BUY TICKETS HERE! Please join us at 7pm on Saturday, October 6 for our first annual fall fundraiser event to raise money for equipment (for everyone!) and the HP team! This year the theme is Prom – Have a fancy outfit you never get to wear anywhere? Still have your […]

First Annual Fall Fundraiser: Prom!



Sarasota, FL — The Vesper Boat Club lightweight womens double of Katie Bertko and Devery Karz won the 2016 USRowing Olympic Trials. Rowing into a headwind, the duo completed the 2000m course 12 seconds ahead of the next fastest competitor. Most recently, Bertko earned a bronze medal at the 2015 […]

Vesper Lightweight Women’s Double to the 2016 Olympics


“The National Rowing Foundation announced the selection of two devoted patrons of rowing, and six crews comprising twenty-six athletes for induction to the prestigious National Rowing Hall of Fame. The crews of the boats being honored include exceptional men and women—heavyweight and lightweight—who undertook the daunting competitive challenges of international […]

Vesper Boat Club Members Inducted into the Rowing Hall of ...




Mary Jones, Yohann Rigongne, and Shannon Kaplan were recognized as the Open Female, Open Male, and Masters Female Schuylkill Navy 2014 Athletes of the Year. Shannon, one of the most exceptionally gifted athletes in our [the Philadelphia] community. A strong cyclist and multi-sport competitor, Shannon is a multi-time elite national […]

Three From Vesper Recognized by the Schuylkill Navy as Athletes ...


(Photo: USRowing) PRINCETON, N.J. — Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia has been named the 2014 USRowing Club of the year, the association announced Wednesday. Although Vesper is historically one of the most well known rowing organizations in the country, this is the first time Vesper has won the award. “This […]

Vesper Boat Club is the 2014 USRowing Club of The ...


2014 USA LW4x (Photo: Erik Dresser/Row2k)
The 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands will feature a few familiar faces from Vesper Boat Club. This is the largest contingent of rowers to have worn the V on their backs since the mid-80s. They will depart Philadelphia on August 15th to compete in the regatta from August […]

Vesper Boat Club Well Represented at 2014 World Championships



By Dorothy Brown ‘Old men.” “A curious crew.” “A crusty bunch of adults.” That’s what the press called the eight-man crew from Vesper Boat Club as they swept the national trials and, in a huge upset, headed for the Tokyo Olympics. The year was 1964… Read the entire article at […]

Vesper Crew, the Heroes of ’64


Help Michelle Get to Bulgaria -or- Visit Michelle’s USRowing Donations Page West Windsor, NJ — Vesper Boat Club’s Michelle Sechser secured her position on Team USA, for 2018, by winning the USRowing National Team Trials, in the lightweight women’s single sculls. Michelle rowed from behind—until the final 250m—to defeat the […]

Michelle Sechser Wins 2018 USRowing National Team Trials


John Hooten, Jr., longtime coach at Vesper Boat Club and a four-time U.S. National Team coach, passed away on March 5th after falling out of his single on Lake Natoma. He was 66. Hooten, a Granite Bay, California-resident, coached at Vesper for many years, helping 32 rowers make the national […]

Vesper Remembers John Hooten



Peter Mansfeld VesperBC Coach
Vesper Boat Club is excited and pleased to announce that Peter Mansfeld has been appointed as the head coach of the high performance rowing program. Peter takes the helm, following a very successful 2017 campaign for Vesper athletes, which resulted in seven medals at the FISA World Rowing Championships. Peter […]

Vesper Boat Club Appoints Peter Mansfeld As High Performance Coach


Just off of a silver-medal performance in the women’s double sculls at the 2017 FISA Rowing World Championships, Ellen Tomek has been named the 2017 USRowing female athlete of the year. “Tomek made history at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, [in September] by winning silver in the […]

Vesper’s Ellen Tomek Named 2017 USRowing Athlete of the Year


Sarasota, FL — In a ripping tailwind, the USA M8+ with Yohann Rigogne in 2 seat, and Tom Peszek in 5 set finished behind the Germans, in a close and exciting final of the 2017 FISA World Rowing Championships. Germany led the race, with little separation between 2nd and 6th […]

Vesper’s Tom Peszek and Yohann Rigogne Row to Silver