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Mayors Staffieri and Lauretti surround Jamie Snaider and Barbara Chesler of Yale at the Gilder Boar House.
Photo by Fred Ortoli
Yale University celebrated 10 years of its Community Rowing Program with a day full of activities at the Gilder Boat House in Derby on Friday, July 18, 2008. During the summer the program is held at the Gilder Boat House in Derby. During the winter months, activities are held at Yale.
The program has been a success since the very beginning and provides an opportunity for people in the Valley and Greater New Haven to learn the sport. There are several former participants now rowing in college. For the full history of the program, check the Yale University site by clicking here.
Hundreds of children and adults add rowing to their recreational experiences every year thanks to the Yale Community Rowing Program which conducts its community rowing program at the beautiful Gilder Boat House on the Housatonic River in Derby. The Yale staff under the capable direction of Jamie Snider conducts sessions for younger children, high school aged youth and even a special program for adults.
Gilder Boat House
The key to the success of the program was the excellent staff that Jamie Snider recruited. Instructors and lifeguards were recruited from all over the country including the Valley. Their warm, friendly manner and skilled instruction turned nervous neophytes into enthusiastic rowers in no time.
Adult "Campers" - click on images for larger pictures.
During the course of the summer, the Community Rowing Program worked with several Valley groups including the Recreation Camp, the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club and the Recreation Departments in the towns.