Rising Tide of Gifts Raises All Ships at High Point Rowing Club

2016 saw a record number of donors supporting High Point Rowing Club.

“This increase in philanthropic support truly buoyed High Point Rowing Club in 2016,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth, who says the generous gifts led to the installation of permanent boat racks at Oak Hollow Lake as well as additional shells and safety boats.

Kininmonth says the Club has lofty goals for 2017, which includes plans for a boathouse at Oak Hollow Lake and buoyed race course, and he hopes the philanthropic support will continue to surge though the upcoming Ergathon fundraiser, as well as year-end giving.

“I have always loved the sport of rowing and so I am also very fond of these wonderful people who share this passion,” says Gene.

The High Point Rowing Club Donors of 2016

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for ‘service above and beyond’ to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

Club Patrons
5,000 & greater

Anonymous

The Stewards Society
2,500 to 4,999

Erin & Richard Sanders

Power 10 Club
1,000 to 2,500

Jennifer & Ray Burton
Jackie & Herschel King
HERJAC Inc
Gene Kininmonth & Amy MacArthur
Triad Investors Realty Inc
Steve McCusker

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center). All three rowers supported HPRC in incredible ways during the year.

The Last 500 Club
500 to 999

Crossway Coatings
Laini Fultz
Patricia & Derek Goldin
Marlienne Goldin
Mandy & Eric Greene
Dana & Pete Koval
Allison & Michael Mullins
Barbara Pollard
TE Connectivity
Bev & Larry Snively
Lisa & Silvanus Udoka
Caren & Greg York
Shelli & Brandon York

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Oak Hollow Club
250 to 499

Build Retail Inc
Wes Cashwell
Ann & Bruce Cantrell
High Point Bank
Catherine & John Li
Bobbi & Chad Long
Jacqueline Prevette & Neal Horan
David Thompson
Wells Fargo Bank

Caroline Lind displays her two Olympic gold medals with Mary and Jim Hollingsworth, who have been wonderful supporters of High Point Rowing Club for many years.

Family Banner Club
125 to 249

Patti & John Akers
Chrissy Alexander
Jane Bass
Bass Home Inspections
Lee Bass Nunn
Allison & Paul Blanchard
Lee Brodeur
Robbin & Jerry Bryant
Connie & Mark Curri
Katherine & Louis Ferretti
Jennifer & Paul Fitzpatrick
The Fox Family
Nandita & VC Harish
Mary & Jim Hollingsworth
Holly & David Labiak
Trent Capital Management
Cherie Maness
Debbie & Matthew OConnell
David & Holly Todd
Barbara & Burton Whicker
Nancy & Jeffrey Yohn
Susanne & James Williford

Varsity Blues Club
50 to 124

Lucille Akers
Adam Alt
Lisa Austin
David Blanchard
Larry & Evelyn Bowman
Jacqueline Broach
Susan Brodeur
Jackie Bryant
Oleta Clark

Masters rower Jennifer Burton was an amazing supporter of High Point Rowing Club in 2016.

Audrey Corierre
George Corierre
Olivia Corierre
Debbie Darby
Linda & W.P. Davidson
Ann & Michael Davis
Kelly & Eric Fox
Judy & James Gibson
Mike Glasgow
Brenda Hilemn
Molly Hilemn
Nanette Hutchinson
Dianna & John Jicha
Katie & Scott Jones
Ralph & B. Jones
Joseph Kaku
Holly & David Labiak

Giving to HPRC leads to incredible outcomes for our youth program : 100% graduation rate, amazing college scholarship and admissions stories, and life lessons.

Betsy Lehman
Barb Linch
Alex Lowe
Christy Marchel
Kathy Marshall
Kim Mullins
Maddie Mullins
Richard Ognovich
Susan & V.W. Peters
Melissa Polio
Jacqueline & Grady Prevette
Linda & Edward Seykora
Adam Slack
Andrew Slack
Kristi & Mark Slomski
C. & R.N. Tanner
Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do III
Suzanne & James Tuerk
Audra Tyree
Nancy & Mark Warburton
Lana & James Whiting
Kathy Winters
Mary Beth & Tom Wood
Adrienne & Charles Young

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GENEROUS DONORS FOR THESE 2016 GIFTS!

Please email contact@highpointrowing.com to note any errors or omissions. 

High Point Rowers Bag Medals at MidAtlantic Erg Sprints

Junior Ognovich, Morgan Epling, and Molly Hilemn are all smiles at the 2017 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA on Saturday.

Alexandria, VA – High Point Rowing Club’s Junior Ognovich, Molly Hilemn and Matthew Hronich won medals at the junior indoor rowing championship at the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints on Saturday.

Indoor rowing competitions take place on rowing machines, called ergometers, and the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints is the largest regional qualifying event for the World Indoor Rowing Championships to be held in Boston later this month.

And behind the rowers’ success was High Point varsity coxswain Morgan Epling.

A sophomore at Bishop McGuinness High School, Junior Ognovich won silver against 63 competitors in the Junior 16 age class at the event. Junior covered the 1,500 meter race in the second fastest time of 5 minutes 33.8 seconds.

Molly Hilemn finished in third place against 53 other youth rowers in the Junior 14 age category at the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints. Molly raced the 1,000 meter indoor course in 3 minutes 50.5 seconds. Molly is freshman at the North Carolina Leadership Academy and credits much of her success to her NCLA PE instructor Mr. Kellen Lake, in addition to her High Point rowing coach Gene Kininmonth.

Matthew Hronich won bronze for High Point Rowing Club in the J12 event at the 2017 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA.

The third medal for High Point on Saturday was a bronze won by middle school rower Matthew Hronich in the boys Junior 12 event. Matthew overcame a weekend illness to still row the 1000 meter indoor course in a time of 3 minutes 46 seconds. Matthew was coached by his older sister, Jaclyn Hronich, who oversees the middle school and novice programs for High Point.

Congratulations Molly, Junior, Matthew, and Morgan!

North Carolina Leadership Academy freshman Molly Hilemn is all smiles after finishing 3rd out of 53 rowers at the 2017 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA.

Junior Ognovich displays her medal won for 2nd place out of 63 competitors at the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA.

 

FREE Sneak Peek Week! Middle and high school students can try indoor rowing!

Come try out youth rowing!

If you are in grades 6-12, and maybe looking for a spring sport then come give rowing a try. Five days of rowing for free. Just register and show up. It is that easy!

No experience necessary but you should be able to swim as a safety precaution. Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

WHAT? Sneak Peek Week is one week of indoor rowing, where students will become acquainted with the Concept II rowing machine and learn the technique needed for rowing in racing boats on the water.

WHEN? 4:15pm to 6pm on Monday, 2/13 though Friday 2/17.

WHERE? Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio: 124C Wade Street, Jamestrown, NC.

COST? FREE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Also, be sure to have a parent sign the waiver and swim form certifying that you can swim. These can be downloaded on this page. Bring these forms with you.

Also bring the following:
• sneakers and normal athletic attire
• water bottle

Questions? Just email our coach, Gene, at contact@highpointrowing.com or call him at (336) 257-9009.

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124C Erg Sprints Set for February 25, 2017


Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club will host the 124C Erg Sprints on February 25, 2017 at the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio, at 124-C Wade Street in Jamestown, the team’s board of directors is pleased to announce.

Competition will take place on Concept2 Model D rowing machines in categories for Youth, Collegiate, Cross-Fit, and adult Masters over varying distances. Entry fee is $15 per athlete.

Coach Allie Davis with her winning rowers Emma Lloyd (lightweight), Jaclyn Hronich (J18), and Maddie Mullins (J16) at the 2016 124C Erg Sprints.

First up, middle school rowers will race over a 1,000 meter distance. Later in the morning, high school and collegiate competitors will race over 2,000 meters and then Cross-Fit and Masters will race over 1,000 meters. After lunch, all competitors will have the chance to race a 500 meter sprint.

While rowing is traditionally a team sport, erging competitions place the individual athlete in the spotlight.

Registration for this event is available on RegattaCentral.

We can’t wait to see you in Jamestown, North Carolina!

Sneak Peek Week: kids try indoor rowing for just $10 for a week!

ergingTry out youth indoor rowing. Just $10 for a whole week – this is ideal for true beginners!

If you are in grades 6-12 at any Triad area school, this is your chance to give indoor rowing a try. It is easy and will prepare you for real rowing in racing boats when we hit the water on Oak Hollow Lake in March! Click for more information on our Spring Season.

No experience necessary.

WHEN:
Week One: Monday – Friday, (January 9-13) .
Week Two: Monday – Friday (January 16-20).

Start either week on any of these days and row with our youth squad for any or all of these days for just $10.  Arrive at 4:30pm.

WHERE: 124C Wade Street, Jamestown.

This Sneak Peek Week opportunity is for students who have never tried rowing before. It is the perfect way to try a new sport to see if it is for you.

Students must bring the waiver signed by a parent. These forms can be downloaded on the Registration page. Bring $10 cash or check payable to “High Point Rowing Club.”

Also bring the following:
• running shoes and wear general sporting attire
• water bottle

Still have questions? See our Rowing FAQs page or email our coach, Gene, at contact@highpointrowing.com or call him at (336) 257-9009.

Watching movies makes for a fun way to train in a group on the rowing machines, known as 'ergs.'

Watching movies makes for a fun way to train in a group on the rowing machines, known as ‘ergs.’

Rowers Plan to Set New Ergathon Giving Record

We are raising funds to build a great fleet for High Point Rowing Club!

To kick off fundraising the Crew will host its annual Ergathon by rowing 100 kilometers in our erg room at 124C Wade Street in Jamestown on March 4, 2017. The purpose of the Ergathon is to raise funds to upgrade the Club’s fleet of boats and equipment. We ask all our rowers, Masters and youth, to vigorously seek financial support from friends, neighbors and family. We hope you will support them!

Last year the Ergathon raised over $17,000 and allowed the team to purchase a new coxed four shell and install new boat racks at Oak Hollow Lake. Individual rowers who raise over $500 from family and friends will be recognized with some special exclusive apparel. Family’s who contribute over $125 will see their name proudly displayed on the team banner in the erg room and on race day at regattas.

Donation/Ergathon forms will be handed out to rowers this week.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE CREW TODAY!

Watching movies makes for a fun way to train in a group on the rowing machines, known as 'ergs.'

Watching movies makes for a fun way to train in a group on the rowing machines, known as ‘ergs.’

Start the New Year with an Adult Indoor Rowing Class

High Point Masters with Resolute boat maker Misha Joukowsky at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

High Point Masters with Resolute boat maker Misha Joukowsky at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Club founder Gene Kininmonth

Club founder Gene Kininmonth

Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce the Winter season of “Masters Indoor Rowing” for adults at the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio. The indoor rowing workout was created by Australian rowing coach Gene Kininmonth to give anyone and everyone a uniquely smart, low-impact, high cardio, full body workout.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

High Point Rowing Club is home of the high energy, low impact, full-body workout for everyone. Working every muscle in every stroke, our famously effective group classes combine cardio and strength training with authentic crew rowing techniques (and a great soundtrack) in one smart, highly efficient workout. Increase your endurance, train all your major muscles, and row your way to your leanest, strongest arms, legs, core, and back.

“You are going to torch those calories with indoor rowing,” says Gene. “After this winter session you are going to feel stronger and healthier than you have in years – and you will know it after just your first class.”

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format on the Concept2 rowing machines. As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted.

Dates and Times: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions, or both.

Weekday Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting January 3 ending February 23, 2017. Choose to attend either morning sessions from 8:45am to 10:15am or evening sessions at 6pm to 7:30pm.

Weekend Sessions: Saturday mornings at 7:30am and Sunday evenings at 6pm starting January 8 ending February 26, 2016.

WinterMania Unlimited: Participate in any and all sessions!

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and running shoes are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth on the rower). Bring a water bottle too!

Address: 124-C Wade Street, Jamestown, North Carolina.

Cost: $200 per participant for weekday or weekend sessions. $275 per participant for WinterMania Unlimited sessions. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

REGISTER NOW

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December ‘Drop-in’ Indoor Rowing Sessions Now Scheduled

Jamestown, NC – High Point rowing Club will host a number of Open House sessions for adults in its Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio in December. Non-members are welcome to attend.

Known as “124C” for its address at 124C Wade Street in the Warehouse District of Jamestown, the studio has gained great popularity in the Triad for the high energy, low impact, full-body workout for everyone. Working every muscle in every stroke, our famously effective group classes combine cardio and strength training with authentic crew rowing techniques (and a great soundtrack) in one smart, highly efficient workout.

Increase your endurance, train all your major muscles, and row your way to your leanest, strongest arms, legs, core, and back. No prior experience needed. Suitable for all fitness levels.

December Open House Dates/Times: ($10 per class)

Saturday 12/17 from 7:30am to 9am.

Sunday 12/18 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Tuesday 12/19 & Thursday 12/22: 8:45am – 10:15am and also 6pm – 7:30pm.

Also Wednesday 12/21 Evening only 6pm – 7:30pm.

Attire: anything you would normally wear to the gym. Bring a water bottle too!

Address: 124-C Wade Street, Jamestown, North Carolina.

More Info: Call Mandy at (336) 314-1116 or email megreene@northstate.net

It is a holiday treat to erg around the Christmas tree at High Point Rowing Club's indoor rowing studio in Jamestown.

It is a holiday treat to erg around the Christmas tree at High Point Rowing Club’s indoor rowing studio in Jamestown.

High Point Rowers Celebrate Career of Olympic Champion Caroline Lind

Caroline Lind, who won two Olympic gold medals, was inducted into the Triad Rowers' Hall of Fame on at the High Point Country Club on November 19.

Caroline Lind, who won two Olympic gold medals, was inducted into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame at the High Point Country Club on November 19.

High Point, NC – Rowers and parents from High Point Rowing Club joined almost 200 rowers from Wake Forest University, Greensboro Crew, and High Point University at High Point Country Club on Saturday night to induct double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame.

The occasion was the Celebration of Rowing banquet, the annual dinner to show appreciation for the sport of rowing and the local Triad rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

Jack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower served as guest speaker at this year’s prestigious gala. Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team.

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson regaled the almost 200 rowers at the Celebration of Rowing banquet with his historical account of rowing's social attire.

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson sports his new HPRC cricket jumper at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet

Jack Carlson is also the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers and on Saturday evening he gave a riveting presentation on the many traditions and secrets of club rowing social attire. 

Jack continued a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and Caroline Lind was the inaugural guest speaker in 2014.

Co-chaired by Jackie King and Caren York, the evening began with an hour of cocktails, hors d’eouvres, and bidding on wonderful auction items, donated for the occasion and organised by Masters rowers Mandy Greene and Girl Jeanne MacPherson.

Guests were soon seated in the formal ballroom, finding their seats as designated by beautiful place cards, hand written by Jennifer Burton.  The night proceeded with Coach and emcee, Katie Jones, introducing Morgan Epling, Lizzy Knorr, and Anna Lewis to sing the National Anthem. Junior Ognovich then gave the invocation, giving thanks for all the blessings the rowers enjoy in their lives at this time of year.

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for 'service above and beyond' to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for ‘service above and beyond’ to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

A feast of filet mignon was then enjoyed whilst Burt Whicker played the country club’s grand piano. There is not much Burt doesn’t do these days. When he’s not rowing for High Point, he coaches rowing for both Greensboro Crew and High Point University and keeps the rowing equipment race worthy for all three clubs.

Connie Curri, who has spear headed parent involvement with the youth program this year, then presented the Mary Hollingsworth Cup to Greg & Caren York for their years of service ‘above and beyond’ to the crew.

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center).

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center).

The next highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Masters MVP Silver Cup. Former MVPs Mandy Greene and Erin Sanders were honored to present this year’s award to Jackie King.

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Each of the Triad’s head coaches and club Presidents were then invited to the podium to speak briefly about their programs. During his moment, Gene Kininmonth took the opportunity to present the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to the club from a youth rower to 2016 senior Maddie Mullins.

But the highlight of the night was the induction of Caroline Lind into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame. Lind, a Greensboro native won two Olympic gold medals – first at the Beijing Games in 2008 in the United States women’s eight-oared crew and then again at the London Games in 2012. Lind also won world championship titles for the USA in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

She was declared the World’s Female Rower of the Year in 2014 by FISA, the international governing body of the sport.

On Saturday, Caroline was presented with an oar blade mounted on a cherry wood plaque, denoting her many significant rowing achievements. Coach Gene Kininmonth returned to the podium to read the induction proclamation before presenting the oar blade to Caroline Lind, who concluded the evening with an inspirational speech, reflecting on her rowing career.

The banquet co-chairs and team captains would like to thank Jack Carlson and Caroline Lind for being such gracious guests at this year’s event, as well as all the volunteers and auction item donors for their support of this year’s Celebration of Rowing – you know who you are. Thank you!!!

High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth (left) with Caroline Lind, Jack Carlson, Keziah Beall, and Jackie King at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Two hundred rowers and parents gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing.

Two hundred rowers and parents gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing.

 

The Rowing Clubs of the Triad Cordially Invite You to the 3rd Annual Celebration of Rowing Banquet

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CELEBRATION OF ROWING BANQUET

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
Jackie King
Caren York

HOST COMMITTEE
Michael Brown
EJ Caughlin
Sam Dempsey
Morgan Epling
Scott Jones
Gene Kininmonth
Chelsea Klein
Elizabeth Knorr
Maddie Mullins
William Scarpa, III
Charles York

Refreshments with Hors d’oeuvres, Silent and Live Auctions, Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Award Presentations & Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame Induction

Cocktail attire with ‘team colors’.

B U Y   T I C K E T S

The rowing clubs of the Triad are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Celebration of Rowing banquet, scheduled for Saturday, November 19, at the High Point Country Club.

Co-hosted by High Point Rowing Club, High Point University Rowing, Wake Forest Rowing Club, and Greensboro Crew, the Celebration of Rowing banquet is in its third year of recognizing an appreciation for our sport and our local rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

This year the banquet will also serve as the occasion to induct Greensboro’s double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind, into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame.

rowing+blazersJack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s prestigious gala. Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team. He is also the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers. 

Jack Carlson continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and Caroline Lind was the 2014 guest speaker.

B U Y   T I C K E T S 

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind at the 2014 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind at the 2014 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Rowing Club to Host Youth Open House on Oct 29 & 30

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club will host a free Open House for high school and middle school students (ages 12+) to learn more about the sport and meet members of the team at 2pm on October 29 & 30.

Use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC for GPS directions. This will bring you into the lake entrance and our boats are on the right hands side of the parking lot. Participants should arrive on time and expect to stay 90 minutes. Wear flip flops and clothing suitable for the weather on the day.

R E G I S T E R    H E R E 

“Rowing is one of the most beautiful sports imaginable,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “There is this zen like rhythm to rowing that makes it a deeply personal experience and yet at the same time one of the ultimate team at the same time.”

The High Point youth program has competitive boys and girls rowing crews, making it the ideal cross over sport for serious athletes and students just looking for a new sport.

Click here for a list of the many reasons to row. 

For more information email Coach Gene contact@highpointrowing.com or call (336) 257-9009.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

 

High Point Clinches Major Boat Race Win in Virginia

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Richmond, Virginia – High Point out sprinted Hurricane Matthew and a fleet of crews to earn an upset victory in the prestigious women’s youth eight-oared championships at the Head of the James regatta over the weekend.

High Point was the dark horse in the women’s youth event, having failed to complete a race yet this season. The team’s crew almost sank the previous week at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival after a collision with another crew. Raleigh’s Triangle Rowing Club entered the Virginia boat race as the hot favorite.

With its boat repaired, High Point’s crew of coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Maddie Mullins, Ainsley Fox, Lindsay York, Morgan Cantrell, Margaux Blanchard, Jordan Hronich, and Charlotte Curri raced the 5,000 meter course on the James River in the fastest time of 18 minutes 46 seconds, almost 30 seconds quicker than Triangle.

Women’s Youth Eights Final
1. High Point 18 minutes 46 seconds
2. Triangle 19:15
3. Charlotte 19:37
4. Williamsburg 20:01
5. Hickory 20:20
6. High Point ‘B’ 20:33
6. River City 20:33
8. Triangle ‘B’ 20:36
9. First Colonial 21:55
10. Triangle ‘C’ 22:00

“This was a reassuring win for this squad after facing a lot of changes,” said High Point coach Gene Kininmonth after the race. Five of last year’s girls crew graduated and Kininmonth had to step in to coach both the boys and girls programs after the departure of coach Allie Davis, who had been extremely successful with the girls program.

“It is a challenge to take over a program that has been the best in the state for the past two years. The winning expectations remain but you feel the confidence and resolve among the squad tilting from one week to the next as you go through this rebuilding process. This win has helped to right the ship.”

High Point also won the boys quadruple sculls varsity boat race on Saturday. The High Point crew of William Scarpa, Charles York, Harry Cappizzi, and Govind Harish earned the victory in a close race over Beaver Creek and Charlotte in the time of 18 minutes 2 seconds. The crew will be looking to qualify for the USRowing national championships next spring.

High Point’s final win for the weekend came in the mixed middle school eights over Greensboro Crew.

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High Point rowers rig their boats for racing at the Head of the James regatta on Friday afternoon in Richmond, VA.

 

Rowing Festival Attracts Thousands to High Point

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High Point, North Carolina – The 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival attracted thousands of rowers and spectators to Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday.

After a brief delay to the start of racing due to early morning fog, spectators thronged the banks of the lake to watch almost 450 rowers in 151 boats from 20 different clubs, universities and high schools from as far away as Annapolis, MD to Atlanta, GA.

The rowing festival, now in its third year, attracted a number of marquis college names, including local favorite High Point University, as well as NC State, Wake Forest, and Davidson College. Event officials Mandy Greene and Jeanne MacPherson say they have plans to lure in ACC powerhouse programs from Virginia, Clemson, Duke and UNC Chapel Hill in 2017.

“High Point is now established as the convention center for rowing in the region,” says Greene. “There is no other event venue in the Carolinas that can match Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake for spectator viewing, parking, lake access for rowing shells, and local hotels. We now have an established regatta management team of volunteers with a track record of running a large rowing event so there is no reason why we cannot double the Festival next year.”

Also competing on Saturday were Masters (adult) and youth programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, and Charlotte.

HPRC – 2016 Fall Regatta from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

The head racing course for the Festival is one of the most unique in rowing in that it requires the crews to steer around multiple turns including a 180 degree turn ‘Around the Duck.’ The ‘duck’ is an inflated rubber duck almost as tall as a three story building. Unfortunately, the duck tipped over for afternoon racing but this didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the rowers.

Opening racing on Saturday was the men’s youth eights, which saw the squad from Atlanta dominate. High Point got tangled up with Raleigh’s Triangle’s ‘B’ boat on the turn around the duck, which delayed both crews from finishing.

High Point coach Gene Kininmonth, who witnessed the boats collide, said it was the result of High Point crews having perfected the turn to such a degree that crews entering the turn behind them could not react quickly enough to turn as quickly and so ended up T-Boning the High Point crew.

High Point's varsity crew needed to be rescued after their shell had a hole punctured through it during a boat collision.

High Point’s varsity crew needed to be rescued after their shell had a hole punctured through it during a boat collision.

High Point was involved in an even more serious boat collision several events later in the women’s youth varsity eights. Having passed the crew from Belmont prior to entering the turn around the duck, High Point then executed a quick 180 degree turn only to have the Belmont crew smash its bow directly through the side of their boat. Fortunately, no rowers were injured in the collision. With the risk of their shell taking on water, the High Point rowers were quickly rescued by a safety launch as the Belmont crew continued on to finish the race. Atlanta won in convincing fashion ahead of Triangle.

Race officials will widen the turn in 2017 to avoid similar collisions in the future.

Six of the High Point Crew quickly recovered from the shock of the collision to later win the J16 girls eights event over Triangle.

High Point youth crews also won the Men’s Youth 4X, and mixed middle school eights event.

Fog delayed the start of racing at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Fog delayed the start of racing at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

In collegiate racing, High Point University held off NC State to win the men’s varsity eights. HPU also won the women’s varsity eights race over Davidson College.

In Masters racing, High Point (average age of 50) showed a dashing display of skill and stamina to win the Burton Whicker Cup over Greensboro (average age 38). High Point ‘s Masters women (average age 47) finished in a close second place Carolina (average age 40) but ahead of Greensboro and B-boats from Carolina and High Point.

Greensboro Masters won the Mixed Masters eights, and the Masters Maiden Eights events.

Andrew Neils won the Open Single Sculls and Clarence Pfaff won the Masters Single Sculls at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Andrew Niels won the Open Single Sculls and Clarence Pfaff won the Masters Single Sculls at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

High Point to Host Rowing Festival on Saturday

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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – The Triad will welcome 400 rowers from across the southeast region of the United States on Saturday for the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. Rowers from twenty clubs, universities and high schools will converge at Festival Park to race a 5,000 meter winding course on Oak Hollow Lake.

“This is a new record for Autumn Rowing Festival,” says High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Participation in rowing is exploding in North Carolina. High Point is now at the epicenter of this remarkable growth.”

The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. Free parking is also available. The majority of Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races.

Rowers are travelling from as far away as Annapolis, Maryland and Atlanta, Georgia for the regatta.

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names including local favorite High Point University, as well as NC State, Wake Forest, and Davidson College.

Also competing are Masters (adult) and youth programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville. All teams will launch from Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women's eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women’s eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Round the Duck

Boat racing at the rowing festival is a 5,000 meter time-trial. Crews will line up their sleek rowing shells at the Skeet Club Bridge end of Oak Hollow Lake and then race out to the center of the lake where they will row a 180 degree turn “Round the Duck” back to the main channel before turning toward the finish line at Johnson Street Bridge.

That’s right. There’s a duck. A giant bright yellow inflatable duck. Race officials decline to disclose the actual size of the duck but it clearly dwarfs the rowers on the water.

Over 80 boats will race "Round the Duck" at the 2014 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Saturday.

Over 160 boats will race “Round the Duck” at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Racing begins at 9:20am and runs through 3:30pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs.

Use 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point for GPS directions.

High Point's crew makes final preparations before winning the women's Master's Eights Championship at the James River Sprints in Midlothian, VA on June 18, 2016.

High Point’s crew makes final preparations before winning the women’s Master’s Eights Championship at the James River Sprints in Midlothian, VA on June 18, 2016.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2016 Rowing Festival will be the Media Center at
Oak Hollow Lake. The Media Center is equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Media Center will also accommodate interviews at the conclusion of each event. Race winners will be brought to the interview area for media access. Limited parking is available for daily print, online and television media (advance notice requested). All television stations that will be bringing in satellite trucks should call Gene Kininmonth (office: 336-257-9009) to arrange for vehicle access.

Photographers
Photographers wishing to obtain action shots on the racecourse may be accommodated in a media boat on a first-come, first-served basis. The media boat will be restricted to designated sections of the course and cannot “race” to keep pace with competing boats. Please arrive at the Media Center 60 minutes before you need to be on the water.

High Point Celebrates 4th Anniversary

The winning crew of the Anniversary Races may have started a new tradition.

The winning crew of the Anniversary Races may have started a new tradition.

High Point, NC – High Point Rowing Club celebrated its 4th Anniversary this past weekend with an Anniversary Row & Class Races, which included all of the club’s available rowers, followed by a potluck brunch for rowers, families and friends at Oak Hollow Lake. Included in the festivities were almost 40 rowers from the club’s newly formed chapter in Greensboro, known as Greensboro Crew.

All nine of the club’s available eight-man crews, as well as three fours, lined the start of the race course at Skeet Club Bridge to race the full extent of Oak Hollow Lake to Johnson Street Bridge. High School crews were assigned line-ups by class year and the Masters were assigned boats by the decade of their birth.

The race was a procession for the high school Sophomore Crew led by coxswain Morgan Epling, which led from start to finish.

HPRC – 4th Anniversary Row from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

Next up for the club is the season opening home race at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Oak Hollow Lake on October 1.

The following week the club will send its youth squad to Virginia for the Head of the James Regatta in Midlothian.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Yrs 7 -12) are currently eligible to join the team. No experience necessary. Adults will have the opportunity to join a learn to row class in October. Email contact@highpointrowing.com or see the Registration page for details.

Order Now: ‘Rowing Blazers’ by Jack Carlson

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Rowing Blazers is the monumental book by Jack Carlson.

This is the ultimate coffee table eye candy for the rowing enthusiast and High Point Rowing Club is pleased to be able to offer this book for just $35 (retail price is $50).

Order online today and receive your copy signed, in person, by Jack Carlson at the Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club on November 19.

O R D E R  H E R E 

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Rowing, the centuries-old sport of choice for Ivy Leaguers and Englishmen, owes much of its highbrow fashion to the pomp and circumstance that surrounds many high profile regattas (not least, the Royal Henley). The earliest incarnations of rowing blazers were designed for collegiate clubs, and they helped lay the groundwork for the blazer, in a larger sense, to become its own wardrobe staple.

This 250-page glossy looks at the classic preppy garment that has defined a sport as well as a fashion genre. The book is hardcover and features over 250 color photographs. Rowing Blazers is published by Vendome Press and Thames & Hudson.

Book orders must be received by September 30 to arrive in time for the Celebration of Rowing banquet and be signed by the author. Order today to avoid disappointment.

C L I C K  T O  O R D E R  O N L I N E

Rowing Blazers in the News:

Esquire Magazine

Boston Globe

The Guardian in England

 

 

Final Learn to Row Week scheduled


Try out youth rowing for just $10!

If you are in grades 7-12, this is your chance to give rowing a try. It is fun and easy!

No experience necessary.

TIME: 4:15pm – 6pm, Monday, August 29th to Friday and 9am on Saturday, September 3rd (all days, weather permitting).

Start any of these days and row all week.

WHERE: Our team is located at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point – for GPS directions use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC. When you enter the park, our boats are located to the right end of the parking lot. We meet Monday through Friday at 4:15pm at the lake.

This Sneak Peek Week opportunity is for students who have never tried rowing before. It is the perfect way to try a new sport to see if it is for you.

Note, this is the last chance for new students to join High Point Rowing Club this Fall and be prepared to race.

R E G I S T E R 

A parent must accompany each student to their first row and bring the signed waiver and swim form stating that their child can swim. These forms can be downloaded on the Registration page. Bring $10 cash or check payable to “High Point rowing Club.”

Also bring the following:
• flip flops (we walk the boats into the water)
• water bottle
• dress in close-fitting shorts/t-shirt (Loose clothes get caught in the sliding seat of the boat).

Questions? Just email our coach, Gene, at contact@highpointrowing.com or call him at (336) 257-9009.

High Point Rowing Club has over 150 members and is a wonderful way for students to have fun and make friends in a competitive sporting environment.

High Point Rowing Club has over 150 members and is a wonderful way for students to have fun and make friends in a competitive sporting environment.

Fall Parent Meeting Minutes

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – Following a parent mingle with coffee and donuts, Connie Curri (Charlotte’s mom) opened the Fall Parent Meeting for High Point Rowing Club on August 20.

McDonalds - High Point is one of our 2016 corporate sponsors!

McDonalds – High Point is one of our 2016 corporate sponsors!

Connie outlined several changes to the team’s travel arrangements this year. To reduce the burden placed on any one parent, the team would ask for two parent volunteers to ride the bus with the team, with different parents volunteering for each team trip. Parents are required on the bus to provide supervision and to also offer independence from club coaches in the case that issues arise.  Additional parent volunteers would also be needed to prepare lunches at regattas.

When it comes to team travel, parents can choose to have their child ride the team bus and stay in hotel rooms with the team or drive their child themselves and have them stay with them.

October 8: Head of the James (Richmond, VA) – Middle School included.

November 5-6: Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga, TN) – High School rowers.

November 12: Head of the South (Augusta, SC) – High School rowers.

TEAM UNIFORMS: New rowers will race in High Point t-shirts and should purchase navy spandex shorts in the Fall (about $20 from Target). A newly designed unisuit will be introduced in the spring season for all rowers.

MEDICAL FORMS – These will now be done ONLINE. An email will go out to parents with a link to the form.

Connie then asked parents to introduce themselves and say who their child is and where they go to school. Following this Connie introduced head coach Gene Kininmonth.

Gene stressed that safety of the rowers at all times is the first priority of High Point Rowing Club. “If we are not sure, we stay on shore.” Gene pointed out that the strict safety protocols that the club uses at Oak Hollow Lake will be maintained when the team attends regattas, pointing out that at Dogwood Regatta last spring the club had held its varsity crews onshore for finals when thunder was heard across the course, even though regatta officials continued racing.

With safety first and foremost in mind, our MISSION STATEMENT is that High Point Rowing Club is a recreational rowing club where we strive to meet every athlete’s most competitive personal goals.

“Each year my goal for the club is not just to be better than the last but the best ever. This year that is a bigger challenge than ever with so many recent rowers graduating, and that makes it exciting and a challenge i am looking forward to,” said Gene.

“This year we have some terrific, hard working young rowers on our squad. And the best way we can support them is by helping to recruit a strong team. The club relies almost entirely on Facebook for marketing. Remarkably, we have no connections to any of the public schools in High Point. Any direction you could offer to make introductions to High school guidance counselors or PE instructors, or athletic directors would be invaluable.”

Gene then discussed the new developments for the club.

Coaching staff updates:
With the departure of Allie Davis, Gene began an immediate search for a new coach for the varsity girls squad. However, at almost the same time the NCAA changed its rules to permit university women’s rowing programs to hire a 4th assistant coach to its staff. Previously they were restricted to only three. This has lead to a hiring binge for rowing coaches making the market for available coaches extremely small and the cost to hire an appropriate coach significantly more. Meanwhile, the club’s revenues fell significantly over the summer. Masters membership dropped 50% from the previous year and youth summer membership was down as well. Gene attributed this to a hotter summer than usual and an improved economy where families were travelling for vacation more. Gene will continue to search for a new coach and expects to announce the hire  in time for the spring season.

Greensboro Crew: 
Last month we started Greensboro Crew. Gene went into the thinking behind this decision:

  • A large percentage of High Point rowers were travelling 35 minutes or more each way on the roads each day. Many of these students are from Greensboro. This is not a way to build a successful program.
  • Local competition. We need more local races and the media profile that accompanies local competition.

How will Greensboro work with High Point?  We are all one club but with separate local identities. We are each other’s competition when we race each other several times a year. We will come together as crew mates for outside competition. Team GHP or GHP Rowing or whatever catches on. In 12 months we see the best rowers from both locations merging at a special camp after the regular spring season to form super crews for SE Regionals to qualify for Nationals.

From an operational standpoint each base will operate separate books. So, when you make a donation to High Point Rowing Club your money will be invested right here and gifts to Greensboro Crew your money will stay invested there.

CREW ADVISORY BOARD
This Fall the club will be supported by an advisory board. This will be a working board comprised of coaches, masters, and parents who are engaged in the volunteer efforts of the club. For example, it will include our Celebration of Rowing co-chairs, Jackie King and Caren York, our High Point Autumn Rowing Festival regatta co-chairs Mandy Greene and Jeanne MacPherson, our parent volunteers such as Connie and others who will be riding the bus to regattas and feeding the rowers and coaches.

The advisory board is expected to meet at least 4-5 times each year to provide counsel and feedback on the club’s projects, events and other endeavors.

Following brief questions the Fall parent meeting concluded. The Club would like to express its thanks to Jackie King for providing coffee from her High Point McDonalds restaurant for the meeting.

Youth Parent Meeting is Saturday Morning

Greetings High Point Youth Parents,

Please note that the Autumn Parent Meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning, August 20 at 7:45am at Oak Hollow Lake. We will serve coffee at 7:15am to give parents an opportunity to mingle informally before proceedings begin at 7:45am.

A limited supply of apparel will be available for sale also on this occasion. Please note that the regular afternoon practice schedule begins on Monday.

Cheers,

Gene Kininmonth
Head Coach

High Point Rowing Club youth squad sporting their club cricket jumpers.

High Point Rowing Club youth squad sporting their club cricket jumpers.

Announcement: Celebration of Rowing Banquet

High Point, North Carolina – The date has been set and a special guest speaker is confirmed for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet, the event co-chairs Jackie King and Caren York are pleased to announce.

Jack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s prestigious gala set for Saturday evening, November 19 at High Point Country Club. Greensboro Crew coach and Masters rower Katie Jones will serve as master of ceremonies for this occasion.

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Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team and 2015 World Championships bronze medalist.  He has also won the Head of the Charles Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta, and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Jack earned his doctorate in archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar, and his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  His research interests include the visual trappings of status and power; the art and archaeology of the Roman Principate and Qin-Han period China; menswear; and Neapolitan pizza.  Jack is the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers (Thames & Hudson, 2014), A Humorous Guide to Heraldry, and a wide variety of academic and popular articles.

“The Celebration of Rowing banquet is such a special event,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Being in the presence of such unique thought leaders of our sport, such as Jack Carlson is what make this night such a not to be missed occasion.”

Jack Carlson continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind, was the 2014 guest speaker.

All members of the Triad rowing community including High Point Rowing Club, High Point University, and Greensboro Crew are invited to attend. Parents and rowers wishing to volunteer to help should extend their expression of support to the co-chairs.

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