First, a job WELL DONE to everybody on a very busy and demanding day! As all of you–parents and rowers–found out last night when you got home—it takes a lot out of you! There were valuable lessons learned by everybody yesterday–lessons where there are no other ways to learn than to just go out and experience it. Yes, lots of novices caught lots of crabs. Our trailer next week will be very close to the water, and I can GUARANTEE you that you will see a lot of other novices catching them! I’m not saying it’s something you can just ignore and allow to keep happening….but it DOES happen to almost all novice rowers in their first regatta. The key is to learn from it, move on and try to avoid it happening again. One thing our novices do NOT have to work harder on, is your work around the trailer (loading, unloading, carrying oars, helping). All of you….novices and experienced rowers, were excellent around the trailer yesterday.
I want to single out Maddy D yesterday and address something that happened, just so that everybody is clear. Maddy did an outstanding job yesterday, despite another crew’s best efforts to spoil all of our days. As Maddy D was piloting her novice 4+ up to the start, another crew that was racing down the course barrelled off course and straight into her boat, causing about $1500 damage. They were able to race it, but something like that can rattle rowers with 20 years experience, let alone novices rowing their first regatta!! I got the story from our crew, then went to the coach of the other crew and discovered his crew had told him a different story completely. (Having seen the straight-as-an-arrow course that Maddy had steered, I was pretty sure our crew was right…but decided to do due diligence and go to the source). So the coach of the other crew, Jake and I went upstairs to the regatta organizer, who radioed the official. The story he told left no doubt that Maddy was 100% in the right. The point of this story is to leave no assumptions on what happened, and that Maddy D was 100% exonerated by the official. It’s a great lesson to all of us that stuff can happen out there on the water and that even if you’re in the proper place and being as defensive as you can, as we were, stuff can still happen. Thankfully nobody was injured!
BOATINGS THIS WEEK
4X (WOLTER) KATE
(AFTER ONE LOOP) KATE
JW634+ (CHESTER)-PETE ((*****USE MILLER OARS***)
Here are the lineups for Sunday’s regatta. I may change a couple of entries, but that will be decided later in the week. It will be a BUSY DAY! Note that Saturday morning will be later than normal. We will either do a short row at 8am and then load starting around 9. Or just commence loading at 8am. Either way, please be at the club for 8am Saturday. There will be two other schools loading boats, so it will be busy. Long range forecast for Sunday is sunny, a high of 20, and breezy. Unlike me yesterday, please bring lots of sunscreen.
EVENT 1-JR WOMEN 59KG 4X-BAILEY
EVENT 3-SR WOMEN 63KG 2X-PROPELLER CLUB 1939
EVENT 5-JR WOMEN 4+-MILLER
EVENT 10-SR WOMEN 4X-BAILEY
EVENT 11-JR MEN 72KG 4+-MILLER
EVENT 14-JR WOMEN 4X#1-WOLTER
EVENT 14-JR WOMEN 4X #2-BAILEY
EVENT 15-JR MEN 2X-CHERWINSKI
EVENT 20-JR WOMEN 2X-PROPELLER CLUB 1939
EVENT 23-SR WOMEN 2-JUSTICE
EVENT 26-JR MEN 4X-WOLTER
EVENT 27-SR WOMEN 63KG 4+-MILLER
EVENT 31-SR WOMEN 59KG 4X-BAILEY
EVENT 32-SR WOMEN 2X-PROPELLER CLUB 1939
EVENT 35-JR WOMEN 63 KG 4+-MILLER