Current members of the Bromfield Acton-Boxborough Rowing team, grades 8-12 and alumni/ae (if equipment is available) are eligible for the summer program. Rowing will be done in sculling boats (1x,2x,4x), as well as 4+ on days when coxswains are in attendance. 

The goal of summer rowing is to provide an opportunity for our athletes to train in a no pressure environment while improving technique and maintaining fitness.  The majority of the rowing will be done in a  sculling boat. Those who do not have sculling experience will be taught They will need to pass a "flip test" in advance of the start of the program. See details below. A competition schedule is provided to enhance racing skills for both our rowers and coxswains. This is an excellent opportunity for our coxswains to gain more experience both in running practices and racing in coxed fours.  

  • We race as Bare Hill Rowing Association during the summer. Athletes need to add BHRA to their USRowing profile.
    Find instructions HERE
  • Athletes will need to hold a Championship level US Rowing Membership.  
  • A summer unisuit order will be required for anyone choosing to race at Canadian Henley. 

Parents of younger participants: Please note, summer rowing is not recreational time filler. The structure of the program requires athletes who are hardworking, self-reliant and have the ability to focus on a work out on their own in a single. Due to town regulations of no wake in the early hours on the pond, athletes will be given workouts to follow and coaches station themselves along the training path and monitor the rowers as they pass by. 


Location: Bare Hill Pond
Who’s Eligible: Open to Bromfield Acton-Boxborough current team members in grades 8 through 12 + alumni/ae.
Program Dates: June 20 to July 29 + Canadian Henley July 31 – Aug. 7. 
Practice Times: 

  • June 21 – 25 after school 3:20 – 5:30pm
  • June 27 – July 29 7:00am – 10:00am 

Regatta Dates:

  • Sweeps and Sculls Regatta: Saturday, July 16 - Narragansett, RI
  • Cromwell Cup: Sunday, July 24 – Cambridge, MA
  • Canadian Henley: depart Sunday, July 31, racing August 2 –7 - St. Catharines, Ontario **

** US Passport required.
*** For those not vaccinated: Please consult current border crossing requirements for COVID vaccination.

Coaches: Holly Hatton and Gary Piantedosi
Focus: Primarily sculling boats, plus coxed fours
- Rowers do not need to compete at regattas to be part of this program.
- Coxswains need to be available for some regattas.

Each daily session will be split in half:

  • 1½ hours of rowing and 1½ hours dedicated to land training. Land workouts will be provided by the coach and done at your home. 
  • The ON-THE-WATER portion for athletes will be set once we see the number of participants. 
  • There is flexibility to participate in the rowing portion only; however, the fee will not be reduced.

Requirements (Rower):

  • Rowed at 8th grade level or higher
  • Those with NO sculling (using two oars) experience are required to pass a the “flip test" conducted on first day of class.
  • Current Physical on file with BHRA
  • Championship level USRowing membership

Requirements (Coxswain):

  • 8th grade: 2 seasons of coxing
  • 9th grade +: one season of coxing
  • Available for designated "team boat" practices (typically 2-3 days a week)
  • Available for at least 2 of 3 regattas (your choice)
  • Current Physical on file with BHRA
  • Championship level USRowing membership

Flip Test: A flip test shows your ability to flip a single while in it and then get back into the boat without assistance. A coach will supervise this test. Watch this video to see a flip test in action: 
How to get back into a single



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Daily Practices Options  Rower Base Fee Non-Resident Base Fee + Sweeps and Sculls Regatta + Cromwell Cup + Canadian Henley
3 Weeks Rowers 5 days a week $500 + $50* + $115 + $65 +1400
3 Weeks Coxswains 2 days a week $200 + $50* + $115 + $65 +1400
6 Weeks Rowers 5 days a week $850 + $50* + $115 + $65 +1400
6 Weeks Coxswains 2 days a week $340 + $50* + $115 + $65 +1400

             *Covers tariff paid by BHRA to the Town of Harvard for inclusion of non-town tax paying members.

BASE FEES Include program registration, coaches' salaries, gas for launches, daily operational costs of the program such as sanitization supplies and rental agreement with the town for beach access.

LOCAL REGATTA FEES: Include regatta entry fees, boat transportation costs, gas and travel expenses for coaches.

CANADIAN HENELEY FEES: Include regatta entry fees, boat transportation costs, international travel expenses including gas and tolls, athlete transportation costs to, from and at the venue, athlete and coach housing expenses, coaches' travel  expenses and may include some team meals.  

PARENT CHAPERONES will be needed for Canadian Henley:  We are particularly looking for a chaperone(s) who can drive a personal vehicle and provide transportation for at least 6 individuals (includes driver).  Providing a vehicle is not a requirement for being considered for the chaperone positions. You will need to be available for the duration of the regatta to provide meal options and transportation of athletes for shopping, meals and racing.  The chaperone(s) accommodations, gas and tolls will be covered. 

NO rebate will be given for time missed due to other scheduled activities nor will fees be prorated for joining the program after the start date.


All registrants, please follow these steps:

1.    Complete the online registration.
2.    Submit physical and swim test in the registration, if needed (Download form).
If you have already submitted a swim test from a previous BHRA program, you do not need to submit again.
-  If you have a current physical on file with BABR, see below for compliance.*

3. Pay online 

* Physical dated within 13 months of the last day of the program. If your child's physical will expire during the summer season, please schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible and submit the updated physical to the BHRA Registrar BEFORE the expiration date. Athletes with expired physicals will be ineligible to practice, race and travel with the team until the updated form is submitted.

There will be no exceptions to this rule, nor will there be extensions granted based upon a doctor’s note. If you have a current physical on file with BHRA that meets this date criteria, you do NOT need to resubmit this form.

Swim Test - Returning rowers who have this on file do not need to resubmit this form. Even if you have achieved a high level of swimming or certification, but have no form on file, this form must be submitted.

Forms and payment are due by Wednesday, June 15.

Please direct program questions to: Holly Hatton
Registration questions and forms, send to: