Westdale Secondary School Rowing

Information for the Westdale Secondary School Rowing Community

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The draw is not out yet—I’m expecting it to come out in the next few hours. As soon as it does, I will post our race schedule. Some of you may have noticed that there is a significant difference in event times posted under “Entries” on the regatta page, versus the times posted under “Clubs”, then clicking on “Westdale”. (for example, event 24 under ‘Clubs’ is listed as 1:15. The same event, under ‘Entries, is listed at 10:15). The draw will be the final confirmation, but I’m almost positive that the times listed under “Entries” will be more accurate (not exact….just ‘more’ accurate).



The following have said they’re racing and still need to get their entry in:
Jerron (Event 27)
Maddy D (Event 28)
Rochon (Event 27)
Arjun (Event 26)
Daniella (Event 28)
Quin (Event 26)
Manvendra (Event 26)

The following have not yet confirmed they they’re racing, but if so, need to do the entry.
Fiora (Event 33)
Maddy B (Event 33)
Caleb (Event 26)
Kai (needs to weigh in Monday to determine what category)

Note that it IS an expectation for everybody to participate in as many indoor regattas as they can and it’s especially important for novices:
1. We want to see how you focus and race in an environment like a regatta. If competitions make you nervous, that’s OK—this is a GREAT way to learn how to deal with the pressures of race day where you’re relying on yourself to race against the clock. In the spring, you will have crew mates around you to “share the nerves”, so to speak…. but learning to deal with the nerves in the winter will contribute greatly to your crew!
2. It’s something of a dry run for the spring regattas where you will be relying on others and others will be relying on you. Mike and I want to know that those we select for crews will not leave us standing in the boat park with 8/9ths of the crew ready to launch, wondering where the last person is. Mistakes are made at these winter regattas. Better to make them in the winter, than in the spring!

Other things to note for the regatta:

1. If you don’t have a unisuit, please wear something the says Westdale. Failing that, please wear a green shirt.
2. The schedule on RegattaCentral MAY not match what comes out in the draw. I will post our racing schedule on the blog when I get it—likely Wednesday.
3. You should be there at least 45 minutes to one hour before your race. That gives you time to register at the desk, watch a race to see how it all works, weigh in if you need to, talk to the coaches, and warm up.
4. I haven’t heard anything about a waiver, but will ask.

I will post more as the week goes on.

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Some of you have asked about various things upcoming between now and the end of the season on June 2, so here are some answers. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR PARENTS!!

1. If you intend on racing in the spring, you MUST have a unisuit and you MUST order it if Mike doesn’t have your size. They will not allow you to race on the water without one. Details on how to order are on the main menu.

2. Some of you have asked about rowing clothing (hoodies/t-shirts, etc). I’ve inquired to the guy who makes them and will post a link here when I get it–the link I have is closed.

3. There are numerous events between now and the end of the season! I’ve listed them below, so please put them in your calendar.

SATURDAY, JAN 12: Leander Indoor Rowing Championships (Hamilton)
SUNDAY, FEB 3: Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (Mississauga)
SATURDAY, MARCH 2: Ontario Indoor Rowing Championships (St. Catharines)
MONDAY, APRIL 1: First day of on-water rowing (hopefully, weather permitting!) Experienced rowers MAY be on-water in late March
SATURDAY, APRIL 20: Fortino’s bagging fundraiser #2 (**NOTE** This is the Saturday of Easter weekend)
THURSDAY, APRIL 25: Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
SUNDAY, MAY 5: John Bennett Regatta (Buffalo)
SUNDAY, MAY 12: Mothers Day Regatta (St. Catharines)
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 18-19: Welland High School Invitational Regatta (Welland) ***NOTE*** This is the Victoria Day long weekend
SATURDAY, MAY 25: Hamilton High School Championships (Hamilton)
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY MAY 31-JUNE 2: CSSRA Regatta (St. Catharines)

4. Fortino’s #2 on April 20: Note that this is on the Saturday of the Easter weekend at the same Fortino’s as we were at on NY Eve. This fundraiser will work the same way as the first one did. You will be scheduled for approximately three hours and be responsible for bagging groceries. Those who did not participate in the first fundraiser will be the first to be scheduled for this one.

5. Chili Cook-Off. Following quickly on the heels of the Fortino’s fundraiser will be our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Chili Cook-Off! And with approximately $10,000 left to pay on our two new boats from last year, it’s a VERY important one!! We really need a lot of parents help on this—last year was an incredibly successful event and we’d love to be able to match that! We had a big parents group helping last year and I think every one of them would say they had a real blast! If interested, please keep your eyes on this space! It’s a MASSIVELY fun evening.

6. How does Chili Cook-Off work? We will sell a block of tickets to you for $15 per ticket. You will then sell them to family/friends/extended family, for $20 each, so the incentive is there to make some money back and put it towards your spring rowing fees. The number of tickets allocated per rower is yet to be determined. I believe last year, it was 6 per rower, however with a LOT more rowers this year, there will be fewer tickets for you to sell. If there are any questions about this, please ask me!

As always, if you have any questions/concerns about anything, please text me, e-mail me or talk to me at practice.

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Still waiting on the following entries for the Leander Indoors. Please take care of this as soon as possible. The category you should enter is below.

Charlotte (Event 32)
Ethan (Event 31)
Maddy B (Event 33)
Matt (Event 35)
Nate (needs to weigh in on Monday to determine which racing category)
Baoza (Event 26)
Jerron (Event 27)
Sawyer (Event 26)
Caleb (Event 26)
Maddy D (Event 28)
Rochon (Event 27)
Arjun (Event 26)
Ivor (Event 26)
Seta (Event 28)
Grace (Event 29)
Daniella (Event 28)
Quin (Event 26)
Vaishala (Event 34)
Manvendra (Event 26)
Kai (needs to weigh in Monday to determine what category)
Gillian (Event 32)
Fiora (Event 33)
Celina (Event 32)
Maddy T (Event 32)

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Keep those entries coming in, all. We’re up to 11 so far, with 5 days left before registration closes.
Before you do your entry, unless you know for absolute sure what it is, please double check with us on what your category should be. We don’t want to burden the regatta organizers with a bunch of event changes!

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“Time marches on”, as my old radio journalism professor used to say! Entries are due for this event at midnight on Tuesday (5 days away), but as mentioned, novices seem to be having difficulty registering, so PLEASE get your entry done as soon as possible and not leave me to have to deal with a bunch of you having problems all at once on Tuesday! We are expecting a big percentage of our squad to enter this regatta, so please plan on it! The event is on Saturday, January 12th at St. Mary’s.

Problems encountered so far:
1. The system is particular about how your erg scores are entered. Now that novices have done one, you can enter that score, but make sure there’s a colon, not a semi-colon or period.
2. There is also a warning about “boat supplied not valid for entry”. The workaround for this appears to be to ignore it and keep hitting “Continue” or Next”.

The workouts for this week on the program are not correct. I cut and pasted the whole document from last year in order to use the table as a template. I changed weeks two and three, but missed week one…..hence the “Saturday Podium” group reference. Apologies. The rest of this week will be different to what is on there, but starting Monday, everything will match.