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We will meet at 7am Friday (hopefully, as long as the school is open!). Be warmed up and ready on arrival. Predicting a flash freeze overnight, with temps going from 12 at midnight to -10 wind chill by 6.

1. MAC 2X4 MATERIALS. Holding on to hope there WILL be a school practice on Friday! If so, I would like experienced rowers on each team to organize the materials required for Mac 2×4. Becca, can you help Jack, as his team is the only all-novice team?

2. RUDENKRIEG. Following Mac 2×4, our next event will be Rudenkrieg, the indoor regatta at Grimsby SS, on Saturday, Feb. 23. $17 cash or cheque made out to Westdale Rowing, please. Note: This entry is NOT done through RegattaCentral.

3. ONTARIO INDOORS. One week later, on Saturday, March 2, is the Ontario Indoor Rowing Champs at Ridley College in St. Catharines. We expect all our rowers to compete at this event. Entry is done online at RegattaCentral.

4. SWIM TEST. Date TBA, but likely either just before, or just after March Break. Note that ALL NOVICES and likely ALL ROWERS and coaches will have to take one this year.

5. RCA & LEANDER REGISTRATION. I will let you know when this window opens up. All rowers must be registered with RCA (Rowing Canada) and Leander BC prior to being allowed on the water. A reminder that these registrations do not happen instantly and there is often a few days lag time between when you register and when it’s confirmed. Once the window opens, get it done asap, please.

6. SPRING PARENTS MEETING. There will be an upcoming meeting, date TBA, for parents and rowers in advance of the on-water season. This meeting is especially important for novices and their parents. At that time, we’ll be presenting our budget for spring fees.

7. SPRING BREAK CAMPS? There will likely be no southern camp–there has been no word on this from the club coaches, so I expect the idea is dead. I haven’t heard of any local camps yet, but will forward the information if I hear. This would only be open to experienced rowers.

8. LEANDER DOCKS IN DAY. It’s too early yet, to determine when the docks will go in. When the word comes out, I will pass it along. We will need as many of you there as possible in order to complete the many tasks required in order to get on the water!

9. PRE-SEASON RIGGING. As we get closer to the dates, we will be organizing rigging parties for our various boats. Stay tuned!

10. “WHEN ARE WE ON THE WATER?” For experienced rowers (I believe this includes those who rowed just the high school season last year), we will try to get you on the water as soon as possible. It’s all dependent on weather—I believe last year we got on around March 20? As last year, this will be exclusively 8+s, 4+s and 4xs. No small boats in the pre-season. All novices must wait until at least April 1, although it MAY be possible to do some dock-side instruction if the weather is good.

11. HOW DO WE GET TO LEANDER FOR 5:10AM IN APRIL? For novices, car pooling works very well among those who live in the same area of town. Please talk to your friends and parents and arrange amongst yourselves. I’m open to discussing the possibility of rowers cycling to the club in the mornings, but with a number of safety restrictions (MUST be in a group starting from a single location, MUST not be cycling alone at any time during the morning, MUST have proper lights, Group MUST be accompanied by an adult, etc). If any parents/rowers are interested in implementing this option, let’s discuss. (Note: discussion only. Not a policy yet).

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