RED BANK: GOODBYE TO SUMMER

luis 090516 7SUMMER-SCENESThe final installment of  our Summer Scenes series finds photographer Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado down on the banks of the Navesink River once again. He shot this photo through the boat storage racks of Irwin Marine at Union Street and Boat Club Court in Red Bank.

“Yes, I am drawn to the river,” says Luis, who spent part of the summer rowing with Navesink River Rowing. “The river is just an open space, like there’s no trees or, most of the time, people. And sunsets look great because you can kind of see the reflection of the sunset or what’s on the other side of the river on the water.”

redbankgreen thanks Luis for his wonderful photos, and wishes him the best as he enters eighth grade at Red Bank Middle School. His other Summer Scenes photos may be viewed here(Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A SUMMER MOMENT BY THE RIVER

luis 082816 9SUMMER-SCENESAs the lazy days of summer 2016 wind down, Summer Scenes brings you this placid view of the Navesink River lapping softly at the shore at the home of Navesink River Rowing in Red Bank.

The photo is the latest in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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SEA BRIGHT: HEY, IT’S NOW OAR NEVER

1006 ocean 040515Ilene Winters, below, plans to open her new fitness studio in a former auto repair shop next door to a Dunkin’ Donuts this month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ilene winters 040715 2Ilene Winters spent about 20 years on Wall Street, and another decade involved in nonprofit work helping cancer patients and victims of Hurricane Sandy. Now, she says, it’s time to put another passion into play: physical fitness.

This month, Winters expects to open OAR Fitness & Endurance, a training studio, in a former auto repair shop in Sea Bright.

But her leap of faith requires her to tune out some potential downsides. Among them: the Shrewsbury River, just inches away from the building, and what it can do when the weather turns ugly.

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RED BANK: RIVER VIEWS

Enjoying our beautiful Navesink River on a warm spring afternoon Wednesday were an osprey, above; a fisherman on a paddleboard, right; and crossing squads of girls’s and boys’ rowers, below, all seen from a dock on Haddon Park in Red Bank.

The weather Thursday should be just as warm, with sunshine and temperatures reaching the mid-60s, but possibly too windy for rowers and paddlers, with gusts up to 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service. (Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN TAKES PARTY BACK TO THE RIVER

Young sailors air it out at part one of Fair Haven’s centennial regatta, in July. This weekend’s edition will feature high school rowing crews. (Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Not finished celebrating either its centennial year or its waterfront heritage, Fair Haven plans to take it to our beautiful Navesink River this Saturday.

The Fair Haven Centennial Crew Regatta will feature an afternoon of racing, with local rowing  crews from Christian Brothers Academy, Navesink River Rowing, Ranney School, and RFH Crew all vying for a coveted Centennial Cup.

The regatta marks the second water-based celebration of the centennial, the first of which was a sailing event back in July. Including boating events in the yearlong celebration “helps to recognize the important role the Navesink River has played in Fair Haven’s history,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said in a prepared announcement.

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DREXEL SWEEPS RUMSON SWEEP RACES

The Drexel University men’s rowing squad, above, gets ready to take to the Navesink River for the third annual Rumson Boat Race Saturday morning, where the school’s men’s and women’s teams took the Governor’s Cup against Army, Rutgers and Villanova.

Spectators on the Oceanic Bridge, above left, had the best vantage point on the racing, which featured one-mile sprints along the river’s Middletown side.

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PADDLE DAY RETURNS SATURDAY

Participants in the 2011 edition of Paddle the Navesink Day, seen at Maple Cove, below, and from West Front Street down the Corinthian Cove driveway, above.  (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

For the third year in a row, Red Bank will celebrate its nautical heritage with a day specially dedicated to the Navesink River. Open to landlubbers and water lovers alike,  this Saturday’s “Paddle the Navesink Day” offers area residents chances to experience the river, rather than just look at it.

Starting at 10 a.m., the six-hour event offers those who may never have stepped foot into the fresh water that’s always at their fingertips opportunities to get their feet wet, literally.

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ROWING INTO THEIR FUTURES


Akin Gaddis’s fellow Pool School participants look on as he works on basic rowing techniques using a simulator before heading into the Navesink for the real deal. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

About 20 first-time rowers from Red Bank, aged 10 to 13, took to Maple Cove Monday morning to try their hand at squaring and feathering Monday morning.

The lesson, supplemented by a two-mile workout on the ergs at nearby CrossFit Shrewsbury, was a bonus to the summer program at youth advocate David Prown‘s volunteer-based Pool School, sponsored by the Community YMCA and St. Anthony’s Social Concerns Committee. The kids did weight training and learned to swim for three hours every Monday for eight weeks.

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RFH ROWING: RIG, RIG, RIG YOUR BOAT

Wednesday was the first day of the outdoor season for members of RFH Rowing, the sculling crews of Rumson and Fair Haven teens. 

The kids spent the session on dry land, at the club’s home next to Rumson’s Victory Park, where they rigged shells with oarlocks and other equipment – duties they’re required to perform before and after away races. “It teaches them responsibility,” said assistant coach Dan Murphy. “They take ownership of their boats.” (Click to enlarge)

RUMSON BOATHOUSE PLAN ADVANCES

Shells and other gear remain at the site where a boathouse is envisioned.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A waterfront house acquired by Rumson three years ago was demolished over the holidays, moving the borough one stroke closer to its long-term goal of building a boathouse for rowing crews there someday.

Mayor John Ekdahl cautions, however, that no plans for such a facility have yet been drawn up. Nor has any necessary fundraising been organized, he tells redbankgreen.

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CLUB SCRUBS DOWN AFTER INFECTIONS

nrr-oars1Rowers cleaning oars after an event in 2010. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s Navesink River Rowing club closed for a one-day scrubdown Sunday after officials learned that two young members were diagnosed with a common, antibiotic-resistant infection.

Though there was no evidence the infections were picked up at the club, officers opted to briefly halt rowing activities to disinfect all oars and other equipment as a precaution, operations manager Susan Meltsner tells redbankgreen.

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GIVING IT THE OLD COLLEGE TRY, AGAIN

regatta2Race organizers are hoping for better conditions than last year, when several boats were swamped, leading to a cancellation. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Give the Rumson rowing community credit: they keep putting their oars in the water.

Two years ago, they came tantalizingly close to landing one of collegiate rowing’s biggest events, the Dad Vail Regatta, but had their hearts broken when the event’s organizers decided to keep it where it had always been, in Philadelphia.

Then, a scaled-down collegiate regatta a year ago was scrapped during the second race, when wind-driven waves swamped several boats in the Navesink River, just off Victory Park.

But they’re back.

On Saturday, the 2011 Rumson Boat Race will take to the Navesink for four races on the Middletown side of the river, from the vicinity of a buoy opposite Bon Jovi’s mansion east toward the Oceanic Bridge.

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RUMSON CUTS FAIR HAVEN FROM REC SPORTS

img_5139111409The change affects kids in the rowing program at Victory Park, above, and a lacrosse program. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Citing capacity issues, Rumson has dropped Fair Haven from its recreation sports partnership, a move that isn’t sitting well with coaches and parents from both riverside towns.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Rumson’s governing body caught an earful from miffed residents who accused the borough of making a hasty decision and pleaded for officials to work harder to continue what some called the most successful recreation partnership in the area.

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WIND AND WAVES SWAMP RUMSON REGATTA

regatta2Competitors in the second race of the day found themselves getting wetter than anticipated near the Oceanic Bridge. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The first collegiate rowing regatta on the Navesink River in decades was cut short Saturday morning after wind-driven waves swamped sculls in the second race.

In a sport where weather rules, these things happen, said Dan Edwards, who organized the event.

“It’s not unusual,” he said. “It happens all the time. It’s just part of the sport.”

Still, Edwards deemed the regatta a wild success.

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ROWERS RESCUED AFTER SQUALL FLIPS SHELLS

rowing-3-050310One of two shells manned by teen rowers arrives at a residential dock on Fisher Place after flipping in the Navesink. Below, a distraught woman, said to be a coach, recounts the incident for police. (Click to enlarge)

rowing-1-0503101A sudden wind storm that blew through the Red Bank area turned into an ordeal for eight teenaged rowers as two shells flipped in the Navesink River late Tuesday afternoon.

All the rowers, said to be female members of the Ranney School‘s crewing club, were plucked from the water safely, though all were taken by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center for checkups.

“They were all cold and wet,” said Captain Darren McConnell, spokesman for the Red Bank Police Department. He said the girls were roughly 15 years old.

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DAD VAIL DUMPS RUMSON; EKDAHL MIFFED

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Dad Vail Regatta won’t be coming to Rumson next year after all, officials announced Thursday, much to the shock and disappointment of Rumson leaders who were assured the popular intercollegiate race would be taking place on the Navesink River.

“That is unfortunately true,” Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl said, just a half-hour after he received the news via telephone from Dad Vail committee member Jim Hanna. “I’m not sure what happened.”

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REGATTA SEEKS QUICK FORMAL APPROVAL

img_5128111409The organizers of the Dad Vail Regatta last night urged elected Rumson officials to give the formal thumbs-up to a plan to host the collegiate rowing event in May, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Members of the borough council questioned Dad Vail organizing committee president J.R. Hanna about the logistics of staging the event, which is said to attract some 3,000 athletes and another 12,000 spectators to its present home on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Hanna said it is “urgent” that the council act as early as this month in order for race preparations to begin, the Press reports.

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MAJOR REGATTA EYES MOVE TO RUMSON

img_5131111409The waters off Rumson’s Victory Park may be filled with the sleek sculls of about 120 college rowing teams next May.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

America’s largest intercollegiate rowing competition, the Dad Vail Regatta, is expected to relocate to Rumson in May, according to Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl.

“It is not official,” Ekdahl told rebankgreen on Saturday, the same day the regatta’s overseers were expected to choose from several competing locales a new site for the event, which has been run on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River for the past 56 years and draws some 3,000 rowers from 120 schools in the U.S. and Canada.

But “there’s a high probability that they’re going to have it in Rumson,” Ekdahl said. “Behind the scenes we’ve been assured it’s coming.”

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