March 2016 Newsletter


Registration is now open for

All Spring Programs!


Annual Memberships Now Available

In response to popular demand, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it is now offering Adult Annual Memberships to Northampton Community Rowing.  Adult Annual Membership is available for $125 and entitles you to a 10% discount on all programming and 20% off annual small boat storage fees.  Contact to ask about boat storage availability.

Important Dates - Mark your calendars!

March 20 & 27 - Site Prep with Coach Todd

March 26 - Rockrimmon Ergatta, Springfield

March 28 - Youth Outdoor Season Begins

April 4 - Adult Intermediate & Competitive Morning Programs Begin

April 4 - NCR Merchandise Store Closes

April 16 - Northampton Community Rowing ERGATHON

May 3 - Valley Gives Day - Support Hamp Crew

May 21 - Adult Evening Programs Begin

Thomas Lyons Boat Fund

Our thanks to the Lyons Family of Northampton for presenting a challenge gift of $20,000 to Northampton Community Rowing to go towards the purchase of a new 8-person rowing shell. This generous gift is made in memory of Thomas E. Lyons (1937 - 1992) whose passion for rowing led him to a spot as an alternate on the 1964 Olympic Team. The Lyons Family and Friends have been generous donors to the new Connecticut River Greenway building project and are excited to see a new generation discover the joys of the Connecticut River, just as Tommy Lyons did. All of NCR’s fundraising efforts this spring will go towards matching the $20,000 gift of the Thomas Lyons Boat Fund.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 youth and masters rowers will participate in our annual ERGATHON in support of the Thomas Lyons Boat Fund.  Rowers will raise pledges online and in person and all pledges will count towards NCR’s 2016 Valley Gives Campaign. Please support a rower and pledge your support to Northampton Community Rowing during the ERGATHON and during Valley Gives Day on May 3rd.

We are pleased to announce that $2300 was raised towards the Thomas Lyons Boat Fund at a recent Wine Tasting and Silent Auction held at ConVino Wine Bar.  Thank you to those of you who donated and attended.

2016 Spring Season

New Director of Programs Todd Gocken led several recruiting and outreach sessions in the month of February.  The effort resulted in 44 youth rowers and 30 adults registering for the Indoor Spring Training session at All-Sport Soccer Arena. Our thanks to Bill Kalmakis and his staff for allowing us use of the All-Sport facility for our annual Indoor Spring Training. Hamp Crew’s Youth teams will transition to outdoor practices on Monday, March 28.  Adult Intermediate and Competitive rowers will begin Monday, April 4; getting an extra week of rowing this year in celebration of the warm weather.

Northampton Community Rowing welcomes Sandra Bucan as coach of the adult intermediate and competitive rowing teams, and assistant coach for the youth teams.  Sandra is former member of the Serbian National Rowing Team and is currently working as an assistant head coach of the Women’s Rowing Program at Amherst College.  She has considerable experience coaching masters and collegiate rowers, as well as competitive scullers.  Sandra is already meeting with rowers to begin preparing the team to compete at Masters Nationals in August.

Beginning May 21, NCR will offer evening sessions for their Learn-to-Row, Intermediate and Advanced Recreational rowing classes.  These adult evening programs will run from 5:30-7:30pm. Registration opens May 1st.

Site Preparations

The City of Northampton assures NCR that the new aluminum gangway will be installed within the month. The gangway is the last major piece of the City’s nearly $700,000 effort to complete work at the Connecticut River Greenway park.  Our Director of Programs, Todd Gocken will be leading work at the Boathouse site over the next two Sundays in preparation for the Spring Season and the new dock installation. Site preparations will be happening this Sunday, March 20, and next Sunday, March 27, from 11:00 - 2:00.  Interested in helping? Email Todd at

The Gear Store for all NCR merchandise is open now through April 4, 2016

We have added a lot of new products this year, so we hope you enjoy them.  Coach Todd has samples of several of the items - talk to him if you are interested in seeing what they look like.