varsity only)
  • Sunday, October 31: Head of the Fish
  • Tuesday, November 2: Last day of practice
  • Wednesday, November 3, 5pm: Fall Season Banquet

Novice Racing Team:
Open to all youth rowers ages 12+ with fewer than two seasons of competitive rowing experience – no prior experience required. Athletes who completed one or more learn-to-row sessions this summer will still race as a novice this fall. The Novice Racing team will teach athletes how to row and get them ready for their first two races: the Head of the Riverfront Regatta on October 3 and the Head of the Fish Regatta on October 31. 

Registration fee: $675, includes transportation between the boathouse and racecourse on regatta days and regatta fees. Race uniforms not included. If you are new to Riverfront Rowing, please sign your athlete up for our iCrew roster software to track attendance and lineups. There is no registration fee for Hartford & East Hartford residents.

JV/Varsity Racing Team:
Open to experienced youth rowers (2+ competitive seasons completed). JV and Varsity athletes will refine their individual rowing skills while practicing different race lineups and configurations. Athletes should count on a mix of sweep and sculling opportunities and be ready to try switching sides (port/starboard) and move seats frequently. The JV/Varsity race schedule offers more opportunities to compete, including the CRI Fall Classic, Head of the Housatonic, Head of the Charles (if selected), and the Head of the Riverfront and Head of the Fish. 

Registration fee: $750, includes transportation between the boathouse and racecourse on regatta days, and non-HOCR regatta fees. Head of the Charles fees and race uniforms are not included. If you are new to Riverfront Rowing, please sign your athlete up for our iCrew roster software to track attendance and lineups. There is no registration fee for Hartford & East Hartford residents.

Families looking for transportation to/from practice should contact bpape@riverfront.org; if there is sufficient interest daily bus transportation can be arranged for an additional fee.”

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