NEWBURGH – Spring has sprung and with it, the NFA Varsity Crew team is in full competition mode. The team hosted a spring opener indoor erg meet on April 14. Hundreds of rowers participated, including Clarkstown High School, Cortlandt Community Rowing Association, Kingston High School, Orange County Rowing Association, Warwick High School, and Newburgh Free Academy. The NFA Crew Team had its first competition on the water against other Hudson Valley Rowing League members on April 30th at the Roundout Creek in Kingston. It was a good first showing by all.
The NFA Varsity Crew team has not been dormant during the off-season. The team hosted their third annual Tricky Tray at the American Legion in New Windsor. A huge thank you to the veterans from the American Legion for always supporting their NFA crew family. The team continued their long standing tradition of giving back to the community when, on March 1, they made a special delivery to the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s Pediatric unit. The crew team collected donations of needed items during their Annual Super Event of Caring after learning that the pediatric unit was running low on donations. The pediatric unit at St. Luke’s helps families in need by sending them home with a care package for their little one. The presentation was made to Joan Cusack McGuirk, the President and CEO of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, by Sharon Cosgrove, a radiology technician and a Friends of Newburgh Crew board member along with NFA varsity rowers, Kyle Deyo, Christopher Cosgrove, Jamie Forbes and Jillian Roy.
When try-outs began in March, Head Coach Keith Schafer and returning assistant coach, George Crisci along with two new assistant coaches, Stephanie Spellman and Katie Mineo were greeted with many returning rowers and a large contingent of athletes who had never rowed before. The team will be using Orange Lake as their practice site this year. Head Coach Keith Schafer noted that Orange Lake would give the team substantially more water time as compared to the Hudson River. He felt Orange Lake would benefit all the rowers, but particularly the novices due to its calmness. The team is embracing its new practice site and looking ahead to the full schedule of meets and regattas. Good luck, Goldbacks! Row Hard!