Spend the day doing what you love—rowing!
Every year, the Village Community Boathouse mobilizes its fleet of traditional wooden rowing craft for a circumnavigation of the most famous island in the world.
The Row Around Manhattan (RAM) is a challenging and incredibly scenic 30-mile voyage that begins at our boathouse on the south side of Pier 40, circles Manhattan on the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers in a counter-clockwise direction, and ends with a spectacular party back at the boathouse.
The RAM is also our biggest fundraiser of the year; we ask each rower to raise or contribute a minimum of $100.
This year’s RAM will take place on Saturday, October 7 (rain date October 8) with a start time of 6 am (crews need to be on hand by 5:30 at the latest).
Non-members are welcome to join us provided they have sufficient rowing experience or join us for at least three practice rows between now and the event. Non-rowing friends, family, and colleagues are encouraged to support the effort by volunteering at the event or by reserving a one of the four seats in our chase boat for a suggested $250 contribution.
Pull your oar for a good cause.
Village Community Boathouse provides free rowing to the public throughout the rowing season from three locations: Pier 40, located in Hudson River Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn, and Van Cortlandt Park Lake in the Bronx. In addition VCB offers free community boatbuilding in its shop on Pier 40. VCB’s high school rowing and boatbuilding programs teach valuable maritime skills and provide youth with a community built on teamwork. VCB provides free public access to the waterways of New York City, promotes environmental stewardship of the harbor and estuary, revives the arts of small-boat seamanship and boatbuilding, and fosters a tradition of maritime hospitality and fellowship. Every year VCB introduces hundreds of New Yorkers and visitors young and old to the joys of rowing.
You must be 18 years old or older to participate in the row.
You must be an experienced rower and in reasonable physical condition. We row with the tide and take long breaks, so you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete.
Those wishing to choose their own crews may do so with the understanding that we may at some point ask people to switch boats to balance crew strengths.
As soon as you have raised at least $100 (see Fundraising below) email us at RAM@vcb.nyc or call Rob Buchanan at 917-656-7285 to register.
Click on "Join the Team" button above right to set up your fundraising page.
The minimum amount you must raise to participate in the Row Around Manhattan is $100, but many people raise much more than that. We recommend setting a goal of at least $300. You might be surprised by how much you can raise with the right tools and a bit of effort.
VCB is here to support you and help you reach your fundraising goals. We provide fundraiser tip sheets, email support, and more. As a fundraiser for the Row Around Manhattan you are a champion of powerful, community-based rowing and boatbuilding. VCB is committed to helping you reach your goal.
VCB thanks our generous sponsors at:
Hudson River Park Trust
Patagonia Outdoor Clothing and Gear
The Ear Inn
McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers