Greensboro Crew Wins Inaugural Duel With High Point

Lake Brandt, Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Crew showed speed and form on a glorious spring morning to win the inaugural cross-town duel over High Point today.

After racing most of the spring season under the combined HPG Rowing umbrella, the squads broke up by training base location for the two clubs’ first official racing encounter.

With Greensboro still in its first year of racing it was agreed that the races would be between middle school and novice rowers, who are in their first year of rowing. Greensboro Crew boated two crews for the race while High Point had one.

The distance was 1,250 meters.

All three crews jumped out quickly and evenly of at the start. However, within 200 meters one of the Greensboro Crews experienced a near boat stopping crab, which all but ruled them out of contention.

The other Greensboro Crew, coxed by Ella Nichols, did not miss a beat and capitalized on the distraction by taking a enthusiastic move on High Point and pulled ahead to a half boat length lead.

The margin between High Point and Greensboro stayed relatively the same as the crews raced down Lake Brandt toward a rapidly approaching finish line.

Sensing the thrill of victory in the final 200 meters Greensboro Crew raised their cadence in a brilliant burst of speed to win by open water.

The winning Greensboro Crew boat was comprised of coxswain Ella Nichols, stroke Ryan LaPierre, Hadley Cowan, Corinne Alt, Kate Messick, Kennedi Ratcliffe, Kate Cole, Grace Denenny, and Keagan O’Connell,

Greensboro Crew snatches victory over High Point in the inaugural duel on Lake Brandt.

After the initial race all three crews turned around and competed for an additional race over 500m. The winning Greensboro Crew from the previous race locked oars with High Point in the first 10 strokes but the coaches allowed the race to continue.

Ella Nichols’ Greensboro Crew was the quicker boat to recover and soon both crews were quickly making chase against the other leading Greensboro Crew.

Ella’s crew found the speed needed to win the race with the second Greensboro Crew in second place in an almost dead heat with High Point.

The inaugural duel between High Point and Greensboro was all for fun…OK and maybe a little pride as well : )

Greensboro Crew Hosts High Point for Straw Boat Regatta


High Point rowers rig their boats for the Straw Boat Regatta at Lake Brandt.

Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Crew hosted High Point Rowing Club for a series of straw boat races on Lake Brandt on a chilly Saturday morning.

What was initially billed as the inaugural duel between rowers from the two clubs was transformed into a series of races between middle school, high school and Masters rowers racing in crews ‘drawn randomly from a hat.’

“This was a wonderful way for our community of rowers to come together and get to know each other,” said Mandy Greene, who coxed the winning Masters boat.


The winning high school crew were so confident they had their photo taken prior to racing.



The winning middle school crew at the Straw Boat Regatta at Lake Brandt.



The winning Masters Crew at the 2016 Straw Boat Regatta for Greensboro and High Point rowers on Lake Brandt.


The Rowing Clubs of the Triad Cordially Invite You to the 3rd Annual Celebration of Rowing Banquet



Jackie King
Caren York

Michael Brown
EJ Caughlin
Sam Dempsey
Morgan Epling
Gene Kininmonth
Chelsea Klein
Elizabeth Knorr
Maddie Mullins
William Scarpa, III
Charles York

Refreshments with Hors d’oeuvres, Auctions, Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Award Presentations & Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame Induction

Cocktail attire with ‘team colors’.

B U Y   T I C K E T S

The rowing clubs of the Triad are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Celebration of Rowing banquet, scheduled for Saturday, November 19, at the High Point Country Club.

Co-hosted by High Point Rowing Club, High Point University Rowing, Wake Forest Rowing Club, and Greensboro Crew, the Celebration of Rowing banquet is in its third year of recognizing an appreciation for our sport and our local rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

This year the banquet will also serve as the occasion to induct Greensboro’s double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind, into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame.

rowing+blazersJack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s prestigious gala. Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team. He is also the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers. 

Jack Carlson continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and Caroline Lind was the 2014 guest speaker.

B U Y   T I C K E T S 

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind at the 2014 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind at the 2014 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Greensboro Crew Opens First Ever Racing Season at High Point Autumn Rowing Festival with Historic Wins

Greensboro Crew's novice girls crew are all smiles at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Greensboro Crew’s novice girls crew are all smiles at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

High Point, North Carolina – Greensboro Crew marked its first ever Opening Day of a season at 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival in front of thousands of rowers and spectators at Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday.

After a brief delay to the start of racing due to early morning fog, spectators thronged the banks of the lake to watch almost 450 rowers in 151 boats from 20 different clubs, universities and high schools from as far away as Annapolis, MD to Atlanta, GA.

Greensboro Crew, in its first season of rowing boated a larg fleet of crews in youth novice and middle school events and Masters (adults) eights events.

The head racing course for the Festival is one of the most unique in rowing in that it requires the crews to steer around multiple turns including a 180 degree turn ‘Around the Duck.’ The ‘duck’ is an inflated rubber duck almost as tall as a three story building. Unfortunately, the duck tipped over for afternoon racing but this didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the rowers.

HPRC – 2016 Fall Regatta from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

Greensboro began its day with Masters racing, where High Point (average age of 50) showed a dashing display of skill and stamina to win the Burton Whicker Cup over Greensboro’s less experienced oarsmen (average age 38). Greensboro’s Masters women (average age 47) finished in a close 5th place in a strong field of crews from High Point, Raleigh and Belmont.

With some racing experience under their belts, Greensboro Masters then turned around later in the afternoon session of boat racing to win the Mixed Masters eights, and the Masters Maiden Eights events in convincing fashion.

Greensboro Crew founder Gene Kininmonth said he was extremely proud of the accomplishments of the squad. “In 7 weeks these rowers went from not knowing how to row, to completing a 3 mile race course.  They took home medals in the Mixed Masters 8+ and the Mixed Maiden 8+ and should be commended for their efforts!”

Greensboros masters mens crew rowed in the clubs first race at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Greensboros masters mens crew rowed in the clubs first race at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.


Greensboro Crew Sets Fall Race Schedule


Lake Brandt, North Carolina – Greensboro Crew has set its Fall boat racing schedule, the program’s founder Gene Kininmonth is pleased to announce.

“Our future rowers and parents should particularly take note of the two important upcoming events, which are the Open House and subsequent parent meeting at Lake Brandt,” Coach Gene. These two events will play a vital, informative role for our new families.”

Greensboro Crew is a community rowing program open to adults of all ages and youth ages 12+ attending any Triad area high school. The team is currently accepting new members. 

Crew Open House
Saturday, August 13, 9am-12pm.
Lake Brandt, Greensboro

First Day of Autumn Rowing
August 15, 2016
Lake Brandt, Greensboro

Crew Parent Meeting
Saturday, August 20 at 10am
Lake Brandt, Greensboro

Greensboro/High Point Rowing’s Anniversary Row
Saturday, September 10 at 8am
Bridge to Bridge Race & Potluck Brunch
Oak Hollow Lake, High Point

High Point Autumn Rowing Festival
Saturday, October 1st
Oak Hollow Lake
High Point, North Carolina

Head of the James
Saturday, October 8
Robious Landing
Midlothian, VA

High Point V Greensboro
Saturday, October 22
Lake Brandt
Greensboro, North Carolina

Note, the clocks change 1 hour on Sunday, November 6 and midweek afternoon practice is moved to the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio after this date.

2016 Head of the Hooch
Saturday & Sunday, November 5-6
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Head of the South*
Saturday, November 12
Augusta, GA
*select crews only


Rowing is Coming to Greensboro

Greensboro, NC – The founder of High Point Rowing Club is working with Greensboro city officials to start a new rowing program at Lake Brandt for adults and youth ages 12-18. Gene Kininmonth, who founded High Point Rowing Club in 2012 says the new rowing program will be called ‘Greensboro Crew’ and is expected to kick off in just a few weeks.

“Lake Brandt is an ideal venue for rowing and it is within close proximity to a significant number of private and public schools in Greensboro,” says Kininmonth. “Many of High Point Rowing Club’s members are residents of Greensboro and nearby Summerfield and Oak Ridge, so clearly there is demand for the sport. It makes sense for the city to have a rowing program.”

Factor in that since Title IX, the sport of choice of college athletic directors to counter football is women’s rowing. So, there is huge demand at universities for high school students with rowing experience and until now Greensboro high school students have been denied access to one of the most lucrative sports for getting into college.

“Rowing coaches from across the nation are already visiting Greensboro high school athletes that are playing sports such as swimming and track and trying to recruit them to row,” says Kininmonth. “The demand for athletes is huge. Imagine how many more opportunities for Greensboro students there will be with an actual rowing team in the city.”

Greensboro Crew will be open to students age 12 – 18 attending any public or private school in the Greensboro/Summerfield/Oak Ridge areas.

Here’s a look at what rowing looks like in High Point.

Parents or students interested in rowing should contact Gene Kininmonth at or by calling (336) 257-9009.

Note to High School Students