The Nassau Rowing Club was the first rowing club in The Bahamas, formally established in August 2012 to develop the premier competitive rowing program for rowers of all experience, age and fitness levels in The Bahamas.
Our primary goal is to develop a corps of highly technical male and female rowers to contest local and international competitions at the highest levels and to the highest standards.
Though this is our primary goal we know it takes steps to achieve this level of competitiveness. That is why we have developed numerous programs to create opportunities within the Nassau communities. Between our Learn to Row sessions, Master program and Government School program we are hitting a wide audience of potential athletes that are willing to participate in a new sport to The Bahamas.
We aim to build a model community through which rowing can flourish in The Bahamas. Through our loyal members and community we are continuing to build the awareness of this sport within The Bahamas. We boast that every elite Bahamian rower (Emily Morley, William Stanhope and Lex Fountain) have all come from Nassau Rowing Club. They pave the path for our future rowers, through their dedication, hard work and inspiring stories. Our camp has and continues to create a positive learning environment for every person who launches off of our dock. We strive to accommodate all perspective and future athletes with a home of competitiveness, attention to detail and knowledge of not only the sport of rowing, but the sport of rowing in The Bahamas. Lake Cunningham is the definition of rowing in paradise, where we are granted with 2k on the north shore, and 3k on the south shore.
We invite any person who has the desire to try something new, get out on Lake Cunningham or support a sport that can be done by anyone at any age or physical ability.
Meet The Board of Directors
Composed of dedicated individuals for both the sport of rowing and the development of the sport within The Bahamas. We strive to progress not only The Nassau Rowing Club forward, but continue to create opportunities to Bahamian’s that desire to be involved in this unique sport.
President: Kyle Chea
Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Kyle learned to row at Vassar College, where he graduated as Men's Rowing Captain in 2010. Not only an athlete, he was named the All Bahamas Merit Scholar in 2006 and a Sir John Templeton Memorial Scholar in 2017. He has held membership with the University of Bristol Boat Club (Bristol, UK), the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club(Hong Kong, SAR), Club Canottieri Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland), and Duke University Men's Rowing (Durham, NC). As a founding member of the Nassau Rowing Club, Kyle is excited to amplify the club's reach and impact as a rowing leader, not only in The Bahamas but across the Caribbean region.
Past President: Emily Morley
Born and raised in The Bahamas, Emily learned how to row at The Emma Willard School in Troy, NY when she was fifteen. Falling immediately in love with the sport so continued this journey at Ithaca College where she was a DIII student athlete. During her senior year she qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics where she placed 30th. She moved back home to share her knowledge of the sport and bring what she has experienced to The Nassau Rowing Club. She is currently doing the marketing and social media for Morley Realty Ltd.
Vice President: Dr. Kathryn De Souza
Executive Secretary: Michelle Stanhope
Michelle Stanhope’s kids have always been involved in various competitive sports and she has witnessed first hand the tremendous athletic abilities that the youth of the Bahamas possess. Through her kids, she was recently introduced to rowing and realized the positive impact it has on all persons involved on and off the water. She believes rowing is a new avenue leading to endless scholastic and competitive athletic opportunities for all Bahamians to pursue. Lake Cunningham is not only beautiful, but also the perfect venue for rowing in the Bahamas. She is committed to working with Nassau Rowing Club (a non-profit organization) to ensure that more people are made aware of rowing in the Bahamas both locally and internationally and trying to make participation available to as many people as possible in the future. She has recently started rowing herself and now has an even stronger appreciation for the rowing obsession.
Treasurer: Jeremy Morris
Junior Program Coordinator: Sandra Knowles