Naiades Oncology Rowing

Cancer Survivors Rowing for Recovery

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Naiades 2020 Golf Scramble Tournament -The Best One Yet!

Naiades Oncology Rowing would like to thank all the players, sponsors, hole sponsors, prize donators, golf committee members and volunteers who made our annual golf tournament an overwhelming success. Also Kudos to Lima Country Club for extending to us the use of their beautiful course, club house and their hospitality, inclusive of cold beverages, delicious lunches and dinners. We had 31 carts in use with approximately 124 players on the field this year. A surprise hole in one was made by Bob Ornot (below) on the 11th hole the winner of the Yetti Cooler. Congratulations to Bob!
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One of Our Rowing Coaches Heads to International Graduate School

Rachel Yuhas has unselfishly contributed three years of valuable coaching services to Naiades Oncology Rowing.

Rachel started rowing her freshman year of college at Loyola University Maryland as a walk on to their Division 1 Varsity Team. During her spring season, Rachel sustained a back injury that would made it impossible for her to continue as a rower, so Rachel transitioned into the role of coxswain (steersman) for both the Men's and Women's Teams for the next three years. Rachel loved rowing right from the start, first because of the physical challenge it presented to rowers and then the mental challenge it afforded to coxswains.

In retrospect, Rachel claims she I prefers coxing, because she loves being able to see and align the rowers getting everyone on the same page, working towards a common goal. Additionally, Rachel has never been one to walk away from a challenge and coxing allows you to be the one in charge of navigating and overcoming those challenges.

Coming out of college, Rachel claims she wasn't sure how she would fair as a coach, but the Naiades community was unbelievably welcoming and positive. Through her own experience with rowing being highly competitive, Naiades was exactly what Rachel needed to fully understand what a healing and positive environment rowing can create. Every woman who came through the boathouse was an inspiration to Rachel with their joy and passion. The love they have for the water and for the sport taught Rachel that there was more to rowing than winning. According to Rachel, the best experiences you will have on the river are the ones you have when you are connected to each other by community and love. Rachel states she will forever be grateful to the Naiades community for allowing her to join us on the river and experience our love of rowing and commitment to each other.

In the fall, Rachel will begin her graduate program in International Conflict and Media at the University College Dublin in Ireland. In addition to being incredibly excited and passionate about the work Rachel will be doing, she is also excited to be able to live and explore in Ireland. As an avid hiker Rachel plans to take full advantage of the Irish landscape, as well as continue to row with a local Irish club.

You will be missed Rachel. We are externally grateful and excited for you; and as they say in Gaelic: "Go gcuire Dia an t-ádh ort" The Best of Irish Luck to You! in your travels.

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Browse Our Naiades Oncology Rowing Website & Facebook Page for Current and Future Information!

Learning to row is hard work, yet a rewarding and FUN sport! Take a look at our info below:

Why Come Row with Us??? because we are about:

  • Offering programs that appeal to individuals with all levels of rowing experience.
  • Rowing with others who have faced the challenges of cancer.
  • Having coaches who understand the uniqueness of our team and coach to our mission/goals.
  • Your setting and accomplishing your own personal and team goals.
  • Promoting an amazing and healing environment, leaving cancer behind one stroke at a time.
  • Getting involved in Regattas as a fun way to work together to get to the finish line demonstrating progress in recovery.
  • Offering accommodations for many post-treatment limitations.
  • The water is magical, healing and enchanting, releasing your mind to a bigger purpose within nature.

So Please Come Join Us for our future events!

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Keeping Row Ready

In order that you maintain your strength and stamina during the Covid 19 pandemic, we are continuing our outdoor workouts inclusive of erging, walking, yoga and kayaking. Through kayaking basic rowing techniques can be learned. Our workout program, calendar and contact information can be found here:

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Your Jet Fuel for Rowing

Multitasking, in a hurry on the go?

In order to maximize your rowing performance devote some of your attention to what you eat before and after your rowing experience because it will impact your performance. It should be a must to provide your body with the right kind of energy (aka food and fluids) necessary to take you throughout your session.

Before rowing, a nutritious high carb and low protein meal two to four hours will supply your body with the necessary glucose and fluids you need. Add onto that a brief snack i.e. cereal bar, banana or dried fruit thirty to forty minutes before embarking. Post rowing, readily ingest a light carb, followed by a high protein meal within one to two hours. Tip to remember, increase the carbs pre rowing and increase the proteins post rowing.

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Our Current Naiades Logo

Important Update: We have recently revised our logo. The multi colored ribbon designed for our 10th anniversary is no longer our current logo. We have reverted back to our original purple ribbon logo.
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Quotes to Live By:

From Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America:

"Optimism is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. When you want to build a muscle you've got to keep using it. That's how you have to be. I'm an eternal optimist and so I can find those little silver linings, those little moral victories. It takes courage to believe that the best is yet to come."

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Amazon Smile donations: Remember us when shopping online through Amazon. go to and select "Naiades Oncology Rowing" and then shop with AMAZON SMILE.


Consider adding a loved ones name to our newest boat -- DRAGONFLY. We are accepting names of survivors or cancer victims for the side of the boat and the oars. New names will be added in the spring before DRAGONFLY hits the water again. Application form found here: We can send a postcard notifying your family if you request it.

Naiades Spirit Wear: Spirit Wear is currently under construction and we will have updated options shortly.