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  • Writer's pictureChuck Toal

Noank Rowing Partners with Marine Science H.S.

The Noank Rowing Club (NRC) has launched a pilot Learn To Row program with the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS). 20 students signed up for eight days of classes that will teach the skills of scull (2 oars each) and sweep (1 oar each) rowing. Along the way, students will learn how to rig, care and maintain the class's fleet of three quads and one eight person sweep. The MSMHS crew have learned to safely lift the heavy shells and gently launch them into the water from our dock. Once shells are done for the day, the crew will thoroughly clean and return all the gear to its proper storage rack. For the twenty rookies, teamwork is key to form their crew and safely navigate the waters of Beebe cove.

The program would not be possible without the volunteer members of NRC, all of whom are "Safe Sport" trained to work with youth. These volunteers have not only inspired our teen rowers, but the teen rowers have inspired them with their enthusiasm and energy for their new sport. The club would like to recognize the MSMHS principal, Tara Amatrudo, for providing the grant funding and her leadership. We are proud to work with the Blue Ribbon team at MSMHS.

A special thanks goes out to Coach Ric Ricci, who, despite a broken knee, has been coaching the team on their stroke skills of rowing. We're not sure who had more fun, Coach Ric or the kids!!?

Noank Rowing Club and the Marine Science Magnet High School - Building a community one stroke at a time!

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