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2014 - New England Championships Boys: Team Trophy 1st., B1 Gold, B2 Silver, B3 Silver

2014 - New England Championships Girls: Team Trophy 4th., G1 5th., G2 5th., G3 Bronze


2013 - New England Championships Boys: Team Trophy 2nd., B1 6th, B2 Bronze, B3 Gold

2013 - New England Championships Girls: Team Trophy 5th., G1 9th., G2 Bronze, G3 5th



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Andover Crew Community


Some of us still use ink and paper while others use Blackberries and iPhones to communicate. You can participate with Andover crew via this web page and the links at the top of this page to our Guest book, our Facebook group (475+ members), our Twitter feed (160+ members) and our LinkedIn group (200+ members). You can also sign-up for our newsletter (2000+ alumni & parents) by contacting us at We welcome participation, comments, suggestions and especially stories and pictures of Andover rowers young and old. We are happy to help people reconnect with old boatmates.
Our LinkedIn group is our latest addition. We hope our LinkedIn group will provide the opportunity for the Andover Crew family to provide support for our younger rowers as they move into the world. Our young men and women who have maintained good grades while spending 25 to 30 hours a week on competitive rowing at the countries top colleges have already proved that would be valuable additions to any organization that wants to be successful. Membership is only open to rowers, alumni and parents. Click on the picture to join the LinkedIn group..


News April 16th. 2015


Added pictures from the Kent races. See below.

Parents, please help by signing up to bring food to Lake Quinsigamond.
Click here for the food menu for our race.
Please email with your selections.

We sent out a pre-race email tonight..
Click here for a pdf of the email
Email to be added to the email list.
Everyone is invited to join us at Kent on Saturday for our race.

When:Saturday April 18th meeting 12.00 pm to 4 pm. The first race will start at 1.00 pm.
Who: We will race B1 to B4 and G1 to G4.
Where: Donahue Rowing Center 237 North Quinsigamond Avenue, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545. Click here for Google map
The boats will launch from the Donahue Rowing center and the start is at this end of the lake but the finish is at the other end by the Regatta Point Park, Worcester, MA. Google map of Regatta Point Park. For directions from Donahue to the Regatta Point Park, a distance of 1.9 miles and time of 4 minutes click Directions
Travel time from Andover is about 50 minutes.
Food Table: It is so easy to become used to the facilities at the boathouse that we forget what it takes to provide the same food on the road. Please sign up to help feed the rowers. The 8 boats of rowers will be hungry by the time they are off the river. Please go to the link below to select what food you can bring.
Link: Click here for the food menu for our race.
GO BLUE!! See you by the lake.
Race Schedule:


Our own Coach Jigger Herman wrote and article for Rowing magazine last year describing his experience as an Andover coach.
To read the pdf file please click Jigger's Story

If you would like to subscribe to the magazine please go to Rowing Magazine

Kent Races

Here are some pictures from the Kent races.
It was bright sunny day with a wind like a swirling dervish.

Mutual support
Pre-race snack

For more pictures please:
Click on Kent Races 1
Click on Kent Races 2
Click on Kent Races 3

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We sent out a pre-race email tonight April 7th.
Click here for a pdf of the email
Email to be added to the email list.
Everyone is invited to join us at Kent on Saturday for our race.

Today, April4th, on the Merrimack. Warm temperature, strong wind with rising gusts. We started the day with the dedication for a new boat, Haraka 2014, for the Boys' program donated by the Arnold family.
A huge thank you to Rome and Lisa for this kind gift.

The Andover rowing program is the students and coaches with the generous support in time and money from the parents and alumni.
A few years ago we completed the boathouse project. This was followed with a new fleet of wakeless launches that made life much easier for the coaches and provided better safety for everyone on the water. Now in the past 2 years with a fund raising program led by Cathy Rasenberger and the generous donation from Rome and Lisa Arnold we have been able to replace 3 boats for the girls and add a new V1 racer for the boys.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

Today we were scheduled to race 3 visitors but Simsbury and Glastonbury had to cry off because the winter weather has delayed the start of their season. We decided to carry on with Essex Rowing Club but Mother Nature had other ideas.
She kindly allowed us good weather for the dedication but once we tried to start the races she increased the wind and added powerful long gusts.
After running the one race for the G1 boats, the coaches on the water made the reluctant decision to stop the racing. The students who were already on water preparing to race were disappointed but it is much better to be safe than sorry. This is for first time in the 12 years I have been attended races that we have had to abandon racing. Hopefully it will be another 12 years before we do it again.

For some pictures please:
Click on Saturday April 4th

Our race next week will be away at Kent School in western Connecticut. This is an opportunity for parents in the tri-state area to join us for a day of racing. We will send out emails and post menus early in the week.

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Today, Friday March 27th, on the Merrimack. Temp: 42 degree, Wind: 5 mph, Water: Perfectly flat, Current: Gentle for springtime. Flotsam: Ice, 5 x 10 plywood, basketball, various bits of tree wood. Beautiful rowing day.
The river is good, the rowers are good. We look on schedule for the first race.

Crew is not a sport for the weak of mind or spirit. To row your heart out in the freezing early spring takes an uncommon level of "suck it up and get it done". You don't need eye ball co-ordination but rowing a boat is more like dancing a ballet with seven other people using all your strength in the freezing rain. It needs every ounce of mind, body and spirit to achieve perfection.

It is time to block out all the Saturdays from now until late May. There will be seven weekend races before Interschols on May23rd. Please see the detailed Spring Schedule much further down this page.

Our first race will be at the William Brown boathouse on April 4th. We will start the day at 12 noon with a dedication of a new racing shell. We will be racing Essex Rowing Club, Simsbury and Glastonbury schools. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

Parents have a number of important roles to play during Spring racing. The first and most important is to turn up and yell support for the racing boats. This alone makes our boats go faster. Race days are very different from dropping into the gym to watch a basketball game. Basketball games involve only one team. Regattas involve a bunch of teams of boys and girls. We are more like a medieval army than a modern sports team. For our first race we will have about 12 or more boats. That means about 108 athletes plus coaches.

The rowers cannot eat very much before the extreme exertion of a race. They also must replace the lost energy as soon as possible after the race so we have to feed all 108 plus of them. To do this we ask parents to volunteer to bring food. We make it easy. We publish a menu, you pick what you can bring, you email your commitment and we are good to go.

Parents, please help by signing up.
Click here for the food menu for our race.
Please email with your selections.


Here are some pictures from practice Friday March 28th.
I followed Coach Hurley so most of the river pictures are the boats he was coaching on the day. I will try to go out again during a practice with one of the other coaches.

Looks good both ways up
Smile and you will overcome

For more pictures please:
Click on Practice Page 1
Click on Practice Page 2

The Boathouse on March 19th.

The Mighty Merrimack
Our docks waiting...

Some of our rowers were lucky enough to head south to Oak Ridge Tennessee for warmer water and warmer weather. A chance to stretch those muscles without battling the urge to tightening up to protect from the cold.
A big "thank you" to Coaches Hurley, MacDonald and Moss for making this possible. We hope we can make this a new Andover tradition. I heard a little complaint about some mud but for those of us imprisoned in the frozen north mud is a luxury we can only enjoy in our dreams.
Below are some pictures from the warmer southern climes.

The Warm rowers
Mud glorious mud

With the help of Neil Batt '82 and Struan Robertson '83 and a little bit of research we have put names to all the 6 pictures in the alum section except the 1970s girls' team. We also have a couple of girls for whom I cannot trace a graduation year.

As we sit here buried in almost 3 feet of snow it seems far too early to think about Spring racing but people have started to ask about race dates. We have posted the preliminary schedule for the Spring so we can plan our spring. Hotel space around Worcester for NEIRA is aleady filling up. We hope and expect everyone to come and yell Go Blue! at our races. Everyone is welcome.
Preliminary Race Schedule 2015

A Happy New Year to all of the Andover Crew family. The cold weather has invaded New England and this week we have temperatures below zero in Boston.
In New England the weather drives people off the water from around Halloween until the ice melts sometime in March. Some enthusiastic rowers including an Andover Alum invented the idea of erging competitions that grew into the now famous Crash-Bs.
Before Christmas some of the rowers gathered to benchmark their erg skills. Andover rowers do other sports in the winter term. The program encourages teenagers to have multiple sports. It would be interesting to see which winter sports are the most compatible with building strength and stamina for rowing.

Andover Crew video


Last home race day thanks to Ann Cavanaugh.
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The new race course to provide 4 lanes across


Februrary 2nd. The William Brown Boathouse from across a frozen Merrimack River.
March 10th. The William Brown Boathouse from across a roaring unfrozen Merrimack River.

March 20th. The docks are back on the Merrimack River. The water might still be a tad chilly :-)


Andover Crew on local Methuen TV

To see Coach Washburn and the boathouse on Methuen local TV please click on Andover Crew broadcast

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Spring Crew

Practice March 28th

Here are some pictures from practice Friday March 28th.
I followed Coach Hurley so most of the river pictures are the boats he was coaching on the day. I will try to go out again during a practice with one of the other coaches.

Looks good both ways up
Smile and you will overcome

For more pictures please:
Click on Practice Page 1
Click on Practice Page 2

Some of our rowers were lucky enough to head south to Oak Ridge Tennessee for warmer water and warmer weather. A chance to stretch those muscles without battling the urge to tightening up to protect from the cold.
A big "thank you" to Coaches Hurley, MacDonald and Moss for making this possible. We hope we can make this a new Andover tradition. I heard a little complaint about some mud but for those of us imprisoned in the frozen north mud is a luxury we can only enjoy in our dreams.
Below are some pictures from the warmer southern climes.

The Warm rowers
Mud glorious mud

We have posted pictures of the team erging in the Smith Center.

Thanks to Qiqi Ren have posted pictures of the Erg fun at Erg Fun Pictures
The shirt color represents how far each person rowed in a 10 minute erg. These voluntary Erg fun events will happen over the winter months.

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Fall Crew 2014

Tail of the Merrimack

Another year's batch of newbies have survived the fall term on the Merrimack. All good things have to come to an end and so it is with fall crew. But what an end! A costume day on the river with 5 races and 12 boats. We had 3 heats plus A & B finals on full buoyed course. A taste of spring racing. The boats were mixed ability and mixed sex. They were selected ahead of time to allow boat fancy dress. We had ghosts, crabs and unicorn to name a few. Much fun was had by all. The racing trophy winners were the Crabs. They also won the best spirit and the best costume went to the Unicorns. For some the end of the week did not come soon enough. These students will have discovered that rowing is not for them. For others the end of the this week and the end of fall crew has come all too soon. For these students the cold, the pain, the relentless hard work has been a welcome relief from the stress of the academic boot camp we call school. These students have found the peace and pleasure of pushing past their limits in the battle with the Merrimack. They will suffer cabin fever waiting for the chance to break the ice on the river for spring racing.

A good hair day
on the Merrimack

We have posted pictures from the Tail of the Merrimack.
Click on Tail of the Merrimack Page 1
Click on Tail of the Merrimack Page 2
Click on Tail of the Merrimack Page 3
Click on Tail of the Merrimack Page 4

Family Weekend.

When: October 24th 3 pm
Where: The William H. Brown 1934 Boathouse at 620 Lowell Street in Methuen, Mass., 01844
Who: Family of our rowers plus all other alumni and friends are welcome.
What to do: Come and see how our latest batch of struggling newbies have morphed into Andover rowers.
You will be able to watch the students row on the water and to meet their coaches Dale P Hurley, Stewart MacDonald, James "Jigger" Herman, Catherine Kemp, Ed Ford, Yue Cao and Brendan MacKinson. We might also have Bob Moss an boatman Rick Schroeder.


We have posted pictures from the Family Weekend open house.
Click on Family Weekend Page 1
Click on Family Weekend Page 2
Click on Family Weekend Page 3
Click on Family Weekend Page 4

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Andover Crew 2014 Photo Stories



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Alumni News

Saturday June 14th- Reunion Row

It was a beautiful calm slightly gray morning on the Merrimack. Perfect day to discover if muscle memory is more than 30 years. Our eldest alum was Paul Neshamkin '59. We had a father daughter match up of Forty Conklin '79 and Janet Conklin '17 stroking and coxing one of the alum boats.


We have posted pictures from the Reunion Row.
Click on Reunion Row Page 1
Click on Reunion Row Page 2
Click on Reunion Row Page 3

Caroline Lind '02 and Liv Coffey rowed for the USA. This is a link to the USA W8+ winning gold at the world cup. All these women raced in smaller boats in the morning. Caroline strokes this boat in an amazing race. Click on USA W8+ Amazing race

Head of the Charles Regatta.

When: October 18th & 19th
Where: Reunion Village Tent #8 (Beside Weeks Bridge on the Charles)
Who: Andover Crew Alumni boat in the race and reunion tent in the village.
What to do: Come and support our alumni boat and meet old friends by the river
On Saturday our Andover Alumni will be racing under the name of Friends of Andover Crew in 4 events:
Men Senior Master 4 (50+) - 10:33 am
Men Club 4 - 1:00 pm
This boat includes Shaun Stuer '09 and Curtis Hon '10
Men Senior Master 8 (40+) - 3:04 pm
This boat is Peter Ventre 1977, Tom Boyle 1974, John Pawlowski 1974, Forty Conklin 1979, Adam Rosenthal 1981, David Duquette 1982, Michael Marrus 1981, Fran Ryan 1984 & Janet Conklin.
Director's Challenge Parent/Child Double Sculls - 4:50 p.m.
Dave Lippold '74 and his daughter Caroline. On Sunday many of our young alumni were be racing in college boats.

Join us at the Andover tent (#8) in the Reunion Village by the Weeks Bridge.
Map and Race schedule
Or watch live webcast at HoCR Webcast

Here's the trailer for a new documentary film about the regatta's 50th. Click on Head of the Charles - 50 Years
Good Luck!

Sunday October 19th 8 pm.

The second day of the HoCR was Brrrh cold. The wind gave coxswains some extra challenges especially at bridges where the river turns.

I am not sure of all of the recent alumni who were racing for their colleges.

I know Gant Bitler was in a 8+ for Brown. Liv Coffey rowed for a Harvard alumni boat coming in at 5th right behind a Dartmouth alum boat that included our new girls’ coach Cath Kemp. The two Kirk brothers, Garrett and Nate rowed for Cambridge and Brown coming in #2 and #3. Ian Accomando was rowing with the Dartmouth alumni. Travis Metz coxed a Harvard alumni boat to victory in the 40+ category. Henry Kennelly rowed in the Championship 4 for Harvard. Julian Danziger lightweight 8s for Dartmouth, Sam Green rowed in a Harvard 8, lot and lots of alum out on the water yesterday. Well done!

Saturday October 18th 8 pm.

Life is good! We are very happy to report that all the Andover crew alumni have been reported alive at the completion their races in the Head of the Charles Regatta today. No small feat for a group that includes a rower, Kit Wise PA '66, who first raced the HoCR in 1965.

Our group of intrepid athletes has not gone unnoticed by the press. The story of Kit Wise is featured in the 50th anniversary official commemorative program for the Regatta. David Lippold and Forty Conklin along with their respective daughters, Caroline and Janet, are featured in a article on parent/child rowing pairs in the HoCR. Click here for article

We started the weekend at the new Andover Boathouse on a warm bright Friday afternoon. A group of our Alumni arrived for a little pre-regatta warm-up rowing. They took turns for nostalgic rows on the Merrimack in a coxed 4. They rowed down past the old and older boathouses. They rowed up towards the power lines. They relived the pleasure of the Merrimack from all those years ago. Forty Conklin '79 had the added pleasure of falling under the spell of his daughter's coxing voice reverberating over the water.

A little reminiscing about the older boathouses and how everything was more difficult back in their day and they were ready to tackle the 3 mile hike upstream on the Charles.

Early On Saturday morning the boathouse was host to the University of Washington team for their quiet practice row in preparation for their regatta battle. These guys were more like a synchronized swimming team. The coach barks no orders. From the time they walked through the door they are in continuous silent motion until the white blades of Washington were slicing the warm Merrimack water. They headed up river for a quick 10k row guided by Michelle Darby PA '07, UW '11.

Saturday weather forecasts over the previous week had changed every day. When Saturday came the weather did everything mentioned in the various forecasts from bright sunshine to deep black clouds with rain. Typical New England.

Andover was racing in the Men's Senior Master Fours [50+], Men's Club Fours, Men's Master Eights [40+] and the Directors' Challenge Parent/Child Doubles. Kit Wise '66, Travis Metz '87 and Ian Accomando '08 were racing under other colors on the day. Kit rowed in a club pair, Travis coxed a Harvard eight and Ian rowed in a Dartmouth alumni boat. As we said earlier everyone survived.

The major excitement of the day was when another boat decided to crash into our four in the club race just after the Weeks Bridge. Our blue boat was penalized for Interference and Non Yield. I am not sure how you are supposed to yield when a boat behind misjudges the Weeks's turn and overshoots into your path to clash oars. Obviously I am biased but I was on the bridge above and have photographs to prove it.

We had a steady stream of alumni visiting the tent hosted by the Darbys and Crystal McGuire of the alumni office. Chris Maietta '74 was hosting a nearby tent for Wayland Weston Rowing and was last seen in deep conversation with a female state trooper trying to persuade her to organize a state police boat entry for the next year.

Good luck to all Andover alumni rowing the college races tomorrow. All alumni in Boston are welcome at tent #8 in the Reunion Village by Weeks Bridge. There is good cheap parking behind the Harvard business school on the other side of Storrow drive. Hope to see you by the river tomorrow!

Interested in the history of Andover Crew? Check out the Year Books starting at 1956

More Alum Stories

Navy Lt. Commander Laurie Coffey '95 has been selected for induction into the Andover Athletic Hall of Honor.

In recent times it has become popular to bring sons and daughters to work for a day. Well Olivia Coffey '07 had the opportunity to spend a day with her big sister Lt. Cmdr. Laurie Coffey '95. There is only room for two in her office but at least she isn't interrupted by the phone. The "office" in questions is a US Navy F18. It is about the same length as a Vespoli V1 but it weighs a little more and you definitely do not want to be anywhere near the wake. We all sleep safe in our beds at night because people such as Laurie Coffey exchange launching a racing shell off a dock on the Charles for launching an F18 off the deck of a carrier. As a Navy Officer, Laurie became a fighter pilot and flew more than 100 combat hours on 25 missions in Iraq.

Laurie and sister Liv '07
In WW2 women were allowed to transport planes

Preparing for take off
In flight

We have now posted all the rowing pictures from all the Yearbooks we managed to find. Thanks to Ann Harris for arranging the scanning. We have now posted all the yearbooks to . Enjoy! We are still missing Yearbooks for the following years 1958, 1959, 1984,1985, 1991 and 2004.

Here are some yearbook pictures. Please see if you can guess the year and name any of the people. These are also posted on Facebook. You can email your answers to or post them in the guest book. See the "guestbook" icon on the top of this page.

With help from Hobey Birmingham '62
Boys 1963
Standing Row: Coach Bill Brown, James Pinney ‘63, Jan Askman ‘63, James Wells ‘63, John Born ‘63, Hugh Emory ‘63, Dan Eubank ‘65, Gib Vincent ‘63, Gordon Hardy '63
Front Row: Paul Hoffman ‘63
With help from Neil Batt '82:
1st Row: E.Roche '83, P. Tipton '83, D. Mahoney '82, M Weatherley-White '82, J Doggett '83
2nd Row: T. Lameyer '82, N. Batt '82, D. Duquette '82, S. Hochman '84
With help from Struan Robertson '83:
Girls 1 & 2nd 1983
1st Row: Rachel Moscarella '83, J. Gillivray ;84, Rachel Simons '83, Carolyn McGowan '83, ?
2nd Row: Thayer Tolles '83, E Stier '83, Donna Hoitsma '83?, Betsy Biern '84
3rd Row: L.Doucette, Susannah Hill '83, E. Crowther, L. Zuckerman '83, Elizabeth McHenry '83
4th Row: P. Canfield, S. Black '83,S. Hazelwood '85, Milisa Galazzi '84.
Boys 1 & 2nd 1983 L-R, Boys First Boat:
1st Row: Max Drake '83, Patrick Tipton '83, Geoffrey Tuller '83, Alec Hugo '83, Chris Tompson '83,
2nd Row: Jeb Doggett '83, Eamon Roche '83, Steve Hochman '84 & Bruce Trask '83,
3rd Row: Boys 2nd Boat- Art Muldoon '84, Mikkel Hermann '83, (coxswain)?, John Helmers '83, Struan Robertson '83, Peter Washburn (coach)
4th Row: Dan Miller '83, ?, Fritz Reichenbach '83, Steve Blackwell '83.
1982 G1
1st Row: P. Hager, R Moscarella '83, R. Simons '83, C. Richards '82, L. Carr
2nd Row: J. Mulvihill '82, T. Tolles'83 , E. Biemann '82, M. Durham '82

For more alumni stories click here Alumi Corner
Year Books Andover Crew


We have started digging into the history of Andover Crew again.
Here are some old pictures from Henley:

Henley boat
Three of the boat are here
1959 - First Andover trip to Henley
1959 Andover vs Thames Rowing Club

1959 Boat: Bow-Bill Taylor, 2-Chris Miller, 3-Jack Allen, 4-Renny Maier, 5-Dick Masland, 6-Art Burnham, 7-Bill Sanford, stroke-Maynard Toll (Captain), cox-Patrick Cary-Barnard. (Thanks to Bill Sanford)

We have also started a web page for the rowing entries in the Year Books from 1956 when Coach Brown founded Andover Crew. Below is the first entry from 1956. We have now posted all we have on Year Books Andover Crew
We are still missing Year Books for the following years 1958, 1959, 1984,1985, 1991and 2004. If you have a Yearbook for any of these years and are willing to scan it or send it to us to scan please email us at

1956 Year Book


Old Fashion Jump to, if you prefer


The Spirit of Andover Crew

Crew is a little different from other sports. All the students, boys and girls, everyone from varsity first boat to the sixth boat, train together, practice together, race together. Everyone jumps on the same bus for the bone-rattling trip to the boathouse. Everyone helps with the launches. Everyone shares the same cold wet days on the Merrimack. Everyone shares the same pain, the same pleasure. Everyone will have the same joy as the boat starts to sync and the speed increases. There is no individual effort. There is no individual glory. Only one boat, eight rowers, one coxswain, one shell. A racing boat.
Below is a multimedia section including a video of this year's (07) interschols, Michelle's call and video from Henley '06 and a documentary video about Andover crew made by Katherine Adams '06. Recently we have noticed people referring to Andover crew as a world class program. The shallow reason for such an accolade is probably the recent racing performance such as B1 with two silvers and a gold and G1 with three silvers in the last three New England Championships. We think the program is world class because of the spirit of Andover crew down through all 12 boats. We hope the videos below will help you visit again with the spirit of Andover crew.

Interschols '07 Video


Click the links below for Interschol video thanks to Jim Moroney.
Click here for Interschol video part 1
Click here for Interschol video part 2
Click here for Interschol video part 3

Abingdon Race Henley '06 - Michelle's Coxswain's Call: You can feel the spirit as you listen to this race from Henley '06. Abingdon, one of the top English schools, used their fantastic start to take an early lead of over a boat length. Lesser crews would have crumbled. Andover clawed back into the race and then pulled off a tremendous sprint to take the victory.


Click the CONE for a video combination of the coxswain's recording and the TV recording of the Abingdon-Andover race. The video will start with a photograph of the team racing at Henley. The TV footage from will appear for the last 500 meters.

Andover Crew video: Katherine Adams created this Andover crew video in the Spring of '04. As you watch this movie I think you will appreciate that Andover Crew is something very special. We have split the movie into four parts to make it easier to play and download. Please click on the link and it will play using Media Player. You may also right click on each part to download the four files and then use the 'open' command under 'file' to select all four to play as a group.
Andover Crew Video Part 1
Andover Crew Video Part 2
Andover Crew Video Part 3
Andover Crew Video Part 4
Courtesy of Katherine Adams '06

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General Information



Coach Dale Hurley Director of Andover Crew.

Dale joined us in 2006 and has been a inspiration to our young rowers ever since with his famous launch cry of "What do you do when you are not having fun?" "PULL HARDER". He came to the program with coaching experience at Blair Academy, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee, and the US Naval Academy built on top of a successful rowing career that included being a 5 time member of the U.S National Lightweight Rowing team. This past 2 years he ran a very enthusiastic girls program that improved their Interschols results. For the prior 3 years his B3 boats won gold at all three the New England Championships.
The goal is to inspire happy rowers to learn to row in the fall and win the New England Championship in the spring. We all wish Dale and his team every success.

Coach Stewart MacDonald P'13 coxed for Belmont Hill, Wisconsin and the US National team at the Olympics in '68 and '72. He has coached at Kent, Belmont Hill, Boston University and the USA national team and most recently as a guest coach with our championship girls' team in 2011. He also coached Dale Hurley on the national team for 4 years. In 2014 he coached the boys to gold at Interschols.

Coach James (Jigger) Herman '81 is an Andover graduate. Jigger rowed at Andover and as a lightweight at Yale. This Spring is his third season coaching at Andover. Jigger was instrumental in laying out the race course at our new boathouse. Coach Herman will be coaching boys.

Coach Richard Kennelly P'13 rowed for Harvard graduating in '87 and won a silver medal in the '88 Olympics and a 4th place in the '92 Olympics. Richard was a constant supporter of the crew program as a parent and we are delighted to have him back as coach.

Coach Bob Moss, aka Coach Rambo, started coaching crew at St. Andrews' School in Delaware in 1973, and coached our girls at Andover with great passion and success from 1984 to 2007. His love of the river and the program has drawn him back from retirement for a continuing encore performance. We are overjoyed to have him back.

Coach Catherine Kemp rowed for Dartmouth and has continued her life-long passion for the sport by rowing with the Dartmouth alumni. Cath is also an active USRowing licensed referee and has been working with the girls. Cath is an instructor in biology.

Coach Ed Ford was captain of the Brown Crew in 1974 and continues to compete at the master’s level today. He has extensive experience in teaching sculling to beginners and will be helping with the program.

Coach Yue Cao is a teaching fellow in Mathematics and helping the crew program this spring.

Coach Brendan Mackinson is a teaching fellow in Chemistry and helping out on the Merrimack this spring.

Coach Profile - School website

Girls' Team Captains '15: Elizabeth Kemp and Qiqi Ren
Boys' Team Captains '15: Ben Hawley and Marc Sevastopoulo

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Walt Whitman

Coach Peter Washburn - Andover Crew 1981 to 2014

We owe a huge thank you to Pete Washburn and his wife Kit for the last 33 years. Thanks for all the boats that raced at Interschols, Youth Nationals and Henley Royal Regatta but most importantly thanks for being a wonderful coach and mentor to generations of Andover rowers and coxswains.
The pictures below are a team photograph from 1981 and a race day picture from 2013.
You will always be in our hearts.

This Website is run by Parents, Friends and Alums of Andover Crew to inform and involve parents and alums in the Andover Crew program.

The FALL crew season is the time for fun. Many new students have never been in a rowing boat. The experienced and novice students are mixed together in a process that starts with lots of splashing and little speed through the water. The teams progress with advice and encouragement from the coaches as well as laughter and hard work from the students. Eventually every boat is powering through the water with every oar moving as though the rowers were part of one being. Students who used to run inside at the first drop of rain will soon be happily braving even snow showers for the opportunity to spend the afternoon on the river. Hard to believe? Come and see!

Your students will soon be speaking a new language. You too can learn a little more or understand their new vocabulary

Rowing requires great skill and co-ordination. Here are some extra challenges that a student can try during the school vacation. What about Sculling ?

The program has about 100 girls and boys. They row mostly 'eights' and a few 'fours'

Everyday they are bused to and from the boathouse on the Merrimack River. There is an incredible camaraderie amongst the crew students. Maybe it is the daily bus journey, maybe the shared battle with the elements, maybe the fact that crew is a true team effort? Maybe it is just the shared experience of a few hours together away from the pressure of schoolwork? It is a pleasure to see this happy relaxed group working hard and having fun together.

Spring term is racing season. The competitive spirit kicks in as they start training for races. Andover competes against schools from all over the North East such as Exeter, Kent, NMH, St Paul's, St. John's, Tabor and others. Andover also competes at the New England Interscholastic Regatta (NEIRA) in May.

Spring is also the time for parents and friends to join in with practical help and support. The Saturday races are almost full day events with Andover fielding from 6 to 10 boats against the competition. Supporters travel to the races and provide our teams with food and drink throughout the day. If you have been to any of the races, you will know the extraordinary amount of nourishment required to support a hard racing team. The support and encouragement of the parents and fellow racers contributes greatly to the team. The races are also fun events for students and parents together. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come, even if you can only make it to one of the races. If you live far away you can make a contribution that will be used to provide the food for the races and the end of season barbecue.

Apart from the school website, this website is the primary source for information. For more interactive and immediate news we have a Facebook group "Friends of Andover Crew". For real time race results we use a twitter account called "andovecrew". We have also started a Linkedin group called "Andover Crew". Membership of these groups is open to Parents, Friends and Alumni of Andover Crew.

Over the years parents and friends have also supported the program with donations of equipment. In the past few years donations have paid for trips overseas, new ergs, new docks, launches and of course new racing boats. With up to 6 racing boats for each of the boys and girls, the hand-me-down boats are pretty old and battered by the time they reach the lower boats even if they are passed on every couple of years. The process needs new boats every 2 to 3 years. In recent years we have added a number of new boats for the girls. This past spring we added new boats to the boys program thanks to very generous donations from parents of both boys and girls. Over the winter we had 4 new erg machines donated. All this while we have been raising money for a new boathouse.

At the very least, crew will allow your student to have fun, exercise, make new friends and learn a new skill. It may also be the start of a life long passion.

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Training and Fun


Some guidance for the art of erging with skill and style. Read and inwardly digest this guidance and then do the complete opposite and you will have perfection!


Now that the crews are on the water, some people will be catching crabs. If you are going to do something, you might as well excel at it. Here are instructions for catching a really good crab!


For a video of a real-life ejector crab from the MIT website, thanks to Kit H. Click here You will need a mp4 player such as QuickTime or DIV/X.

Catching a crab can be a race stopping event. Check out the youtube video from San Diego at 1 min 24 secs. Click Ejection crab

Diet is very important for all of us. Strenuous sports such as Crew add an extra dimension to diet planning. Eating properly is essential for good health. Some useful advice for rowers and parents bringing food to races can be found in this Training diet guide link. Staying healthy should be the first priority.

Crew first day on the water

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Crew after a week with the coaches - see technique instruction


Strokes thru' the ages

I know we have many alumni who go weepy eyed at the sight of an old wooden boat and cannot believe that the feather light modern oars can propel a boat at speed. Michael Callahan of the Universiy of Washington has written an interesting article comparing the stroke used in 1949 with that of today. To see this article Click here


The 1949 boat merged with the 2009 boat.

If all this exertion is too much for you and you would rather some very light training , then try simulated crew with this game for your family. interesting board games.

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Parental Support


In the Fall our duty as parents is to make supporting, understanding nods at the comments that crew is "awesome", "tough", "exhilarating" and of course pretend that we understand the new language. We must not comment on the new found appetites, tendency to dress in layers and almost complete immunity to the weather. In Spring the racing season offers a direct opportunity for parents to participate. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the race meetings and yell "GO BLUE". The students really appreciate the loyal band of supporters to cheer them to victory. The races are exhilarating, exhausting and appetite creating and that is just for the supporters. Over the duration of the race meeting, the parents provide a hospitality table for our athletes to quench their thirst and quell their hunger after a hard race.

We can have up to 120 hungry students to feed. You would be amazed at the amount of food consumed. Our athletes are very serious about what they eat before and after a race. It appears they really listen to all the comments about healthy eating that you thought had fallen on deaf ears.
Check out what rowers should and should not eat and when
In Spring we publish a sample menu for the food table. Everyone can join in by bringing food or making a donation to purchase food.
Click here for the food menu for our race If your child has any special food requirements or preferences please have them inform us before the races and email
To make every race a fun filled success we need loads of help from parent volunteers. Parents can bring food, organize the food table, take pictures, send twitter results and even write up rce day reports for the website. Every little bit of help makes the boats go faster.
Click here for Parent Information
Click here for the sign up sheet.Parent Volunteer Sign Up

The most important thing parents can do is provide encouragement and, if possible, come to support the students at Parents Weekend in the Fall and the races in the Spring. A crew program needs good equipment to be competitive. The Andover crew program has also benefited over the past 50 years from parent and alumni donations. Much of our equipment has been acquired with these donations. Hence the funny names on the boats -- "Pete & Jerry", Cashin. Lone Star and Coach Moss. When crews have won the right to attend the Henley Regatta in London, it has only been possible with the generous donations of parents and alumni to pay for a trip that will be remembered for a lifetime.

If you would like to be on our email list please email us at

Top 7 Reasons To Be A Crew Mom/Dad

1. Cooking lunch for the kids on the team is like cooking for a small village.
2. The people from the Child Abuse Prevention Center keep calling about the cuts and bruises on the backs of your child's legs.
3. Standing in the rain and mud on Saturdays in April is much better than relaxing at home.
4. What the hell is a unisuit?
5. Your kids haven't gone to bed this early since they were two years old.
6. You can personally keep Johnson & Johnson in business by buying Band-Aids, gauze, and Neosporin for all their blisters.
7. After all these years they finally eat everything on their plate.

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Spring Schedule

To live is to row, to row is to race, to race is to test the limits. NEIRA beckons.


A Call to Oars:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To the full height. On, on, you noblest rowers.
Whose limbs were made in New England show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'Go for myself, my family and Andover Crew!'
(Mostly from Henry V Act 3 Scene 1)
- Apologies to Will Shakespeare.

Preliminary Andover Spring Racing Schedule 2015 (Teams, times & boats may change)
Date Day Team Opponent Site Time
04-Apr-2015 Sat Boys B1-B5 Simsbury, Glastonbury & Essex Home 1 pm
04-Apr-2015 Sat Girls G1-G5 Simsbury, Glastonbury & Essex Home 1 pm
11-Apr-2015 Sat Boys B1-B4 Kent Away 12.30 pm
11-Apr-2015 Sat Girls G1-G4 Kent Away 12.30 pm
18-Apr-2015 Sat Boys B1-B4 St. John's,Simsbury,Exeter Away 1 pm
18-Apr-2015 Sat Girls G1-G4 Simsbury,Exeter Away 1 pm
25-Apr-2015 Sat Boys B1-B7 Salisbury, Brunswick & BC High Away 1 pm
25-Apr-2015 Sat Girls G1-G? No Race Home NR pm
2-May-2015 Sat Boys B1-B7 St. Paul's & CRI Home2.30 pm
2-May-2015 Sat Girls G1-G7 St. Paul's & CRI Home 2.30 pm
09-May-2015 Sat Boys B1-B7 Tabor,Exeter & NMH Home 1 pm
09-May-2015 Sat Girls G1-G7 Tabor,Exeter & NMH Home 1 pm
16-May-2014 Sat Boys B1-B7 Shrewsbury,Hingham & Belmot Hill Home 1 pm
16-May-2014 Sat Girls G1-G7 Shrewsbury, Hingham & Belmot Hill Home1 pm
23-May-2014 Sat Boys B1-B3 Interscholastics (NEIRA) Away 8 am
23-May-2014 Sat Girls G1-G3 Interscholastics (NEIRA) Away 8 am

The number of boats depends the other schools. We hope to add additional races for the lower boats. On April 4th boats 6 and 7 will race if they are ready to race. On the later home races we might race the 8th boats as well.

For past years' results go to Row2k results and enter the year.

The times listed are very preliminary and approximate times for the first racing boat to go on the water. The teams and supporters arrive about an hour earlier to setup for the races.

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For direction to all of our regular season away racing venues click here

Following are the directions to the William Brown boathouse:

  • Take I-93 North or South to Exit 46 (Route 110/Route 113 toward Lawrence/Dracut)
  • Take the Lowell Street/Route 110 exit out of the traffic circle (it is the third exit if coming from I-93 north; it is the first exit if coming from I-93 south)
  • Drive straight through the first light and continue on for 1.3 miles
  • The boathouse is located on the left

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Related links

We believe all of the links are working again. Please leave a message in the guest book if you have any problems with the links or if you have a favorite link that you would like us to add to our list.
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AndoverCrew on YouTube

This is a list of Andovercrew videos on YouTube by various contribitors in no special order.

Oscar Tang: Andover Life
Abingdon-Andover Henley06
Ian Sigal -- Work Ethic
Ian Sigal -- Team Mates
Ian Sigal -- Goals
2011 NEIRA B1 Final
2011 NERIA G1 Final
2011 NERIA B3 Final
2011 National Championships
2011 National
2011 NEIRA G2 heat
2011 NEIRA B2
2011 NERIA G1 heat
2011 NEIRA G2 Final
2011 NEIRA B1 Heat
2011 NEIRA B2 Final
2010 NERIA Trophy presentation
2010 Interschols Luc goes swimming
2010 Interschols Girls G1
2007 Henley Women's Regatta

We have added video thanks to Joe Bouscaren. They are on Youtube as well. Search Andover B1 Neira. You can click on them to play if this is jumpy or slow then you can right click and download them to your computer and play. They are MP4 format and can be viewed with a free player from
Click on Interschols Race video B1
Click on Interschols Race video B2
Click on Interschols Race video B3
Click on Interschols Race video G1
Click on Interschols Race video G2
Click on Interschols Race video G3
Click on Row2k Article
Click on Andover Crew video with natural sound
Click on Andover Crew video with music
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Andover crew Hats - THE definitive fashion statement this Spring

We have re-ordered Andover Crew hats. Every rower and coach will a free hat before Grandparents' Weekend. Over 130 hats. Additional hats have been purchased for parents, friends and alumni of Andover Crew. These hats are available for a donation of $15 plus postage if required. Wear your hat when you visit the campus to show your support for the crew program. When we reach a 150 donations, we will have covered the cost of the hats for the rowers.
If you would like a hat please email We will email you donation instructions. The hats are lightweight with a built in sweat band.:

Andover Crew Hat - front
Andover Hat - back

We also have a small quantity of dark blue and light blue visors for $10.

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