Happy Holidays from PNRA/Mercer Rowing

We wish you and your family a safe, healthy and relaxing holiday season! 

Thank you for your continued support of PNRA and the Mercer Rowing Programs during these challenging times. We look forward to the new year and seeing you on the shores and on the water at Mercer Lake soon!

With the warmest of holiday wishes,

Kris Grudt, PNRA Executive Director

Hilary Gehman, Dir. of Mercer Rowing Programs

Jamie Hamp, Varsity Boys Coach

Sarah Trowbridge, Varsity Girls Coach

Aidan Hennessey, Novice Boys Coach

Jules Howarth, Novice Girls Coach

Jen Whiting, Masters Coach

Arlynn Baer, Outreach and Inclusion Manager

Patagonia Order – Ready to be Collected!

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to advise that the Patagonia order has arrived and is ready to be collected from Coach Jules.

Please come and see me before practice or after practice to collect your items.

Please note that the alternate item that some athletes/parents were contacted regarding is not available to pick up until ~Monday 9th November and an email will advise you when it is ready to be collected. 

Any questions please reach out to me!


Coach Jules

Patagonia Order – Order Forms Due Back Tomorrow!

Hi Everyone!

A quick reminder the Patagonia order forms are due back TOMORROW! Please see below for information: 

The order form for the (optional) Mercer Patagonia gear order is now available!

These items are limited to current Mercer athletes (Juniors and Masters) only – not for friends and family.

Forms can be printed HERE to complete your order.

Please note there are two pages, with the total price for the entire order included on the second page.

Order forms and payment (cash or check only) must be returned to Coach Jules by 6:30pm, Friday 2nd October.

Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association.

Late orders can not be accepted, nor can orders be submitted to Coach Jules without payment. 

Please contact Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org) with any questions!

Please also note the following:

  • Due to no availability of women’s sweatpants styles, there has been an alternative style selected.
  • All Patagonia clothing is optional.
  • There may be delays to the order/availability due to the impact of Covid-19. 

Patagonia Order – Mercer Athletes Only

Hi Everyone!

The order form for the (optional) Mercer Patagonia gear order is now available!

These items are limited to current Mercer athletes (Juniors and Masters) only – not for friends and family.

Forms can be printed HERE to complete your order.

Please note there are two pages, with the total price for the entire order included on the second page.

Order forms and payment (cash or check only) must be returned to Coach Jules by 6:30pm, Friday 2nd October.

Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association.

Late orders can not be accepted, nor can orders be submitted to Coach Jules without payment. 

Please contact Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org) with any questions!

Please also note the following:

  • Due to no availability of women’s sweatpants styles, there has been an alternative style selected.
  • All Patagonia clothing is optional.
  • There may be delays to the order/availability due to the impact of Covid-19. 

JV/Novice Team At Home Workouts – Week Starting Monday 14 September

Hi JV and Novice Teams!

Please complete the following three workouts for the days you are at home.

(There will be a new blog posted each Monday by 4pm of workouts for the week).

The link to the google sheet that you enter your information in is HERE.

Enter your mileage for the 40′ jog for workout 1 on the google sheet, enter your mileage for the 45′ cross training for workout 2 on the google sheet and enter your mileage for the 2 x 20′ workouts for workout 3.

Workout 1

  1. Stretch / Dynamic warm up for 5 minutes
  2. 40 min (40′) jog: 4 min (4′) @ 60%, 1 min (1′) @ 75%
  3. 10 min (10′) body/ab circuit, 50 seconds (50″) on, 10 seconds off (50″)
    1. Sit ups
    2. Squats
    3. Jumping Jacks
    4. Right side lunges
    5. Left side lunges
    6. Plank hold
    7. V Hold
    8. Mummies
    9. Jumpies
    10. Squat extensions

Workout 2

  1. Stretch / Dynamic warm up for 5 minutes
  2. 45′ cross training (bike/swimming/running/erging/basketball/something fun!)
  3. 10′ body/ab circuit (as above, or pick your own!)


Workout 3

  1. Stretch / Dynamic warm up for 5 minutes
  2. 20′ of running @ 70%
  3. 20′ of running: 1′ on @ 80%, 1′ “off” @ 60%/jogging
  4. 10′ body/ab circuit (as above, or pick your own!)

If you have any questions, ask Coach Jules or Coach Aidan!

Regatta Sport Order – Arrived!

Hi All

Happy Summer! I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

The uni suits that were ordered via Regatta Sport earlier in the year have arrived (after a pause on all production at Regatta Sport to help produce masks).

The following list of people placed an order and your uni suit is ready to be collected (some parents names, some athlete names):

Meghan Drago
Barbara Boucke
Jan Bisco-Werner
Harish Dhayal
Eric Rohloff
Leon Deng
Khalid Mamun
Erich Sands
Ashna Garikapti
Matt Bigga
Amanda Yu
Kate Miller
Derek Quinn
Archana Vemula
Danielle Mercora
Susan Sidebottom

Please come and see Coach Jules at the Boathouse to collect your uni suit so that I can mark you off as collecting it.

You are welcome and encouraged to come THIS WEEK Tuesday – Friday from 8am to 12pm (for Summer Camps).

If you are rowing in the morning this week, Tuesday – Friday, come and find me as I am usually at the BH for camp by 7am.

For collection outside of these times, please email me directly: jhowarth@rowpnra.org to arrange an alternate collection time.

Thank you!

Coach Jules

COVID-19 Update – Caspersen Rowing Center Programing Suspended

It is with great care and consideration we have made the decision to suspend all Mercer Rowing Program activity until Monday, March 23. This is effective immediately with no masters or junior rowing practices to take place at Caspersen Boathouse until Monday, March 23. We will re-assess the situation and send an update on Friday, March 20.

The Varsity Parents meeting scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed and tentatively re-scheduled for Saturday, March 21 with the Novice Parents meeting. We will confirm next week.

We are aware that many Mercer alumni as well as local prep schools are faced with their spring seasons being cancelled and are looking for a place to row/train. Unfortunately, at this time, PNRA/Mercer cannot accommodate these athletes.

We understand this is an incredibly stressful and difficult time but we are following closely the recommendations of local, state and federal entities. Brian Hughes has issued a State of Emergency in Mercer County and many college and major athletic events have been cancelled. All recommendations point to mitigation of this pandemic through social distancing.

Coaches will be sending workouts to the athletes as we fully intend to be back in action at some point this spring.

We will update as we have more information but please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Hilary Gehman                                                                     Kristopher Grudt
Director of Mercer Rowing Programs                             Executive Director
609-799-7100 x107                                                             609-799-7100 x100
202-236-9733 (cell)                                                            609-977-1094 (cell)

Princeton National Rowing Association

1 South Post Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Summer Learn-to-Row: Coaches Update

Hi Everyone

Please check your emails for an individual email from Coach Jules regarding your applications to coach at the Summer Learn-to-Row Camps! Please check your junk/spam folder too.

If you do not receive an email from Coach Jules – please let me know. 

Please reply to the email that you receive regarding the Sessions you have been assigned to confirm that it has been received and you understand the Sessions you are required for. (Please remember that we had a very large number of applicants which is very exciting but we were not able to move forward with all of the sessions that were applied for individually).

If you have any questions, or are unavailable for Sessions you have been assigned, please email Coach Jules at jhowarth@rowpnra.org or come and see her before/after practice as soon as possible.


Regatta Sports Online Store Open – Uni Suits Only!

Hi Mercer Team!

The PNRA Mercer Regatta Sports online team store is now open! On the team store, you can use your own credit card to order team uniform items as well as training gear.

The current store will only have Uni/Racing Suits available. Please note that only Varsity Team members are required to purchase a racing suit. 

The store will be open from today, Monday 3 February and close at 9pm on Sunday 16 February.

You must submit your order within this time frame.

To access the team store follow the steps from Regatta Sport in the PDF HERE.

Please note that there will be another Regatta Sport online team store in mid March that will have both the uni suits as well as other items for purchase (such as trau, rain gear and vests etc) that will be available for all athletes.

If you have any questions, please contact your team administrator: Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org)

Summer Learn-to-Row Camp: Coaches Needed!

Hi Mercer Team!

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible rowers and coxswains to coach the Summer Learn-to-Row Camps for 2020. You will need to teach the basics of the rowing stroke on land and on the erg, lead circuits/land work out and most importantly create a fun and encouraging environment to introduce campers to the sport. 

There are five week long sessions:

Session 1: June 22 – 26

Session 2: July 13 – 17

Session 3: July 20 – 24

Session 4: July 27 – 31

Session 5: August 10 – 14

Each camp runs from 9am – 12pm, Monday through Friday. There will be a short, mandatory coaches meeting for both Head and Assistant Coaches before camp each day. 

Head Coaches (~ 8 per week) will lead practice from the launch or run practice on land. To be a Head Coach, you must be 18 years of age or older, you must have a Boating Safety Certificate (see below), must have completed Senior Year of High School, it is highly recommended to have CPR/First Aid, and have at least 2 years of rowing/coxing experience. Head Coaches will be responsible for on water coaching of one 8+ as well as land warmup, erg technique and on land workouts/circuits. Head Coaches are paid $350 per week. 

Please note there is a Boating Safety Certificate course being run at the Boat House on Monday 30 March and Tuesday 31 March from 6:30pm – 10pm. You must attend both evenings to receive your boating safety certificate. There is a $75 fee for this and you must email Hilary to register for this (hgehman@rowpnra.org). Please complete your registration in the link below for coaching even if you need to complete the Boating Safety course.

Assistant Coaches (~25 per week) will provide help and encouragement as experienced rowers/coxes in the boats that go out. To be an Assistant Coach  you must have a full season of rowing/coxing experience. Assistant Coaches will assist with on land warm up, erg technique and on land workouts/circuits and be rowing/coxing the 8+ that goes out. Assistant Coaches are paid $30 per day and assistant coaches under the age of 16 will be compensated with volunteer hours. 

There will also be a mandatory orientation session prior to the camps for all Head and Assistant Coaches. Within the registration link below there is a section to select the preferred time/date. Please note only one orientation session will run and it will be the time/date that is most popular. 

If you are interested please complete the application in the link below by 5pm, Monday 3 February 2020.

Please see Coach Jules with any questions or email: jhowarth@rowpnra.org

Link to Apply: https://forms.gle/qSNaXYKBi6hLMV4U9

New Lightweight Protocol

Hello! Happy Hump Day.

If you are not planning to row Lightweight this Spring, you can stop reading!

USRowing has just opened up the Junior Lightweight Compliance Program Protocol. This is a new protocol so please read this information carefully. ALL Juniors who row in lightweight events at Mid-Atlantic Regionals and Youth Nationals must to be registered with USRowing under this protocol.

Please complete the following steps before March 1, 2020:

1. Confirm Individual membership status. Log in through the USRowing Membership Portal to confirm active membership status for the athlete. The link can be found HERE. Please make sure your USRowing membership does not expire sometime this Spring. The last day of Spring season is Sunday June 14, 2020.

2. Apply for Lightweight status. Coach Matt and Coach Jamie will register all athletes who wish to participate as a lightweight for the 2020 Spring Season through the USRowing Membership Portal.

3. Schedule appointment for athlete with healthcare professional. Inform your healthcare professional in advance of the purpose of the visit and reference the “three years of CDC growth chart weight percentile data” requirement on the form. The form was handed out at practice. It can also be found HERE.

– Individuals that cannot meet the criteria of providing CDC growth chart weight percentile for the past three years must submit written request for medical exemption to USRowing by February 15, 2020. The athlete will be contacted and asked to provide supplementary data prior to the March 15 deadline. Written requests should be submitted to the USRowing main office postmarked no later than February 15, 2020. Office Address: USRowing, 2 Wall Street, Princeton NJ 08540.

– Please let either Coach Matt or Coach Jamie know if you are submitting a medical exemption request.

4. The cost to administer the program will be $10.00 per athlete. When submitting your forms to either Coach Matt or Coach Jamie please include a $10.00 check made out to the Princeton National Rowing Association. PNRA will be submitting all forms into USRowing as a group. Please do not mail the final forms individually.

Athletes not registered with USRowing as Junior Lightweights by March 15, 2020, are not eligible to participate in lightweight events at USRowing Youth National Championships qualification regattas, the USRowing Youth National Championships and any USRowing registered regatta with junior lightweights held between March 15 and June 30. No exceptions.

If you have any questions, please contact either Coach Matt or Coach Jamie as soon as possible.

Thanks and GO MERCER!

Update to Winter Workout Hours

There will be NO workout hours at the boathouse or warehouse tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 30. All other workout hours are the same as previously posted (open to current Mercer rowers and Mercer alumni):

Monday, Dec 30: closed

Tuesday, Dec. 31: Warehouse 9 am – noon

Wednesday, Jan 1: closed

Thursday, Jan 2: Warehouse 9 am – noon

Friday, Jan 3: Warehouse 9 am – noon

Saturday, Jan 4: BH 9 am – noon

Sunday, Jan 5: BH 10 am – 12:30 pm

Happy New Year!

Caspersen Rowing Center Winter break hours

Happy Holidays!

Hours for the Caspersen boathouse and warehouse for use by current athletes and alumni for the next 2 weeks are listed below. Please check back in case there are updates or changes!

Monday 12/23 Warehouse and BH 9am-12pm

Tuesday 12/24 closed

Wednesday 12/25 closed

Thursday 12/26 BH 9am-12pm

Friday 12/27 BH 9am-12pm

Saturday 12/28 TBD, potential afternoon BH/warehouse

Sunday 12/29 Warehouse 10am-12:30pm

Monday 12/30 Warehouse 9am-12pm

Tuesday 12/31 Warehouse 9am-12pm

Wednesday 01/01 closed

Thursday 01/02 Warehouse 9am-12pm

Friday 01/03 Warehouse 9am-12pm

Saturday 01/04 BH 9am-12pm

Sunday 01/05 CANCELLED

Monday 01/06 Regular hours/varsity practice resumes

Regatta Sport Order – Update

Hi All

The final part of the Regatta Sport order (jackets) are due to arrive tomorrow (Tuesday 3 December).

Coach Jules will hand out the jackets to the athletes before practice from Wednesday onwards.

If your athlete has ordered a jacket (or any other Regatta Sport/Patagonia item) but is not doing winter training, please email Coach Jules at jhowarth@rowpnra.org to arrange a time for collection from the Boat House!

Thank you!

Regatta Sport – Most Items Ready for Collection!

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to advise that the Regatta Sport order has arrived.

Please come and see Coach Jules today to collect your items from the Conference Room.

(Please note that the jackets have not arrived and an update will be provided as to when these are expected).

If there are any questions, please see Coach Jules.

Thank you!

Mercer Fall Classic Race Day Information

Hello Everyone!

On Sunday the Mercer Juniors are competing at the Mercer Fall Classic.  This race is at home on Sunday.

Please check HERE for line ups and arrival times.

There are two races on Sunday – a head race around the lake in the morning, and then a 2km race in the afternoon. There is additional information on Regatta Central but the athletes will be fully informed by their Coaches on how the day will run.

Please ensure you are in racing uni’s (Varsity) or tee shirts (Novices) and bring additional clothes in case there is any change in the weather. Please bring food for the break and your reusable water bottle.

An additional reminder: there will be a whole team photo in uniform (racing uni’s (Varsity) or tee shirts (Novices)) on MONDAY 4 November at practice. Please wear your uniforms!

Please note we are also expecting the Regatta Sport orders (excluding the jackets) to arrive on Monday, so please see Coach Jules for your items on Monday!

If there are any other questions, Athletes please speak to your Coaches.

Go Mercer!

Head of the Schuylkill Information


Below you will find some additional information about the Head of the Schuylkill on Sunday, October 27:

Lineups: please check this google sheet for boat lineups and race times (check back soon for varsity girls lineups).  ARRIVAL TIMES TO THE VENUE ARE ALSO LISTED HERE.

Trip Fee: if you have not yet paid, please do so here.

Drop-off/Pick-up and Parking:  The Head of the Schuylkill is technically an away regatta, but parents and athletes are required to get themselves to the course. Please refer to the lineups google sheet above for specific arrival times to the trailer for each race. There is no access to Kelly Drive without a parking pass and we do not have enough passes for all parents. It is HIGHLY encouraged that you utilize the off-site parking ($15/day) and the FREE shuttle when dropping off your son or daughter. Even if you are not planning to stay and don’t want to pay to park, the free shuttle will be much easier and safer than trying to navigate the road closures. The exact location of the trailer will be sent out late Friday evening. Please review the venue map here. Please allow plenty of time to get to the trailer. Please plan to be at the venue for most of the day. The athletes will need to get the boats loaded onto the trailer after the race before they are allowed to leave the venue. Please check with your coach if you have specific time constraints.

Racing:  This is a head race. That means the boats are coming down the course one at a time, with about 15 seconds separating them, rather than spread across in lanes. The google sheet (link above) will have bow numbers updated as soon as they are released as well as posted on the Parents of MJRC Facebook page. Please check on race day as there are sometimes scratches or changes that affect bow numbers. Once the racing is over, please wait until you hear from your athlete before you pick him/her up. The athletes will need to de-rig the boats and load them back on the trailer before they are allowed to leave, which does take some time.  The coaches ask that you not hang around the trailers while the athletes are working, but rather wait until you hear from them.

Spectator Information:  We will have the NEW Mercer tent set up for this event. We will need some help setting the tent up on Sunday morning! The location of the tent will be somewhere along the shore near the trailer (which will be posted Friday evening). We don’t have a specific food/drink signup for this, but if anyone wants to bring bars, healthy snacks for the athletes, please feel free! There is also a covered grandstand located at roughly the half way point of the race. Please don’t use the trailer as your race-watching spot as this is for coaches and athletes only.

Miscellaneous:  The Head of the Schuylkill is a large regatta, with many clubs competing in events throughout the day.  There will be a lot of exciting racing, but it will also be very crowded.  Please pack some food, water, and extra gear for your athletes!  There are water fill stations located throughout the venue, and some vendors at the course, but it’s best to come prepared.

Weather: Forecast is calling for rain which means the venue will be wet and muddy. Please be sure athletes have rain gear and BOOTS. Also, please have the athletes bring extra clothes to change into after racing to de-rig and load the trailer (put a bag of clothes in a trash bag so it doesn’t get wet).

Regatta Website: http://hosr.org/. This has information on parking, directions to the venue, spectating, etc.

Good luck to all boats!

Go Mercer!

Head of the Schuylkill Travel Roster and Information

Head of the Schuylkill 2019

Hi Everyone!

Next weekend the Mercer Juniors will be competing at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta!

Please remember all races for Juniors are on Sunday!

Make sure that you bring clothes for any and all weather (including warm clothes and rain gear)! Make sure you have your racing unisuit (or shirt and black/navy short trau if you are a Novice).

TRAVEL ROSTER: Please click HERE for the travel roster for the weekend.

TRIP FEE: The fee for the regatta is $38. Please click HERE to pay.

Please remember that athletes need to make their own way to and from the regatta. Link in with other athletes who are travelling to the regatta to car pool if need be.

More Information: Please see the link HERE (https://hosr.org/) to the Regatta website!

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Coach!


Updated – Some More Patagonia Orders Available

Hi Everyone!

Some more of the Patagonia order has arrived and is ready to be collected.

Please see Coach Jules or Coach Arlynn to collect your items. 

Please see the below list – it includes the orders that are fully completed and ready for collection. 

Nick Brennan
Patrick Murland
Paxton Family
Grace Brown
Elizabeth. K

If your name is NOT on the list, your items will be delivered soon – watch out for another blog post.

If there are any questions, please see Coach Jules.


Patagonia Order – Most Items Ready for Collection!

Hi Everyone!

Most of the Patagonia order has arrived and is ready to be collected.

Please see Coach Jules or Coach Arlynn to collect your items. 

Please see the below list – it includes the orders that are fully completed and ready for collection. 

Riley Cooper

Devon Reid
Sophie Cracer
Olivia Andersen
Teddy Schneider
Audrey Lucerne
Grant Smith
Eva Wojnvich
Andrew Griesinger
Lidia Krigeris
Heilbronn Family
Cara Barkenbush
Tyler Watton
Riley Sidebottom
Sean Miller
Nick Brennan
Sam Hicks
Noah Mothai
Caroline Adams
Patrick Murtland
Grace Brown
Elizabeth Krist
Dereck Quinn
Lindsey Bouldin
Katherine Kelly

If your name is NOT on the list, your items will be delivered soon – watch out for another blog post.

If there are any questions, please see Coach Jules.


Mercer Practices – This Weekend (10/18, 10/19, 10/20)

Hi Everyone!

Please see below for the practice schedule for this weekend,  Friday 10/18, Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20:


Varsity Boys: Practice is still on for those not travelling to Boston on Friday 10/18. 

However, Practice is cancelled for Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20. 


Varsity Girls: Practice is cancelled for those not travelling to Boston on both Friday 10/18 and Saturday 10/19.


Novice Girls: Practice is cancelled for Friday 10/18. 


Novice Boys: Practice is cancelled for Friday 10/18. 


If there are any queries, please see your Coach! 

Head of the Housatonic Final Info! For athletes and spectators!

Hi Mercer people,

We have copied an email from the Head of the Housatonic regatta director below with some final notes and notices to help everyone’s weekend go more smoothly if you;re traveling to cheer on the rowers! Please read carefully if you’re traveling.

Go Mercer!

Coaches, Competitors, Family Members and Guests –

We are delighted to be your hosts once again for a fast, competitive day of racing at the Head of the Housatonic on Saturday, October 12. This is a long note, but please read through and follow these guidelines to ensure a successful day for everyone.

Please share this information widely with the families and friends who will join you at the regatta. Thank you!

WEATHER – After months of drought, Mother Nature picked this week to open the rain spigots?!?!  Good grief. Saturday will be cool and cloudy, with temperatures rising through the 50s in the morning and into the 60s in the afternoon. A northerly breeze will keep things on the chilly side.  The ground will be wet, so please use appropriate footwear!

HEAT SHEETSWe do not provide printed heat sheets at the regatta.  Please go to www.HereNow.com on Friday to print out your heat sheets before you come to the event.  There will be one oversized heat sheet posted on the side of our Pack Rat container, located near the Registration Tent.

RIVER CONDITIONS – River weeds and blue-green algae are both under control this year: present, but not a major problem. Athletes may still notice some algae in the river, but we have been rowing on this all summer without incident or illness. If you wish to learn more about this condition, you can go to this State of Connecticut website.

REGISTRATION – We open for business at 7:00 a.m. Saturday at the Registration Tent.  Crews that are launching from Yale or New Haven RC will pick up their registration packets at those locations.  Please note, we organize registrations by club, not by event.  Every year, we have two or three scullers show up at registration AFTER their club director has picked up all the packets, and then they have to track down the club trailer to pick up their bow number.  Scullers — please coordinate with your club director before Saturday about this.

WEIGH-IN – All athletes entered in the lightweight 1x events must report to the Registration Tent and weigh in.  Weigh-in hours are 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Athletes who do not weigh in are not medal-eligible.

TENT SITES – Tent sites have been assigned to all programs that purchased them. Please see the regatta website for this year’s tent site assignments and communicate these to your parents and guests. The sites are numbered in sequence, beginning with #1 located at the south (downstream) end of Indian Well State Park (to the right as you face the river from the park).

WIRELESS SERVICE – Cell phone reception at Indian Well State Park is spotty.  Do not count on being able to phone or text from your device while you are at the park.

RESULTS – We have partnered with HereNow.com to provide online race results shortly after the conclusion of each event (hopefully you’ll find a cell phone signal if you’re at Indian Well State Park). These are UNOFFICIAL results, pending the resolution of any protests.  A hard copy of each event’s results will also be posted on a bulletin board near the Registration Tent as soon as available.

PROTESTS – Any crew wishing to file a protest must come to the Registration Tent and complete a Protest form.  Protests will be managed according to USRA Rules and the decision of the Chief Referee is final.

AWARDS – We award gold medals in every event, silver medals in every event with at least six crews, and bronze medals in every event with at least ten crews.  Medal winners can pick up their hardware at the Registration Tent.

NO PETS – Our permit from the State of Connecticut does not allow us to host dogs or other pets at the regatta.  Please make alternative pet-care arrangements for the day.

PARKING – On-site parking at Indian Well State Park is the single scarcest resource at the regatta.  Therefore, we implore everyone to cooperate with the following guidelines so that we can make the experience easy for everyone.

With only the exceptions noted below, we require that all vehicles use our offsite parking location as described on the regatta’s website.  People parked offsite will ride a constantly-circulating shuttle bus to get to Indian Well State Park.  Please allow at least 30 minutes for transport from the parking site to the regatta venue.  We charge $15 for offsite parking, which we split 50-50 with our volunteer partners from Habitat for Humanity (the rest helps offset the cost of shuttle bus service). Cash only – we are not able to accept credit cards.

PARK ACCESS — What vehicles are allowed into Indian Well State Park?  It’s a short list:

·        Cars with a racing shell on top

·        Trucks towing a boat trailer

·        Team buses and vans

·        Cars that have a valid handicapped parking tag

·        Cars with a parking pass issued by New Haven Rowing Club.

If your vehicle does not fall into one of these categories, you must use the offsite parking location.  Please DO NOT waste time bargaining with the volunteers or Shelton Police who are stationed at the park entrance.  Plan ahead so that you have sufficient time to get to the regatta.

TEAM BUSES & VANS — Parking space for team buses and vans is limited.  Once this area is full, drivers will be instructed to drop off their passengers, leave the park, and return at the end of the regatta for pickup.  Please do not hassle or try to negotiate with the NHRC volunteers.

BOAT TRAILERS — Trucks towing boat trailers can access the park from 12:00-6:00 p.m. Friday.  After dropping off the trailer, drivers will receive a parking pass from NHRC volunteers that will allow them access to the park on Saturday.  If you arrive before or after that time, you will not receive a pass. If you need an exception to this schedule, please contact trailer parking czar Marc Nemeth (mnemeth@jonal.com).

There is a security guard on duty at Indian Well State Park until midnight on Friday.  New Haven Rowing Club and the State of Connecticut are not responsible for any damage to equipment or trailers that are left overnight at Indian Well State Park.

The park opens at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, and all trailers must be onsite before 8:00 a.m.  Trailer drivers: please comply with all instructions from NHRC volunteers and park as efficiently as possible.  If you take more room than necessary, it will make the day harder for everyone.

CHUCK WAGONS & FOOD TRUCKS — Chuck wagons or food trucks with a parking pass will have access to Indian Well State Park.  Once you have dropped off your gear at your rented tent space, you MUST repark your vehicle in a designated parking area.  The lane between the rented tent sites and the trailer parking area is for emergency vehicles only.  This rule will be enforced by state park personnel, so please just do the right thing and move your van or car as soon as you have dropped off your gear.

Thank you for making the Head of the Housatonic part of your fall racing calendar, and for cooperating with these common-sense guidelines to make the day a great one for all.  We’re excited to host you.

New Haven RC

Head of the Charles – Travel Roster and Information

Hello everyone!

Even as we finalize preparation for the Head of the Housatonic this weekend (with everyone leaving tomorrow!), we are looking forward to the second regatta of the season.  The Head of the Charles (www.hocr.org) is a Varsity/Masters-only regatta scheduled for October 19-20 in Boston, MA.  This regatta is by invitation only, and this year we are sending an 8 and 4 for the varsity boys, two 8s and a 4 for the Varsity girls, a women’s masters 8+, and a men’s masters 4+.  It is amazing to have so many boating racing at such a prestigious event!

The travel roster can be found here and will be updated will the final roster for Varsity Boys tonight. The girls roster is set.

The tentative lineups can be found here and will also be accessible tonight – these are subject to change.

The current tentative schedule for the regatta is as follows:

10:10am Women’s Masters 8+  Bow #15

10:35am Men’s Master’s 4+ Bow #25


9:07am Women’s Youth 4+ Bow #70
10:24am Women’s Youth 8+ (both entries) Bow #5 and Bow #15

11:58am Men’s Youth 4+ Bow #72
1:12pm Men’s Youth 8+ Bow #27

Travel Plans:
We are departing from the boathouse at 5:30 am Friday, October 18.  Athletes should arrive at the boathouse 15 minutes early, packed and ready to leave.  They should also bring snacks and water, but the plan is to have lunch on the road.  We will drive directly to the course so the athletes can rig the boats and get in a practice row.  We will be returning to the boathouse on Sunday, October 20, some time in the evening.

We will be traveling in 4 vans, two for each team. The girls 4 will split between the two 8s vans; they have jumbo vans with additional room for luggage.

The cost for this regatta is higher than it is for most other regattas.  This is in large part due to the costs associated with traveling to Boston this weekend; the Head of the Charles is a prestigious regatta that hosts clubs and teams at all levels from all over the world. The trip fee for the HOCR is $570 this year and can be paid here – please register as soon as possible!

We will provide updates on ETA’s, as well as results, on Facebook.  We will do what we can to post on the blog as well, but please use Facebook as your primary source of information.  If you are watching from home, results will also be posted on www.RegattaCentral.com.  You can also follow via livestream from the event website www.hocr.org.  

Hotel Details:

PNRA has secured rooms at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA  02466 for athletes and coaches. Phone number: (617-969-1000)


The following meals will be provided:

Lunch Friday, October 18 ordered sandwiches
Dinner Friday, October 18 – $20 per diem
Breakfast Saturday, October 19 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Saturday, October 19 – $15 per diem
Dinner Saturday, October 19 – team dinner at Bertucci’s, all you can eat
Breakfast Sunday, October 20 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Sunday, October 20 $15 per diem
Dinner on Sunday will be by boat on the way home.  Athletes will purchase their own.
*****  Please have your athlete bring cash for snacks, meals, and event gear.  *****

A huge thank you again to everyone who has offered to help.  We look forward to another successful regatta.

Go Mercer!

Head of the Housatonic 2019 – please read if not traveling for weekend practice schedule!


Below you will find information regarding the Head of the Housatonic Regatta.

For athletes not traveling to the Housatonic – there will be regular practice on Friday, October 11th. Varsity girls not traveling will also have practice on Saturday, October 12. Varsity boys are off after Friday until Monday (no Sunday practice).

We will be leaving the Caspersen Rowing Center at 4:00pm on Friday October 11th (or earlier if everyone from a van is there). Please bring dinner for the ride up and any other snacks you may want to eat! Vans will make a short stop but it will be easier if not everyone needs to get dinner during this stop. Please be on time so the vans can get on their way as soon as possible.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Hampton Inn Danbury, 81 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT 06810, tel: 203-748-6677


PARKING is $15 dollars this year and you will have to take a shuttle down to the race course. Please allow at least 30 minutes for transport from the parking site to the regatta venue.

SPECTATORS AND COURSE INFORMATION: Please note there is NO WATER available at the race course! We will bring a the large 10 gallon jugs for athletes to refill their water bottle, but please make sure athletes and spectators bring a full water bottle to the course! We also have a new 10×20 big blue Mercer tent! The tent is coming up on the trailer, and will be a great place for parents to congregate and watch the races together. We have reserved a waterfront tent site – please look for the tent and join other parents in cheering Mercer from that location!

SATURDAY LUNCH: We have ordered Panera for all athletes and chaperones. There are limited options at the course as well.

SATURDAY DINNER: Please bring money for the ride home as we will be stopping to get food.

WIRELESS SERVICE – Cell phone reception at Indian Well State Park is spotty. Do not count on being able to phone or text from your device while you are at the park.

Please check the parents Facebook page for any details regarding arrival at the BH on Saturday night. The parent coordinators will do their best to keep that updated throughout the day depending on service at the race site.

LINEUPS: Please click HERE. Please note that lineups are TENTATIVE and subject to change; race times will be updated when finalized by the regatta.

Thanks and GO MERCER!!!

Head of the Housatonic – Travel Rosters and Trip Fee on Thursday


The travel roster for Head of the Housatonic will be available by tomorrow (Thursday) after practice HERE. (Note: the novice girls travel roster is complete).

The Trip Fee for the race will be $210 and will be available to pay on Thursday HERE.

We will be sending a more detailed blog post early next week with more information, but here is some general information if you plan to attend.

Go Mercer!

Patagonia Orders – Mercer Athletes Only

Hi Everyone!

Order forms for the (optional) Mercer Patagonia gear are now available! These items are limited to current Mercer athletes (juniors and Masters) only – not for friends and family.

Forms can be printed HERE to complete your order.

Please note there are two pages, with the Total Price for the entire order included on the second page.


Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association.

Late orders can not be accepted, nor can orders be submitted to Coach Jules without payment.

Please note that all Patagonia clothing is optional.

Please contact Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org) with any questions!

Mercer Gear Available to Order NOW

The PNRA Mercer Regatta Sports online team store is now open! On the team store, you can use your own credit card to order team uniform items as well as training gear.

The store will be open for ONE WEEK ONLY – opening today, Wednesday 18 September and closing at 9pm on Wednesday 25 September.

You must submit your order within this time frame.

To access the team store follow the steps from Regatta Sport in the PDF here.

If you have any questions, please contact your team administrator: Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org)

Canadian Henley 2019

Hi all,


Time for the last regatta of the summer, Canadian Henley! This is the first time Mercer will be attending Canadian Henley since 2016, and since it is a new experience for most of the athletes and parents, please read this carefully, as there are several unique features that are different from many of our other races.


The trip fee has been finalized and will be $855 for the week; it can be found HERE. Any issues please email Hilary at hgehman@rowpnra.org.


The vans will depart the Caspersen Rowing Center on Monday, August 5th at 8:45am. Please be on time! We are not able to pick the vans up until Monday morning, but an on time departure gives us the best chance of getting a practice row in at the course Monday afternoon! They will return between 9 and 11pm on Sunday, August 11th. Rowers and drivers will communicate their return as they travel. (Please note that the boys van assignments are posted in the travel roster from yesterday’s blog post.)


Because this is an international trip, all athletes traveling will need a passport, passport card, or photo ID and birth certificate (15 years old and younger ONLY). In order to race, all athletes will need a photo ID with their name on it – we recommend an old but relatively recent school ID.


The team will be staying at Brock University in dorms. We do not know the specific building or area yet. Athletes will be supplied with sheets, pillow, and a towel, and it looks like the dorms have air conditioning (fingers crossed!). Laundry services will be available for a small fee. Please remind your athletes that lost keys carry a several hundred dollar replacement fee, so ensure they are very careful with their room keys!


All meals have been arranged for, starting with Monday lunch and ending with Sunday lunch. For lunch, athletes will be given $10 per diem to purchase their own. Breakfast (6:30-7:30am) will be at the Brock dining hall Tuesday through Sunday, amd dinner Monday through Saturday (7-8pm). We are required to follow these times or we are charged extra.


All athletes traveling will receive a team Henley shirt; the cost is included in the trip fee.


Lineups and a final schedule will be posted here with a link this weekend; in the meantime, the preliminary draw is available on the Canadian Henley website.


Thanks for your patience and GO MERCER!

Varsity Boys Henley travel roster

The varsity boys travel roster can be viewed HERE.

There will be a blog post with additional information, including trip fee, in the coming day or two. In the meantime, any boys parents with questions please contact the parent coordinators and they will communicate with the coaches about frequently asked questions.

Thank you!

Overpeck info!

Hello everyone!

The moment you have all been waiting for! HERE is the link for the Overpeck lineups, arrival times, and more for tomorrow!

As Hilary mentioned, the trip fee is up and can be paid HERE. Please pay this asap or contact Hilary with issues.

The link to the regatta site, with all directions, schedule, and more, can be found HERE.

The lineups and names that are posted on regatta central and here now are incorrect. Please use the lineups sheet on the above link to find the most up to date lineups and race times.

The below link is for the waiver for tomorrow’s regatta. This must be completed by tonight!  (They just posted it today, so that is why this is being sent out now!) http://www.bcrowingacademy.org/OSSWaiver.html

Here is the parking pass for tomorrow: http://www.bcrowingacademy.org/OSSR_Parking_Pass.jpg

There are two entrances to the park:

120 Challenger Road

Ridgefield Park, NJ


50 Fort Lee Road

Leonia, NJ

Spectators can park in the old basketball field near Lot A, or near to Lot C.

Please bring food, water, blankets, chairs, and anything else you might want for during the racing! We will have the water coolers with ice.

Lastly, as Hilary mentioned in her email, the deadline for the Canadian Henley waiver is TONIGHT! The link is HERE. For the boys, as mentioned at practice, please fill it out anyway since the lineups cannot be finalized until entries are released next Monday or Tuesday. Coach Jamie will let athletes traveling know ASAP! Coach Matt has released the travel roster via email to all the girls.

Philly Youth and upcoming regatta details!

Hi everyone!

This blog has a lot of information about the coming regattas, so please read carefully!

This Saturday is the Philadelphia Youth Regatta. It is on the Schuylkill river in Philadelphia – athletes are expected to provide their own transportation. Racing is all day Saturday, and the link to the lineups can be found HERE. (Please note that the boys lineups will be finalized later tonight and updated with race times, arrival times, etc. – the only changes at this point will be due to weather or hot-seating conflicts.) The weather for Saturday is predicted to be EXTREMELY HOT in Philadelphia, with a heat index of over 100. Please have athletes bring plenty of water, ice, coolers, etc – whatever they need to stay cool! The coaches are monitoring the situation and will adjust race lineups as needed if it s too hot for multiple races – rowers will be informed as soon as any decisions are made.

Two other important notes: please note that these regattas often require a parking pass printed from their website to get through to Kelly Drive – please plan ahead and print one if parking there. Also please pay the trip fee here if you have not already HERE.

Next weekend is the Overpeck Regatta on Saturday July 27. This is another all-day regatta held on Overpeck Creek in north Jersey. Athletes will need to provide their own transportation. The trip fee and lineups will be posted next week. We anticipate the trip fee being similar or less than Philly Youth.

The last race of the season is Canadian Henley in St. Catherine, Ontario. 24 rowers and 4 coxswains per team will be attending. The travel list will be posted next weekend. Athletes and coaches will leave Caspersen early on Monday, August 5 and return late on Sunday August 11. The trip fee is still being finalized, but the current estimate is $700-800, which includes entry fee, all transportation, rooming at Brock University, and 3 meals a day (starting dinner Monday and ending Sunday breakfast). More details will be provided next week.

The last day of the summer season will be Friday, August 2nd for those not traveling to Canadian Henley. Registration for fall varsity tryouts and novice will open July 31st.

Any issues or questions please direct to Hilary or have your child ask their coach.

Thank you for your support and GO MERCER!