Head of the Rondout, Sun., Oct. 15, 2017


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Contact: Timothy Cross
Director of Development and Communications
845-338-0071 x17

New “Head of the Rondout” Rowing Race at Museum
HRMM and Rondout Rowing Club Host Race on Sunday, October 15

KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Rondout Rowing Club will host a Head of the Rondout rowing race on Sunday, October 15, on the historic Rondout Creek in Kingston, New York.

“Head” races are time-trial rowing competitions. In Kingston, boats will launch one by one at the Museum, row up the Rondout toward the Eddyville Bridge, circle back, and race from the bridge to the Rondout Lighthouse. The three-mile course requires crews to navigate around some obstacles. Boats will begin launching at HRMM, at 50 Rondout Landing, at 8 a.m.
“This is a warm-up event for crews racing the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston the following weekend,” says HRMM Trustee Scott Johnson, who coaches the Kingston High School Varsity Crew team and organized this competition. Rondout Rowing Club has two teams competing on the Charles, “so this is ideal practice for us,” Johnson says.
The Head of the Rondout is designed for all ages and classes of boats, and it is open to all rowers, free of charge. Competitors will range from middle school students to adults. In addition to the Rondout Rowing Club youth crews, boats from the Rondout Rowing Club, the Hudson Valley Rowing Association, and other rowing teams and clubs will compete.
“Rondout Creek offers ideal conditions for a head race,” says Lisa Cline, executive director of HRMM. “The Hudson River Valley has a long history of rowing and we’re really excited to support this new race here in Kingston. The Head of the Rondout is another sign of the powerful resurgence of the sport of rowing in our area.”
Crews interested in competing should contact Scott Johnson at 845-901-2386. The deadline to register is October 7.
Members of the press are invited to attend. For more information, contact Tim Cross at 845-338-0071, ext 17.
For more information about the Hudson River Maritime Museum, visit http://www.hrmm.org, like HRMM on Facebook, or call 845-338-0071.

About the Hudson River Maritime Museum (hrmm.org). Located along the historic Rondout Creek in downtown Kingston, NY, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 institution dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. HRMM opened the Riverport Wooden Boat School in 2016 and the Riverport Sailing School in 2017.
About the Rondout Rowing Club (rondoutrowingclub.org). The Rondout Rowing Club is a not-for-profit, member supported, volunteer organization dedicated to community rowing as well as the promotion and support of water sports on the Hudson River and Rondout Creek. The Club was formed in 1999 by new and experienced rowers who wanted to bring rowing to the community.