CRI Parents Information

Good afternoon, Mercer Varsity Parents,

This Friday, three boats from each of the varsity teams will be traveling to CRI to scrimmage against CRI and Greenwich on the Charles River.  As CRI is hosting our athletes and providing dinner, there are a few changes to the departure schedule.

PLEASE NOTE:  The plan is to leave Casperson Boathouse at 1 pm.  We understand that several athletes are in school this week.  Five of the six vans will be leaving at 1 pm. One van will be leaving at 3:30 to accommodate those kids who cannot get to the boathouse for the earlier departure.  PLEASE LET JEN CLOSSER KNOW ASAP IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE TRAVELING AT THE LATER TIME.  You can email Jen at or text at (202) 360-8683.  There are only 15 spots in the late van, so, please, if your child can travel with the earlier group, that would be greatly appreciated.  


Departure:  Athletes should arrive at the boathouse at the regular practice time of 11:15 am.  5 vans will depart for Boston at 1 pm. Lunch will be provided. If your child is missing school Friday, please have them let the coach know so they can get notes for their teachers/school.  

Note for the Late Van:  these athletes will need to stop for dinner en route.  The expectation is that they will arrive around 9/9:30 at CRI, when they will meet with their host families.

Arrival time is expected around 7 pm at the CRI Boathouse, 20 Nonantum Rd, Brighton, MA.

CRI will be providing dinner for our athletes arriving at 7, hosting them overnight, and bringing them back for racing on Saturday.



Racing is scheduled to start at 10:30 am, and will conclude by 1:30 pm

The athletes will then load the trailer, and all six vans will depart from CRI

There will be lunch provided onsite

We will post on the Parents FB page the ETA for arrival back at Casperson

A few important notes about traveling.  In addition to bringing the Mercer uni, all athletes should wear their travel shirt.  Please pack for the weather, and please pack snacks. The drive to Boston takes about 6 hours, and we do make stops, but your child may want extra food.  The kids do not need to bring sleeping bags or pillows, but they should bring comfortable clothes to wear when they are not racing.

As of now, the plan is to race in either the Basin or the Powerhouse Stretch of the Charles River.  If you are planning to go to Boston to watch, the best viewing is from the Riverside Boathouse, 769 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, or the MDC Pool, 719 Memorial Drive.  The weather may create some last minute changes, so please refer to the Parents FB page for maps and additional information.

We will be traveling in vans, with one boat per van.  Thank you to the parents who volunteered to chaperone:  Jill Morrison, Rose Barkenbush, Dave Gallagher, Chip and Susan Kalfaian, Els Vandecandelaere, and Jen Closser.

And thank you to Jim Armetta for providing lunch for our athletes on Friday.

The cost for the Regatta is $140. You can pay here

We will also have practice on Sunday at 7:45-10:30.


Coach Justin

Coach Matt