Nathan Benderson Park Set For the 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships

by Courtney Fritts,, Allison Frederick, | Aug 14, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. – Masters rowers from across the U.S. are set to compete for national titles at the 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Masters rowers from across the U.S. are set to compete for national titles at the 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

The USRowing Masters Nationals Championships, which was introduced in 1979, is open to competitors ages 21 and older. This year’s event, hosted by Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and Benderson Development features over 1,000 entries in 199 events from 107 rowing clubs in the U.S. and Canada.

Cambridge Boat Club and Minneapolis Rowing Club brought home the men’s and women’s points trophies and secured the respective overall points and efficiency trophies at last year’s championships, held in Worchester, Mass.

This year, Saugatuck Rowing Club, based in Westport, Conn., will have the most entries with 67.

Competitors racing in Sarasota will span six decades. The oldest man to compete is Alvin Felman, 84, racing for The Steward’s Foundation in the men’s J single sculls. For the masters women, Saugatuck’s Eve Green, 81, will be competing in a variety of lightweight sweep and sculling events.

“I started rowing 18 years ago, and I’ve missed very few (national championships) since then,” Green said. “I am fascinated that the older you get, the faster you get, with the handicapping situation. The last couple years, I’ve been the oldest one there.”

Green considers herself her crew’s “secret weapon.”

“I’m not as fast as I used to be, but it’s been a wonderful sport for me and I really enjoy competing.”

Green says that at her age, she still wouldn’t miss masters nationals for anything,

“I would encourage people to go to nationals and go compete,” she said. “Some people think it is too hard, or that they’re not good enough, but I think they are missing a lot of the experience of rowing if you don’t go to regattas and compete.”

The regatta is the first USRowing National Championship to be held at Nathan Benderson Park. The world-class venue has been nominated to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships, to be decided by the FISA Congress and announced Sept. 2, following the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea.

The park has also been the site of numerous Florida Intercollegiate Rowing State Championships, Sunshine State Conference Championships, Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Championships, as well as many triathlons, dragon boat races and the USRowing Referee College.

Racing begins Thursday at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, with awards presentations interspersed throughout the regatta.

In addition to the racing, the local organizing committee has planned a dinner and party for all coaches, athletes and staff. The Thank You Party on Regatta Island is scheduled for Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m.

An initial race schedule can be found at:

For a complete race schedule, updates on the regatta and links to results (as available), visit

Finals can be viewed live each day beginning Thursday, August 15, at

Press coverage of the event will be available at

The 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships is the first of two master championship regattas USRowing will host over the next two months. The second USRowing Masters National Head Race Championship will be held October 5-6, 2013 on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Head of the Oklahoma, hosted by the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. To register, visit

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