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Renowned Cambridge Boat Club Hosts Junior Programs and the Largest World Race

By Kelly Church

Home to competitive rowers, the Cambridge Boat Club has members who compete in competitive rowing competitions all over the world and is host to the world's largest annual rowing race: Head of the Charles Regatta. However, the Cambridge Boat Club also has programs for the less advanced rowers, even teaching juniors the basics to build a foundation for future advanced rowing.

Members involved in the rowing club log more than 100,000 miles on the water at Cambridge Boat Club. While most of the members are considered at the master level of rowing, the club also offers a Junior Sculling Program during the summer. This program allows high school boys and girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of rowing. Water safety, boat handling, efficient strokes and physical conditioning are taught in a noncompetitive environment.

In addition to this program, the Cambridge Boat Club has a Competitive Junior Winter Training Program for rowers between the ages of 14 and 18, and of all experience levels. Juniors can be signed up for three days each week, or six days. In this program, rowers are coached both in the water and in the gym.

Although rowers who partake in the junior programs don't have to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta, it is considered a right of passage for those who want to compete. Held every year since 1965 on the Charles River, the event is headquartered at the Cambridge Boat Club.

In fact, the October event was the result of a 1964 meeting between three Cambridge Boat Club members. The three-mile course features a sharp 180-degree turn right in front of the main dock. More than 11,000 rowers partake in the event as 400,000 people watch.

A membership at Cambridge Boat Club comes with an array of benefits. Members are invited to participate in many rowing activities, events and are incorporated to an energetic community. Members, however, are heavily relied on by the Cambridge Boat Club for volunteer work.

There's a large selection of areas that members can volunteer in, with committees ranging from gardens and grounds to rentals, community outreach and managing memberships. The Cambridge Boat Club website has a digital application for membership.

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