Latest News and Updates

Welcome Back Rowers! The Fall Season has Begun...

A new season is underway down at the boathouse with new faces and new races. We are pleased to see over 50 young rowers signed up to participate this Fall including 18 new middle school scullers and 17 novice rowers. There are also over 50 adult rowers in morning, evening, and sculling programs. New rowers are also joining us in our Learn To Row Programs.

The team has already gotten off to a fast start with youth and adult boats competing successfully at the Rockrimmon Regatta in Springfield and the CRI Fall Classic in Boston.  

This coming weekend (September 23rd) we will join our friends at Holyoke Rows for the Paper City Regatta where our youth and adult rowers will compete on the Connecticut River. More regattas follow including the Head of the Riverfront, Head of the Housatonic (Adults only), Northeast Regionals (Youth only), the Hadley Chase (Adults only), The Head of the Charles, and The Head of the Fish!

New Session and Financial Assistance

We'd like to remind  to all competitive rowers that the next session begins July 11 and that they should re-register now on Regatta Central. Every year the NCR Board of Directors makes funds available for financial assistance to rowers in the annual budget. These funds are awarded by the Executive Committee, with priority going to youth rowers, based on a review of requests. Adult rowers with financial need may also apply for assistance. To request financial assistance in meeting your program fees, send a short, written statement of interest to The deadline for applying for assistance for the next session is July 11. Decisions will be made by July 14. New This Session: Program Discounts for Session Volunteers! The Board of Directors has implemented a new volunteer rewards program to help our growing organization accomplish specific, hard-to-complete jobs while assisting adult rowers in keeping program fees down.  Each session the Director of Programs will develop a list of volunteer jobs and will accept applications for Session Volunteers.  Volunteers who are appropriately skilled to complete the jobs will be expected to commit 10 hours of time on assigned responsibilities over a six week period.  Session Volunteers will receive 30% discount on their program fees for that six-week session. If you can donate 10 hours to Hamp Crew email Todd at to let him know you are interested in being a Session Volunteer. Todd will try to pair you with a job that suits your abilities.

 Current rowing board members include Nora Blake (interim treasurer and past president), Gloria DiFulvio (member), Wendy Bernstein (member), Jennifer Walters (member) and Dorrie Brooks (president).  

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 or go to the website Paradise Dragons.

Valley Gives 2016 Recap

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this years' Valley Gives/Ergathon fundraising campaign. Everyone involved did an amazing job during the entire campaign. Youth squads raised over $9,000 and put us in the running for the most unique donors. Masters brought in some of the highest individual totals of the ergathon and were super promoters throughout the entire month-long campaign. Our total of the Ergathon and Valley Gives was just over $14,500! We were also awarded an additional $3500 from Valley Gives for meeting donor and other goals.Which brings the total of this fundraising campaign to just over $18,000.

This money has already been matched by the friends and family of Thomas Lyons, meaning we have over $36,000 available and earmarked to go toward new equipment!

The Board will be working over the next few weeks to figure out the best way to ensure that the equipment we purchase with this money will support the future improvement and growth of NCR's programs.

Many thanks to all!

Captain's Corner: May 5

By Masters' Captains Athena Sylos and Sally Linowski

It’s starting to get beautiful on the water in the morning and we are all getting great upper body workouts as we learn our new docks Thank You Todd! We have had three-boat or even four-boat flotillas out, and it feels like we are growing into our new space and our amazing coach and big strong team and our director, SuperTodd and all the bounty he brings! Feels like a year for Hamp Crew to be successful on all fronts!

Inspired by the youth, I am working on ways to incorporate stretches into our daily practices, especially after being on the water, to prevent injury and ensure future boat speed. I’ll be the one on the yoga matts trying to get you to join me.  We have had some good connection with the youth team, and the masters “competitive” and “intermediate” rowers get a little chance to mingle.  On Friday, the Smalladge had the pleasure of being coxed by Sharon, she might be new and sound very polite but she kicked our butts! I’ve been out with the intermediate group most Tuesdays and Thursdays and I can tell you that they are fun, they are determined, they are organized, and they are starting to row by all eights! Anyone from the Monday / Wednesday group is welcome to come join us — remember when you were learning how things seemed to come together so much faster with experienced rowers in the boat? And really, these women are fun!

Intermediate rowers: we appreciate you filling in our boats on Friday and being such a energetic addition to our club. You are most welcome to attend any and all regattas, and be as big a part of the team as you like. Meet the kids and the parents and people from all over the diaspora of this lifelong sport, it’s a blast!

Speaking of which, we hear there were rough seas and brave hearts in providence this weekend, way to start our season, racers!  Congratulations on races well rowed!

Three Masters boats competed in the Mayor's Cup. Masters Women's 4+s featured Jamie Caron, Dorrie Brooks, Danica Perry and Cheryl Cardinal coxed by Matt in the Brenda, taking third place overall.

Three seconds behind to place fourth was Linda Hannum, Sally Linowski, Sarah Crosby and Glo DiFulivo coxed by Theo. That boat, the Tsunami, came from five boat lengths behind after getting stopped at the start by another boat clipping their bow.

The Masters’ 8+—comprised of Jamie Caron, Sally Linowski, Dorrie Brooks, Jennifer Walters, Danica Perry, Micki Sanderson, Wendy Bernstein and Analee Wulfkee and coxed by Cheryl Cardinal—had a wild ride. Rowing through a launch wake for the entire race, topped off by a rollover wake by a rogue fishing boat, the rowers kept it long and strong till the bitter end. Not a win, but a great row in adverse conditions.

Captain's Log Riverdate: 5/8/2016


By Youth Captains: Maggie White, Christopher West, Matthew Jordan, Sofia Triana

The midweek pizza party to celebrate a very successful month of fundraising helped keep team spirit high through the dreary and cold weather we had for most of the week. Rowers ate pizza and conversed with their fellow teammates. Squads are getting even more practice time now as a result of increased efficiency using the new dock. On the water though, bad weather took a toll on us all. However, bad weather is often good weather for rowers, as practicing in bad conditions can be quite valuable. This proved true when we got to Providence where rowers raced, quite successfully, in both rainy and windy weather.

This past weekend our team competed at the Mayor’s Cup Regatta in Providence, Rhode Island. Despite windy and cold conditions the team enjoyed a very successful day of racing.

Our two novice boys 8+s competed in the same event, earning third and sixth place. Our first novice girls’ 8+  finished in first place in their event by open water, and our second novice girls 8+ finished in second place in their race. For all of our novices, the regatta was a great learning experience and further practice for the bigger regattas in the coming weeks.

The varsity girls had a successful day of racing. The first varsity 8+ finished in third place in their event and the second 8+ finished in second place in their event. The varsity girls raced in three additional events, placing third in the first varsity 4+, fifth in the second 4+, and second in the third 4+ races.

The varsity boys had a hugely successful day of racing, winning both the 8+ and 4+ events. Overall, the team enjoyed a really great day of racing and hopes to build on this success in the coming weeks.

Photo: Stephen Bowman

Spring Registrations Exceed Expectations

This spring we had 65 youth rowers register for the spring racing season—thanks to our new Director of Program's zealous outreach effort! The varsity and novice youth rowers began their season by organizing and rigging boats (as dock construction wrapped up).  With experienced varsity squads and many fall novices returning, Hamp Crew is likely to be competitive in many categories.  Our regatta season starts on April 24 in Holyoke, with races on five consecutive weekends. The regatta season culminates in the USRowing Northeast Youth Rowing Championships on May 21. Read a message about the strong start to the season by the youth captains. 

Spring Adult Rowing

The adult masters rowers program was also off to a good start, with 28 competitive advanced rowers and 12 intermediate rowers. The masters have begun their six-month training plan which will take them through Master's Nationals in August.  This year's National Regatta is being held in Worcester—and many friends and family intend to take advantage of the in-state location to see some great master's level racing come August.

Read a welcome by the master's captains.

Evening Rowing Beginning Soon!

In addition to our Morning Master's classes, we will be offering evening classes Learn to Row classes starting in early May.  If you can't fit this class into your schedule, don't worry—we have plenty of programming options available throughout the summer.  For a full schedule, visit the Adult Summer Rowing page on our website.

Evening Learn-to-Row

May 2-May 235:30-7:30pm

Evening Intermediate Rowing

May 23-July 9, 5:30-7:30pm