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About Us

Watuppa Rowing Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides opportunities for middle and high school students in the Greater Fall River area to learn to row, race competitively, and improve post-secondary prospects for students.

WRC began as the Bay Coast Rowing Center in 2018, but re-branded as the Watuppa Rowing Center to highlight our unique location and our biggest resource - the South Watuppa Pond on which we are located in Fall River, Massachusetts.  The pond consists of 1,550 acres of non-tidal water.  We want to partner and share our water with all rowers, clubs, and schools in the area.

From teens to masters, military vets, para-athletes, and those training for the highest level of competition, we are building an inclusive and exciting rowing center. We'd love for you to come be a part of it!


Jeffrey Soares: Director of Rowing & Head Coach
Previous club affiliation: Edinburgh University Boat Club, Edinburgh, Scotland; Melbourne Argonauts Rowing Club, Melbourne, Australia

Sandra Cardillo: Head Coach, Juniors Rowing
Previous club affiliation: Row Boston, Community Rowing Inc. Boston, Massachusetts

Sarah Fiske: Head Coach, Masters rowing & Stem to Stern Program Administrator

Previous club affiliation: University of Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky; East Bay Rowing Club, Barrington, Rhode Island

Board of Directors

Watuppa Rowing Center has an all-volunteer board of directors that meets monthly.

Paul Cloutier
Board Chair
Bay Coast Bank

Juan M. Marcelino, Esq.
Vice Chair


Mary Lou Church

Thomas Darling
US Rowing; US Olympics Silver Medalist

Peter L. Fenton

Marie Pellegrino
Bay Coast Bank

Jack Flynn

Realtor/Retired US Army Veteran


Paul Medeiros



Robert F. Collins


Lou Berl
Collegiate rowing coach: Harvard, Trinity College, UVA, Ohio State


William J. Underwood

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