National Learn-To-Row Day


Join us for an open house and free introductory rowing instruction on National Learn-to-Row Day, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This is a free event that is open to the public.  Our coaching staff and youth and adult rowers will be on hand to answer questions and give tours of our facility.  We will also be providing free introductory rowing instruction both on stationary rowing machines and in the boats on the water.

Join us for a community potluck and barbecue, noon - 1:30 p.m., June 4.

Just want to volunteer and skip the rowing, contact Director of Programs Todd Gocken to see how you can help.

Welcome, Paradise City Dragon Boating!

unnamedStarting this month, Coach Betsy Powell will be teaching dragon  boat team canoe paddling from the NCR site.  An exciting form of canoeing, dragon boating is a popular water sport with a growing following and event circuit.  NCR is excited to be hosting Paradise City Dragon boats at the Connecticut River Greenway Park. Interested in giving dragon boating a try? Contact Betsy Powell at paradisecitydragons@gmail.com or go to the website Paradise Dragons.

April Facilities Update

We were all excited to see the city's contractor on site the last week of March working on the new gangway and dock installation. The 70-foot aluminum ramp was manufactured and shipped from Florida, along with a floating dock section.  The design will allow us to launch our boats parallel to the river current. Once the new configuration is in place, we will be able to launch up to three 8s at a time—with room to spare!  Unfortunately, a design specification was misinterpreted and the dock was initially too high in the water.  New flotation was was shipped, but delayed the process somewhat. Last week, after the contractor finished adjusting the docks to a level which could accommodate the team's unnamed (2)needs, the river dropped significantly and stranded our existing docks on land.  We were able to continue to utilize the docks as we had previously, but we could not maneuver them to their new position.  With the rain late last week, we are hoping to have water levels to allow us to get them adjusted by the end of the month.  We have also arranged to hire some machinery to assist us if the river levels are still not adequate for us to move the docks manually.

We look forward to using our new ramp and testing the new configuration of the docks!

Update: Regatta Transportation for Youth Rowers

At the parent's meeting last month, Coach Todd and parents discussed the pros and cons of getting bus transportation for this season's regattas. There was a unanimous consensus for paying an additional transportation fee to provide a bus to and from all regattas for the team. Coach Todd established a $60 fee per rower for the season. Parents should contact Coach Todd with any questions. Because having a bus is something new at NCR, the following are new policies so the team can get the most out of our transportation:

  1. The bus will leave the NCR boathouse ON TIME, EVERY TIME. We will not wait for latecomers.
  2. Youth rowers will not be allowed to drive themselves to/from the regatta. These regattas are all 12-14 hour days and there are safety issues with teenagers driving home after a long day of racing.
  3. Youth rowers are allowed to ride to/from the regatta with a parent (theirs or someone else's—with permission). However, all rowers are required to be at the regatta for the entire time to help with set up and tear down of "HampCrew Town" and to unload/load the trailer.
  4. For two-day regattas: the bus will provide transportation to and from the regatta for Saturday only. Any rowers who make the Sunday finals will need to arrange transportation back to the regatta the following day. Only rowers who are scheduled to race on Sunday are required attend on Sunday.