Palm Beach “Burn” produces American Champion

North Palm Beach Rowing Club hosted Palm Beach County’s first-ever indoor rowing competition, the Palm Beach Burn, on Saturday, August 19th. Athletes came from as far as Orlando for this event to compete in a morning packed both with fierce competition and genuine camaraderie.

Without question, the star of the show was Mr. George Heller. At a spry 95 years, Mr. Heller competed in the 1000m 90+ event and not only did he handily win his age category, but also set a new 2017 American record – a fact just confirmed by authorities at Concept2.

“The Burn” featured age categories ranging from under-15 (“U15”) to 90+ and a range of distance options to fit every fitness level. NPBRC wishes to thank the many volunteers and local sponsors who made The Burn a success, and congratulate all of our competitors on  a job well done!

Second NPBRC Rower invited to Jr. National Team Camp

North Palm Beach Rowing Club athlete Gracie Leon has become the second NPBRC rower this season to be invited to a USRowing Junior National Team Development Camp. Gracie began rowing with NPBRC in 2016. According to USRowing, she was invited based on several factors, including her many wins this year (the Southeast Regional Championship as one example, in which she won two gold medals), her ergometer score, and her proven potential.

As stated in USRowing’s invitation letter, the purpose of this Development Camp is to identify future hopefuls for the 2018 and 2019 US Junior National Team and increase the pool of available athletes from which to choose future National Team competitors. Gracie is one of only 24 girls from across the United States selected to attend this camp, which focuses on singles (1x), doubles (2x), and quads (4x). USRowing’s goal is to “identify athletes with potential early in their rowing careers and put them in an environment where they can learn and grow in the sport. This will help them better understand the process for contending for a World Championship.”

We are very proud of Gracie’s accomplishment and the incredible results that our coaching staff, parents and teammates have produced in such a short time.


NPBRC Qualifies for Youth National Championship

The North Palm Beach Rowing Club medaled in 3 out of its 5 events at USRowing’s Southeast Youth Championship Regatta, May 13- 14 on Lake Lanier in Gainesville GA. This race drew 41 clubs from FL, SC, NC, AL, GA, and TN competing for a chance to qualify for the National Championship regatta in June.

NPBRC’s Gracie Leon won a gold medal and a trophy in the Womens Youth 1x.  With this win in a “qualifying race” against the best high school rowers in the Southeast region, Gracie is now invited to race at the US Rowing Youth National Championship Regatta, June 9-11 in Sarasota, Florida. Only the top three women in the 1x race from the SE region advanced to Nationals.  This is the first time that any NPBRC rower has won that honorGracie also won a gold medal that same day in the Women’s U17 race.

Kolton Paxson, who was recently invited to Junior National Team Development Camp this summer, won a third place medal this weekend in the Mens U17 race.

Aryanna Ramsey and Madison Chuchla finished 5th out of 14 boats in the Womens Lightweight 2x “qualifying level” race, a great accomplishment for both young oarswomen after a very competitive “time trial” on Saturday.


NPBRC Rower Invited to Jr. National Team Development Camp

North Palm Beach Rowing Club is proud to announce that one of our youth team rowers, Kolton Paxson, has accepted an invitation to participate this summer in the 2017 USRowing Junior Men’s National Team Development Camp. He will be one of only 30 rowers from across the United States to have been invited to this camp. The rowers were selected at USRowing’s Identification Camps held throughout the country earlier this year.

Junior Men’s National team Coach John Cohen says that “Camp will take place at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with the goal of helping all athletes become better prepared for the rigors of international racing. This camp is the perfect stepping stone for those athletes who are serious about training at a high level, and taking the first step toward one day representing the United States at the World Championships.” Kolton said “I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to train at the US Rowing Men’s Junior National Development Camp to improve my skill as a rower.”

Kolton, age 16, learned to row at NPBRC just six months ago but has quickly developed into a talented oarsman, most recently finishing fourth at the 2017 Florida State Sculling Championships. He will continue to compete throughout the summer both in the US and internationally.


Girls Jr 1x Silver Medal and Great Success at Sculling State Championship

The North Palm Beach Rowing Club finished the regular season with the club’s best-ever results at the Florida State Sculling Championship, held April 8-9th in Sarasota, FL. Five of the club’s six boats entered advanced, with three to Finals and two to Petite Finals. Of those 5 boats, all finished at least 8th or above in the entire state. As you read the results, bear in mind that every single one of the talented rowers named is in their first year of rowing….so the future is looking very bright for our young team.


Boys Junior 1x Kolton Paxson (center) and teammates enjoying the regatta

NPBRC’s Gracie Leon, age 16, earned a SILVER medal in the Girls’ Junior 1x, making her the second fastest junior (11th grade and below) sculler in Florida. With poise and grit, Gracie finished with a time of  6:58.8, just 4.3 seconds off of Jacksonville and a full 16 seconds faster than the next boat in the pack. Gracie’s winning streak began at her first regatta in the fall of 2016. She has medaled in every regatta she’s raced in this year.

NPBRC’s Kolton Paxson, age 16, won his Boys Junior 1x Heat in a commanding fashion to enter Sunday’s Final, where he placed 4th against the fastest junior boys’ scullers in the state. Kolton finished in 6:25.6, a solid finish for a rower who, like the rest of his teammates, continues to add speed with each and every practice.

Our Girls Lightweight (LW) 2x of Aryana Ramsey and Madison Chuchla, ages 17, advanced from their first Heat to a Repechage on Saturday. Their “first place” finish in the Repechage guaranteed them a spot in Sunday’s Final. In a barn-burner of a race that ended in a photo finish, the girls finished 4th in the state – just one tenth of a second off of securing a bronze medal.


Girls LW 2x, Aryana Ramsey and Madison Chuchla


Boys LW 1x, Dominic Pagan

Our Boys LW 1x, Dominic Pagan, 17, also advanced through a tough heat and a Repechage on Saturday to qualify for Sunday’s Petite Final. Dominic won the Petite Final handily, betting the 2nd place finisher by 5.3 seconds and placing 7th in the state with a time of 6:49.1.

Facing a fierce field of 21 entries, NPBRC’s Boys Freshman 2x of Grafton Gore (14) and Jonah Kotzen (16) fought their way through a Heat and Repechage on Saturday to qualify for the Petite Final on Sunday, where they finished 2nd. Their time of 6:24.8 put them 8th in the state of Florida overall.


Boys Freshmen 2x, Grafton Gore and Jonah Kotzen


Girls Freshmen 2x, Marcella Adams-Grimaldi and Summer Scott

Our Girls Freshman 2x duo of Marcella Adams-Grimaldi (15) and Summer Scott (16) also raced in one of the most competitive events of the regatta against a field of 14 boats. The girls finished 7th in their heat, narrowly missing a chance to advance to the repechage.

Special thanks go to our parents and coaches, without whom none of this success would be possible. This is just the start for NPBRC’s young team. Commitment, character, sound coaching and the indelible bonds of friendship make this a truly exceptional team. Quite a few NPBRC rowers will continue to train in our Summer Rowing Session and compete throughout the summer in races around North America. NPBRC will also offer a summer camp for new rowers (no experience required) from June 5th-16th, followed by continued training for novices throughout the summer. It is truly never too late to pick up an oar!

NPBRC Medals at Miami International Regatta

NPBRC’s juniors earned several medals at the Miami International Regatta, held Saturday, March 25 in Miami, FL. The day’s racing was a test of skill and stamina with winds up to 25 mph during the races, but NPBRC’s team pressed on undaunted by the rough water, racing singles, doubles, and quads with quiet, focused composure through the chop. Congratulations to all our rowers!

Of special note were the gold medals won by the girl’s novice quad. Our girls took an early lead and just kept pushing themselves to beat the second place winner by a whopping 30 seconds!  The entire NPBRC squad performed phenomenally, as also shown by our Boys Freshman 2x who brought home bronze medals in a fantastic race. Hard work and a special coach are charting  a bright future for this incredible team.

NPBRC will next race April 8th and 9th at the Florida State Sculling Championship in Sarasota.

Youth Team Dominant In Early Races

In three consecutive weekends of racing this February, North Palm Beach Rowing’s youth team left no doubt that it stacked on some impressive speed this winter. In the first regatta of the spring, a Novice-only race in Orlando, NPBRC’s new rowers – many of whom had been rowing for only a few weeks – displayed maturity and oarsmanship far beyond their years, returning with multiple medals including:

  • 1st place, Men’s Novice Double
  • 2nd place, Men’s Novice Double
  • 2nd place, Men’s Novice Quad
  • 3rd place, Women’s Novice Double
  • 3rd place, Men’s Freshmen Double
  • 3rd place, Men’s Novice Quad

Boys’ team medalists at the 2017 Novice Regatta in Orlando, FL. NPBRC’s girls team also garnered medals (not shown).

 In the inaugural American Youth Cup I on February 17th, a series of three 2,000 meter races new to the Florida spring racing slate, NPBRC won gold in the girls’ 1x  and fielded both girls and boys quads and doubles against tough competition. Each of these races saw crews battle unusually rough water conditions the length of the course, but NPBRC’s boats gained invaluable experience that will pay huge dividends later this season.


Several of NPBRC’s 2017 American Youth Cup I rowers after a long day of races

The 8th annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta (SIR) was held at the Nathan Benderson Park, site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, on February 24-26. This three-day premier regatta attracts more than 1600 athletes 75 clubs and 3500 spectators from across the United States. The Sarasota Invitational is a 1500 meter “sprint” race which is typical of spring season rowing. Against some stiff competition, North Palm Beach Rowing’s Junior Team performed exceptionally well, with results that included:

  • 1st Place: Mixed Quad
  • 2nd Place: Women’s Single
  • 2nd Place: Women’s Double
  • 3rd Place: Mixed Quad

The team will compete in the OARS Invitational in Orlando on March 11.


NPBRC Shines at Southern Sprints

North Palm Beach Rowing Club’s kids excelled at the 2017 Southern Sprints indoor rowing competition, held in Melbourne, FL on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. The NPBRC team not only won two silver medals in events with over 60 entries each, but also posted multiple top-of-the-pack placings in other events and shattered several Personal Record times. This year’s results easily eclipsed any of the club’s prior performances at this event, a testament to the team’s sound training and dedication. Perhaps most remarkable, though, were the displays of teamwork and superb support between NPBRC’s youth, their parents, masters members – one of the hallmarks of this NPBRC crew that make it truly exceptional. The Southern Sprints regatta is the largest indoor rowing competition in Florida with over 1,300 competitors in recent years in youth, adult, collegiate and veteran categories.

Resounding Success by NPBRC at Head of the Giblet Regatta

Results from this past weekend’s Head of the Giblet regatta in Orlando, Florida are in….and they are impressive. The North Palm Beach Rowing Club’s youth rowing team won a staggering 6 GOLD medals, 2 SILVER medals, and 3 BRONZE medals at what is historically one of the biggest fall races in Florida. Our masters, meanwhile, brought home an additional BRONZE medal – icing on the cake for an overwhelmingly successful regatta by any measure, even if that measure is the camaraderie and fun had by parents, masters, and juniors alike. Even more noteworthy than the victories themselves were the wide margins our boats built stroke by stroke over the competition in the course of this tough 5000m race. This is truly where our team’s fitness, focus, and hard work this fall paid off.

There are no individuals in this sport, regardless of the event. Each success on the race course is made possible by the teammates and coaches who push, develop, and mentor our rowers to their best. Well done to ALL of the NPBRC team. You have made us proud.

Strong showing by NPBRC at Stetson Rendezvous

NPBRC’s youth rowing team brought home a load of medals from the Stetson Rendezvous regatta, held November 12th in Deland, FL. NPBRC dominated the Girls’ Double (2X) event, placing 1st and 2nd. The NPBRC Girls’ Quad (4X) brought home silver as did our Girls’ Single (1X) and Boys’ Double (2x). Our two Boys’ Quads (4X) won silver and bronze. Our Boys novice four placed 7th against a tough field in what was the first race ever for all rowers in the boat.

The team’s rigorous training is clearly paying off. More impressive even than their dedication, however, has been the team’s incredible unity and positivity both on the water and off. NPBRC will race next at the Head of the Giblet regatta in Orlando, FL on November 19th.

Our team’s full results are here: