Author Archives: Joe Bufano

Referees Wanted…Learn to become a US ROWING referee

USRowing has been focused on increasing the number of dedicated individuals serving as referees. US Rowing has developed a series of new programs to simplify this process and reduce the time required to become a referee. US Rowing is seeking individuals interested in becoming USRowing Referees. Potential candidates may access the USRowing Referee Candidate site at: to start the process!

REGISTER SOON! Summer Girls and Boys Competitive Programs have been posted on Regatta Central! Space Limited!

High School Summer Competitive Racing Program M,T,W,TH, June 11-July 14.  (From June 11-June 21 practices will be 6-8 PM, June 25-July 14 practices will be 7am-9am.

Cost: $325.00

Register for High School Summer Competitive Racing Program

This program is for High Schoolathletes from the spring racing season. PLEASE NOTE IT IS FOR ATHLETES WITH AT LEAST ONE SPRING OF HIGH SCHOOL SEASON EXPERIENCE. Athletes will train hard and focus on racing.The crews will race at the West Side Rowing Club Invitation, July 8th, and finish by racing in the Onondaga Cup LakeFest Regatta, July 14th. Cap 18 Boys & 18 Girls. If there is enough interest more boats may be added.

Register for Summer 2018 Rowing Programs!


Check out all of our Summer 2018 program offerings and register on our Program Information page! Note: All sessions are first come, first serve and subject to participation limitations.

National Learn to Row Day

June 2, 2018 at 10AM-12 noon

Chargers’ “Hathaway” Boathouse, Ten Eyck Road, Liverpool NY

A fun and free introduction to the sport for teens and adults with no previous rowing experience!

Adult Learn to Row Program

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-7:30PM ( 20+ years of age)

5 week sessions throughout the summer with practice twice per week in the evenings.  No or minimal experience required. Focus is to introduce the athlete to rowing while providing an inviting environment.  Completing 2 of these sessions will allow you to move up to the Adult Experience Program.

Cost: $160.00 per session

Session I: June 11- July 11 ( No practice July 4th.)  

Session 2: July 16- August 15   Cap 18- 1 Extra rower per shell Max 2 Shells; 2 Coaches

Older Teen Learn to Row Program

Tuesday & Thursday ( Ages 15-19)   5:30-7:30 PM

5 week sessions throughout the summer with practice twice per week in the evenings. No or minimal experience requires.  Focus is to introduce the athlete to rowing while providing an inviting environment.

Cost: $160.00 per session

Session 1: June 12-July 12                       

Session 2: July 17- August 16    


Corporate Rowing League     

Practices June 4-July 14th 6:30-8:00 pm

No experience required, practice once per week for 7 weeks with the Onondaga Cup Regatta finale race, Onondaga Cup Regatta- July 14, 2018.   


Adult & Teen Beginning Sculling ( HS sophomores or older)

Monday- Friday 5pm-7pm.  

A week- long introduction to sculling ( rowing with an oar in each hand).  No previous experience required. Space is limited.

July 30th-August 3rd.   

Cost: $175.00

Youth Learn to Row Program       

Monday-Friday    9AM-10:30 AM

An introduction to the sport of rowing for youth ages 10-14.  No experience required.

Cost: $160.00 per session

Session 1 June 25th -July 6th          

Session 2: July 9th-July 20th

Session 3: July 23rd- August 3rd  



Experienced Summer Programs and Events 2018

Adult Competitive- By tryout & invitation only.  

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8 PM & Saturdays 7-9 AM.  If you are new, contact the website ahead of time. Tryouts will be conducted the first 2 Saturdays in June.

Cost $450.00

For experienced rowers ad coxswains.  A highly competitive program which pushes athletes to improve their rowing skills and fitness level each and every practice.  Athletes in this program have a commitment to fitness on the water and outside of practice. Rowers will participate in various racing opportunities throughout the season where the focus is going fast and winning.  Admission to this program has fitness and technique requirements. * additional costs for coaching and racing fees.


Adult Experienced Program

Mondays & Wednesdays 6-8pm

For rowers with at least two sessions of Adult Learn-to-Row.  A challenging experience in relaxed atmosphere with focus on drills to improve rowing skills and occasional racing pieces tailored to the skill levels of the individual boats.  Potential to race in the Onondaga Cup July 21-22.

$85.00 for 1 day per session.

$150.00 for both days per session

Session 1- May 30th-June 27th        

Session 2- July 2nd- August 1st

Sesion 3- August 6th-September 5th (Skipping Labor day)

Session 4- September 10th- October 10th     


Experienced Middle School Week Long Program        

Mondays -Friday 4:00-6:00 PM

For 7-9th graders who have prior rowing experience

A one-week (5 day) program for rowers entering grade 7-9 who have participated in multiple learn to row programs.  This camp is not for beginning rowers. The focus is to build from the basics to prepare athletes for potential high school rowing career.

Cost: $160.00 per week

Session 1- July 23rd- July 27th                                 

Session 2- August 6th- August 10th  


Transition from Novice to Varsity         

Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 PM

For athletes who rowed for a high school program for the first time during the spring. A one week (5 day) camp for an athlete that rowed one year as a novice in theri High School team and plans on going out for the Varsity program next spring.  An introduction to the requirements to be successful at the next level. 

Cost $150.00 per week

Session 1- July 16th-July 20th                         

Session 2- July 30th-August 3rd                           




Click to learn more and register for the CHARGERS Summer 2018 Rowing Programs!

Hiring Coaches for 2018 Summer/Fall Programs

Want to share your rowing passion with others? Want to make a little extra money on the side while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors? Interested in becoming a CHARGERS rowing coach? The CHARGERS are looking to hire great coaches for our Summer and Fall 2018 programs. Head on over to the application by clicking the link below and submit yours!

Click here to apply to Coach for the CHARGERS!

Corporate Row 2017 – Registration Open

Registration for teams wishing to participate in the 2017 Corporate Rowing Program is now open. There are a limited number of spots so be sure to reserve your spot today by submitting the form and paying the preregistration fee!

Click here to learn more about the 2017 Corporate Rowing Program

Click here to register for the 2017 Corporate Rowing Program

Click here to learn about the 2017 Onondaga Cup & Lakefest


PHOTOS: USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships

Check out these photos from the USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships on Onondaga Lake! This regatta, the first to be held in 20 years on Onondaga, was proudly brought to you by the hard working members of the Chargers Rowing Club!

Major Regatta coming to Onondaga

Yesterday we held a press conference to announce a major regatta coming to Onondaga Lake this year!

President Joe Bufano announcing a major regatta coming to Onondaga Lake in 2015!

President Joe Bufano announcing a major regatta coming to Onondaga Lake in 2015!

To learn more about this exciting development check out some of the media coverage:

Time to start cheering #YaGottaRegatta!