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DBMS Rowing


Duxbury is extremely fortunate to be one of only seventeen public high schools in all of Massachusetts to have a rowing team. DBMS Crew started in 2000 with just 10-12 eager student athletes. These rowers paved the way for over 50 members of the current team which is divided into four categories: Girls Varsity, Boys Varsity, Girls Novice and Boys Novice.

Duxbury competes in the Massachusetts Public Schools Rowing Association League against other public schools from across the state but also in larger regattas against other public schools, private schools and rowing clubs from New York to Maine.

The fall is considered ‘Head’ season where all races are long distances, around 5000 meters (3.1 miles!). The spring is sprint seasons where all races are either 1500 meters (.9 miles) or 2000 meters (1.24 miles).

Competitive rowing at DBMS is an extremely demanding and grueling sport but with the most comprehensive program south of Boston many of our athletes have gone on to row at the collegiate level.


Kristenmarie McCarthy

Kristen is thrilled to be coaching in her hometown of Duxbury. Before starting at DBMS, she was a Legal Analyst for Warner Bros in Los Angeles. Although she got to drive around the studio lot in a golf cart, being out on the water with the kids is much more fun. When not on the water, Kristen is busy administering the Junior & Adult Rowing programs. She is seriously proud of all the determined, hard working high school rowers who make her job fun everyday. Since joining DBMS, Kristen has coached the Novice Boys whose 8+ placed 2nd in the State in the Fall of 2007. In the spring of 2008, both Novice A & B 4+’s were State Champions. This past fall, she coached both the Boys Varsity 8+ and the Varsity 4+ to second place in the State.

Marjorie Vecchi

Marge was a Health & Physical Education teacher in the Plymouth school systems for 27 years where she coached the Girls Varsity High School Soccer team for many years. Rowing for Cape Cod Rowing for the past 16 years, she has competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta 6 times as well as many other races. Marge has been with DBMS for 9 seasons coaching both Novice and Varsity Girls.

Chris Lee

Chris Lee joined the coaching staff after instructing DBMS adults on Duxbury Bay. He has coached both the Novice Boy and the Novice Girls for the past two seasons. This past fall, the Novice Boys 8+ placed 2nd in the State. A Concord native, Chris now lives in town with his wife Patty and son Aiden.

Cap Kane

Cap, together with Bill Miller, was instrumental in starting the DBMS rowing program in the Spring of 1999. He has been coaching adults since the program’s inception, helping with the DBMS competitive high school rowing team and has also coached the Winsor School’s novice girls’ team. Cap has rowed recreationally and competitively for over twenty five years and holds both National Masters Lightweight Singles and Lightweight Doubles championship titles. Cap and his wife Ann Eldridge reside in Duxbury.

Ali Dimatteo

Ali Dimatteo is a 2011 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she majored in psychology, with a concentration in sports psychology. She was a four-year member of the DI varsity crew under legendary 6- time Olympic coach Jim Dietz. Her rowing highlights include two-time Atlantic 10 Second-Team All-Conference honors, a fourth-place finish at the Under-23 World Championship Trials in single sculls and numerous regular-season victories. As Head coach to the varsity women at Duxbury Bay Maritime School, where she rowed in high school, Ali continues to coach masters rowers around the country for All-American Rowing Camp, providing them with the expert technical instruction in sculling, and physical training programs, necessary to row successfully.

Ali has a passion for working with any individual who wishes to improve their wellness through sports and exercise. As an experienced coach, and personal trainer, she hopes to build the athletic performance of young people looking to compete at the collegiate level.

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