The Neponset Rowing Club

Neponset Rowing Club provides “learn to row” and competitive rowing for juniors and adults in Milton, Dorchester, Mattapan and surrounding areas.

On the water training will be held at Milton Landing (35 Wharf Street) and at other locations to be determined. The on the water practice schedule is dependent upon the tidal patterns of the Neponset River.

Parent Volunteers
Each family is expected to help out with the food tent at regattas one weekend during the season. Specific details will be available from the parent coordinator at the beginning of the season. We welcome your ideas and participation! The Friends of Milton Crew is an all-volunteer organization, and we need your help to make this team a success. It only works because of what you do, from organizing fundraisers to ordering uniforms to chaperoning buses to running the food tent on race day, and on and on. There are so many different ways to help, and it is a fun way to meet other parents and learn more about your rower’s new passion.


The success of your team depends on more than just showing up to practice. The maintenance and care of our equipment, rowing location, and our home course are essential. Therefore, each team member is expected to dedicate a minimum of five hours of participation per season to these activities.

Sprint v. Head Races

There are two types of races: Sprints and Head Races. Sprints are usually held in the Spring and Summer and Head Races are usually held in the Fall.


Sprints are 1,500 meter races for most high school events and 2,000 meters for club, college, and international events. In sprints, boats race directly against each other in lanes on a marked straight or nearly straight course. In larger regattas, there will usually be qualifying rounds, semi finals and finals.  Qualification is by placement, not by time, i.e. a second place boat in one heat will qualify before a fourth place boat in another, even if the fourth place boat had a better time.

Head races are held only in the Fall, are longer, usually 2.5 to 3.5 miles, and are timed events. Boats start off typically at 10-15 second intervals and all race the same course, often with many turns, following the course of the river.  The crew with the fastest time from start to finish is the winner.

All of our equipment has been purchased and repaired with funds raised by the Friends of Milton  Rowing.  Rowing equipment is very expensive and very fragile, which makes it essential that it is treated with care and respect at all times. It can take precious weeks to replace broken equipment or boats. Rowers must listen to the coxswain when moving boats and do exactly as they say.