Sorry for the flurry of info–it’s all on at this time of year and there is a LOT of stuff being passed along, so please make sure you and your parents are on top of it all.
1. As mentioned, the Bennett Regatta is NOT included in our spring fee, so this will have to be paid separately. I will invoice as soon as I receive the trailer costs from the club and exchange rate on my VISA, but FYI, the entry fees came out evenly with one exception, at $40US for those in two events and $20US for those with one event. As this one was paid by me personally, please make cheques payable to me.
2. The $75 spring rowing fee (which includes ALL other regattas this season as noted in the meeting), is due. Some of you have paid this already–thank you. That one is payable to Westdale Rowing by cheque. Or cash is fine too.
Any questions, please ask. I know it can be frustrating getting not one, but two requests for money so soon after a fundraiser. We understand. Every effort is made to keep your costs as low as possible.
Below are the crews for the Bennett Regatta in Buffalo next week. Times are not known yet–I will publish these when the draw is released.
Because we’re racing as Leander, you will need a red t-shirt shirt over top of a white long sleeved shirt. Do not wear your Westdale unisuit. This is the only regatta we need to do this for this year.
Many of these events are events we won’t race in future regattas. (you will notice there are no quads racing next week. You will also see a novice women’s entry where, unfortunately there are no novice events going forward). I have made boatings based on trying to replicate as closely as possible, crews we think we will see at CSSRA. We also decided to limit a majority of novices to one event each for their first regatta.
Michaela (Sequoia’s Mom), is putting together a regatta document for the parents and rowers. There is a LOT of information in these documents, so please take the time to read. We’re going to ask you to be there early on Sunday morning in order to get our boats rigged. So even if you aren’t racing until noon, you’ll need to be there likely around 7am. At the end of the day, we will de-rig and load the trailer for the trip back to Hamilton, then unload it and rig on Sunday night. There will be no practice on Monday the 7th. Please plan for an early start and a late finish Sunday.
A final note. We are looking closely at how you PREPARE FOR YOUR RACES (do you eat well? Dress properly? Show up prepared? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH NERVES? (do you freak out? Or do you chill with tunes? Do you find a way to positively channel the energy when your body is asking you “What the hell are you doing??”) HOW HELPFUL ARE YOU AROUND THE TRAILER? (a friend of mine called it “Valet Rowing”–where you show up and your boat is miraculously rigged. You will be LOVED by coaches and teams alike if you are helpful. Maura is VERY good at that stuff. If you follow her lead, you will excel at this!) HOW MUCH OF A TEAM PLAYER ARE YOU? (Cheering for our crews is a big part of regattas. Y’all trained together for 6 months, so supporting each other is good!) HOW DO YOU RACE?? Do you go out and practice what you trained for? Or do nerves cause a complete mental breakdown in your ability to do anything other than breathe?? We’ve told you all that you’ll be racing once at CSSRA, and that is true. If we have decisions to make about a second race, often those decisions are based on the above criteria. So if you’re having trouble dealing with race day ‘stuff’, please talk to us. We’ve all been there, have all gone through it. It’s OK to be nervous–and dealing with nerves is an everyday part of ALL sport. We just don’t want you to be completely impaired by it.
EVENT #4-Women’s Lightweight 4+
EVENT #6-Women JV8+
EVENT #9-Men’s JV 4+
EVENT #10-Women Varsity 2x
Propeller Club 1939
EVENT #14-Women’s JV4+
EVENT #18: Women Novice 4+
CX: Maddy D
EVENT #19: Men Lightweight 4+
We will be focusing on Bennett crews for this week. We MAY row pre-loading on Saturday. We will decide later in the week with weather. Speaking of weather, it’s supposed to be awesome next Sunday!
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Off: Geon, Max, Molly, Ella, Maddy T
2X (CHERWINSKI) (Pete)
2X (JUSTICE) (Pete)
4+ (CHESTER) (Kate)
4+ (MILLER) (Kate)
4X (ASTRA) (Mike)
4X (BAILEY) (Mike)
Please stay home and enjoy your day!
Here’s some information on Sunday. If I’m not there, Maura, Maddy B, Sequoia and Ethan will be in charge, along with St. Mary’s coaches.
Meet at 9:45 at the club, then launch.
There will be five skills.
1. Backing into starting gates.
2. Racing start (half, half, three quarters, full, 5 no layback, 5 with layback, 10 to hold. Some of you have done these, some have not. Do your best!
3. Full stop and 360 degree turn.
4. 90 degree turn (not sure if this is while rowing or not)
5. Buoy slalom (lots of turns whilst rowing).
MUCH more to follow on last night, but the preliminary report is that we did REALLY well! I will have a final number as soon as we take care of the expenses. Please submit receipts for any costs associated with any items provided last night.
Many thanks to you all for your efforts. Without you, there is no Westdale Rowing. And a hearty round of thanks to our Chili Chairwoman, Sheri Henderson and her merry band of committee members who did a TON of work that resulted in the success of last night. WELL DONE to all!
St. Mary’s is hosting a skills regatta on Sunday. Arrival time is 9:45. Should be finished by 1130 hopefully. Course involves various skills. More info on Friday and Saturday, but please let me know if you CANNOT make it! I will set boats in the next few days based on who can be there.
If you have any unsold tickets for Chili Cookoff, please bring them on Thursday. We will try to sell them at the door.
We need as many rowers as possible after school to help with set up, and then at the end of the night with tidy up!
T-minus two days and counting!!!! We’ll need as much help as possible at the club after school on Thursday to set up. Among the tasks that need to be done are decorations, table set The up and bringing the Propeller Club 1939 upstairs to put on display.
A reminder to those bringing food items: PLEASE INCLUDE INGREDIENTS!!!!
Questions? Please ask!