NEWBURGH - On May 18, the Newburgh Rowing Club once again hosted the Eastern New York State public high school championship Regatta, in which 700 participants, representing 120 crews from 13 teams, from Suffolk County, Rockland County, Orange County and Ulster County competed. They were over 700 participants, with over 1,000 spectators present, said Coach Ed Kennedy, Programs Director of the Newburgh Rowing Club, and Head Coach of the NFA High School Crew Team. The event was on the heels of the Hudson Valley Rowing League’s Novices Championship Regatta, hosted a day earlier at the Newburgh Rowing Club.
"The Eastern NYS Rowing Championship is the largest athletic event in the city of Newburgh," said Newburgh Rowing Club Programs Director and NFA Head Coach Ed Kennedy. "It is a massive undertaking and there are countless people for me to thank. We could not have done it without the hard work of our coaches, parent volunteers, and the many law enforcement and fire department agencies who provided us with safety on the water."
"The A Division Title was won by the mighty Bay Shore High School," said Coach Kennedy, "with NFA High School as the runner up. The B Division title was won by Suffern High School, with Warwick High School as the runner up. The Sculling Title went to Kingston High School, with NFA High School as the runner up."
The NFA Crew Team is the only varsity team at NFA high school which is entirely self-funded, receiving no funds from the School District.
"The top finishes by local crews were in the Men’s 1x, in which NFA High School’s John Kennedy placed first," said Coach Kennedy, "and the Lightweight 4+ in which NFA High School’s crew of John Kennedy, Jake Dennis, Bo Kuhn, Renato Meza and Trent Reid, coxswain, placed second. The NRC Boys 4 placed second in the B division. The NFA Team had several other crews which placed second, including the Girls 8+."
"It was another great championship regatta," said Coach Kennedy. "This is one of the reasons that the Newburgh Rowing Club hopes to remain as licensees of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park and maintain our boathouse on the Hudson River. The days of the Newburgh Regattas, which date back to the 1800’s, when hundreds of thousands of people came out to watch, will be the thing of the past if the Newburgh Rowing Club Boathouse is replaced by the Port of Newburgh."