Anyone can try-out for Riverfront's Fall or Spring teams (previous experience may be required for the Spring Team, and beginners are encouraged to try rowing during one of our summer beginner Classes or Clinics). Our teams operate like the varsity sports offered at high schools; they meet five days per week and compete against varsity high school teams and clubs. Riverfront's beginning (novice) rowers compete against other teams’ beginners, while experienced rowers compete against other experienced rowers in varsity categories.

“I have been really impressed with the growth of the Riverfront program.  The kids are rowing well and competing against more established programs.  What’s great to see is the camaraderie and confidence they have, and the support they give each other regardless of the differences in skill level.  The Riverfront Recapture program does a great job instilling those qualities in their kids.”  Steve Hargis, Head Coach, United States Junior National Team Development


Spring 2017

(updated 4.27.17)
Practice begins Monday, March 13 and ends Monday May 22. Practices are held Monday - Friday 3:45 - 6:00, with some weekend races.


2017  Weekend Schedule

  • Rainbow Clean-up Day, Windsor, CT: Saturday April 22nd (9:00 a.m. - noon)
  • Scrimmage, Lawrence, MA: Saturday April 29th (6:00 a.m. bus departure and app 3:00 p.m. return)
    Address: 1 Eaton Street, Lawrence MA 
    Greater Lawrence Rowing Club:
    Everyone should arrive by 8:00 a.m.  Races go off 9:30 -12:30

For races below different crews have different race times but one needs to set aside the entire day and plan for an early departure. 

  • Founders Day Regatta, Kent, CT: Sunday May 7th (4+'s only; primarily varsity but some novice), 
    Address: Lake Waramaug, Kent CT, Gunnery School
  • Lowell Invite, Lowell, MA: Saturday/Sunday May 13-14
  • Address: 500 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA, Merrimac Rowing Club
  • New England Regionals, Worcester, MA: Saturday/Sunday May 20-21
    Address: Regatta Point on Lake Quinsigomond State Park, Worcester, MA, Quinsigamond Rowing Association
  • Youth Nationals, June 9-11, Sarasota, FL (Varsity crews may qualify, additional fees apply

2017 Need-to-Know

  • All participants must know how to swim.
  • Those managing asthma with an inhaler must bring the inhaler to practice every day
  • While we do our best to give all participants an opportunity to race, similar to earning playing time on any other team, earning a seat in a race is not guaranteed.
  • Participants are expected to be available for all races; if they are not, they must communicate with coaches at the start of the season regarding any possible conflicts.
  • Due to CT River flooding we likely will have to move practice to Rainbow Reservoir in Windsor for a week or so during the season
  • The spring registration fee is $780; online registration below. This fee includes regatta entry fees (except for varsity crews that qualify for Nationals in FLA; in 2012 this additional fee was $630, not including transportation), novice racing tanks, (varsity use their JL uniform they purchased from the fall), food at regattas, (food planning, purchasing and preparation are handled by parent volunteers); a bus to the team scrimmage in Lawrence, MA.
  • Participants are responsible for transportation to all other regattas. Historically, car-pooling has worked well, however, please note that different crews race at different times ( Lowell 2016 V Girls raced @ 8 a.m. and N Boys @ 6:00 p.m.) and some crews progress to race later in the day or on the second day. Spring racing is much different than fall racing; it's short head-to-head sprints where crews can advance to additional races.

    As in the fall, we will run a WEST HARTFORD BUS for an additional fee of $375 (breaks down to app $7.5 per day) and the $375 payment can be made here.  The pick up locations this spring are Conard, Hall and Watkinson.  Current drop off locations are Hall, Fernridge Park parking lot, Cornerstone Aquatics Center, and Conard
  • Corporate and foundation grants secured by Riverfront’s Development team cover fees for students attending Hartford and East Hartford public schools as part of Riverfront’s partnership with the City of Hartford and Town of East Hartford.
  • Corporate and foundation grants also purchase equipment used by everyone.
  • Funds from rower and parent fundraising (done mostly in the Fall) has purchased almost all of the boats the kids row in the spring
  • Varsity will race in their unisuits and should have a white long sleeve dri-fit shirt to go underneath as needed.

    JL Rowing Apparel web site will close March 21  (varsity unisuits will arrive app. April 24th; jackets app. May 8th: varsity should have gear from Fall or can arrange to borrow a spare; novices not required to have anything from here).  To order JL apparel as an individual and perhaps get merchandise sooner email
  • Novices should race in blue bottoms--short or long drywick/lycra/spandex/trou--and white tops, long or short sleeve techshirt/dri-fit top to go under their cotton tanks.

    The Spirit Wear site will close March 21
  • Historically, the spring is colder than the fall and participants should dress in layers.
  • Example of proper cold weather attire.  Layer(s) of wicking material (NOT COTTON), fleece, athletic rain jacket. Not shown: wool hat, wool socks
  • Please register here