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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

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.)

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.)

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
Final Result (m)
1.Do More
2.El Squad
3.The Minions
5.Muddy Water and the Gang
6.Thor’s Hammer
7.The Avengers
8.RNY Wildcats
9.RNY Lonely Flowers

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
Final Result (m)
1. Old Boys in the Boat
2. Team Wren
3. Nyack Center Renegades
4. ”Row”Tarians
5. Nyack Center Rockers

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!

Get in the Shape of Your of Your Life! New Indoor Rowing Classes with RRA

The River Rowing Association is offering adult rowing classes at our new indoor training facility at 256 Main Street in Nyack. As of December 15th, classes will be offered at 9 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Sundays at 9 am.  Please take a look and like our Facebook page.  Any updates will be published there first.

The workout will take place on the Concept 2 rowing ergometer, the training tool of choice for competitive rowers around the world.  Here's a quick run down on why rowing is so great:
  • Provides a full body workout - Many imagine that rowing is focused mostly on arms or upper body. However, because the rower's seat moves along a track, rowing engages all major muscle groups with every stroke - providing an excellent workout for the entire body. Rowing both builds strength and improves cardiovascular health. It's no surprise that Olympic rowers are considered to be the fittest athletes in the world!
  • Is low impact - while rowing can be as intense an exercise as you would like (intensity increases with effort), rowing is also a very low impact sport. With no jarring movements and little pressure on joints, rowing is something individuals of all ages can try. Anyone can learn to row.
Each class is $20, with discounted 10-packs available for $150.  Starting in January you will also be able to buy unlimited monthlies for $199.  Payment is expected before class begins. Please contact us with any questions at

For an interesting article on indoor rowing read Rowing Is the New Spinning in Harper's Bazaar.

As a reminder, we also offer a masters rowing team for any interested adults - no experience needed. Our masters program does not include a formal instructor to lead sessions - new rowers learn from the team's experienced rowers with occasional coaching from our coaching staff. Also, the masters team indoor training consists of rigorous workouts geared toward creating fitness for on-water rowing and racing in the spring, summer and fall (you don't need to race to be a masters rower, but the option is available in both team boats and singles). Masters train from 5:30am to 7:00am M-F and from 6:00am to 7:30am on Saturdays.  Rowers attend practices as their schedules permit. Anyone interested in joining the RRA masters rowing team can contact us or simply sign-up online via our website.

The RRA is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 registered organization. We rely on your support.

Enrollment is currently open for all 2015 Junior and Master programs.

Want to know more about RRA. Watch this video.
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