The Rondout Rowing Club is a  501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Check the IRS website for our not-for-profit status or our New York State not-for-profit status.  Our tax exempt certificate # is 221377.

We made it happen: the drone video came out amazing! 

Here it is on the Hudson Valley Style Magazine’s youtube channel:

Donate to a Boat in Renno’s Memory

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Renno Memories

I saw a movie this week and it reminded me that sometimes we don’t recognize those that are near to us and are special in many ways that we aren’t. Such talent and devotion, that helps to create something new and exciting, is amazing. Renno was that kind of amazing.

The Rondout Rowing Club was something new and exciting in 1999 and it is still exciting and is renewed each year with both old and new members.

Renno was instrumental in creating this club.  I don’t know what the structure of the club was in 1999, but I do know that Renno was either the prime leader or close to it.  He obtained the certification of incorporation, the 501c3 designation; helped with the bylaws and U.S. Rowing insurance.

Acquisition of Equipment

Renno worked with Ed Kennedy of Newburgh to obtain the first boats; 2 wooden 4’s, an 8 and a double.

  • Newburgh loaned them to us at first and then the founders bought them with dues and fundraisers.
  • Next, boats were obtained from South Kent High School in Connecticutt-2 fiberglass Schoenbrod 4’s and a trailer.
  • A launch was obtained from Niskayuna.

Maintenance Committee

Renno was both the club Vice President and the Chairman of the Maintenance Committee when I joined the club in 2000.

  • He trained many members in the care and repair of the boats and oars.  He designed 2 transport carts to ease the carry of the boats from the Maritime Museum to the City Docks which are a quarter mile away.
  • He designed tarp covers for the boats to protect them from sun damage.  Nora sewed them and fitted them.  “Thank you Nora”.
  • He held and guided regular work bees to care for all the equipment.

Storage of Boats and Equipment

Rowing Season Storage

Originally the boats were stored on the trailer which was parked where the Clearwater Barn is now.  All the other equipment was stored in 2 large transportation containers.  The containers were located behind and against the Maritime Museum.  An oar rack, probably designed by Renno, was inside one container.  The rack is now upstairs in the barn.  Later the containers were moved to the area where we now store our singles.

Originally all our equipment was stored in the secured Museum yard.  All the gates were locked after each row. The founders had an agreement with the Trolley Museum to store our trailer, with boats, during Museum events.  Club members volunteered at the Museum store and helped set up for events plus manned the gates and some booths during the events.

Winter Storage

Our founders obtained permission to store the boats in a huge garage off of Albany Ave. and next to the train tracks.

When Tech City was established, after IBM closed, Renno negotiated a tax benefit agreement with the owner and we moved to Building 5 at Tech City.  This was a perfect location because it was heated and had lighting.  Renno had us work over the winter to sand and varnish the boats and make repairs to the launch.  When Tech City needed the space back, we didn’t have a winter storage location.  Renno designed a Conestoga style structure over the boats which consisted of huge woodenT’s for support of a cross beam and ribs to support several tarps that were tied to the ribs.  During the winter the structure had to be monitored to remove snow loads and make repairs after heavy winds.  The boats survived!

After the winter, Renno negotiated with Ianucci to store the boats in the Cornell Building and when it became unavailable; in the White building across the street from the Sheriff’s Docks.

Fun Events

  • Renno initiated the Mills Mansion/Norrie Point rows, the rows to Saugerties and the Schoharie Reservoir row.
  • Renno was also responsible for competitive races, sprints and head races, with Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Greenwood Lake.
  • The list goes on and on:
    • -Selection of new equipment.
    • -Sale and delivery of old damaged boats to TGIF restaurants.
    • -Strategic Planning Committee.  In reference to strategic planning, there were 2 projects that Renno worked on every year;
    • -Expanding to other high schools, especially Saugerties, and secondly obtaining a permanent boathouse for the Rondout Rowing Club.

As you can see, Renno was a major part of the boney structure of this body we call the Rondout Rowing Club.

Renno was truly amazing and we were lucky to have him as a member and a friend.


Our oars have a new home! 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Herzog’s True Value Home Center for their generous donation and Todd Frank from the Hudson River Maritime Museum for his countless hours and beautiful craftsmanship.


The Rondout Rowing Club is fortunate to have many contributors who sponsor us by providing essential venues for meetings, events, storage of our equipment, etc.  Primarily, however, our greatest support comes from our members who volunteer many hours in order to keep the club alive and thriving.  Thank you all for your generosity, past, present and future.


Hudson River Maritime Museum

YMCA of Kingston


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