“By 1869, the year Riverside Boat Club was formed, there were approximately ninety American rowing clubs. Club memberships were booming, sixty-five regattas were held annually throughout the country, and racing for prizes was attracting widespread interest. Rowing was on its way to becoming America’s most popular spectator sport.”
– Dick Garver, Club Historian
The History of Riverside: A Book

In its nearly 150 years of existence, Riverside has evolved with the times and surrounding community. Historian Dick Garver has chronicled Riverside’s history in a book, where one can learn about how both Riverside and the sport of rowing have developed and how RBC has become the thriving association it is today.

Access RBC’s Complete History Here

The History of Riverside in the RBC Press

The Riverside Press, our blog, will also feature monthly posts that dive into Riverside’s rich history in more detail.

View RBC History in Our Blog

Riverside and St. Alphonsus Boat Clubs

The number of rowing clubs in the Boston area was at its zenith in 1900. Many were neighborhood-based. In addition to Cambridgeport’s Riverside Boat Club, they included its archrival, the Bradford Boat Club, located just above the Cottage Farm Bridge; the Jeffries Point Boat Club, the
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