History

“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


Race Recap: Stars vs. Stripes

By: Graeme Calloway — Little known fact: Riverside Boat Club has a sister down south. Potomac Boat Club–which was also founded in 1869–actually has a partnership with us, in so far as each club allows the other access to ergs and facilities when a member of the oppos
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