NEWBURGH - On Saturday, May 18, 2013, the Newburgh Rowing Club hosted the Hudson Valley Rowing League’s Novice Rowing Championship, which brought in crew teams from all over the Hudson Valley. On Sunday, May 19, 2013, the Newburgh Rowing Club hosted the Eastern NYS Public High School Rowing Championship, the City of Newburgh’s largest athletic event, bringing in crew teams from as far away as the Eastern part of Long Island, with over 1,000 people present.
"The Novice Championship on Saturday was a great event, it is where rowers who are in their first year compete," said Coach Ed Kennedy, Programs Director for the Newburgh Rowing Club and Head Coach of the NFA Varsity Crew Team.
"Easterns was very successful given the atrocious weather conditions. The water became way too choppy and we had to cut it short, although we got all the varsity events in. I absolutely am proud of every athlete who rowed that day, regardless of their team, they competed in the most difficult and unforgiving conditions and they all took it on like champions. This is why we love hosting these events. Only Newburgh could have pulled this one off."
The Newburgh Rowing Club girls’ double, with Catherine Cavaliari and Willa Arsenault took first place in their event, the Womens 2x, and First Place overall in their division. Overall the NFA Crew Team finished second, with the Bay Shore HS Crew Team, one of the top teams in the State, taking first place.