The Jesters took to the waters of the Hudson River in the mid-1980s, and the program quickly became one of Emma’s most popular. Emma Willard is a member of New York State Section 2 Interscholastic Rowing Association, a highly competitive and nationally recognized junior rowing division. Since 2004 our program has expanded and flourished. We have a new boathouse in Green Island, a fleet that includes additional sweep boats and sculling boats, we introduced a formal winter training program, and in 2007, we hosted the inaugural Emma Willard Invitational Regatta, an annual event that kicks off our spring season. Emma crews have achieved much success throughout the years, winning numerous Section 2 and New York State Championship titles. In 2009 Emma’s Lightweight Junior Double captured the National Championship in Mercer Lake, New Jersey, against a very talented field of competitors.