This past weekend, our President, Dana Pagliara traveled to her alma mater with fellow rowing alumni to Chapel Hill to celebrate UNC Crew’s golden anniversary.  It was a three day event with festivities highlighting the university’s rowing past, present and future.

In February of 1970, the UNC Men’s Crew Club was born and received their first two shells. Rowing had officially come to Carolina! In 1973, the first Women’s Collegiate Rowing Team in the SouthEast was launched. Five decades later, rowing at Carolina continues to flourish. Between three distinct crew programs, nearly 2,000 men and women have bent an oar at University Lake.

Dana was a member of the 1985-1986 Women’s team.  She also coxed on occasion for the Men’s team when they needed her to assist at a regatta.  

“The love of competition, camaraderie, and being part of a team larger than myself are still true to this day as I take a shell on the water with my OBCR Masters or watch our junior crews on Oyster Bay. 

It was a great weekend and we remembered what it was like when we were all younger versions of our current selves! We may not have been in peak condition, but many of us jumped back into an 8+ to row again on University Lake.  I still feel the water seeping through my toes as we lowered the shell into the water from our old dock!

The Gala Dinner at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center was filled with over 300 rower alums, family, and friends. What an incredible trip down memory lane with a silent auction and a slide show on the history and highlights of our past victories. The future looks very bright for the UNC Mens and Women’s Crew teams, and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate. As Mike Nicholls, lead speaker and for whom the boathouse is named, said to all assembled ‘Once connected by the oar, now connected for life’. Go Heels!”

-Dana Pagliara, UNC Class of ‘89


December 9th from 1 to 5pm

Oyster Bay East Norwich Holiday Stroll

A Renaissance Holiday – Renewed & Revitalized Come and Rediscover! The OBCR athletes, families, members of our board and coaches will be hosting an “erg warming tent” as well as managing the gift-wrapping station and tree sales for the day to benefit the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce and the TOB holiday market and annual […]

April 28th!

Water Lovers’ Mixer at Oakcliff Sailing

Marine organizations around Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor are sponsoring a Water Lovers’ Mixer at Oakcliff Sailing at 4 South St. in Oyster Bay on April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. The mixer will be a chance for people who own boats or have access to the water to connect with those who […]

It’s Official!

OBCR is now the tenant of the Building H Boathouse in Oyster Bay. It’s the culmination of lots of work, and we couldn’t be happier!

Building a Home with Habitat for Humanity

We’re working on another house, this time in Bay Shore.

Rowing Groups and Building H

The clock ticks as the Town Board decides the fate of Building H, the Boathouse. The Oyster Bay Herald has an extensive article on it that you can read by clicking below.

Rain or Shine! Meet us at the Gazebo at 9!

Oyster Bay Spring Beach Cleanup

We are asking members of our OBCR family to attend the cleanup in lieu of their athletes who will be at practice during that time.

OBCR Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

Recently, our varsity rowers worked with Habitat for Humanity to construct an affordable housing unit in Shirley. There was much to do, much to learn, and it was a worthwhile experience once that we will certainly be repeating.

Row, Row, Row Her Boat

For resident Dana Pagliara, life is but a dream. Dana is a master rower who sparked her love of the sport as a rower for the Women’s team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 35 years ago, and a longtime proponent of what is most likely the oldest sport in America. She […]

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