LIGHT AT THE END OF THE RACE

6:05 a.m. The frontrunners in Monmouth Boat Club‘s annual solstice race make a U-turn just east of the Oceanic Bridge.  Taking off just before sunrise in Red Bank, they finished in daylight.

The solstice race, once Navesink River Rowing‘s traditional first of the season, is the second race this year in a biweekly series among the “Rowing Fleet” of the MBC. The two rowing organizations are intertwined today as members of both join in the fun.

“Our speeds are so different that there is usually little actual competition,” said Jim Shelton, fleet captain. “Rather, the ‘competition’ is more frequently against our own individual record.”

(Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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TESTING THE WATERS

Navesink River Rowing member Katya Hanson, above, gives some guidance on oar handling to Susan Skeans at the Red Bank club’s annual open house on the Navesink Saturday. At right, Ann Marie Carton of Middletown, a college rower who joined NRR for summer, tunes up. (Click to enlarge)

WHAT TO DO IN WINTER? ROW, OF COURSE

nirSalvador Tecalero, in the foreground, is one of more than 60 members of Navesink Indoor Rowing. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

John Crilly made a bold move four years ago. He had a vision, one that was put into focus by his rowing students at Navesink River Rowing, a goal Crilly felt he needed to realize.

“They came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Crilly, what are we going to do in the wintertime, because we want to be competitive in the spring?'” he said.

That’s where the bold move came in. Crilly owned an ergonomic rowing machine, but having students take turns on it wasn’t going to work.

“I went to my wife and asked her if it’d be OK if we could tap into the home equity to buy five more,” he said.

In the first year of Navesink Indoor Rowing, Crilly worked with a dozen students using the six machines. Today, the club has some two dozen machines utilized by more than 60 members from all over Monmouth and Ocean counties — most of them high school kids, but with a strong adult contingent mixed in. Crilly says it’s the only indoor rowing club in the area he’s aware of.

And he’s still got a home.

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CHURNING UP THE NAVESINK

trafficTraffic was heavy in Maple Cove Sunday as rowers came and went during a morning of races. Below, scullers heading out to the start line. (Click to enlarge)

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The Navesink River Rowing club marked the end of its summer youth program with an in-house and invitational regatta that turned Red Bank’s Maple Cove into a busy depot for skinny boats Sunday.

The Sprints on the ‘Sink series of races for quads, doubles and singles drew dozens of racers, including a sculling contingent from Westfield.

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