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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

Fall 2018

Practice begins Tuesday, September 4th and ends Tuesday, October 29th.  Practices are held Monday - Friday 3:45 - 6:00, with some weekend races.


2018  Fall Schedule

  • Monday, 9/10, 6 - 7 pm: New Parents Meeting Please RSVP via email to our Assistant Director, Jonathan Near
  • Friday, 9/14, 6 pm: Run for the Riverfront 5K, benefits Riverfront Rowing
  • Saturday, 9/29, 8 am - 4 pm: 20th Head of the Riverfront, parking: 410 Market Street, Hartford, CT (this will bring you to the CITGO station at the parking lot entrance)
  • Sunday, October 7: 9th Annual New England Junior & High School Regional Championship Regatta, Worcester, MA. 6 am departure, 5 pm return
  • Sunday, October 14, 7 am - 12 pm: Scrimmage at Farmington
  • Wednesday in October, date TBD, 4 pm: Scrimmage v Avon
  • Sunday, October 21Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston, MA (varsity only, based on lottery results)
  • Sunday, October 28: Head of the Fish Regatta, Saratoga Springs, NY, 4:30 am departure, 6 pm return

2018 Need to Know


  • All participants must know how to swim.  Swim test will be administered early in the season
  • 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.
  • The fall registration fee is $700. This fee includes regatta entry fees (except for varsity crews that qualify for the Head of the Charles Regatta, for which there will be an additional $90 fee), novice racing tanks, (varsity use their JL uniform they must purchase), food at regattas, (food planning, purchasing and preparation are handled by parent volunteers); a bus to the races in Worcester and Saratoga Springs.
  • As in the spring, we will run a WEST HARTFORD BUS for an additional fee of $325 and the $325 payment can be made here. The pick up locations are Conard @2:45 and Hall @ app 3:00 Current drop off locations are Hall, Fernridge Park parking lot, Cornerstone Aquatics Center, and Conard. The bus leaves the boathouse at approximately  6:05.
  • Corporate and foundation grants secured by Riverfront’s Development team cover fees for residents attending Hartford and East Hartford public schools.  Suburban students attending Hartford and East Hartford public schools can participate at a discount due to our partnership with the City of Hartford and Town of East Hartford. Corporate and foundation grants also purchase equipment used by everyone.
  • Funds from rower fundraising have purchased almost all of the boats the kids row 
  • Varsity will race in unisuits and should have a white long sleeve dri-fit shirt to go underneath as needed.
  • 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 the cotton racing tanks that we will provide


For more information please email our Assistant Rowing Director Jonathan Near,