Our rowing club proudly offers the opportunity for young people from the communities near the Mystic River to learn to row and compete in America's original collegiate sport. Rowing, although rich in its history and traditions, has until recently been enjoyed primarily by a privileged few. Gentle Giant Rowing Club stands at the forefront of a new movement that celebrates the expansion of rowing by diversifying those who can participate.
Our GGRC Juniors Rowing reaches out to the youth of many neighborhoods spanning from Medford, Malden, and Everett, through Somerville and Cambridge, including Winchester, Reading, Salem, Lynn, Melrose and Boston, and more. Our mission is to provide a solid character developing experience through the teamwork and competition of rowing to each of our high school age participants.
For the 2017 Summer Season, our GGRC Juniors will row starting Monday, June 19th at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse which is located at 32 Shore Drive in Somerville. The Summer Season is divided into two, four week sessions - June 19 - July 14 and July 17 - August 11. They will row 3 evenings per week. Practices will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
The GGRC Youth team will attend races with our Masters rowers. The dates for these events are June 25th - Festival Regatta, Lowell, MA, July 15th - Sweeps & Sculls Regatta, Providence, RI, and the GGRC Pineapple Regatta on August 5th. There is the possibility of one more race being added but the dates for that race have not been set. (Cromwell Cup, Charles River, Cambridge, MA)
Some other questions you may have:
- Who is Coaching? Current GGRC Rower and Malden High School Coach Harout Khodaverdian will be coaching the program!
- What is the Cost? The cost is $80 per 4 week session and there is a discount of $20 if you register for both sessions at once for a cost of $140. If this cost is an issue, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
- What about Uniforms? We have race t-shirts available for purchase - $15 each.
- When are Practices? - As mentioned above, practices will be at 32 Shore Drive in Somerville, MA at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. Athletes should come prepared to row on the water - we row in the rain! They should also come with sneakers in case wind conditions require that we keep rowers on land. They will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
- Is the water on the Mystic River safe? YES IT IS! The river grading system has changed and the water we row on has been rated safe for boating 95% of the time! The Mystic River Watershed monitors the water and tests it regularly. GGRC is notified if there are any risks present. GGRC also has a safety procedure in place should the water dip below safety standards.
- How to register? Simply click the "Sign Up" link below!
Gentle Giant Juniors Rowing has been going strong since 2003. Each spring, summer, and fall season, high school students from GGRC’s partner cities Somerville, Everett and Malden (in the fall), as well as many other cities and towns from the Mystic River Watershed, join together to compete as the GGRC Junior Giants. Races include the Celebration Regatta in Lawrence, Methuen City Sprints, Festival Regatta, Cromwell Cup, Providence Sweeps & Sculls, Textile River Regatta, the New Hampshire Championships, and the Head of the Charles to name a few. All high school age youth are welcome.
Somerville High School & Everett High School Crew – Somerville High School has been a partner of the Gentle Giant Rowing Club every spring season since 2003 and Everett High School’s Crimson Tide join the Highlanders of Somerville for their inaugural season in the Spring of 2014. The "High Tide" Crew has enjoyed annual growth and success at the novice level. This joint High School team rows out of the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse competing in the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association. GGRC provides the rowing equipment and management, and the school department funds coaching stipends and the travel budget for the team.
Malden High School Crew has been a partner of the Gentle Giant Rowing Club every spring season since 2005. The Golden Tornados from Bloomberg Business Week Magazine’s 2009 “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” row from the Malden Rowing Center at 356 Commercial Street in Malden. They compete in the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association. As of 2015, Malden High School is an independent program. GGRC remains involved with them by allowing them to borrow equipment as needed.