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Lake DeForest Day Videos!

Check out the commemorative video for the first ever Lake DeForest Day and River Rowing President Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky's recap of the experience.


Bring A Friend To Rowing Day - Open House


Saturday, July 11th - 9-11:30am
Nyack, NY -- River Rowing Association will be hosting the “Bring A Friend To Rowing Day” this Saturday, July 11th from 9-11:30am at the Rockland Lake State Park, lot #6 to provide a rowing experience for those ages 12 and older. Potential recruits can attend free of charge and will learn how to row on land using a rowing machine before going out on the water in a racing shell. Come learn about our program and the many benefits of rowing. Bagels and coffee will be provided.
To participate in the open house athletes must register and bring a signed release waiver using the links below:
You do not have to have a friend on the team to participate and there is no cost to participate other than the park entrance fee for cars of $8. Drop-offs are permitted outside the toll booth and it is a short walk to the boathouse from there.
Questions? Email RRA Rowing Director Melissa Boyd at: melissa@riverrowing.org

Two Important Dates

1. Work Party/Club Picnic 
Friday, June 26th 2-6pm
Rockland Lake, lot #6

We have an ambitious project to clean and derig boats in preparation for Lake DeForest Day. Please mark your calendar to help us.  The Board would like to invite you to a picnic afterwards.  Senior gifts will be presented and we will also celebrate recently returned National's athletes.

2. Lake DeForest Day
Saturday, June 27th 5-9am
39 Strawtown Rd., New City

We invite you to come experience a rare opportunity to row on the beautiful Lake DeForest Reservoir for an uninterrupted 4,000 meters.  The inaugural Lake DeForest Day is hosted by United Water New York and all proceeds benefit Hackensack Riverkeeper.

River Rowing's annual Directors' Cup will take place there at 7:30am.

Sign up for both events here.  No cost to participate.

We hope to see many of you there!

Meet Melissa Boyd, RRA's New Director of Rowing

Come meet Melissa Boyd, our new director or rowing and head coach:

Saturday, June 13 @ 10:30am

Wednesday, June 17 @ 6:00pm

Find out about the RRA's plans for the summer and the future. This is a great time to find out what programs are best suited to your interests.

Please note, Rockland Lake State Park charges $8 per car to enter the park on weekends in June.

National Learn to Row Day a Success

On June 6th, USRowing's National Learn to Row Day, the River Rowing Association celebrated with free learn to row sessions for anyone interested. RRA staff and volunteers taught rowing basics and gave participants a taste of what rowing is all about. One of the highlights of the day was helping several adaptive athletes affiliated with Helen Hayes Rehabilitative Hospital's adaptive sports program row on Rockland Lake.

Six Boats Heading to USRowing Youth Nationals / Summer Session Starts Tuesday, May 26th

The River Rowing Association Youth team had a tremendous showing at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Championships on Mercer Lake - qualifying 6 boats for USRowing's Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida in June.  Teams that qualified include the Girls Varsity 4x (Shannon Pritzker, Lena Kleinberg, Paige Vignone, Cassidy McGovern), the Girls Lightweight 2x (Lucy Tasker, Julia Nelson), the Girls 1x (Shannon Pritzker), the Boys Lightweight 4+ (Adam Donlan, Jonas Rociunas-Englert, Tyler Jenss, Kyle Woolley, Molly Rothbaum), Boys Lightweight 2x (Reece McNichol, Ryan Sullivan) and the Boys 1x (Kyran Christopherson).  This is the most boats the RRA has ever qualified for Nationals.  Probably the most impressive result was Shannon Pritzker who won the Girls single event by under 3 seconds, and just 90 minutes later stroked the Girls quad to victory in what has been described as a real barn-burner - the RRA girls beating the second place crew by just over 1 second in a 7+ minute race.  All these athletes are now training hard to compete a Nationals in mid-June.  Congrats to all rowers and coaches!

The RRA's Summer Session starts on Tuesday, May 26th.  We are looking for new rowers.  If you're interested - sign up online and come join the fun.  Summer session lasts through the end of July and includes the chance to race in Philadelphia.  A calendar of practice times can be found on our website.

Youth Learn to Row Sessions

The RRA is please to announce 10 upcoming Learn to Row Programs for interested youth rowers (rising 7th graders through 12th grade).  Each program entails 10 hours of instruction, after which rowers can sign up for our Modified/Novice or Competitive Youth teams. Cost is $350.  All Learn to Rows take place at Rockland Lake (parking lot#6).  For more information, please see our Program Page.  Sign up will be updated shortly to allow registration.  If you have questions, please e-mail info@riverrowing.org:

MAY
1. May 11, 12, 13,14,15  ( 5 to 7 p.m.)
2. May 18,19.20,21,22    ( 5 to 7p.m.)
3. May 25, 26,27,28,29   ( 5 to 7 p.m.)

JUNE
4. June 1,2,3,4,5  ( 5 to 7 p.m.)
5. June 8,9,10,11,12 ( 5 to 7 p.m.)
6. June 15,16,17,18,19 ( 5 to 7 p.m.)
7. June 22,23,24,25,26 ( 5 to 7 p.m.)

JULY
8. July 6,7,8,9,10 ( 5 to 7p.m.)
9. July 13,14,15,16,17 (5 to 7p.m.)
10. July 20,21,22,23,24 ( 5 to 7p.m.)

Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon Video

Check out this video of everyone pulling hard and having fun while raising money for the Nyack Center!

Thanks to Chris Carroll for the video.  And thanks to United Water for their second year of sponsoring the event.

9th Annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon Results

The River Rowing Association held it's 9th Annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon to support our local community.  This year, all proceeds again went to the Nyack Center - a local community center that does fantastic work.  Providing free and discounted breakfasts to kids before school, holding after school day care and tutoring, running free summer camps and more - the Nyack Center offers much needed support to many families in the Nyack area.  While final tallies on money raised are not yet in, the total seems to be about $12,000.  Congratulations to all who raised funds and to all the competitors!

Results for the racing youth teams showed the RRA youth women topping the podium again this year, with the RRA youth men just behind after adjusting for handicaps.  Clarkstown High School teams came with great attitude to support the cause and to row hard - taking 3rd through 7th place.  Last, but least only in age, were two teams of younger rowers who came from the great Row New York program.

Youth “Racing” Teams
Raw Result
Handicap
Final Result (m)
1.Do More
31631
20%
37957
2.El Squad
35421
0
35421
3.The Minions
27474
20%
32968
4.Cinderella
27419
20%
32902
5.Muddy Water and the Gang
32873
0
32873
6.Thor’s Hammer
31258
0
31258
7.The Avengers
31096
0
31096
8.RNY Wildcats
24522
20%
29426
9.RNY Lonely Flowers
23288
20%
27946

While most adult teams had more than the allowed 5 maximum rowers to field a racing squad, the rowing was quite fierce as well, with RRA's Old Boys in the Boat coming in first.  Though the Nyack Center Rockers were the top fund-raising team - with over $4,000 raised!

Adult “Non-racing” Teams
Raw Result
Handicap
Final Result (m)
1. Old Boys in the Boat
33384
5%
35053
2. Team Wren
25547
20%
31933
3. Nyack Center Renegades
29570
5%
31048
4. ”Row”Tarians
24996
20%
29995
5. Nyack Center Rockers
24167
20%
29000


Congratulations again to all!

RRA Rowers Score Medals at Don Bosco's Ironmen Erg Classic

The River Rowing Association was well represented on the medal stand at Don Bosco's Ironment Erg Classic.  To start the day, two of our masters rowers medaled -winning 2nd place in the Men's Senior category (40-49) and 1st place in Men's Veterans Category (50+).  Then the youth team took over with 1st and 3rd place (of 21) in Boys' 8th Grade event, 1st place (of 17) in the Women's Coxswain race, 1st, 2nd and 3rd - a sweep! - (of 15) in the Women's HS Novice event, 1st (of 36) in the Women's HS Lightweight event, 2nd and 3rd (of 49) in the Women's HS Open race and 3rd (of 77) in the Men's HS Open event.  Congratulations to all the participants and medalists!

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