County Rowers Win at State Championship

North Palm Beach Rowing Club athletes performed spectacularly in the 2021 Florida State Sculling Championships held April 10th, 2021, bringing home multiple gold medals and notching several other superb finishes. NPBRC’s Finnegan Yorty won gold in the lightweight boy’s single scull (1x). Finn will be off to Embry-Riddle this fall where he will study aeronautical engineering and be a member of the men’s crew team. Lara Jones, who trains with NPBRC but was rowing for her school, Pine Crest, also won gold in the junior women’s 1x. Sophia Smith was just three seconds behind in the same event, winning the bronze medal, while Arianna Sanchez placed eighth in a field crowded with talented athletes. Separately, NPBRC’s Chloe Gudet and Mackenzie Dunn placed fifth in the girls lightweight double sculls (2x).

All told, NPBRC qualified five boats to the finals despite a regatta wrought with weather delays and a condensed schedule that ultimately saw the final cancelled and medals awarded according to the results of time trials. Held annually in Sarasota, this year FSRA’s sculling championship saw 37 of the state’s top clubs compete in 22 separate events categorized by age, gender, weight, and boat size.

NPBRC crews train on the Intracoastal Waterway between US1’s Parker Bridge and Indiantown Road. Its rowers range from 8th grade middle-schoolers to high school and master’s rowers who are pushing 80 years old. Its facilities are at Bert Winters Park off Ellison Wilson Road, just south of Donald Ross Road. More information can be found on the club’s website at , or call (561) 691-0912.