Vesper Boat Club – 2014 High Performance Program

Vesper is recruiting aspiring National Team rowers to join us in Philadelphia and train with HP Coach, John Parker. Qualified athletes, based on factors such as prior national team experience, test results, and race performance, will receive housing and racing expense support, domestically and internationally, and we have a network of assistance for those athletes [...]

Vesper crew, the heroes of ’64

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 [...]

Allen Rosenberg, Olympic rowing coach, dies at 82

Allen Rosenberg was an influential if controversial rowing coach who guided an eight-man U.S. crew to a gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Games. (Courtesy of Peter Mallory)

The Washington Post By Matt Schudel, January 5, 2014 Allen Rosenberg, an influential if controversial rowing coach who guided an eight-man crew to an unexpected gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Games, died Dec. 7 at his home in Silver Spring. He was 82. He had Lewy body dementia, a degenerative neurological condition, his daughter [...]

The Sport of Rowing


Two Centuries of Competition By Peter Mallory Life tends to press ever forward. Too few people ever glance into the rear-view mirror of history. At the memorial reception for Allen Rosenberg in Philadelphia, the people who attended were mainly those who knew Allen personally, now mostly old gray-haired guys talking about their upcoming ablations, myself [...]

Vesper Rowing Club Reigns at Independence Day Regatta

vesper points

On a sweltering summer day on the Schuylkill, the Vesper Rowing Club captured the Mariner Points Trophy Sunday at the Independence Day Regatta. Vesper won the women’s eight final en route to a dominant showing in the points race. The champions finished with 522.75 points; runner-up Penn A.C. had 291. Read the full article on [...]

2013 Under-23 World Championships

Vesper Boat Club 2013 U23 Lightweight Women

On June 27th, Vesper’s U23 lightweight women won every lightweight event at the 2013 U23 World Championship trials qualifying 7 athletes in 3 boat classes to compete at the U23 World Championships in Linz, Austria on July 24-28th. The lightweight women’s 4x of Kayla McNeil (Georgetown), Jenna Hebert (Penn), Nikki Bourassa (Columbia) and Jamie Roloff [...]

2014 Vesper Annual Banquet in Photos



2012 Vesper Annual Report

2012 was a busy year at Vesper. Our Club Captain, Shannon Kaplan, reported that the club participated in more than 15 regattas both on the Schuylkill and around the country. The club remains home to 60 private boats as well as 14 club singles and gigs, 16 pair/doubles, 8 four/quads and 2 eights and in [...]

To Dredge Or Not To Dredge

schuylkill river depths 1930

Just when you thought you needed a little more space under your fin… click image for full article [...]

2012 USRowing National Championships


What were you thinking after your race? “It is a pure joy to be a National Champion. I am relishing the moment right now, really having fun with training and racing and great competition. I am glad I could win one of these for Vesper.” —Matthew Brown, 2012 USRowing National Champion M1x What were you [...]

Head of the Schuylkill

Scott Wisniewski writes: Truncated racing went well [at the Head of the Schuylkill] again this weekend. Vesper finished top 3 in nearly every event it competed in; finishing 1st and 2nd in the light women’s 1x (Bryn Crawford, Mary Jones), 2nd in the light men’s 1x (Dan Scholz), and 1st by a huge margin in [...]

Vesper Women Golden At the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta


11 Vesper members won HOCR Gold this weekend in Boston. Jenne Daley along with Penn AC boat-mate Jenn Goldsack led the Gold Rush with a win in the Champ 2x on Saturday. Sunday’s racing saw the Champ women’s 4+ of Grace Latz, Vicky Optiz, Sydney Axson, Nicole Ritchie and Sam McDonald (cox) winning their even [...]

Womens’ Quadruple Sculls Bronze at Pan Am Games


Long time Vesper Member and former silver medalist at the 2009 World Championships, Megan Walsh won 2 medals at this year’s Pan American Games in Mexico.  Meg capped off another great performance with boatmate and Penn AC member Catherine Reddick, in the W4x; having to again fight back into medal contention after being in fourth [...]

Womens’ Double Sculls Silver at Pan Am Games


Megan Walsh and Catherine Reddick won a Silver Medal this morning in Mexico! 6 boats covered the first 500-m in a pack; Cuba and Argentina leading followed in short order by the US and Canada, with Brazil, and Mexico about bow to stern down to the lead group. By the 1000-m mark both the US [...]

129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

U23 LW4x

Another good year at Canadian Henley! The Vesper U23 Lightweight women performed exceptionally well. The 9 U23 lightweight girls tallied 14 medals; winning the U23 lightweight women’s 2x (we were also 3rd in that event), senior lightweight women’s 8+ and senior lt. women’s 4x (less than an hour and a half after winning the eight). [...]

Vesper Masters at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

VBC Masters @ 129th RCHR

Last weekend, July 31, several Vesper Masters women competed at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley in St. Catherines, Ontario All crews with Vesper women took gold. D1x Alix James E2x Ann Cann, Karin Constant (Rivanna, Vesper) D4x Alix James, Ann Couwenhoven, Eileen Normoyle, Linde Wilson (Vesper, Baltimore) E4x Karen Agersborg, Andrea Hurwitz, Ann Boucher, Karin [...]

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