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August 6th, 2014

NRC Supports Great Hudson River Swim ‘14

Group shot of NRC kayakers who participated. LEFT, in kayaks: Isabel and Guy Borges; Matt Beisswenger and Rachel Beisswenger. ON THE DOCK (L - R): Kelvin Solis, Kathe Mills, Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo, Dajour (“Soup”) Fisher; NRC Coach Leif Stepakoff; Johnny Kennedy. RIGHT: in kayaks Natallys and Isabella Kavallaris.

NEWBURGH - On Saturday, August 2, 2014, experienced kayakers from the Newburgh Rowing Club ("NRC") joined other kayakers to support and help provide safety for over 200 swimmers who participated in the Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim, to benefit the River Pool of Beacon.

"We were happy to support this great program," said NRC Coach Leif Stepakoff. "We have provided kayak support for the past several years, and I am very proud of our youth and adult kayakers who spent the better part of the day on the beautiful Hudson River helping the swimmers make the one-mile swim from Newburgh to Beacon. It was a great example of lots of people coming together to work for a better Hudson River while having fun."

"We are especially proud of our youth kayakers, who are also highly experienced rowers. Two of our kayakers, who are also Red Cross certified lifeguards, Johnny Kennedy, and Matt Beisswenger, really helped out several swimmers, encouraging them on, keeping them from floating too far north, and letting them hang onto their kayaks to get a brief rest."

The Swim benefits the non-profit volunteer organization River Pool at Beacon. The organization uses these funds towards the operation and maintenance of the River Pool off the north shore of the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. The pool is free to the public, open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6pm (weather permitting), July through Labor Day. Life Guards are always present when the pool is open.

"We would also like to invite the general public to come down and try kayaking with the Newburgh Rowing Club, no experience is needed, you just have to be a proficient swimmer," said Team Mom LoBiondo. "The adult rowing and kayaking classes are Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30 – 7 pm, and the first class is always free; Membership is just $60.00 per month. We have Paddle Picnics on Saturdays, from 11 am – 2 pm, a light picnic on Plum Point Beach is included in the $40 price, which is open to the general public and free to NRC Adult Rowing and Kayak members. For those who are not swimmers, we have a Water Confidence Clinic every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Delano Hitch Pool in Newburgh."

"And mark your calendars," said Coach Stepakoff, "the 4th Annual Great 5-Mile Paddle and Oars Challenge for kayakers and scullers is Sunday, September 21st."

Space for the Paddle Picnics fills up fast, for more information or to join visit or email

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