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Learn to Row and Adaptive Clinic a Success

Beautiful weather assisted in the RRA holding a great learn to row day on Saturday, June 7 at Rockland Lake.  The RRA provided free rowing experiences for youth and adult rowers wishing to try the sport of rowing.  Additionally, the RRA worked with Helen Hayes Rehabilitative Hospital to run an adaptive learn to row clinic.  We couldn't have done it without all the RRA and Helen Hayes' volunteers.  Helen's Angels were a huge help in working with adaptive athletes who needed assistance with accessing the RRA rowing shells.  Everyone had an enjoyable time and we look forward to further such events later this summer.

Helen's Angels helping one of our adaptive rowers into a shell.

RRA rowers providing rowing experience on beautiful Rockland Lake.

National Learn to Row Day - Saturday, June 7

The RRA will be holding free introduction to rowing sessions this Saturday at Rockland Lake (Parking Lot #6) from 10 am to 1pm.  Participants will learn the rudimentary basics of rowing and be given a chance to get out on the lake with some experienced rowers in order to get a feel for the sport.  Participation is on a first come, first served basis, with rolling 45 minute sessions.  Please come before noon to ensure you get an opportunity to get out on the water.  Both children (ages 10 and up) and adults are welcome. Our coaches and staff will be available to answer questions about our various rowing programs for both youth and adults. Concurrently, there will be an adaptive rowing clinic running from 9am to noon.  Please e-mail info@riverrowing.org should you have any questions.

Directors' Cup - Parking More Plentiful in Lot #1

Anyone attending today's Directors' Cup - please note that Parking Lot #6 gets very crowded on Saturday mornings.  Consider parking in Lot # 1 in the corner by the Nature Center and walking the 1/4 mile to the RRA site from there.  Thanks.

Spring Season Ends with Two Boats Qualifying for Nationals

The River Rowing Association had a successful spring season.  Following a winter that wouldn't end, the RRA Youth team skipped their first race (Greenwich Invitational) due to a lack of time on the water to prepare.  Once they were able to practice on the water and started racing, the RRA rowers did very well at Mercer Sprints and then Cooper Cup.  Unfortunately, the Long Island Rowing Championships were cancelled due to strong winds.  This was particularly disappointing in that many of our novice rowers use that as their first racing experience.  The final race of the season was the Mid-Atlantic Junior Regionals at Mercer Park.  The RRA performed well, winning medals in multiple events, including a first place by Ryan Sullivan and Kyle Woolley in the men's second varsity double.  The highlights of the regatta for the RRA were the women's varsity quad (Lizzi Ginsberg, Alice Rudolph-Shabinsky, Paige Vignon and Shannon Pritzker) and the men's varsity lightweight four (Reece McNichol, Dylan Kelly, Tyler Jenss, Adam Donlan and Brenna Henry at cox) who both placed third in their finals - qualifying them for USRowing's Youth Nationals in June.  Both boats had to fight back from 4th place in the middle of the race to make the medal stand and win the opportunity to go to Nationals.  Congratulations to all who raced!

Pull With Purpose! Rowathon Raises Over $16,000 for Nyack Center

Saturday, March 15 saw a packed Nyack Center with 20 teams competing in the annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon. Competitors included local teams from Nyack Center, Nyack Rotary Club, Nyack Fitness and the River Rowing Association, as well as visiting teams from Row NY.  The top placing team in the racing category was the RRA's own varsity boys who had both the top raw score and the top adjusted score.  Their effort was all the more impressive in that their erg lost connection and caused them to fall back about 300 meters behind the RRA Directors with 20 minutes to go.  Their amazing effort to come back was inspirational.  On an age/gender adjusted basis, the top 5 teams were extremely close.  See below for the final results:


Pull With Purpose Row-a-Thon - March 15th

The River Rowing Association will be hosting it's 8th Annual Pull With Purpose Rowathon on March 15th.  As in recent years, the 2014 event will be a fundraiser to support the Nyack Center - a local community center that supports low-income families with many before and after school programs, including free breakfasts, after school tutoring and summer camps.  The Nyack Center is a critical resource for our community and we are thrilled to again support its important work.

Please consider creating or joining a team this year.  No prior rowing experience is necessary!

The event is free, but all participants are urged to raise funds.  The easiest way is to use online fundraising available via www.firstgiving.com - simply go to the website and:

1. Sign in / create an account for yourself if you've not participated before.
2. Search for Nyack Center and register for the Pull With Purpose Rowathon 2014
3. Create a team or join an existing one.
4. Create your own fundraising page - you'll need to do this even if you've participated in prior years.
5. Use FirstGiving's website to invite people to donate to your page via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You can also simply email a link to your page to friends and family.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 this year!  The Pull With Purpose Rowathon is a 2 hour team relay race on indoor rowing machines called ergometers, or ergs for short.  Each team shares one erg among its members - rowing the erg in relay fashion to try to cover more electronic meters than other teams.  Teams can have any number of participants, however to register as part of the competitive category, teams are limited to 5 or fewer rowers.  If you're just doing it for fun, larger teams of rowers can keep this a very manageable event even for those not in the best shape of their lives.

All teams whose rowers raise at least $75 per person will receive t-shirts.

As in the past, the RRA coaching staff will be on hand before and during the rowathon to give pointers on proper technique.

The rowathon will be held at the Nyack Center (58 Depew - corner of Depew and Broadway in Nyack, NY) on Saturday, March 15th.  Registration opens at 8:00am and the competition starts at 9:00am.

To find out more about the Nyack Center - please visit nyackcenter.org

Sammi Wins a Hammer at CRASH B's!

Sammi Hashash was part of the RRA crew of 11 youth rowers that headed to Boston for February 16th's C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships.  Competing in one of the adaptive categories (LTA - Vision Impaired), Sammi won!  This was the RRA's first trip to CRASH B's and we are thrilled to have one or our rowers come back with a coveted CRASH B Hammer.  With over 2000 rowers competing from all over the world, the CRASH B's offer the ultimate in competition on indoor rowing machines.  While none of the other RRA rowers won, many set personal records and placed very well among an extremely competitive field.  For more information about CRASH-Bs, see crash-b.org and for more details and photos of RRA athletes competing there, please visit our Parent Advisory Commitee blog at rrapac.wordpress.com.

RRA's rowers will next compete in our Annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-Thon on March 15th to benefit the Nyack Center.  Stay tuned for more details.

Enrollment is currently open for all 2014 Junior and Master programs.

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In November of 2010, River Rowing invited Laura Schwanger, Paralympic Rowing Champion to our Annual Gala for a talk. Watch the video.