At Navesink River Rowing’s 30th Anniversary Open House on May 18, you can try out a rowing machine before heading down to the water to get in a boat. Activities run continuously from 9 AM to 1 PM on the NRR site at the end of Maple Ave in Red Bank.
Hands-On Introduction to Rowing - Free and Open to the Public
RED BANK, NJ - On Saturday, May 18, Navesink River Rowing will hold a special 30th Anniversary Open House on its recently re-opened site at the end of Maple Avenue in Red Bank. Activities, which are free and open to the public, will run continuously from 9 AM to 1 PM and include site tours and hands-on rowing demonstrations.
Try out a rowing machine. Use an Oar-Master to practice the sculling stroke. Then make your way down to the water, step into a 24 foot long, 14 inch wide sculling shell, and row - with a coach to guide you and a rope tied to the boat for safety. NRR members will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate and explain NRR programs.
“The open house gives us a chance to share all the things we love about rowing,” explains masters rower and NRR Board President, Kay Vilardi, of Little Silver. “For people who attend, it’s a great way to learn about the sport and a good time to sign up for our summer youth programs or adult beginner lessons.”
This year’s event also celebrates the non-profit organization’s return to the river after its boats, structures, and site were seriously damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
“For a while, it looked as if our 29th year might be our last,“ notes Vilardi as she recalls the sight of boats crushed by toppled buildings; shed doors ripped open; boat parts and supplies strewn everywhere, and the land that once held boat racks totally washed away.
Fortunately, thanks to donations from members and friends, support from community partners like Springpoint Senior Living, parent company of The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, and K Hovnanian Enterprises, and the physical labor of volunteers by the dozens, NRR is up and running again. Its 30th season begins on schedule the first week in May and will continue through early November.
Navesink River Rowing is dedicated to making the sport of rowing - for fun, fitness, recreation or competition - more familiar and more accessible to anyone interested in pursuing it. The group’s programs attract many area teens, whose passion can be seen in their willingness to get up at 6 am on weekends and in the summer in order to row. Masters rowers (from 23 years old to 80+) are just as enthusiastic. They are drawn to the sport for a variety of reasons: because it is fun and challenging; an excellent cardiovascular activity; an exhilarating, low impact alternative to running; a great escape from daily stress; and the perfect way to enjoy our beautiful Navesink River.
Since 1983, NRR has introduced thousands of men, women, boys and girls to the skills, health benefits, and teamwork that make rowing an exceptional form of exercise and recreation. They offer lessons for adult beginners, summer instructional programs for youth at 3 levels (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced); and Competitive Youth Crew in the spring and fall.
In addition, season memberships are available to college students and adults with sculling experience. NRR maintains a fleet of 31 single and multiple seat boats for them to use, and NRR coaches provide Masters clinics and additional instruction for intermediate and advanced adult rowers who want to sharpen their skills or compete in area regattas.