Riverside Boat Club is pleased to offer again in 2019 the RBC Junior Stripes program, a 7-week competitive racing camp this summer for junior boys and girls.  

June 24th-August 12th*

*no practice on July 4th

Rowing out of our boathouse at 769 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, athletes will train and race in both sweep and sculling boats, competing at Cromwell Cup in Boston and concluding the season at Canadian Henley in St. Catharines, Ontario. The camp is open to athletes with junior racing status (born on or after January 1st, 2001).

This camp is offered to improve the technical skills, physical fitness, and mental tactics of athletes. We are committed to building the abilities of all our athletes with an emphasis on safety, fun, and growth. Our historic boathouse, ideally located on the Charles River, provides the perfect setting for those striving to be better athletes in a supportive team environment.

program objectives

  • Physical development through on-the-water rowing and land-based training activities, as well as video review

  • Race experience at Cromwell Cup and Royal Canadian Henley

  • Social development, emphasizing teamwork, sportsmanship, adaptability, self-control, and cooperation.

  • Interpersonal skill development via communication between campers and peers, and campers and counselors

  • Valuing diversity, RBC’s Junior Program embraces the numerous cultural and personal differences of campers, staff, and their families. Our staff actively promotes respect and appreciation for the diversity of our campers, families, and staff.

  • Personal development by dedicated coaches who seek opportunities to build self-confidence, self-reliance, and independence in individual campers, as well as teamwork and collaborative efforts.

  • Learning by doing, and enjoying the process of discovery.

 

program requirements

  • Certificate of competency in swimming. Athletes must provide documentation that they can swim 100 yards and remain afloat for 5 minutes unassisted.

  • Valid passport.

  • Completed application, forms, and waiver:

program details

Capacity is 28 athletes
(boys and girls, including coxswains)

Cost is $5100* and includes:

  • Racing uniform and gear

  • Racing entry fees

  • Trailer and transportation costs

  • Housing and food at Canadian Henley

  • High coach-to-athlete ration to facilitate personal development

*Financial assistance is possible, please inquire at ameliacbooth@gmail.com. The deadline for requesting financial aid is May 1st.

Schedule (7 practices/week):

  • Monday 9:00am-11:30am

  • Tuesday 9:00am-1:30am (double session)

  • Wednesday 9:00am-11:30am

  • Thursday 9:00am-1:30am (double session)

  • Friday 9:00am-11:30am

Racing:

  • Cromwell Cup Date TBD

  • Canadian Henley August 4-11 (Bus will return August 12)

 

to apply

Complete the online application. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by May 1st, applications received after this date will be considered as space allows. Once your application is accepted, a $500 deposit is required to hold your place.

Please direct questions to ameliacbooth@gmail.com.

coaches

  • Graeme Calloway

  • Cian Noone

  • Amelia Patton

Full bios below.


about our coaches

Graeme Calloway
Graeme began rowing in 2004 in Hanover, New Hampshire at his local high school. Unwilling to give up the Connecticut River’s pristine rowing conditions, he stayed in town after high school and went to Dartmouth College where he competed for the heavyweight rowing team. After graduating in 2012, Graeme took a job at The Gunnery School in Connecticut, where he taught English and coached crew. Unable to stay out of boats for very long, he came to Boston during the summer of 2013 to race with Riverside, before making the move–and his club membership–permanent in 2015. Since moving to the area, Graeme has helped coach the Arlington-Belmont team during winter training, and served as the Director of the BBN Summer Crew Camp for the last two years. Graeme is captain of the men’s sweeps team at Riverside boat club.

Cian Noone
Cian started rowing in 2008 with Neptune Rowing Club as a junior. He competed for the club for four years in just about every type of boat before heading to Queens University Belfast for college, where he competed for two seasons but unfortunately was forced to stop due a shoulder injury from his younger days as a rugby player. Despite this, Cian always wanted to try coaching and went back to Neptune in the spring of 2015 where he began coaching the junior men. He travelled between Belfast and Dublin for the rest of his degree so he could continue coaching the junior men and stayed in Neptune until January of 2016. Shortly thereafter he began coaching at Trinity College Dublin where he took over the Novice Women’s squad for the remainder of the 2016 season. His team had successes in the Novice 8, winning both the Queens’ University Boat Race and the Irish Rowing Championships. Cian then began work as an assistant coach for the women’s intermediate and senior squads for the 2016/17 season. However, having seen the opportunity to coach at Arlington-Belmont, he couldn’t help but apply and soon after found himself heading off to Florida for winter training camp with AB Crew. He is now in his second season as the varsity boys coach at Arlington Belmont where they medalled in numerous events such as Textiles River Regatta and re-qualified the youth varsity 8+ at the Head of the Charles. Since then he has also began coaching the masters program at Riverside Boat Club who won multiple medals at Canadian Henley and the Head of the Charles this past season.

Amelia Patton
Amelia is the assistant lightweight women’s coach at MIT. Last year the Engineers placed sixth overall at the IRA National Championship, and the varsity 4 posted the best finish in program history. Overall, she has helped guide the team to three gold medals in the last four seasons at the Dad Vail Regatta. Highlighting the program’s commitment to academic success, 10 members of the 2017 team earned IRA All-Academic honors and eight were honored as CRCA Scholar-Athletes.

Prior to coaching the Engineers, Patton spent three years coaching Brookline High School’s novice girls, where her boats won state titles in 2004 and 2006.

Patton earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University while coaching BU’s adult recreational program. Before moving to Boston, she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University.

Hannah Elder
Hannah began rowing at Newport Aquatic Center in 2012 before going on to row at UCLA. At UCLA, she won a silver medal at the PAC 12 Championships and raced at NCAA's in the 2V, and she served as captain during her final two years. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in History. After graduation, Hannah moved to Boston to begin training with Riverside's HPG team and coaches the girl's novice team at Boston Latin.

Jeff Schaffer
Jeff began rowing in 1975 on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. He received a rowing scholarship to Syracuse University and won a silver medal in the IRA by a photo finish in his freshman eight and a bronze medal at the IRA during his junior year.

Between 1982 and 2002 Jeff coached at high schools and colleges in New York and Massachusetts, and founded the rowing team at SUNY Albany. He coached the women at FDR Public High School in Hyde Park, NY to win 7 events at Stotesbury Cup and National Championships. As the head coach at Liverpool High School near Syracuse, Jeff coached the boys team to a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Three boys from that team were selected for the Junior National team.

He enjoy competing in Masters rowing in all boat classes. Jeff has competed in many Masters World Championship regattas, at US and Canadian regattas, and home on the Charles River. He has won 16 medals at the masters world championships, 29 at masters nationals, but is most proud of his two Head of the Charles medals.