Where else could you live where you could go for a row in the morning with the sunrise in a classic 8-person shell? The Rondout Rowing Club is a not-for-profit, member supported, volunteer organization dedicated to community rowing as well as the promotion and support of water sports on the Hudson River and Rondout Creek based on the waterfront in Kingston. It has roughly 50 members, with all abilities from novice to advanced rowers. The Club sponsors the local Kingston High School Crew Team, which competes with many high schools on the Hudson River and in the Hudson Valley Rowing League throughout April and May.
If you have never rowed before, have no fear. The Rondout Rowing Club offers a Learn to Row program with a coached boat and full support of experienced club members. How do you sign up? Check out their website.
Maybe building a boat is more your fancy. If so, you will be glad to know a boat building shop is slated to open by fall 2015 right on Kingston’s waterfront. If you have never built a boat before, again, have no fear. The Riverport Wooden Boat Building School of the Hudson River Maritime Museum will include education courses ranging from a boat-building school, to boat safety and sailing. It fits right in with the mission of preserving its historic collection, educating the community, attracting tourists and serving as a community center.
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