“In an excerpt from her new book, Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing, Dotty Brown, reveals what motivated these men, so hungry for gold.” “For more than 175 years, Boathouse Row has been a cradle of competition, a place where people develop a passion for […]

Boathouse Row: Waves of Change



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


On June 13th, 2015, The Royal Sport Nautique & the Vesper Club came together for a day of racing and an All American, “AllTogether” BBQ to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of both Clubs. The event was attended by 100 guests with fourteen visitors from the Belgian contingency. The Belgians enjoyed […]

All Together Bar-B-Cue


Michelle Sechser (s) and Devery Karz (b) won the lightweight women's double at the 2015 National Selection Regatta I
April 25, 2015, Mercer County, New Jersey— At the 2015 USRowing National Selection Regatta I Vesper Boats showed success in first step towards the 2016 Rio Olympics. All seven Vesper boats which raced at the NSR made the A finals. • Men’s Pair: Yohann Rigogne and Tom Peszek finish 2nd […]

Vesper Athletes Successful at National Selection Regatta I