High Point to Host Rowing Festival on Saturday

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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – The Triad will welcome 300 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:

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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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Sneak Peek Week is Here! Middle and high school students can try rowing for just $10.

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If you are in grades 7-12 (rising), and maybe looking for a Fall sport? Come give rowing a try. Three days of rowing for just $10. It is that easy! No experience necessary but you should be able to swim as a safety precaution.

WHEN? 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday, August 9th, Wednesday and Thursday.

WHERE? Oak Hollow Lake. Use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point as your GPS guide. This will bring you to the park entrance. When you enter the park, our boats are located to the right end of the parking lot.

COST? Just $10!

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 and your $10 payment.

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.

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Youth Rowing FAQs

Who is High Point Rowing Club for and how long has the team been around? 

Best in class: The High Point Youth squad adorned in medals won at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival and wearing their new look Cricket Jumpers.

Best in class: The High Point Youth squad adorned in medals won at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival and wearing their new look Cricket Jumpers.

High Point Rowing Club is the Triad’s only community rowing club and provides opportunities to row for youth (Grades 7-12) and adults through the Masters program. The team was formed in 2012 and now has over 140 members.

Does it cost money to try-out rowing to see if I like the sport?
At various times of the year the Club welcomes students to try out rowing with the team for two sessions at no charge. We will also have special Learn to Row sessions in the early Fall. Email the coaches at contact@highpointrowing.com with any questions.

Will there be another Crew Interest Meeting to find out more about joining the team? 
There is a Crew Open House planned for this coming Saturday, August 6, 2016. Please email the team at contact@highpointrowing.com for more information.

 Where does the team row? 
The team trains indoors during the winter in Jamestown and during the warmer months at beautiful Oak Hollow Lake. For directions see this link

When are practice times?
Practice days/times during the Spring & Fall seasons are 4:15pm to 6:15pm for during the week and at 9am on Saturdays. The team makes allowances for students who attend school from further away to arrive at 4:30pm. Note, middle school students practice on fewer days, which are generally Monday – Thursday – Saturday.

Are all practices mandatory?
No. If you cannot make it to all practice sessions that is OK. Keep in mind that like anything in life you only get out of something what you put into it. We find that the longer our rowers are on the team the more committed they become.

When is the Crew season?
Crew is a year round sport comprised of four distinct seasons.

Fall Season: This season begins in August and the team will row through to early December, competing in scrimmages and boat races called regattas against other rowing programs in October and November.

Spring Season: Rowing begins in mid-February and races begin in late March and continue through May.

Summer season: A great time to participate in a Summer Rowing Camp to learn to row.

Winter Indoor Season: The team trains inside at the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio.

Do I have to row all seasons?
No. For example, a student may wish to row in the fall season and then play another sport such as Baseball or soccer in the spring. Rowing is a great conditioning activity for other sports and many athletes use it for cross-training purposes.

Will rowing help me get into college?
For many high school students, experience in rowing may just be the best extra curricular activity they could take on outside of the classroom for getting into college. For girls especially, there are serious advantages to being a rower. Colleges need lots of female rowers to balance out large male football teams. Consider this, UNC has 60 girls on their women’s rowing roster. Princeton University has 140 women on their rowing team. Wisconsin has even more!

Do you want to be applying to great colleges like UNC, Princeton or Wisconsin as a volleyball player or as a rower?

What are the costs to join the team?
Dues are payable per season – see the registration link for specifics for the current or upcoming season. In addition to dues, all members will need to purchase a uniform (~$70) and pay race fees.

Why row?
There are lots of reasons HERE!

Open House for General Public on August 6

High Point's youth eight at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina.

High Point’s youth eight at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina.

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to offer an Open House to the general public on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 8am to 12pm at Oak Hollow Lake. Guest participants will have an opportunity to receive a free rowing lesson by the club’s coaches and row in the club’s boats.

Participants must be able to swim for safety reasons.

should wear athletic attire suitable for the weather on the day and flip flops (not running shoes) as we walk the boats into the water.

The Open House is suitable for adults of all ages and youth ages 12 and up. The Open House will take place at 3700 Waterview Road, High Point. 

High Point Rowing Anniversary Set for September 10

10639690_10152639569904376_4959141144622408802_nHigh Point Rowing Club will celebrate its 4th birthday on Saturday, September 10 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year. A potluck brunch for rowers, families and friends will follow the boat races.

The club will have much to celebrate after four years, with record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad.

Last year 9 eight-man crews as well as some smaller boats lined the start of the race course at Skeet Club Bridge to race the full extent of Oak Hollow Lake to Johnson Street Bridge and club founder Gene Kininmonth predicts there could be more crews this year.

All rowers participating in the Crew’s 4th Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 8am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Grade 6 -12) are eligible to join the team. No experience necessary. Adults will have the opportunity to join a learn to row class in August. Email contact@highpointrowing.com or see the Registration page for details.

Youth Power Camp Scheduled for August 1-5

Oak Hollow Lake: High Point Rowing Club will host a one-week Power Camp for Triad area high school students, who have already competed one year in another sport. This fast-paced one-week camp is designed for students seeking to ultimately play an NCAA sport in college and earn a potential scholarship. (Statistics)

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN ROWING IS REQUIRED.

High Point's youth eight at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina.

High Point’s youth eight at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina.

During each session, participants will learn the fundamentals of rowing. Potential rowers will learn about the sport, equipment, and terminology, as well as the training required to compete on a collegiate varsity rowing squad. All athletes will participate in both land and water workouts.

“This is a focussed one week clinic. Students will learn what it takes to get a scholarship into a university like Harvard, Princeton or Carolina and how to best position themselves for success,” says chief coach Gene Kininmonth, who previously coached at the University of Southern California.

Kininmonth says that many high school students reach their maximum potential in other sports and realize they are just not going to reach the levels needed to play in college or perhaps have been injured and unable to continue other sports. “Rowing is the perfect sport for these talented athletes to transfer to because the sport is largely injury free and the opportunities to compete in college are so great.”

• No experience necessary
• Learn teamwork & camaraderie
• Develop insights into the college recruiting process
• Largest and most successful youth rowing program in the Triad

Dates & Times:  

Monday, August 1
7:15am – 11:00am at ‘The Erg Room’ at 124C Wade Street, Jamestown.

Tuesday through Friday:
7:15am-9:15am at Oak Hollow Lake at 3700 Waterview Road, High Point.

Cost: $110 which must be paid by check in advance (includes a crew T-shirt) – No refunds.

Register: Register here and click here for directions. Space for this rowing camp is limited so participants are advised to register early to avoid disappointment. All students should be confident swimmers for safety and a parent must sign the Waiver and Swim form, which can be downloaded on the Registration page.

More Info: High Point Youth Rowing Program in the News
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Oct 1 Date Set for 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival

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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – The date has been set for North Carolina’s largest annual rowing event. The 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival will take place on Oak Hollow Lake on October 1st.

“We expect to welcome over 160 boats from across North Carolina and surrounding states to Oak Hollow Lake as host of the 2016 High Point 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 sport.”

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names in the past, including local favorite High Point University, as well as UNC, NC State 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 9am 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. The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. Limited free parking is also available. Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races.

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.

Join the Youth Summer Rowing Season!

The Spring season is over and the Youth Summer season starts on Monday. This is the ultimate time of year for new students with no experience to try rowing for the first time! 

R E G I S T E  R   F O R   S U M M E R

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to announce details of the scholastic summer rowing program. The summer season is from now through August 20. Students rising to grades 7-12 are welcome to participate and all students should be at least 12 years old.

Sessions take place mornings Monday – Saturday from 7:00am – 9:00am at Oak Hollow Lake.

Address: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC 27265.

Cost: The cost of summer membership is $295.  Register here!

What to wear: Students should regular athletic attire suitable for the weather. Shorts should not be loose as they could get caught in the sliding seats. Wear flip flops and bring a pair of socks. Also wear sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle.

The summer season is one of the best times of year for new high school and middle school students to join the team. The coaches will teach you all the basics of rowing on your first day and you will soon be swinging along with the crew.

It really is that easy!

Students are not expected to attend every practice and the coaches understand that many rowers will be away for parts of the summer on vacations and summer camps. New members under 18 must have a parent complete the waiver and swim form found on the registration page.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

 

Crew Celebrates with Last Row & Spring Banquet

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club’s youth program capped off its spring season with one last row before celebrating at the Crew Banquet with coaches and parents on Wednesday evening.

“This is always my favorite annual rowing event of the year,” said coach Gene Kininmonth following a delicious pot luck feast. “We are here this evening to celebrate victories won, battles hard fought, and to send off our high school seniors.”

Mary Hollingsworth, who is parent liaison to the team and a director of the non-profit board, then  thanked parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all crew regattas, the ‘Duck Committee’ of fathers, who ran the on water activities of the club’s regattas, and the group of mothers, who managed the timing systems and greatly assisted crews in launching and returning the boats to shore at home regattas.

Coach Gene thanked Mary Hollingsworth and Scott Jones, Mandy Greene, and Allie Davis for their coaches service to the Crew.

The coaches then presented The York Cup to the crew that recorded the fastest time from Skeet Club bridge to Johnson Street bridge during the previous twelve months. The York Cup crew of 2016 is coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Kyle Koval, William Scarpa, Adam Alt, Emma Lloyd, Olivia Corriere, Ainsley Fox, and bow seat Alexis Berg. The crew set a new record time of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

Coach Gene and Coach Allie then presented individual awards to rowers for ‘Middle School MVP’, ‘Most Improved’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and ‘Rower of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Victoria Goldin, Adam Alt, Mac Warwick, Emma Lloyd, Kevin Capps, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, Austin Young, Kyle Koval, and Aliute Udoka were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. The evening then took an emotional turn with each senior passing on their jersey to a younger rower before reflecting on their rowing experience with High Point Rowing Club.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

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.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

 

 

Crew Sets York Cup Record


Oak Hollow Lake, High Point –  A new record time was set in a York Cup challenge on Wednesday night. Two High Point Youth boats raced each other from Skeet Club Bridge to Johnson Street Bridge but only one of the boats was comprised of an eligible York Cup crew.

To be eligible a crew must meet the following requirements:

1.) All members of the crew must be currently enrolled in high school or middle school. (the Summer following your senior year makes you ineligible!)
2.) At least two and no more than four male rowers in the boat. A coxswain may be a fifth male member of the crew.
3.) At least four of the rowers must be in their novice year (or freshman grade or below).

Aided by a brisk Nor’easterly tail wind, the record setting crew was comprised of coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Kyle Koval, William Scarpa, Adam Alt, Emma Lloyd, Olivia Corriere, Ainsley Fox, and bow seat Alexis Berg and set a time of 14 minutes 7 seconds. The previous record was 14 minutes 45 seconds set in 2014.

Racing in the ‘Spooner’, the crew was further helped with a competitive push by fellow crew mates racing in the black M2.

Crews can attempt a York Cup challenge at any time throughout the year. At the end of the spring season, the crew that has recorded the fastest time in the previous 12 months is recognized at the annual Spring Crew Banquet and earns the honor of drinking a toast from The York Cup.

The York Cup is named in honor of Caren and Greg York, (Charles’ Mum & Dad!) for their generous support of the youth rowing program. The purpose of the ongoing annual event is to bring the club’s youngest and newest rowers together with the clubs most experienced varsity rowers of both genders throughout the year.
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Youth Squad Rocks the Boat in Sarasota

Sarasota,  Florida – Two of three High Point crews qualified for the finals at the USRowing Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday.

Adam Alt and Kyle Koval earned a grand final spot in the Men’s Youth Double sculls event on Saturday morning with a third place finish in the heats. The duo are the first High Point male crew to qualify for a final at the regional regatta.

On Sunday, Adam and Kyle finished in 5th place ahead of Atlanta in the six boat final. 

Men’s Youth Doublesculls
1. Miami 6 minutes 53.37 seconds
2. Jacksonville 7:01.809
3. Sarasota 7:06.363
4. Miami Beach 7:12.898
5. High Point 7:30.918
6. Atlanta 7:33.981

“It’s good to see everyone come together and put in that work,” said Adam after racing. “I’m proud with the double, breezing to the finals and then pulling off a good sprint at the end to walk on Atlanta. Taking 5th did feel good. Sad that’s there’s no second chance at it next year but I guess four years ultimately led up to this.”

“You can’t fake your way into a final like this,” says boys varsity Coach Gene Kininmonth. “To make a final at this level of competition you have to commit in the fall season and carry that commitment through the winter. Kyle and Adam have earned this result and they can be proud of their efforts.”

Kyle Koval and Adam Alt return to shore after a 5th place finish in the Doublesculls final of the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

Kyle Koval and Adam Alt return to shore after a 5th place finish in the Doublesculls final of the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

High Point’s second finals appearance on Sunday was in the Women’s Youth Eights event.

High Point was seeded 7th out of eight teams in the event but on Saturday the crew of cox Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins,  Junior Ognovich,  Aliute Udoka,  Emma Lloyd,  Jaclyn Hronich,  Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece upset the pundits by beating St Andrews in the first round, which earned them a place in the final.

On Sunday, the High Point crew continued to show its surprising pedigree in the final with a 4th place finish ahead of in state rival Asheville and Sarasota.

Women’s Youth Eights
1. Atlanta 6 minutes 58.65 seconds
2. Oarlando (OARS) 7:02.85
3. Nashville 7:04.608
4. High Point 7:14.056
5. Asheville 7:14.982
6. Sarasota 7:22.85

The result matched the crew’s 2015 performance.  “We tell our crews to go out and have fun before each race,” says the varsity girls coach Allie Davis.  “There is nothing more fun for a crew than performing at your peak on race day.”

High Point coxswain Morgan Epling with her women's youth eight crew at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point coxswain Morgan Epling with her women’s youth eight crew at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point Heads to Sarasota, FL for SE Youth Regionals

Sarasota, Florida – High Point Rowing Club will be represented by three crews at the USRowing Southeast Regional Youth Championships in Sarasota, Florida this weekend.

Boat racing takes place at Nathan Benderson Park, the venue for the upcoming 2017 World Rowing Championships.

First up for High Point will be Adam Alt and Kyle Koval racing in the heats of the Youth Double Sculls event. The crew enjoyed comfortable wins at the High Point Regatta and Charlotte Duel before finishing 4th at the Dogwood Regatta last month. Twelve crews are entered in the event. The duo must finish in the top three crews in its 6 boat heat to progress to the final.

Following this race Kyle and Adam will team up with Austin Young and Kevin Capps in the Youth Quad Sculls event.

Later in the day High Point will race in the Women’s Youth Eights event. The crew, comprised of coxswain Morgan Epling, Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Lloyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece has enjoyed historic results for the club throughout the regular season. The crew earned victories at the James River Sprints, the High Point Regatta, and Charlotte Dual and earned a finals appearance two weeks ago at the Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN but was unable to race due to thunderstorms over the race course.

The top three crews in each event qualify for USRowing’s Youth National Championships next month.

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.