[NYCkayaker] The New Rochelle Rowing Club needs our help

Peggy Navarre peggyn2@earthlink.net
Tue Apr 30 11:24:56 EDT 2013

A fellow Westchester paddler is trying to get the word out about the plight of the New Rochelle Rowing Club (NRRC) and thought fellow kayakers could help:

Hurricane Sandy damaged the exterior of the boathouse - the members obtained an engineers report certifying the building safe and structurally sounds, and intended to being fixing the building exterior.  But thus far the City has been unwilling to grant the club access to the building – it has issued an “unsafe building” and “stop work order” and it is feared the City’s intentions are not in support of the club, or in sustaining small boat access to the Sound.  Amazing considering the club’s long history.

The NRRC has been a rowing club for over 130 years – and now houses the Fordham Prep Rowing Team and a growing contingent of sea kayakers. It has a great site on the shore in New Rochelle and a sizable boathouse – a dock, bathrooms, kitchen, parking, access to a region of Long Island Sound with islands to paddle to – I would encourage anyone who’s interested to check it out, even consider becoming members if you live in southern Westchester because there will be room for probably 60 more kayaks there. But the club must convince New Rochelle that it’s an important resource for small-boat water access and something the City should support whole-heartedly, not put obstacles in its way.

The club is looking for *donations* and *new members* and offers from people willing to *write to the City* in support of the club – anything really. The club has plans for repairing the boathouse and recruiting new
members. See the club’s new website which tells the story: www.newrochellerowingclub.com.

I think it would be an ideal place for a south-county kayak educational resource with opportunities to host instructional programs, demo-days, charity paddle days, etc. etc.

If you know of anyone who might be interested – please pass this email along!

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