Riverside Handbook

The Riverside Handbook describes further policies which members are required to uphold.

In addition to general club policies we are also committed to the safety of our members, both on and off the water. The Riverside Code of Conduct is intended to protect members of all ages.

membership application

Application process
Riverside Boat Club is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that strives to provide quality, affordable rowing for its membership. The main requirements for membership are that applicants accept the club’s conduct, financial, and volunteer service responsibilities. Applicants who wish to make use of the fleet must also possess competent rowing skills. Riverside Boat Club accepts members without regard to race, gender, age or religious affiliation.

Membership information can be obtained by contacting the Vice President or designee from the Membership Committee. The membership process is as follows:

  • Attend a 45-minute orientation that provides an overview of the club and discusses what is expected of members. Please note, membership numbers and participation levels vary. There may be a hold on membership until space allows.

  • Submit a membership application, sign the ‘Dues Refund Policy’ and ‘Indemnification Statement’ and submit with the non-refundable initiation fee. If at any time you let your membership lapse, you will be expected to complete the membership process again, including payment of the initiation fee, to re-join the club. (Membership may be kept active by dropping to supporting membership. Reinstatement to an active membership is allowed upon payment of full dues. Members who do so may revert back to the senior or provisional status that they had attained before becoming supporting members).

  • Participate in a work party. Riverside depends on its members to clean, garden, wash boats, and perform routine boathouse maintenance. Your best way to meet other members is to roll up your sleeves and get to work! It is mandatory that you participate in a work party prior to standing up for membership. Work party dates should be available at orientation.

  • Attend a monthly Membership Committee meeting to be cleared for membership, pay your dues and get a key.

  • RBC 201’s are required of all non-team affiliated members.

  • Come to the next quarterly meeting of the membership to be formally voted in by the membership. Please note, this step needs to be completed by the second quarterly membership meeting following clearance by the membership committee, or your membership may be suspended.

  • You are voted in as a provisional member. Provisional, family, senior and life members are required to complete 10 work party hours per year and participate with a committee to remain in good standing.

After one year as a member in good standing, provisional members may apply for senior membership, which affords voting privileges and leadership opportunities.

Classes of membership
All members, except supporting members, must fulfill the requirements of membership, including prompt payment of dues, completion of annual work party hours, participation on a committee, attendance at the quarterly membership meetings and compliance with the rules, guidelines and bylaws set forth in this handbook and the river rules, dictated by the River Users Committee.

  • Provisional: A provisional member has use of the club facilities, but may not vote at the quarterly membership meetings.

  • Senior: A senior member has full voting privilege and use of the club facilities. The requirements to become a senior member are: being a provisional member in good standing for at least one year and receiving an affirmative vote at a quarterly general meeting.

  • Family: Any senior or provisional member with a spouse or with a child(ren) under age of 18, or 22 if a full-time student, with an interest in rowing may apply for a family membership. Each family member shall be elected by two-thirds vote of those present at the meeting to which application is made. A senior member who is part of a family membership shall retain his/her right to vote and hold office.

  • Junior: A junior membership is for any person under the age of eighteen who may be eligible for election as a junior member after having been a guest of a senior member for a period of four weeks. If that individual is a novice at either sweeps or sculls he/she must also log a minimum of 50 miles of rowing under the supervision of the host member prior to application.

  • Supporting: A supporting member has no vote at the quarterly meetings, is not issued a key and may not use club boats or facilities more than seven times per year. Supporting members are allowed a maximum of 7 rows at the Boathouse either rowing with a captain-tested member in a club boat or with Captain’s permission in your own private single. Please contact the Captain for approval to bring a boat onto the RBC premises and row off the RBC docks. Prior to launching in a private single all supporting members are required to meet with an RBC representative. This representative will acquaint you with boathouse and Charles River traffic rules. Please familiarize yourself in advance of your arrival.

  • Life: A life membership may be awarded by the Board to those people who have given outstanding service and contributions to the club or the sport.

  • Program: A program membership is granted to participants in special programs sponsored by the club. A program member has no vote at the quarterly membership meetings and is not issued a key. The scope of membership privileges are determined by the Board and are voted on by the membership in accordance with the bylaws.

Volunteer requirements
Members are required to attend work parties (10 hours per year minimum) and to work on committees or special projects or serve on the Board of Directors. Members are required to log the time spent in work parties and the job specifics in a specific location designated by the Board of Directors.

Meeting attendance
Members are expected to attend the quarterly membership meetings usually held on the first Tuesdays of March, June and September and the second Tuesday in November at 7:00pm.

Swimming requirement
All active members must be able to swim.

Ice restriction
All members shall comply with rules and regulations set forth by the local, state or Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rules against walking, skating or skiing on the frozen river.

Boathouse security

  • Members are expected to keep the boathouse secure.

  • The front door must be kept locked at all times.

  • Members shall ensure the security of the boathouse by greeting all un-escorted non-members, and either assisting them with their needs or ushering them to the door.

  • Before leaving the dock for a row, the last person on the water must pull the bay doors down and secure the swing dock.

  • Members rowing after 10am daily must lock the bay doors while on the water.

  • The last person leaving the boathouse is responsible for turning out the lights and locking all five doors to the water, all windows, the door to the upstairs porch, and the doors to the street.

  • Private powerboats are not allowed to stop at the dock, and their occupants are not allowed to pass through the boathouse or use the boathouse facilities.

Riverside Boat Club uses email as its primary form of communication. All members are responsible for knowing the information that is sent via email from the club. These messages may include traffic advisories, notification of restrictions on club boat use, and other important information. Sign up for the e-list at www.riversideboatclub.com. If a member cannot receive email, he/she may access messages from the site. The club will mail newsletters and invitations to the opening breakfast and holiday party to those members who request it.

No bicycles are allowed in the boathouse unless in use on rollers upstairs.

Lockers are available for an annual fee. All locker users must comply with the standards set forth by the Board of Directors to identify that their locker fee has been paid. Any locked lockers that do not display the proper designation shall be opened and emptied of all contents.

The parking lot between Riverside Boat Club and the Magazine Beach Pool is owned and managed by the State’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Riverside members shall abide by all regular and temporary parking rules and regulations while using this or any other DCR parking lots. In particular, all wheels must be on the pavement at all times and in designated spaces. Snow emergency and other parking bans should be observed. Overnight parking is not permitted in the lot.


Riverside has several club singles, doubles and quads all in top racing condition. A Captain’s-tested member must bow all blind boats except the gigs, which may be rowed in preparation for the Captain’s test, with permission from the Captain. Group coaching is provided up to three sessions per week.

Sweep: Open Men, Open Women, Master Men, Master Women
Riverside has both men’s and women’s coached sweep teams. Both are quite competitive and have broad age ranges. Additional workouts, erg tests and seat races may be required.

High Performance Group (HPG)
The HPG is a year round training program for athletes with National Team aspirations.

RBC offers a summer and fall juniors program. Juniors must apply by the application deadline noted on the program page.

Indoor training
Riverside offers limited indoor training equipment including several ergometers, free-weights and a few weight machines. During peak seasons (winter), an erg use schedule may be established during peak hours.

dues & fees

Members must pay all dues and fees on time to retain the privileges of membership. The club’s fiscal year runs from January through December. All continuing membership dues and fees will be billed in January. New member dues and fees are due upon a prospective member’s clearance by the Membership Committee. Dues, rack fees, locker fees and all other assessments are determined by the Board of Directors for each fiscal year.

Partial-year dues
Those joining between August 31 and November 30 pay half dues for the remainder of the year. Those joining after November 30 pay a full year’s dues but their membership extends through the next year. If the next year’s dues increase after the new member joins, the new member is required to pay the difference.

Refund policy
A member may request a refund of dues for any reason. The amount of the refund will be based on the following guidelines:

For members who paid dues or joined between January 1 and April 30:

  • 50% refund if the request is received before April 30

  • 25% refund if the request is received before May 31

  • 0% refund if the request is received after May 31

For new members paying dues or joining between December 1 of the previous season and August 31:

  • 50% refund if the request is received within 30 days of clearance of membership by the Membership Committee

  • 25% refund if the request is received between 31 to 60 days of clearance of membership by the Membership Committee

  • 0% refund if the request is received after 61 days of clearance of membership by the Membership Committee

For new members joining between September 1 and December 31:

  • 0% refund

Rack fees are refunded on a pro-rated basis.

Refunds will be granted with the understanding that the member is resigning from membership and will immediately vacate his or her assigned rack space and locker. Anyone wishing to re-join the club who has resigned under these circumstances will be subject to all the procedures and fees applicable to any prospective new member.

Osborn Scholarship
Established in 2000, the Osborn Scholarship honors Charley Osborn, who began his rowing career at Brooks, ’73 and Princeton, ‘77 and brought his abundant enthusiasm to Riverside in 1982. He served as Vice President of the club from 1987 to 1992. From 1992 to 1995, as a Trustee, he led the club through the strategic challenge of financial independence as Northeastern University crew moved out to its new quarters up river.

Charley loved Riverside. He spent countless hours here out of his love of the people and the sport and to escape from the pressure of completing his doctorate at Harvard. Unusual for married couples, Lynn and Charley rowed and raced a double. As Charley stood six foot six and Lynn five foot eight, their boat required creative rigging, but with Linda Muri’s help, they engineered the double (a wedding present from Charley’s parents) to suit. Lynn enjoyed being pushed around the river by this big guy with a 12-foot stroke. Hard to imagine today, but in 1983, they were handed a last minute entry in the men’s open double at the Head of the Charles and proudly finished in the top half of the fleet. With Bob Cutler’s encouragement they raced and won the mixed double event in the Head of the Schuylkill in 1988. Charley was 33.

At the age of 42, Charley was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and after four valiant years of steady atrophy, he died in 2001.

In Charley’s honor, Riverside established the Osborn Scholarship to be awarded annually to a member of Riverside who demonstrates qualities that most resemble those of Charley – i.e., a commitment to the club through volunteer service, pride of membership, and good sportsmanship. The scholarship covers one year of membership dues.

Guest policy

Guests are welcome to use club facilities when accompanied by a member after they have signed a guest waiver. Guests may use facilities including weights, ergometers, lockers, showers, boats and docks. Use of club singles, including gigs, by a guest is permissible only with the express permission of the Captain.

A guest may visit the club three times annually. If the guest wishes to use Riverside facilities more than three times annually, they must pursue an existing form of membership at the club.   

Regarding guests, Riverside members are responsible for:

  • Each guest signing an Indemnification form (guest waiver) prior to using boats or facilities

  • Accompanying the guest at all times while the guest is using the facility and/or equipment.

  • Choosing an appropriate boat. Permission of the Captain must be obtained by the host for his/her guest to use any club single, including gigs and private singles for use during peak hours or to host more than one guest at a time.

  • Complying with log book procedures including listing the guest’s name in the appropriate location.

  • Ensuring that the guest uses Riverside facilities no more than three times annually.

  • Covering the cost of repair for any damage caused by their guests

Reciprocal guest privileges

Riverside has reciprocal guest privilege arrangements with a number of clubs that extend equal privileges to RBC members. The maximum number of rows for reciprocal guests are 8 rows annually or at the discretion of the Captain.  Care should be taken by guests to avoid peak boat use hours. Reciprocal guest privileges may be awarded or terminated at any time, as deemed appropriate by the Captain and/or Board of Directors. 

Reciprocal guest arrangements with Potomac Boat Club

Riverside and Potomac Boat Club (PBC) Senior members are allowed to launch their own boats from each other’s boathouses provided they are current members in good standing at their home club and have contacted the guest club’s Captain (RBC) or Chair of the Membership Committee (PBC) at least 2 weeks ahead of time for approval and instructions. 

PBC members are able to row RBC’s equipment on a guest row basis up to eight outings per year at no fee provided they:

  • identify an RBC rower who will serve as their sponsor. If the PBC member does not have an RBC member to serve as their sponsor, the Membership Committee will be asked to identify an RBC member to serve as sponsor.

  • meet with an RBC representative to go over boathouse and Charles River Rules and restrictions.

  • obtain approval from the Riverside Captain

  • sign a liability waiver

  • row up to eight outings per year at no fee

RBC members are able to row PBC equipment on a guest row basis provided they:

  • identify a PBC member who will serve as their direct sponsor. If the RBC member does not have a PBC member to serve as their sponsor, the Membership Committee will be asked to identify a PBC member to serve as sponsor.

  • obtain approval from the Chair of the Membership Committee

  • sign a liability waiver

  • row up to eight outings per year at no fee


In cases where PBC/RBC members relocate between cities, when possible, special consideration or priority will be given by the receiving club, provided the member is in good standing and has a positive reference from the departed club.

Riverside members who take advantage of this reciprocal arrangement are reminded of their responsibility to preserve this arrangement by abiding by and respecting Potomac Boat Club’s rules.

The Riverside name and stripes

Competing for Riverside
When competing, all members shall row under the Riverside name and wear Riverside stripes. Exceptions may be granted by the Board in the event that a regatta does not allow composite boats.

Privately owned oars
Scullers who row their own boats from the club are expected to purchase their own oars. All privately owned oars shall be painted with the club design and colors per State Police regulations. Official club colors are royal blue and white.

Trading on the Riverside name
Members who earn money through advertising with the use of Riverside colors, logo, equipment, or boathouse must have permission of the Board of Directors and are required to donate a Board determined portion of the proceeds to the club (minimum of 10% of their earnings ).

All posters and announcements for races are club property and shall not be removed. Postings may include executive notices, the list of boat racks, the sculling ladder, the boat eligibility list, the boat use schedule and club rules.

All members are required to join a boathouse committee. The committee list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Building and Grounds Committee
    The Building and Grounds Committee has the responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the boathouse, ramps, floats and physical surroundings of the club. Many of the tasks are performed by members during Saturday morning work parties. Such tasks include painting, cleaning, minor plumbing and carpentry repairs. Long-term objectives of the committee are to assess the need and cost of major capital improvements. Since many needs can go unnoticed for a long period, it is expected that all members help keep an eye open for deteriorating conditions and promptly bring them to the committee’s attention. Each member and guest can contribute greatly to this committee by simply using the walkways and not trampling the grass.

  • Design Committee
    The Design Committee was established in 1983 to coordinate the visual and conceptual aspects of the club and to make a coherent image for the club from its traditions. Their work has included: space and grounds planning, building restoration, design of the club’s stationery, racing uniforms and medals and fundraising apparel. Riverside’s first racing medal, which is unique in its depiction of a mixed racing double, was also developed by this committee. The Design Committee is also responsible for the publication of the Riverside Member Handbook.

  • Equipment Committee
    The Equipment Committee oversees the purchases of equipment for water and land training. It monitors equipment needs throughout the year. Each fall it produces an equipment budget for the Board’s approval. This Committee is responsible for repairing, maintaining and rigging club boats and equipment. Projects include parts inventory, rigging, repairs, and winter refurbishing.

  • Fundraising Committee
    The Fundraising Committee’s purpose is to establish an annual fundraising program that will support future growth of the club in areas of equipment, coaching, facilities and international competition expenses.

  • History and Archives Committee: This committee researches and compiles information on all aspects of the club’s history. It is also responsible for maintaining the club’s scrapbook, restoring photos and awards and contributing articles to the newsletter.

  • Membership Committee: This committee is a standing committee as outlined by our constitution. The Vice President and Captain are standing members. Other members of the committee participate in the overall membership application, orientation, and clearance process. Additional duties include reviewing and analyzing the membership structure and providing recommendations to the Board of Directors.

  • Newsletter Committee: The Riverside Quarterly is a newsletter written and published by committee members, with input from club members, four times a year. It’s purpose is to enhance and improve communications between all members of the club. All are encouraged to contribute.

  • Community Relations Committee: This committee seeks to establish relations with the surrounding community, through, but not limited to, the media – a necessity for growth of the organization.

  • Regatta Committee: This committee schedules and coordinates club regattas. The Riverside Sprints are hosted in May and the Cromwell Cup is hosted in July. It also publicizes important regattas organized by other clubs and organizations.

  • The Social Committee: The goal of the Social Committee is to encourage club unity by organizing and promoting a range of activities throughout the year. The Post Charles Jam and Holiday Party are the big events, but the Opening Breakfast at the Crusher Casey Stake Race and the breakfasts following the Heads of the Kevin have become popular events for racers and families.

  • The President’s Committee: This committee consists of three members, each having a three-year term, and staggered such that one member’s term expires each year. The domain of this committee is to generate and administer long-term plans for the club. The committee will meet a minimum of four times per year and the residing president will be included in any committee votes. The three members will report to the Board in June and December. During the December meeting the President’s Committee members will also vote to approve the budget for the following year.

For a complete list of current committees and detailed information, visit:

Equipment use

Authority of the Captain
The Captain, as the representative of the Board, is responsible for, and has authority over, all club equipment and all water related activities. If the Captain is not available, Board Members have this responsibility and authority.

Club boat season
Club boats are not allowed on the water between December 1 and April 1 without permission from the Captain. Boat Use and Restricted Boats Members who have not passed the Captain’s test may not row any single, or bow or toe any other club boat except under the supervision of a coach. Gigs and rec. singles may be used with the captain’s permission in preparation for the Captain’s test.

The Captain has the authority to place restrictions on any boat or piece of equipment when necessary.

Captain’s testing

  • The full Captain’s Test process involves 2 Levels. Successful completion of a Level 1: Sculling Captain’s Test entitles him/her to row club 1x’s, and will certify them to bow club 2x’s and 2- without the presence of a coach or other Captain’s Tested member.

  • To bow a 2- only, rowers must past the Level 1: Sweep Captain’s test. Bowing a 4x or 4- is not permitted until a Level II certification is earned.

  • If a Sweep Level I captain’s test was taken Level II certification only permits bowing of 4- and 2-‘s.

Level 1: Sculling Captain’s Test (1x, 2x. and 2-)

Rowers must demonstrate their rowing ability by passing the Captain’s Test to earn the privilege of using club boats. Before taking the test, all scullers must log 100 miles in a combo of gig/Peinart/Filippi (see “Fleet Restrictions & Mileage Requirements” for specifics). 50% of Double and Quad miles under the supervision of a coach may be counted toward this required 100 miles needed to qualify for the Captain test. Passing the Level 1 Captain test for Scullers allows individuals to take out singles, doubles and pairs unsupervised.

Level 1: Sweep Captain’s Test (2- and 4-)

Rowers must log 8 sessions in the bow of either a 4- or pair . Half of these sessions must be under the supervision of a coach. A maximum of 4 sessions bowing a pair with a captain tested member without a coach present may be counted toward these 8 sessions. A coach’s recommendation is required to be eligible for Sweep Captain testing.

Sweep Captain testing will be done in a pair. This Level 1 Sweep Captain Test qualifies a member only to bow pairs unsupervised.

Summer members are not eligible for Captain testing.

In addition to this, all Captain’s test applicants must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the following:

  • How to contact the Captain and the Captain’s representatives.

  • How to use FleetWatch

  • What to do in the event of an accident (Incident + Damage Reports on RBC website, notify Captain)

  • How to report wear and tear damage to a boat (RBC website Damage Report-note in the Rigger’s book)

  • The boat use schedule (how to use it)

  • Boat use priority (sweep boats are reserved during sweep practices and HPG 2x’s have priority times at other times of the year)

  • Boat weight capacities

  • Knowledge of River Rules as defined by the river users committee

  • Bridge arches and River etiquette

  • Cold water rules – How to get back into your boat if you flip (describe winter procedure for same)

  • Boat light requirements – sunset to sunrise times posted at BH.

  • Damage policy.

  • Traveling with RBC Equipment Sign Out and Sign In online.

  • Boathouse rules-security swing dock, bay doors.

  • Monthly Boat maintenance (where to find forms and how to)

The second part of the test asks for a demonstration of boat handling and rowing skill using a club 1x, which may include but not be limited to:

  • Racking the boats (taking a club single – or Pair, Sweep Captain testing only – in/out of the rack and water successfully). In anticipation of a candidates Level2 Certification they must be aware of “bunching “ technique at the bow and stern ends of 4- and 4X’s.

  • Launching and landing in the proper direction

  • Paddling (square and feather)

  • Turning (pivot)

  • Stopping quickly (holding water)

  • Rowing backwards (backing water)

  • Docking in the proper direction

  • Captain’s Test Level II – 4-person Boats (4x/4-)

Members who have passed a Captain’s Test to earn their Level I certification may wish to eventually bow 4x/4- person boats by receiving a Level II certification. To earn Level II certification, a member must obtain recommendations from either a coach and a senior member or two senior members. Each must have observed or rowed with the individual applying for Level II certification to support their request to the Captain.

Senior members sponsoring someone for Level II certification should feel confident that the candidate will safely use the faster and more expensive boats. A list of Level II Certified Senior Members will be available upon request of the Captain.

Application for Level II Certification requires 2 recommendations to the Captain, one sent from each of your personal sponsors that lists:

Name of candidate
Circumstance(s) sponsor has rowed with candidate
Why sponsor believes candidate is qualified to bow a 4 person boat

Launch use
The club launches and engines are to be used only by the coaches or other personnel authorized by the Captain.

Boat schedule

  1. A member may reserve a single or double for three sessions per week. Requests for the use of any club boat must be addressed to the Captain in accordance with the Captain’s stated procedure. The time slots for the reservations are:
    5:30AM to 6:45AM
    6:45AM to 8:00AM
    5:00PM to 6:15PM* (note summer hours)
    6:15PM to 7:30PM* (note summer hours)

    Saturday and Sunday
    6:00AM to 8:00AM
    8:00AM to 10:00AM

    If a scheduled sculler has not launched an assigned boat before the beginning of a coached session, another eligible sculler may take the boat. If a scheduled sculler has not launched an assigned boat within five minutes after the beginning of a session without coaching, another eligible sculler may take the boat.

    If a rower does not plan to row in a reserved slot, he or she should note availability on the schedule as soon as possible, so that others may plan for that slot. If the member cannot note availability on the schedule, an email should be sent notifying the membership of the availability.

  2. Club boats may not be reserved for the time intervals listed below. Authorized club members may row club boats at their convenience during these times.
    Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday after 10:00am

  3. Members must return club equipment in time for the beginning of the next session, whether or not the boat is reserved. The member must make the boat available for the duration of the grace period (five minutes, non-coached days only).

  4. The Captain’s permission must be obtained to use club equipment outside the hours of 5:30AM to 7:30PM and to remove equipment from club property. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, boats, oars, car racks and boat trailer. Equipment must be properly signed out in the Equipment Loan Book.

Summer/Weekend hours
Club boats may not be on the river after 10:00 AM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and extending through Labor Day, unless accompanied by a coach.

Log books [Fleet Watch]
Members must make an entry in the appropriate log book [Fleet Watch System] at the beginning and end of each row. Entries shall include the names of all rowers, boat name, time of departure and return, number of miles rowed and the accumulated mileage of both the rower and the boat.

Members shall check the logbook to see that everyone is off the river before locking the bay doors. The last member to sign in is responsible for locking the boathouse.

The logbooks serve as a means of record and communication. Neither the log books nor any of their contents shall be removed.

Traffic pattern
Members are expected to read and fully comply with the established and most current traffic pattern document provided by the River Users Group.

Boat assignment
There are three means for establishing priority for the use of boats.

Service to the club

  • Seniority: Senior members have priority over provisional members for reserving boats.

  • Sculling ladder: If two scullers/crews are in the same membership class, the sculling ladder shall determine priority.

The purpose of establishing priority among scullers is to equitably settle conflicts in use.

Handicaps are established to try and balance out the effects of age, gender and weight on a sculler’s speed. They are calculated for 2,000 meters.


  • 3 seconds/year for 50+ years

  • 2 seconds/year for 40+ years

  • 1 second/year for 35+ years

  • ½ second/year for 30+ years

  • Weight: 10 seconds for lightweight

  • Gender: 40 seconds for women

Handicapped scullers may set the distance as that which their class typically races, and the time allowance will be adjusted accordingly for the distance raced.

Priority is obtained when a challenger wins the defender’s position.

A challenge must be accepted within a reasonable amount of time, or the challenger wins by default.

equipment care

  1. Rowers should row boats appropriate to their weight. Weight classes are:
    Lightweight average 70K 154 lbs
    Mid-weight average 80K 176 lbs
    Heavyweight average 90K 198 lbs

  2. Gigs should be carried by two people.

  3. Members are not to change the rigging of boats except to move foot stretchers and pop-out washers, unless given specific permission by the Captain.

  4. Members who row club boats are expected to participate in the cleaning and maintenance of the boats, as assigned by the Captain or the Captain’s designee.

  5. All club boats must be wiped down, and rigger ball covers placed on the oar locks before racking.

Equipment damage

  1. Damage to, or loss of, any equipment must be reported immediately to the Captain. Equipment issues and damage should be reported in the boat damage log on the riggers bench and a note should be placed on the damaged equipment. A damage report filled out on the RBC website.

  2. All members involved in an accident in a club boat are responsible for damage as described in the Boat Damage Policy.

    Contact the Captain immediately. Fill out an Incident report and if pertinent, a Damage report online at the RBC website.

Boat washing
The Captain may assign boat washing duties to members or teams. Boats must be drained and washed outside the boathouse on the upstream float, away from ramps.

Land-training equipment
Land training equipment, including weights, is to be kept upstairs and ergs should be wiped down after each use. Exceptions will be made only with explicit permission from the Captain.

Traveling with Club equipment
Boats may travel to regattas or other venues with permission of the Captain or Captain’s designee. All equipment must be washed, rigged and returned to its rack or rightful place in time for the earliest next session, including the 5:30am session. If a member is unable to return and ready boats for rowing in time for the next earliest session, clearance must be granted by the Captain.

annual award of rack privileges

Storage of boats at Riverside, including boats stored temporarily outside on racks or trailers, requires permission from the Captain.

There are a number of private indoor racks at Riverside for an annual cost additional to membership dues. Rack holders and applicants must be members in good standing and must row for Riverside in all regattas, unless special permission is granted by the Board. Annual boat mileage is calculated from January 1 to December 31. Failure to comply with the rack requirements will result in forfeiture of the rack.

  1. Current and prospective rack-holders shall file an application with the Captain each season. The entire pool of eligible applicants is discussed case-by-case by the Board to determine each applicant’s merit based on the criteria listed below. The Captain assigns all available rack spaces to applicants in the order determined by the Board. Applicants who do not receive rack spaces remain on the rack list in no particular order, and assignment will continue based on the criteria below. The receiver of a rack assignment has six months to fill the rack after which time the assignment expires. The Board may temporarily assign an unoccupied rack.

    The criteria are as follows:

    Service to the club by participation in:
    - Work parties
    - Concessions
    - Special assignments
    - Committee work
    - Committee chair
    - Board of Directors

    Boat mileage requirement
    The following mileage requirements must be fulfilled within a year beginning January 1:
    - Under 45 years of age at least 500 miles/year
    - 45 to 55 at least 400 miles/year
    - Over 55 at least 300 miles/year


    Sharing a boat
    Consideration shall be given to applicants who propose a sharing arrangement. The total miles the boat is rowed will be used in determining whether the mileage requirement is met.

  2. Rack-holders must re-apply each season, and their service to the club, committee work, and other membership obligations will be reviewed prior to re-award of rack.

  3. If a rack-holder is unable to consistently utilize the assigned rack because of injury or for any reason, then he or she must notify the Captain as soon as possible to make arrangements to share the boat or rack. If a rack vacancy (or inactivity) is addressed quickly, the rack holder will be assured a smooth return of their privilege when appropriate.

  4. The Board of Directors may revoke a rack assignment.

boat naming policy

  1. In naming club boats, the Board shall take into consideration the following three factors:
    A member’s volunteer contributions/services to the club;
    A member’s racing or other extraordinary rowing achievements;
    An event, person, or entity of historical significance to the club.

  2. Consistent with (1), above, boats shall not be named for corporate entities or businesses.

  3. The purpose of this rule is to ensure the continuation of the fundamental spirit of Riverside as an egalitarian club run by its members, which values service and community over financial interest.

  4. Rollover of boat names
    As a general policy Riverside Boat Club will insure that:
    Boats are named for people who are recognized by current active members of the club and the boat name is significant. The length of time the name is used should therefore reflect the significance of the person’s contributions to the club.

    Consistent with these two factors of its expressed general policy, the Board shall determine the rollover of boat names accordingly.

  5. Documentation
    In naming club boats, the Board shall maintain a documented record specifying:
    - The type of boat (e.g., Filippi 4-/x)
    - The name the boat has been given by RBC
    - The bases on which the boat was named
    - The length of time the boat name has been retained
    - The number of times the boat name was rolled over and the total length of time the name has been retained, with reasons therefore.

  6. Dispute resolution in extraordinary circumstances
    In extraordinary circumstances, if the Board wishes to consider naming a boat for reasons other than the considerations enumerated in Sections A(1)(2) and (3), and Sections B and C, above, or if the Board wishes to make a rollover decision inconsistent with the policy and factors enumerated in Sections D(1),(a), (b), and (2), above, or is otherwise in conflict with the above rules, the Board shall place the matter on the agenda for the entire membership’s vote at a Regular or Special Meeting. The Board shall provide at least one month’s notice to the membership of the boat naming issue that will be brought before the membership for its vote at the Regular or Special meeting.