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Catching up with: Morgan Hellen

My name is Niki van Sprang and I am a (former) TopRow Amsterdam instructor and current Dutch National Team Member (Heavyweight men’s double). In this new rubric I catch up with former teammates from my time at the University of California Berkeley. Today we start with Morgan Hellen. When I first arrived in America Morgan often had to act and translator and English teacher as I was still struggling with the new language. What followed were for years in which we never raced a race without each other with as highlights a National Championship in 2016 and a Royal Henley regatta victory in 2015. Now I’m curious what he has been up to since.

TopRowNYC Masters racing as “The Swing Set”

We are less than a week from this year’s Harlem River Classic, a fundraising regatta in support of Row New York — a NYC-based nonprofit organization that combines rowing and academic support to help middle and high school students attending some of our city’s most under-resourced schools realize their full potential.

Cambridge-coach Astrid Cohnen: “This is an amazing experience”

Last week, a womens-eight from Nereus won during a sparring session on the Thames of Cambridge, whom will face Oxford on April 7th in the annual Boat Race. This so-called fixture was organized by the Dutch-trained coach Astrid Cohnen, currently the...

TopRow New York: introducing Milan Kamphuis

Milan Kamphuis is TopRow New York’s Deputy Program Director, bringing a wealth of positive energy and creative solutions to our programs. We thought we’d help you get to know him. Milan began his athletic pursuits as a cyclist from ages 12 - 21.  While he...

Masters of the Jingle Mingle

On a crisp, cold Saturday, December 8, scores of rowers - from kids who could still show their ages with just their fingers to a couple of septuagenarians - all gathered in the airy, erg-filled gym at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. Among the throng...

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Row row row your boat in London! (part 2)

After the “Learn to Row 1 course” our boat liked the rowing so much that we decided to carry on together. Well the same crew minus one (who moved to Germany but pledged to carry on at Rhine Canals). We wanted to keep to our weekday evening slot and Top row was very accommodating. Even though they had not been planning to schedule a course at this time, when they realized we had a group of three, they just made it happen for us.

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Row row row your boat in London!

I love living near the river in Putney, we walk along side it a lot and often see rowers out on the Thames. I used to think that rowing was some sort of secret society, that unless you start at school you can never get in. Luckily I was wrong and TopRow London have shown me just how easy and accessible it is to start rowing.Their beginner level rowing courses are practically available to everyone.

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New-York

Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse
3579 Harlem River Drive
New York, NY 10034

London

Embankment, Putney,
London SW15 1LB

Amsterdam

Weesperzijde 1094,
1097 DS Amsterdam

London

Amsterdam

New-York

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