The Catch Spring 2021

Hello! Welcome to the latest issue of "The Catch", published for Nassau's best rowing club.

First Annual Exuma Beach Sprints A Success!

The first-ever coastal rowing regatta held in The Bahamas and in The Caribbean took place on 27th - 28th March 2021 in Exuma. The Exuma Beach Sprints Invitational Regatta, hosted by Skullers Rowing Club, saw 27 rowers contesting 3 events across both youth male, youth female, and open categories. Skullers Rowing Club showed their skill handling the choppy conditions, and we were thrilled to participate in the first of many inter-island regattas!

The Beach Sprints format followed guidelines set by FISA, the international governing body for rowing, with a running start down the beach 10 metres into a coastal rowing boat held by two teammates. The rowers then proceeded 250 meters out into the bay, navigating a slalom course then rounding the far buoy before sprinting back toward the beach. Each head-to-head race took approximately four minutes, for an exciting weekend of Time trials, heats and finals.

Visits from Minister Lewis and members of the Bahamas Olympic Committee

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Newly-appointed Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Iram Lewis and Director of Sports Timothy Munnings met with Nassau Rowing Club President Kyle Chea, Vice President Dr. Kathryn de Souza, and Head Coach KariAnne Kulig, on March 12, 2021, and toured the club's Lake Cunningham rowing site. Minister Lewis and Director Munnings also met University of The Bahamas student Beatrise Bethel, who came up through the rowing programme from high school, and was assisting in teaching younger rowers.

(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)

On 3 February 2021, we were pleased to welcome the Bahamas Olympic Committee President Romell Knowles and Vice President Dorian Roach to Lake Cunningham.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit our rowing centre and chat about the future of rowing. We appreciate your support!

Register Now for Spring Learn to Row

Spring 2021 Adult and Youth Learn to Row programs are open for registration!

Saturday classes begin 10 April from 9 - 10:30 AM for Adults and 11 AM - 1 PM for Youth 11+

Tuesday / Thursday classes begin 6 April from 9 - 10:30 for Adults.

Please email or message Coach Kulig at (242) 823 - 7425.

The fee is $300 for 10 sessions.

Congratulations to Henryk Kania for committing to Hamilton College!

"My name is Henryk and I’m 18 years old. I was born and raised in Poland, but currently I’m living my Bahamian dream. I’m passionate about sports in general and I love to cook (doesn’t mean I’m a good cook). During normal times, I spend most of my year in the United States, where I attend Kent School in Connecticut. I touched a sweeping oar for the first time in March 2019, when I joined Kent School Boat Club. At the end of the 2019 racing season, I was 7 seven seat in the 3rd varsity eight, which placed 3rd at the New England Championship.

Another milestone in my rowing journey happened in July 2020, when I started sculling. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to race in 2020, but I still think it was a productive year for me. Rowing has also helped me find a place for the next 4 years of my life, as I’ll be attending Hamilton College starting this fall. Certainly, I’ll be joining the rowing team and competing at the Division III level. I’m looking forward to representing Nassau Rowing Club all over the world!"

Please support our Members!

Nassau Rowing Club is comprised of multitalented, multi-faceted people. Each month we are highlighting a locally owned business. Please consider supporting Zakita Bethel and her farm!

"Hi my name is Zakita and I am a producer and co-owner of a startup Agricultural Consultancy and production Company called AgroGate Bahamas. This season I am currently producing a variety of vegetables winter vegetables for sale. These include lettuces, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, chives, salad mix, and arugula. I am ecstatic to be a part of the Nassau Rowing Club! I've have just passed the first calendar year milestone since I began the Winter learn to row session in January of last year. I currently row two to three times each week with the Masters group."

If you want to order a farm box from Zakita, please reach out at (242) 424 - 7478. She is located near Bacardi Road.

Please ask about the spring crop!.

RCA celebrates 2020 COVID Champions

Marc Ell, former NRC board member!

RCA is pleased to announce the 2020 COVID

Champions, an award created for the 2020 RCA Excellence Awards to recognize individuals who went above and beyond to support their club and their members throughout the pandemic.

Marc Ell - Saskatchewan

Regina Rowing Club

As Regina Rowing Club's lead for Facilities and Equipment management, Marc took the initiative to ensure that equipment remained in top shape and that COVID protocols were adhered to, in addition to managing the club's erg rental program.

Save the Date: NPSS Regatta 2021 and US Masters Nationals

Please save the dates!

15 MAY 2021

Second Annual

New Providence Secondary Schools Regatta

Nassau, The Bahamas

1500m sprints - come represent your school!!!

12-15 August 2021

2021 USRowing Masters National Championships

Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, TN

Hosted by Oak Ridge Rowing Association

1000m races in age and weight categories.

Thank you to our 2020-2021 Sponsors. We appreciate your continued support of our vision.

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