Lots below, so please read!
For Ontario’s next Saturday March 4th, there is a waiver to be signed. If you are 18, you can sign it. If you are under 18, a parent/guardian has to sign it. PLEASE BRING IT TO THE REGATTA NEXT SATURDAY!!
Here is the waiver form: ontario-ergometer-championships-waiver
Race times will be published as soon as I get them . Directions to the event: QEW to St. Catharines. From the QEW, exit at 406 South. Go 4 km to Fourth Avenue exit and turn Right at top of ramp. At 2nd Traffic Light, turn Left onto Louth Street. Go 1 km and turn Left on Ridley Road (before crossing train tracks). Take 1st Left into Ridley parking lots. The event is in the Ridley College Field House.
There are 20 Westdale entries, but we want to see more! The deadline is tomorrow. Please take care of your entry tonight!!
For next week, we will do speedwork on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday will be yoga as normal. Friday is a PA Day, but all competitors will be off. Please take some time during that day to mentally prepare for the race. Think about strategies, think about how you want to attack it! We will be talking about race strategies with the novices during the week—this is a regatta where we can employ a plan! If you have any questions, please ask us!
Following Ontario’s, we will do our final test week. I will confirm the test schedule next week. Again, I will confirm.
Following test week, it’s MARCH BREAK!!! At the moment, nothing has been finalized, however it is looking like experienced rowers may be able to row during March break if you are in town and not doing the Brock rowing camp (which is recommended for our seniors!). Due to insurance and Rowing Canada Registration, novices may be held back during March Break. We’re trying to work something out where we can get you on the water as soon as possible, so stay tuned!
There will be a swim test organized by the club for novices at some point. No date has been set yet. If you have any swim certification (bronze cross/lifesaving, etc), PLEASE TEXT OR E-MAIL ME A PICTURE OF THE CERTIFICATE!!! This will excuse you from having to do the test.
There will be an upcoming parents meeting–date to be determined. We will go over the on-water season, regatta protocols, Regatta Parent Fun, and costs. Note that we are trying to keep costs as low as possible. I can some detail on this. Leander has set their fee at $259. This covers our affiliation to the club, to Rowing Canada, to RowOntario, insurance, boat usage and gas for the coach boats. The club makes no money on high school registrations—the $259 is the direct cost to the club. This will be paid through RegattaCentral–I will forward instructions when I receive them. On top of the $259, there will be an as-yet-to-be-determined amount that will be payable to Westdale Rowing that will cover our costs for the season, which are: Regatta entry fees, CSSRA tent rental, CSSRA site rental, bus to CSSRA Thursday practice. Those are the big ones. Last year, the per rower cost over and above the club membership was $75. There will be an increase to this for 2017, but we haven’t arrived at that figure yet. Many have paid the deposit, which will be deducted from the amount owing to Westdale.
We have two fundraisers this spring. The first one will be at Fortino’s at Main & Dundurn on the Saturday of Easter Weekend (April 15th) from 10am-6pm. We will try to book you in 2 hour shifts, so you don’t have to be there for the whole day. You can sign up for more than one two hour block if you wish. The busiest time will be between noon and 3PM, so that’s where we want to really be visible! We will need to have plastic buckets available in Westdale colours that say “Westdale Rowing” on them. You guys will all be in your Westdale rowing gear and we will HOPEFULLY have an erg going to encourage donations. You guys will be bagging groceries for folks–that is how we generate funds. I need volunteers to help with this.
On Wednesday, April 26th, the highly popular Chili Cookoff will take place at Leander. Brock has been working hard at this. Each rower will be given a block of tickets to sell to family, friends, etc. This is a MAJOR fundraiser for us–our costs wouldn’t be nearly as low without it. If any parents would like to help, please let me know–as we get closer, there will be numerous tasks that need to be filled.
The outdoor season is soon upon us!!!