Robert M. Gillin, Jr. Boathouse The Home of Saint Joseph's Rowing

The Robert M. Gillin, Jr. Boathouse was dedicated in June of 2002 as the new home of the Saint Joseph’s men's and women's rowing programs. The Boathouse serves as the home base for all of the Hawks' home regattas, including the Dad Vail Regatta, the Murphy Cup, and various dual races.

Since 2002, the Boathouse has served as the home of Hawk rowing.

The 15,540-square-foot state-of-the-art boathouse includes four heated boat bays with capacity for 42 eights, 14 fours/quads, and 14 small boats. The Boathouse sits on 20,381 square feet of land at the 1,000-meter mark of the famed Schuylkill River race course, where the 750-square-foot deck provides a perfect viewing area for families, fans, and alumni.

"The Gillin Boathouse is a source of pride for our team. Besides being the newest – by almost 90 years – and largest boathouse in Philadelphia, it feels like home to us. There is nothing like the energy in the Boathouse on race day." – Saint Joseph's women's rowing head coach Gerry Quinlan

The second floor of Gillin Boathouse includes locker rooms and showers, as well as a large common area for ergs, team meetings, video review, and yoga.

Gillin Boathouse features ample training space for Hawk rowers, including space for ergs, yoga, and video review.

The Schuylkill Navy – an association of amateur boat clubs in Philadelphia and the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the United States – accepted the Gillin Boat Club into the fold on September 20, 2004, by a unanimous vote of the delegates of the Schuylkill Navy's 10 member clubs.

"The Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park are home to North America’s largest active rowing community. The Gillin Boathouse is a landmark, on and off the water, for every athlete, spectator, and competitive event in Philadelphia. As the home for the Hawks, our first-class facility provides an experience and advantage that is completely unique." – Saint Joseph's men's rowing head coach Mike Irwin
The Robert M. Gillin, Jr. Boathouse provides the Saint Joseph's rowing programs with all the resources they need to succeed at the local, regional, and national levels.

In addition to serving as the home of Hawk rowing, the Gillin Boathouse also hosts several summer camps, including the Saint Joseph’s University/Fairmount Park Commission's Community Rowing Program. The first step in a long-term partnership between the University and the Fairmount Park Commission, the program is designed to provide an experience for young people in the city of Philadelphia who have not had the opportunity to experience the sport of rowing.

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