Forecast is for windy conditions and wind chills of colder than minus-10, so we’re in the gym for Tuesday, Wednesday Yoga and Thursday. I’ll make a call for Friday closer to the day.
There are two mandatory registrations that need to take place before you’re allowed on the water in April.
The first is with Rowing Canada. This is free. Here’s how to do it:
1. Go to membership.rowingcanada.org
2. Click on Register/Join
3. Click on Join a Program
4. Select Ontario from the dropdown
5. Select Leander Boat Club from the other dropdown
6. Ella and Molly specifically will look for the Coxwain option for 2018.
All others will look for the option for High School Club 2018.
7. Click Join
After that is finished, you will need to join Leander and pay their fee. There are a bunch of options for this. If you plan on rowing beyond the spring season, you can join the club for the summer and/or the Fall. There is also an option to do the bantam program in the summer. All the options plus costs are there.
1. Go to regatta central.com (the same site where you registered for indoor regattas) and log in.
2. Click Programs on the top bar.
3. Scroll down to Leander Boat Club
4. Click Programs and Classes.
5. Select the program you wish to join. (Keep in mind that if you want to join as a full junior member, or part year member, those options are under “Memberships”, which is under Programs and Classes.
6. Once the program is selected, follow the process for payment.
Again, for novice parents, the LEANDER “Programs and Classes” fee is $259.90. Note that the club makes almost zero profit out of this fee. Almost 100% of it goes towards insurance, as well as fees to Rowing Canada and RowOntario. Once this is paid, there can be no refund.
There is also a Westdale Rowing spring fee (which covers regattas and associated regatta costs that are paid for by us). This year, the amount will be approximately $75 (I’m still crunching numbers). I’ll provide details on how that figure is arrived at during the meeting on Tuesday evening, as well as a detailed budget.
Payment is due for Mac 2×4 now. I need to have money in hand by end of the meeting Tuesday or teams will be reshuffled. You can give me the $12.50 Tuesday morning at practice, at the meeting Tuesday evening, or e-transfer to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Entry fee is $50 per team of four ($12.50 per rower).
MAC 2X4 TEAMS
1. HS JR LIGHT WOMEN (145)
2. HS JR MEN
EVENT 6-HS SR LIGHT WOMEN
HS SR WOMEN
EVENT 6-HS SR LIGHT WOMEN
EVENT 18 CLUB MIX
SATURDAY ON-WATER PRACTICE
This practice is now cancelled due to Mac 2×4.
TUESDAY PARENTS/ROWERS MEETING AT THE SCHOOL AT 7PM
Supposed to be Minus-7 with a wind chill of minus-14 at 6am, which is well outside safety guidelines. The rigging party this afternoon at Leander is still on, under the leadership of Meegan Crossley. We will evaluate conditions and forecasts day-to-day as we go through these next two weeks of pre-April rowing.
We will be voting on the second boat name on Monday morning. The two candidates are: “Warriors 1939” and “Propeller Club 1939”. 1939 was the first high school rowing title won by Westdale. The trophy we won was called the Propeller Club Trophy.
Also, REMEMBER TO TELL YOUR PARENTS ABOUT TUESDAY NIGHT’S MEETING AT THE SCHOOL AT 7PM!
Good turnout at the club today, Westdale! We were, by far, the best represented school—awesome for March Break!
I’ll see some of you this afternoon at Benetto Pool. Remember, clothing to simulate what you might be wearing on the water. Novices only–if you are experienced, you’ll have already either done the swim test or produced proper certification.
Rigging party Sunday at 2PM at Leander. The Miller is already rigged. We will rig the Astra and Griffiths, plus possibly a double. Anybody able to row next week should be there.
Finally, please remember to tell your parents about the meeting Tuesday night at 7PM at the school. Currently we are booked for the library, but there may be a conflict. I will let you know if the venue changes. VERY important for rowers and parents to be there.
For Saturday’s swim test, please wear a long sleeve shirt and a pair of long tights, somewhat simulating what you might wear on a chilly April morning minus a few layers! The test will be about 10 minutes of treading water clothed, then putting on a life jacket that gets tossed to you. Test will take between 10-15 minutes. One piece of advice: try to avoid track pants or hoodies. They can get awfully heavy when water logged, making it tough to tread water!
It takes place at Benetto Pool/community centre. Again, you can be excused from the test IF you have your bronze cross/bronze medallion or lifesaving. I will need to see a picture of that certification to forward it to the club. A rower will not be allowed on the water without our assurance they can swim.
A reminder that the docks go in at Leander on Saturday morning from 8am-1pm. And later that day, from 4PM-5:30PM (show up any time in that window), there will be a swim test at Bennett Pool (450 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 4N5).
Here is the FIRST DRAFT for Fortino’s on Saturday, March 31. I’ve put some of you down for multiple shifts to catch up on missed ones. **IF I’VE MISCOUNTED YOUR SHIFTS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!**
Currently I still need two spots filled. If any of the rowers who have done three shifts can fill the spot, we will give your parents a $25 rebate on your spring fees. Any who have not fulfilled the three shifts can expect to be asked to help Becca with Chili Cookoff tasks leading up to April 26.
There have been suggestions that we actually charge a fee per missed fundraiser. This was considered, however it was not publicized in time at the beginning of the season and surprises like that are usually not taken well! We WILL however, offer a rebate to those who have gone over and above the required minimum three…and we feel that for any of the rowers who fell short of the three, that providing some extra support for chili cookoff can cover off the missed fundraiser(s). Hopefully that is seen as fair for all.