The RRA's Fall Season came to a close in early November, but not before some new major accomplishments were reached. The Youth team competed at several fall regattas. As usual a number of our crews won medals - including:Head of the Passaic
: 1st in boys' Varsity single, 3rd in girls' Varsity single, 1st in girls' Varsity four, 1st and 2nd in boys' Varsity quad, 3rd in girls' Varsity quad, 1st in both girls' and boys' Varsity double, 1st and 2nd in girls' Novice quad, 3rd in boys' Novice quadHead of the Riverfront
: 3rd in boys' Varsity quad, 1st and 2nd in boys' Novice single, 3rd in girls' Novice quadHead of the Schuylkill
: 3rd Place for JV girls, while the girls' Novice quads came in first and second
But the standout success for this fall might be the girls' Varsity 4+, which having practiced in a sweep boat (one oar each rower, instead of our typical sculling where each rower uses two oars) for only a couple of months, placed in the top half of racers at the Head of the Charles
to give the RRA an automatic qualifier for next year's race. The Head of the Charles is an international race, with over 10,000 rowers this year coming from around the world to compete at this marquee event. This is the first time one of our youth boats has qualified a boat for the following year's race and is a testament to these young ladies' efforts and skills. We are also excited by the number of our seniors who have already been recruited to collegiate crews and are anxiously awaiting a few more results.
In the meantime, we have found a new home for our winter training - 256 Main Street in Nyack
. We have been searching for a location where we could set up our rowing machines and weights for several months. This location opened up in November and offers us a grand space for all our equipment. Our volunteers have already cleaned it up and painted the floor. More work needs to be done, but winter training is moving ahead at full speed.