TEANECK, N.J. — The public is invited to join rowing enthusiasts on Saturday for a boat naming ceremony at the Bergen County Rowing Academy in Teaneck.
The ceremony and reception will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Overpeck Park Rowing Center in the Teaneck section of Overpeck County Park.
The BCRA board is celebrating the following additions:
- one new double rowing shell in 2014
- one used double rowing shell in 2014
- three new single rowing shells in 2016
County, local and school officials have been invited to the event, which begins with Victoria Quartararo singing the National Anthem.
There will be speeches, followed by the boat naming ceremony, and a ceremonial launching and row-by of the named shells. Refreshments will be served.
The BCRA has rowers from Tenafly, Englewood, Fort Lee, Cresskill, Norwood, Ramsey, Ho-Ho-Kus, and other Bergen County communities.
The academy has a lease with the Bergen County Department of Parks for a boat pen located in the Teaneck section of Overpeck County Park.
In 2016, BCRA has served 171 individuals through its various rowing programs. It supports high school rowing programs including Bergen Catholic High School, Bergen County Technical Schools and Dwight-Englewood School.
BCRA is also the host for two annual regattas, the Overpeck Regional Youth Regatta in April, and the Overpeck Summer Sprints Regatta in July.
The academy offers Learn-to-Row, recreational, and competitive rowing programs for youth, collegiate rowers, and adults on any level of ability.
The coaching staff is led by head coach and BCRA founder Clemens Reinke, who began his rowing career in Germany and coached rowers of all ages at Nereid Boat Club, the Passaic River Rowing Association, and Don Bosco Preparatory High School. He also helped start the crew program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Leonia High School, was head coach at Teaneck High School and assisted with many other schools' programs.
He is assisted by coaches Ted Phillips, who rowed at Don Bosco; and Jenny Santos, who rowed for Kearny High School and the Passaic River Rowing Association.
The Bergen County Rowing Academy (BCRA), founded on April 9, 2014, is a 501 (c )(3) charitable organization whose mission it is to offer the sport of rowing to people of all ages and levels of experience from beginners to elite rowers.