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!

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.


World Champions row with NPBRC

Olympic Medalists and 1974 World Champion Rowers Commemorate 40th Year Anniversary with Local Rowers 

On Friday June 6, 2014, the 1974 World Champions Men’s Eight commemorated their historic row with a row down the Intracoastal Waterway from Bert Winters Park. Mike Vespoli, an internationally renowned rower and his team mates who competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics and, in 1974, won the World Championship in Lucerne, Switzerland in record time selected the North Palm Beach Rowing Club to be their host for this exciting event. They rowed just over three miles on the intercoastal waterway proving that they still had their swing (rhythm) and power as they moved swiftly along, leaving several chase boats lagging behind. Afterwards they signed photos from their championship race, mingled with some of the club’s high school rowers and adult members, offered rowing tips to all who came and provided an inspirational look at the lifelong health benefits accruing to those who row. These guys can still move a boat!DSC_0345-2 DSC_0413-2 DSC_0437