Artists rendering of the rebuilt rowing club

Artists rendering of the rebuilt rowing club

Recent News

To all of our supporters, interested community members, touring kayakers, oarswomen and oarsmen. Last week, the city and the NRRC agreed to take an extra month before anyone takes action in court or otherwise.  That is a wonderful outcome. It gives us all time to communicate and reflect. 

Over the past several days we have encountered a major misconception... "that the rowing club owns the building but the city owns the land."  Based on that statement a decision-maker might conclude that if the building was gone the rowing club would be gone.   

In fact, quite the opposite is true. The land was conveyed to the city in 1886 in a deed which contained the provision that the NRRC must remain on the land where it was then located and is now located. According to expert real estate counsel's advice, this constitutes a  legally enforceable covenant running with the land.

Having said that, our current structure is built like a rock. We'd like to keep it, improve it and maintain it in a place of honor among the city's historic structures.
New Rochelle Rowing Club
Board of Directors


Please see the important blog post  "A Mistaken Premise"

The original clubouse

The original clubouse

A Farsighted Grant

On June 10, 1886 Alexander and Maria Hudson gave Hudson Park to the town of New Rochelle "...except the building of the New Rochelle Rowing Club..." For 127 years, the club has provided waterfront access to rowers, paddlers, sailors and their supporters. It is the oldest (perhaps the only) rowing club that still occupies its original site, and is still used for its original purpose from Maine to Florida. 

Waterfront access for oarsmen and oarswomen, kayakers, sailors and their supporters.

Kayak Storage
Shell Storage

We are told that the NRRC is the oldest (perhaps the only) rowing club that still occupies its original site, and is still used for its original purpose from Maine to Florida. Its members include Olympic medalists and the superb Fordham Prep Crew. The club was given New Rochelle's Heritage Award in 2008.

Hurricane Sandy - two boats batter the boathouse but the structure remains strong

Hurricane Sandy

The club has weathered many hurricanes and nor'easters in over a century. This time, two thirty foot boats broke their moorings and came ashore. One raked the east side of the clubhouse (shown). The other caused damage to the west side of the exterior wall. Fortunately the structure itself is robust. Please donate if you value waterfront access and our historic and important mission. We can't do it alone.

Dozens of volunteers clear the debris. An engineer declares the building safe. Now rebuilding can begin.

The New Club

The hurricane has energized us to rebuild the kayak storage and shell storage and rededicate ourselves to the principal of waterfront access for athletes and enthusiasts. We intend to engineer with floating floors and breakaway walls so that storm surges can pass through without damage to the structure. The new club will rededicate itself to instruction and water safety.