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Roof comes down on UMass Rowing Team boats

By Stephen Hewitt

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Courtesy UMass Athletics

This year’s excessive wintry conditions have caused several problems across the country, and the Massachusetts women’s rowing team can now add their boats to the list of damage inflicted by the record snowfall.

Sometime between this past Saturday night and Sunday morning, approximately four feet of amassed snow and ice brought the roof down of the UMass boathouse, destroying 13 boats that belonged to the team.

Head coach James Dietz said that the damage done to the boats is estimated to cost a total of about $175,000, with each boat costing between $10,000 and $30,000, according to a report.

In total, the Minutewomen lost three eight-person boats, two doubles, five singles, and two coaching launches.        

The remaining boats that survived the incident will be stored on trailers underneath McGuirk Stadium, the University’s football stadium, until another more suitable location is available.

According to’s report, a permanent boathouse has been planned to be built for years, but nothing has been put into action.

“Things just sit on people’s desks and stop,” Dietz said in a interview. “If I see a boathouse before I retire, I’ll be surprised.” 

The roof collapse could not have occurred at a worse time for the Minutewomen, who begin their spring season on March 19th and are aiming for their 14th Atlantic 10 championship in the last 16 years.

Dietz, however, says that the spring season will not be affected, but that the 2011 fall campaign may be affected due to the lack of equipment that would be available to new crew members.

The team will look to alumni to raise money for new boats, who have funded many past purchases for the team, according to the report.

Stephen Hewitt can be reached at [email protected]

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One Response to “Roof comes down on UMass Rowing Team boats”

  1. Sam on February 14th, 2011 2:33 pm

    I would think that the structure would be insured, as well as the contents???? No??

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