Green Boathouse Completed
After years of planning, Boys' and Girls' Crew Move-In to New Home
After years of planning, Taft Crew has a new home on Bantam Lake. The new boathouse, built by Litchfield Hills Rowing Club and Taft is a three-bay, two story facility located on the north end of Bantam Lake.
In recent years, Taft has outgrown its original space. The new boathouse has ample storage for Taft’s ten rowing shells, launches, ergs, and other equipment. Additionally, it is fully powered through solar electricity, and not connected to the grid. “The boathouse marks a significant upgrade in the quality of our facilities,” said Boys' Coach, Michael Harrington. Taft moved into its space on September 12.
Rowing at Taft started in 1990, with a second-hand shell, a co-ed squad and Al Reiff, Jr. as the only coach. Today Taft offers varsity rowing for both boys and girls, fielding over fifty athletes total, coached by five faculty members. Both teams compete in the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association. “The completion of the boathouse helps show how far rowing has come at Taft,” said Girls Coach, Brendan Baran.
Taft will officially open the boathouse at its first home race in early April, 2011.