The Cromwell Cup Regatta, named after Riverside Boat Club [RBC] member and 1964 Olympian Seymour Cromwell, is the largest summer regatta held on the Charles River. Attracting rowers of all ages and skill levels, this regatta is run entirely by RBC volunteers. In 2010, rowers from 39 clubs and representing eight states participated. This year Riverside expects over 600 men and women, ages 16-70+, from all over New England and the Mid Atlantic. This is a 1,000-meter race from the Weeks Bridge to the banks for the Riverside Boat Club.
History: The Riverside Boat Club was founded in 1869 by printers, many of them Irish and employed at The Riverside Press. Throughout it’s 140-year history, Riverside has emerged as the most successful rowing club in New England. Despite the shift of rowing’s role in the American and worldwide sporting scene, Riverside Boat Club has retained its commitment to making rowing available to working people. Today, even as Riverside maintains it’s tradition as a member-run non-profit organization for oarsmen and women of all economic backgrounds, it has once again emerged as an energetic rowing community and a competitive force in American rowing. (From www.riversideboatclub.com.)
RBC Membership: 275, National Team Athletes: 49
Left: Thanks to the Community Action Project Girls who cleaned up Magazine Beach July 11th! Photo by Danielle Stehlik.
Right: Marilyn Wellons shares the story of Captain’s Island during Discovery Days 2013. Photo by Nina Cohen.