AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Rowing Club has something to celebrate. 

On Saturday, they unveiled brand new boats to replace six that were destroyed last summer.

While the competition group was headed to Oklahoma last June, their trailer caught on fire, destroying six of their competition boats.

"In five minutes, everything was gone," rower Paulina Guerrero said. "We just couldn't do anything about it."

Fortunately, eight months later, it's a new start for the club.

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"We're really excited to finally get a boat back out and get on the water," Guerrero said.

The group quickly set up a GoFundMe page, and with the help of insurance and donors, they were able to fully recover.

Their new boats are now decorated with the names of some of their donors, including Austin City Councilwoman Kathie Tovo.

"One of the things of the Austin Rowing Club is that all Austinites get to experience this for free," Councilwoman Tovo said.

The new addition of the boats is exciting news for Guerrero, who couldn't resist getting back in the water.

"I feel so blessed that all of the boaters came together and all the people came together and got our boats together and celebrate," she said.

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