Restore Depth on the Schuylkill and Boathouse Row

The Schuylkill River needs your help.
Schuylkill River Dredging Project costs have risen from the original $3M to $4.7M.

(The Good news) it is still on the Army Corps of Engineers’ 2017 project list - a major win.

(The Bad news) no federal funding is assigned yet and as a recreational project, rather than commercial, it ranks lower on the Corps current list (of about 30 projects).

PLEASE sign the Sign-Up-Genius petition on the Schuylkill Navy website. Names will be circulated to appropriate political stakeholders (using zip codes). A link to the petition can be found here:

Scroll to the end of the list of names and "X" the small “Sign-Up” box

Click the larger “Submit and Sign” button at the bottom.

Prep Challenge


Congratulations to Coach Pat in medaling in the Philadelphia Indoor Rowing Challengeheld this past Sunday at St Joe Prep's Kelly Field house. Coach brought home the gold in the 20 min. and 2K pieces. The "Challenge", consists of a 20min piece followed by a 2K and finally a 500 meter sprint.  This is the second year, and the event continues to grow with approximately 350 participants including HS, masters, and cross fit attendees. You are encouraged to participate in upcoming years. Way to go Pat!

Blessing of the Water

The Water of Life

Yesterday, a mild January Sunday, with a gray sky overhead releasing a misty rain, the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was blessed. It badly needed it. Silt and weed buildup over the last decade or more has rendered the river a challenge for rowers. The usual bureaucratic red tape has held up much needed dredging. Yet these matters were nowhere near the forefront of reasons prayers were made over the river. The theme and rationale for the Orthodox Blessing of the Waters was the Epiphany of the Lord.

Almost all of the Orthodox jurisdictions in the Philadelphia area, along with the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley, were represented at the Blessing. They came to the boathouse to carry out a valued rite of recalling Jesus' Holy Baptism - His immersion in the murky water of the Jordan, an act which consecrated forever that particular body of water. 

The service yesterday also marked a renewal of closer fellowship between traditional Anglicans and Orthodox, a friendship which had been lagging in recent decades. I am getting to know a number of Orthodox clergy in and around Philadelphia, and that has been a blessing in and of itself.

During the "Blessing of the Waters" it is not only the river which is blessed. The congregants are sprinkled with holy water and presented with bottles of the same to take home. They are reminded of the divine gift of water, a sign of the beneficence of our God; water to quench our thirst, grow our crops, clean our bodies, and bless ourselves and others. The Blessing of Waters is symbolic of the blessing of all Creation by our Heavenly Father, who at the beginning looked upon everything which He had made, and it was good. It recalls for the faithful their own baptisms, and the sealing of our souls by the Holy Spirit, thus binding us to Christ and to the Kingdom of God.

Water has been a constant companion in my life. I have always lived near lakes, rivers, streams and oceans. I have lived "in" them, as a swimmer, rower and fisherman. I have harvested their bounty. I have meditated upon their power and beauty. Most importantly I have been baptized by water and the Holy Spirit.

What a sight it was yesterday to see the vested clergy with choir and congregation standing on the dock overlooking Boathouse Row and the City [with the appropriately named and historic Water Works building in the background. It was a reminder, in the midst of the secular disorder, that God is still in control of the world. He makes the sun to shine and the rain to fall, the rivers to rise and the desert to bloom.

God bless you this week,

Fr. Thomas Monnat

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Men's Masters 4+

2nd| J. Scott/P. Read/T. Kowalik/D. MacCormick (T. D'Angelo)

Men's Masters 2x

2nd| M Dolson/J Svododa

Mixed Veteran 2x

2nd| R Sargent/S Sargent

Men's Masters 4x

1st| K. Montenegro/D. Vilimanovic/J. Svoboda/M. Dolson
3rd| G. Miller/J. Olechna/D. Himes/E. Villanuev

Men's Veterans 4x

3rd| G. Stefan/T. McLaughlin/J. Dudley/G. Stefan

Mixed Masters 4x

2nd| S Mallett /M. Angelopoulos/A Zalepa/P. Morgan

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Head of the Schuylkill

Only 4 more days until the Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia’s largest regatta!
The Board of Directors and Regatta Organizing committee want to thank you for your overwhelming support and enthusiasm on and off the water. As you all know, more than 350 volunteers run the HOSR and many of you and your club members are part of our volunteer corps that now spans the greater rowing community. 
 Only 4 more days until the Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia’s largest regatta!
The Board of Directors and Regatta Organizing committee want to thank you for your overwhelming support and enthusiasm on and off the water. As you all know, more than 350 volunteers run the HOSR and many of you and your club members are part of our volunteer corps that now spans the greater rowing community. 
Please remind your membership that the river traffic pattern changes on Friday, October 28, at 5:00am...

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Fan Choice Awards

Congratulations to Gabriele Cipollone from Vesper Boat Club. She was named Master's Coach of the Year. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Gabriele Cipollone coached the Vesper veteran eight to gold at the USRowing Masters National Championships and numerous small boats at the World Masters Championships.

Congratulations to Hugh Gallagher from Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing. He was named Master's Athlete of the year. Using rowing as his personal refuge, Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing’s Hugh Gallagher has been brain damaged since June of 2000. Despite the setbacks, Hugh works out two hours every day and the work has paid off with a silver medal in the legs trunk and arms double sculls at the 2016 Bayada Regatta.


Navy Day Regatta

Men's Masters 1x

1st | D Vilimanovic
2nd | M. Dolson

Men's Masters 4+

2nd | T. Kowalik/P. Read/J. Scott/D. MacCormick (T. DiAngelo)

Men's Masters 4+

1st | R. Sargent/P. Desjardins/P. Horvat/M. Fountain (D. Morris) [Composite]

Men's Masters 2x

1st | J. Svoboda/M. Dolson

Women's Masters 2x

3rd | M. Debski/M. Angelopoulos

Women's Masters 2x

1st | B. Hogan/S. Sargent [Composite]

Men's Masters 4x

1st | J. Krajewski/T. Sibson/J. Ryan/T. Toland

Men's Master 8+

1st | J. Mclaughlin/P. Rufo/S. Kuhn/t. villanueva/R. Hneleski/K. Gross/J. Reardon/D. Lennon (M. Cipollone) [Composite]

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Quaker City Master's Regatta

Men's Masters 1x

3rd | D Vilimanovic
2nd | J. Svoboda

Men's Masters 1x

2nd | J. Pratt
2nd | J. Pokorny

Men's Masters 8+

3rd | K. Montenegro/S. Brady/D. Sipzner/J. Svoboda/M. Dolson/D. Vilimanovic/J. Bellesheim/J. Boehm (K. McCauley)

Men's Masters 4+

3rd | T. Toland/J. Krajewski/T. Kowalik/T. Sibson (M. Bersani)

Mixed Masters 4x

1st | D. Ryu/C. Oxley/J. Svoboda/D. Vilimanovic

Mixed Masters 2x

1st | S. Sargent/R. Sargent

Father Son 2x

3rd | M. Sibson/T. Sibson

Women's Masters 4x

2nd | A.Kuvik/J.Mussio/N.Dormans/S.Scott

Men's Masters 4x

1st | A.Cook, D.Krmpotich, T.Nash, R.Sargent [Composite]
3rd | P.Montgomery/J.Tanney/E.Villanueva/E.Gallagher [Composite]
2nd | M. Grady/R. Henry/J. Pratt/P. Morgan

Women's Masters 2x

1st | S. Sargent/B. Hogan

Men's Masters 4+

2nd | J.Boehm/M.Dolson/D.Vilimanovic/K.Montenegro (K.McCauley)
1st | D.MacCormick/J.Scott/J.Ulrich/J.Ryan (A.Schwenger)

Men's Masters 2x

3rd | L. Connor/G. Stefan

Women's Lightweight 2x

2nd | D.Ryu/C.Oxley

Mixed Masters 8+

1st | J.Boehm/J.Bellesheim/D.Vilimanovic/D.Sipzner/M.Murray/M.Angelopoulos/A.Boc, T.Wasserleben (K.McCauley)
3rd | S.Jonik/J.Krajewski/R.Galli/T.Toland/A.Jonik/M.Jonik Myers/L.Finsrud Wilson/H.McFie Simone (T.DiAngelo) [Composite]

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Boys of '36

Fairmount Rowing Association is hosting an exclusive movie screening...

Boys of '36

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cocktail Reception: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Screening Begins: 8:30pm

Fairmount will provide beer, wine and popcorn

BYO potluck appetizers (bring enough for 8 to 10 people)

RSVP by Friday, July 8th - if we do not have a large response by then we will open this up to the Schuylkill Navy

Feel free to invite family/friends, but be sure to RSVP for anyone attending

Here's a link to the trailer...

Independence Day Regatta

Men's Master's 8

1st | K. Montenegro/S. Waters/J. Krajewski/J. Svoboda/M. Dolson/D. Vilimanovic/J. Bellesheim/J. Boehm (K. McCauley)
3rd | R. Galli/G. Stefan/R. Heppler/T. McLaughlin/W. Hudome/B. Maher/P. McNamara/S. Jonik (M. Cipollone)

Men's Master's 4+

1st | K. Montenegro/D. Vilimanovic/M. Dolson/J. Boehm (K. McCauley)
2nd | T. Toland/J Krajewski/T Kowalik/T Sibson (M Bersani)
3rd | P. Read/S. Kowalik/C. Kaufmann/D. MacCormick (T. Levine)

Mixed Master's 2x

1st | S. Sargent/R. Sargent

Men's 1x Dash

1st | D. Vilimanovic

Men's Master's 1x

1st | J. Svoboda
2nd | R. Sargent

Women's Master's 2x

2nd | C. Oxley/D. Ryu
3rd | M. Debski/M. Angelopoulos

Men's Master's 4x

2nd | G. Stefan/L. Connor/J. Svoboda/J. Krajewski

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Duckweed Removal Efforts

As most of you likely saw, there was a small army of approx 30 volunteers last week to help Fairmount's Al Wachlin with  "Decimation of the Duckweed" in 2-3 hours outing on his barge.  It's light work that, really, anyone can do.  And, it's super fun to work with people from other clubs, etc.  Anyone can sign up HERE to receive automatic alerts of the next session's for "Miss Pippin's Platoon."