Saturday, March 23, 2019

Season Opener Regatta

We participated in our first regatta of the season on a windy, chilly Saturday on Lake Whitehurst at Norfolk Botanical Garden. All who were present, including the novices who only started rowing three weeks earlier, were able to race down the course. Our two novice coxswains, Olivia and Maria, also experienced their first races, steering the MV8 and the M2V8 crews respectively.

Our results still show we are a work in progress. Highlights include the two sculling events where Charlie S and Charlie T finished 3rd in the M2X event, rowing the double down the course in 5:47.9,  faster than all of our other crews except for the MV8 crew. Charlie T. also rowed the single to a 3rd in the M1X event, finishing one second ahead of a sculler from Great Bridge.

In the sweep events our MV8 had equipment issues and finished 4th in their heat (but still ahead of Granby's top eight.) Their time was respectable (and faster than the time posted by Hickory in the other heat) considering that the shell was propelled by only 7 rowers and the rudder was angled all of the way down the course. With a full contingent rowing and a straight rudder, this crew will be formidable. The immediate goal is to eat into the 50 seconds time difference posted by NA's top eight.

Our results in the sweep events in the fours were indicative of the time we've spent in the fours. The girls only got their completed shell as we were loading the trailer. The very first time they rowed as a crew was to the start line.  The MV4 and M2V4 crews had only rowed as the stern four in their respective eights. We'll spend lots more time working in fours over the coming weeks.

Thanks to Margaret, Delaney, Andrew and TJ, with Nina coxing, four novices (Chase, Mark, Eileen and Julianna) competed in the Mixed 8 at the end of the day (in weather conditions that actually started to feel comfortable.) I hope to field a MNV next regatta.

Video was captured for the MV8 and Mdx8 events. I'll process the files and upload over the next few days.

Full results are below.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New school record for a 2K.

Mark O. just pulled a 6:54.1 for a 2K, breaking Mike Farina's record from 2012. Good job!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Charlie wins his event at the erg pull

Charlie took the men's junior title at the 2019 HRRC erg pull with a personal best time of 7:08.4 More details and pics to follow.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 Schedule posted

The schedule for this season is now updated on the right-hand sidebar. Important dates are:

Saturday February 16th           HRRC Erg Pull at BSCHS - registration is now open. Register here.
Thursday February 28th          Last day to pull a qualifying erg time. "Cuts" made that evening.
Saturday March 2nd                Boathouse clean-up and Coxswain's clinic
Saturday March 9th                 Referee clinic at ODU women's rowing boathouse
Saturday March 16th               EVSRA Parent Orientation at Norfolk Academy 9:00-12:00
Saturday March 23rd               Season Opener regatta at Norfolk Botanical Garden venue
Saturday March 30th               Spring Fling Regatta at NBG     
Saturday April 6th                   Open date - same as Prom at NBG
Saturday April 13th                 Spring Fling II Regatta at NBG
Saturday April 20th                 Holy Saturday - no racing
Saturday April 27th                 EVSRA Championship Regatta at NBG
Saturday May 4th                    Big Mathews Regatta at Williams Wharf
Sunday May 5th                      EVSRA Independent Schools/Club Championship Regatta at NBG

Additional dates and racing opportunities may be added later. Check the sidebar often.