The Riverside Women’s Sweep team consists of open, lightweight and master rowers and coxswains with competitive training and racing goals. 

All members must have prior competitive rowing experience. Accepted participants will have a five row trial period during which they will be evaluated by the coach. At this time, there is not a specific erg standard to join the year-round team, but applicants should be aware that selection for regattas and boatings will factor in erg times.

To join: fill out the team application below and the official Riverside Membership application.



Practices consist of 4’s and 8’s, along with technical work in pairs. Additionally, club sculling equipment is available for use (bowing sculling boats requires passing the RBC Captain’s test). Commitment to the team’s practices and training program is required. We attend local, regional, and national regattas.

Monday 6:15-8:30pm
Tuesday 6:15-8:30pm
Thursday 6:15-8:30pm
Saturday 8:45-11:00 am

Monday-Friday 5:30-7:15am
Monday 6:15-8:00pm
Tuesday 6:15-8:00pm*
Thursday 6:15-8:00pm*
Saturday 8:00-10:00am

Monday 6:15-8:30pm
Tuesday 6:15-8:30pm
Thursday 6:15-8:30pm
Saturday 8:45-11:00am

*Subject to change—additional off-the-water training required

2019 Regatta Schedule

  • June 28-30, Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia, PA

  • July 7, Cromwell Cup, Cambridge, MA

  • August 6-11, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catherine’s, Ontario; (End of summer program)

  • TBD, Textile River Regatta, Lowell, MA

  • October 19-20, Head of the Charles, Cambridge, MA



Head coach

Nikolay Kurmakov


team captainS

Beatrice Sims
Linda Reynard


Summer Sweeps

The women’s sweep team offers a summer program for competitive collegiate or recently graduated (U23) rowers and coxwains. The summer program at Riverside will provide a structured program for rowers to train competitively and race against top competition. For U23 rowers, the benchmark 2k score is under 7:20.

The summer program will start in early June and go through Canadian Henley in August. Each applicant’s availability for the races and practices will also factor into whether or not they will be a good fit for our U23 program. Summer membership does not include transportation to/from races, regatta fees, housing, or other potential fees. More detailed membership costs will be sent following application submission.

Summer applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by May 1, 2019.

U23 Summer dues:

  • $1650 for rowers ($250 deposit + $1400 dues)

  • $1050 for coxswains ($250 deposit + $800 dues)

$250 deposit and 50% of dues must be paid by May 15 to reserve a place in the program. 100% of dues must be paid by June 15.

Dues cover:

  • Club summer membership 

  • Coaching

  • IDR and Canadian Henley:

    • Regatta housing

    • Regatta entry fees

    • Regatta trailer fees

Not included in program cost:

  • Racing unisuit or other club gear

  • Transportation

  • Food

*Any unspent funds will be refunded at the end of the summer; Riverside does not earn a profit. Athletes who choose to withdraw after accepting a place in the program will forfeit 50% of their deposit if the withdrawal occurs between May 15 and June 1. Athletes who withdraw after June 1 will forfeit 100% of their deposit.

team application

about our coach

Nikolay Kurmakov
Nik is one of the most accomplished coaches in Riverside history, has been coaching the women’s sweep team for over ten years. Coach Kurmakov, who emigrated to the US in 1992 and once reigned as a former Soviet Union’s National Rowing champion, brings more than 30 years of rowing experience to the program.  In past years he has led the RBC Women’s Sweep team to numerous Head of the Charles victories, countless National Championships, back to back victories in the Senior Women’s 8 at Canadian Henley (2004, 2005) and many of his athletes have become some of Riverside’s most accomplished rowers at the National and World level.

Kurmakov formerly coached the Ukrainian and Soviet Union national rowing squads from 1977-1992. As a rower he won gold from 1973-75 at the National Championships in the Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. He recently won gold and set the course record in the Senior Master’s Eight at the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Head of the Charles Regatta.