Month: September 2013

BRC Weekly News – September 30-October 6, 2013

1. Land Parents and Practice Schedule
2. Sign Up Genius & Regatta Information for HOG
3. Volunteers Needed, October 5, HOG – 1/2 shifts welcomed
4. Lost and Found from LiftBridge Regatta
5. Team Pictures & Regatta Pictures
6. Philadelphia, PA – Are you going? (Novice and Varsity)

1.  Practice this week is:
Modified – Monday and Wednesday 4pm to 5:30pm
Novice and Varsity – Monday through Friday 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm

Land Parents for this week:
Monday, September 30  Tamara Abbott
Tuesday, October 1  Carol McKenna
Wednesday, October 2  Cheryl Coughlin
Thursday, October 3 Larry Heilbronner
Friday, October 4 Donna McGuire

2.  HOG, Sunday, October 6: Our next Regatta is at home.  We will be launching from our home dock for the Head of the Genesee on Sunday, October 6.  Coaches will let us know race times and line ups later this week.  As of right now, it looks like 40% chance of rain; starting our day in the 40s, with a high in the low 60s. Perfect chili and grilled cheese weather.  (and it wouldn’t be rowing without a little rain… so make sure to dress for the weather.)

Parents, please make sure to sign up for a food item to bring to the HOG.  We ran out of food (a first for as long as I can remember), so please make sure to sign up for a needed item making sure we can feed all our rowers, coaches and spectators that visit our tent.   We will serve rowers and coaches first and welcome any family members to join in after we ensure our rowers and coaches have eaten.

Sign Up Genius – Click Here:
Thank you in advance for your support!

Interested in exploring and learning more about the regatta set up, race times, entries, etc. Visit Regatta Central Direct link to the HOG:

We have general information about this regatta on our website:  > CALENDARS>REGATTAS> HOG  Please stop by and take a look. All our regatta for this season are listed.

3. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, October 5, 2013. While we always need our parents to volunteer during the regatta when our team is participating, we are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday, October 5.  This is the day the college teams compete.  The HOG is run by volunteers and for each 4 hour time slot, BRC receives about $40.  If you can volunteer the whole day, awesome.  If not, please volunteer for a morning or afternoon slot. Mature Varsity Rowers may also help out.  I am told there are still about 12 positions open they are trying to fill. We would love for this $$ to come to BRC.   Please contact Hilary Yip <> if you can help.  (I will be at the finish line. I have also helped out in a launch and on the docks – All great opportunities to learn a bit more about rowing.  Experience is not mandatory. – we all were new once upon a time. (smile)

4. Lost and Found (from Lift Bridge Regatta) Please see the land parent on Monday to claim your items.

  • 2 water bottles
  • java travel mug
  • navy UofR jacket
  • grey tech shirt
  • lg Brighton crew tech shirt
  • med Brighton crew tech shirt
  • sm Brighton crew uni
  • white baseball cap

5. TEAM PICTURES: Modified- I am looking for a Modified parent volunteer to take team pictures and snap shots of practice for the Modified Rowers. These will be submitted to Mr. Ogden at TCMS for the yearbook. We will also add as many as we can to our website.  With the fancy camera’s we have available today, professional photography not necessary. Please let me know if you can help.
Novice and Varsity: We are hoping to get some Team Pictures at the HOG.  These will be taken during the lunch hour break.  Please plan to be in the tent area.  David Tilson has volunteered to take these pictures for us.  Please seek him out during that lunch our to get pictures taken.  We need them for both yearbook entries and “just cause” I like to add new pictures to our website.

6. Philadelphia, PA October 26-27.  This is an overnight away regatta.  Varsity and Novice Rowers will race at this regatta. I am in the process of calculating the cost of this trip.  The cost of the trip should be around $175 per rower. However, I do not know this for sure until I know how many rooms we need, how many boats we are entering in the regatta, etc.  Can you please let me know if you will NOT be going on this trip?  You need to let your coach know, too. If I don’t hear from you, I will assume you are planning to go and will be calculating that into the cost. If you do not go, it will change the number I am dividing by and will in turn change the final number each rower has to pay. So, knowing you are not going in advance is very helpful in the planning process.

We will be asking for 2-3 chaperones to attend and we will take care of the chaperone’s hotel room.  If we have room on the bus, parents may come along but will have to take care of their own room.  If you are interested in riding the bus vs. driving, please let me know that too.

Thank you in advance for helping me determine the calculations for this trip so I can let you know the cost as soon as possible.

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Practice Updates, Regatta Updates, Volunteer Opportunities, Weekly Updates

BRC News: Week of September 23, 2013

A special thank you to everyone who helped make our kick off party a success. We hope everyone had a great time.  Thank you Siegrist Family for hosting this awesome event this season.

BRC News: Week of September 23, 2013

1. Land Parents
2. First Regatta of the Season – LiftBridge, Fairport
3. Regattas – Sign Up Geniuses
4. Volunteer Opportunity for $$ – HOG
5. Roster

1. Land Parents for this week: Modified Practice is Monday/Wednesday 4pm – 5:30pm.  Novice/Varsity is Monday-Friday 3:45 – 5:45pm
Monday, September 23 Andrea Costanza
Tuesday, September 24 Marlyne Brooks
Wednesday, September 25 Carolyn McKenna
Thursday, September 26 Larry Heilbronner
Friday, September 27 Kalpana Janaman

Please see your personal email for cell phone numbers for land parents.
We need volunteers next week for the following days:  Monday, Sept 30; Wednesday, Oct 2; Friday, Oct 4 – click here to sign up:

2. (LIFT BRIDGE) Regatta Details: All regattas are listed on our website under the CALENDAR tab at the top of the page. The LifeBridge Regatta direct link can be found here:
Volunteer Regatta Opportunities – in person or behind the scenes: We depend on volunteers to help set up our hospitality tent and provide food items.  BRC provides the “main” protein at each regatta. Sign Up Genius:

3. All Sign Up Geniuses for Volunteer Opportunities at upcoming Regattas are available.  Anytime you do not have a direct link, you can find it by searching “” when on the Sign Up Genius website:  Choose the Tab: Find a Sign Up and then type in  – All our sign up’s can be found here.

4. Earn $$ for BRC by Volunteering at the HOG, October 5, Saturday. We have an excellent opportunity coming up to raise some money for our club in October…and have fun at the same time!  All you have to do is sign up to work during the HOG and designate Genesee Rowing Club as your club. They are looking for volunteers for Saturday October 5th during the college and corporate events. First priority is given to those who can volunteer the whole day.  However, if you can only work 1/2 the day please let us know. I am sure we will find the opportunity to fill those 1/2 day roles too. They are looking for volunteers to work from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you can’t volunteer all day some shifts will be available 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM. WANTED: 6 timers, 1 launch driver, 8 marshals, and some misc – email Hilary Yip at stating your the position you prefer. (BRC rows on Sunday, October 6 – volunteers are not needed on Oct. 6 – but, no fear, we can use your help at the BRC tent!)

5. Updated Roster – you should have received your roster via email. If not, please contact us, we will forward it to you.

NOTE:  Email addresses for this listgroup(s) have been taken from the Regatta Central registration information. If you prefer to receive email at a different address, please let us know.

Have an awesome week!

Peace and Kindness,

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Practice Updates, Regatta Updates, Volunteer Opportunities, Weekly Updates

Fall Season Kick-off Party: Fri, 9/20, 6:30-9:30

Welcome to Fall 2013 Season!  Join us after practice 9/20/13 for food and fun.

Rowers and their families invited! Please RSVP on our SignUp with how many people are coming and what item you’ll bring.

BRC will provide burgers/dogs/buns and paper products.  Please sign up to shop, set-up and bring the extras.

DATE: 9/20/2013 (Fri 6:30PM – 9:30PM)

LOCATION: 93 Southern Parkway, Brighton, 14618

Questions?  Please contact:

  • Rhonda Miga ( or242-0707) or
  • Stephanie Siegrist ( or 329-3308).
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

Modified Welcome – Fall 2013

Dear Families,  Welcome to Brighton Rowing Club (BRC).

Each week, you will receive our “BRC NEWS” and it will highlight any upcoming information about Brighton Rowing Club.  This e-news will include information for all three of our teams: Modified, Novice, and Varsity.  If there is a different email address you would prefer we use, please reply to this email and let me know.

Today’s news is just for you, our Modified Rowing Team.

My name is Rhonda Miga. My daughter started rowing when she was a student at Twelve Corners Middle School, just like your rower today. She is now a Senior at Brighton High School and making plans for college. Not only is she looking at what a college offers academically, she is looking at colleges for their rowing programs.  We are excited that BRC has made such a positive impact over the years that her interests will move with her during her college years. Her interest in rowing has given me the opportunity to connect myself with something she loves through volunteering. Brighton Rowing Club is a non-profit organization run by volunteer parents.  So, I invite you to get involved, meet the other families, and be an active part of your child’s rowing experience. Whether you are available in person or prefer to do things behind the scenes (like writing our weekly news emails – smile), we have something for you to do.  So, keep that in the back of your mind as your rower becomes actively involved with BRC.

Rowing practice starts on Monday, September 16 and continues through October 30.  Practice is on Monday and Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm.  We practice on the Genesee River out of the Genesee Rowing Club’s Boathouse.  I will include directions to the boathouse in the information below.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.

Rhonda Miga
(585) 957-1212 cell, text msgs welcome! or

Today’s news…
1.  Informational Session for Rowers, Thursday, September 12, after school, Mr. Ogden’s Room #456
2.  Modified Rower Parent Meeting, Monday, September 16, 7pm. Mr. Ogden’s Room #456
3.  Practice Starts Monday – Details and Directions to the Boathouse
4.  Registration Items Checklist – Please make sure you have everything you need
5.  Season Kick Off Party, Friday, September 20, 6:30 pm.

1. Invite Your Friends! Informational Session about BRC.  On Thursday, September 12, in Mr. Ogden’s room #456 (right after school!), BRC will have an informational session about rowing.  We encourage your rower to invite their friends to learn more.

Feel Free to Pass this Information onto Other Parents:

  • No experience necessary.
  • Row Fall and/or Spring Seasons
  • For both boys and girls, 7th and 8th grade (6th graders need to be approved on an individual basis from the coach.)
  • $295 for the entire season! (we offer a 2-week no-risk trial period: try BRC for two weeks; if it is not for you, get a full refund.)
  • Register at

2. Mandatory Modified Rower Parent Meeting. Monday, September 16, 7pm, TCMC; Mr. Ogden’s Room #456
We have scheduled a date just for Modified Parents this season due to the conflict with TCMC curriculum night and BRC’s Parent Meeting at BHS on Wednesday, September 11.  If you are able to join us on September 11, please do, if not, please come on September 16. We will cover everything about this season with you, BRC History and answer any questions you may have.

3. Practice Starts Monday, September 16:  4pm to 5:30 pm.

Dress for the weather! BRC practices rain or shine – and a little cold weather does not stop us from getting on the water.  Spandex shorts are recommended so that rowers do not catch their clothing on the various parts of the boat. Shirts should fit and not be baggy.  If sunny, please wear sunscreen.  If cold, please plan to be “in the elements” during your practice time.

Plan to arrive to the boat house about 15 minutes in advance. It is about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the boathouse and locating the boathouse the first time can be a little tricky – plan some extra time to find your way. There are 3 areas where you can park. I am posting the closest parking option below.  However, this area can become congested at the end of practice because we have BRC Modified Team leaving, BRC Varsity and Novice already parked and GRC (adult club) arriving.  You may have to park at the top of the hill (near the yellow gate) on some days.  Please visit our website for a complete list of parking options.

Boathouse Address
1 Hawthorne Dr.
Genesee Valley Park
Rochester, NY 14623

The Genesee Rowing Club is located at the intersection of the Genesee River and the Erie Canal within the park. (Map Attached)
Directions to the Genesee Rowing Club Boathouse

Note: Google and GPS-based driving directions are incorrect. Although google maps accurately shows the GPS location of “Genesee Rowing Club Dock”, the driving directions think it is actually on I-390, instead of under I-390. If using GPS, use the intersection of Elmwood & Mt. Hope to get you to the park – and then follow the “under the expressway route” directions below to get to the boathouse.

  • Take Elmwood Ave Westbound toward University of Rochester
  • At Kendrick bear Right then, almost immediately, turn Left into Genesee Valley Park
  • The park entrance is directly opposite the main entrance to U of R.
  • The park is marked by a large brown sign saying Genesee Valley Park, and a street sign that says Moore Rd. Note that google maps refers to this road as Hawthorne, but the sign says Moore.  If you find yourself crossing the river on Elmwood, you’ve gone too far.

Once you enter the park…Under Expressway Route (smaller tighter parking, shortest walk) Note: Sometimes the yellow gate is locked, if so, park in the lot to the left of the gate.

  • Follow Moore Rd until it ends in at intersection. Turn Right
  • Drive past the 1st and 2nd parking lots. Continue through the yellow gate and under expressway.
  • There is a small parking lot and a drop off loop under expressway. From here you will see the boathouse (tan building) ahead.

We encourage rowers to walk in pairs to the boathouse.  Please plan carpools with other rowers if you can (trust me, it makes the experience more enjoyable). If not, please walk your rower to the boathouse.  Cars must remain in the designated parking areas. No cars are allowed near the boathouse due to safety.

4.  Registration Check List –
BRC has both paper and electronic registration items. If you have not mailed your paperwork and payment in yet, please plan to bring it with you on Monday.

You will need
A current physical* from your child’s physician – stating “ok to do sports”  (or you can have your doctor sign the attached form)
Code of Conduct – signed by your rower
Parent Permission** – signed by you, the parent
US Rowing Waiver (if you participated in Summer LTR, we already have this from you)
Complete the Shopping Cart for “Modified Rowers” on our website – www.

Rowers will also need to take a swim test.  The swim test consists of treading water for 10 minutes and swimming two laps at the BHS pool.  Rowers will wear their swim suit and a light weight fitted sweatshirt (no hood) for this test. We do not care about style or form. This is to represent the time your rower would be in the water or the distance they may have to swim if the boat turns over. (a very rare occurrence with modified).  If you have not taken a swim test yet, please contact Andrea Costanza (585)764-3850 or to schedule a test today.

*Note 1: BRC is not a school sport.  We do not have access to your child’s physical turned into the school district.
**Note 2: Modified Rowers do not compete or travel to regattas.  Please sign the parent permission for the “medical information.” Once your rower enters 9th grade, the travel portion of this document will apply.

5. Fall Season Kick Off Party.  Friday, September 20, 6:30 pm. The Siegrist’s Home, 93 Southern Parkway, Rochester, NY 14618
Modified, Novice and Varsity Rowers and their Families are invited. This gives you the opportunity to meet the coaches and get to know other parents involved with BRC.  BRC will provide hotdogs and hamburgers for the grill. Families are asked to bring a covered dish to pass.  Please go to our Sign Up Genius to RSVP and sign up to bring a dish.  (This is a fun evening, as BRC is a community club that actively invites “family” participation.)

I think this is enough to keep you busy for one email. If you have any questions what so ever…please contact me.

Wishing you the best rowing season ever.

Peace and Kindness,
Rhonda Miga, BRC Communications

Posted by Brighton Rowing Club News in Practice Updates, Registration, Weekly Updates