Month: May 2015

BRC News 5/29/15: Great season! Got photos? Summer sessions.

  1. Congratulations to all BRC rowers on a very strong Spring 2015 season!   Thank you to all parents and coaches for supporting our success.  It all began with strength-training at ROC in winter that paid off with empowering our  athletes to compete in multiple races at each regatta, advance to semi’s and finals, and medal in many events.  “We earn our medals in the winter and pick them up in the spring!”  Keep up your training and stay fit for fall.
  2. Girls Lightweight 4+ is practicing twice a day to prepare for USRowing Youth National Championship in Sarasota, FL, 6/12-14.  Previous BRC Nationals competitors were a Boys 2x in 2007 and a Boys 1x in 2010.  Good luck, girls! Go BRC!
  3. Got photos?  Our website needs new faces!  Please send your BRC pics to, or drop off a disk/drive at 93 Southern Parkway.
  4. Summer Sessions:  tell your friends!  
    1. Open House/National Learn to Row Day:  Saturday, June 6, 10-2.  A great opportunity for parents and friends to learn proper technique on the erg from our coaches, then go on-water in an 8+ with experienced rowers.
    2. Summer Learn-to-Row Camps: 4 2-week sessions in late July and August.  See more info below.
    3. Experienced rowers needed to help out at these events and fill the boats.
  5. Building BRC:  more rowers means easier car-pools and lower regatta fees 🙂
    1. Download/Print the flyer you can post around town, school, work, anywhere!
    2. Just copy/paste the message below into the newsletter for your neighborhood association, club, etc…(add your contact info to the last line):


Brighton Rowing Club 2015 Summer Learn-to-Row Camps: for boys and girls entering grades 7-12 from throughout the Rochester Metro Area (any town, any school district).

2-week program, Monday-Friday, teaches rowing techniques and quickly progresses to rowing on the Genesee River and Erie Canal. No rowing/boating experience is necessary, but participants must be able to swim.

Rowing is a total-body workout that builds endurance, strength, balance, mental discipline and teamwork.   Excellent cross-training off-season from other sports, very low injury risk.  All equipment is provided.

  • Session 1   July 27 – Aug 7            9-11 AM
  • Session 2   July 27 – Aug 7            3:45-5:45 PM
  • Session 3   Aug 17-28                    9-11 AM
  • Session 4   Aug 17-28                     3:45-5:45 PM

Fee: $195/2-week session.  $50 discount on the Fall season club registration if you keep rowing!

Find more information at or

Or, contact your rowing neighbors, XXXXX at YYYYY.


Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

BRC News 5/17/15: TCMS Assembly, Pittsford Regatta, End-of-Season (already?!)

  1. Again, an amazing performance by all BRC crews in Syracuse last weekend!  4 of 5 crews qualified for finals and medals.  Girls Jr 8+ faced stiff competition in this Varsity event. Thank you to all rowers, parents and coaches for another great day.  A special thank-you to whoever has been in charge of the weather…keep it up!
  2. TCMS Sports Assembly on Friday, May 22, 8-9AM is BRC’s most successful recruiting event for Summer Learn-to-Row and Fall season.  Our goal is to fill 4 LTR sessions and enroll 20 new rowers for Fall season!  About 6-8 enthusiastic BHS rowers needed, wearing BRC gear and medals, to chat up the rising 9th-graders.  Please contact so I know who’ll be there.  If you attend a non-Brighton school, please let me know how we can reach the kids in your district/school.
  3. Pittsford Regatta, Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24.  Details available on the Regatta Page with link to race schedule.  BRC has 8 entries.
    1. There is usually a practice row on Friday afternoon, TBA per coaches.
    2. Hospitality needs 3 more volunteers (thank you, Deana!) to claim our tent site and preliminary set-up on Friday afternoon  (get the spot next to the big rock, under the trees!)
    3. Coaches will tell rowers when to arrive for racing on Saturday and Sunday.
    4. This is a very exciting regatta to watch from either side of the canal; finish line is at Schoen Place.  Semi’s and Finals are 2 lanes, side-by-side.   Spectators welcome: visit the SignUp and let us know how you will help out. There is no additional fee for this regatta; it’s included in registration for the season.
    5. Modified Rowers  may NOT have the demonstration row as planned; regatta organizers have changed the schedule.   Liza will have more info at practice this week on 5/18 and 20.  All Modified rowers and families are welcome to hang out at the BRC tent and enjoy the racing.
  4. End-of-Season Party on Sunday afternoon, 5/24, after the regatta at Celia Garth’s house on Clover St.  Details TBA.  All Varsity, Novice and Modified rowers and families are welcome to celebrate our season and coaches, present paper-plate awards to teammates and send-off our 3 seniors.
  5. Boathouse clean-up date TBA, Monday or Tuesday.  Coaches will let you know.
  6. National Learn-to-Row Day June 6, 10-2PM.  Mark your calendar; details TBA.
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

BRC News 5/13/15: Success at States, Syracuse Regatta, Recruiting, Modified at Pittsford

  1. Excellent performances  by all BRC crews in Saratoga Springs last weekend!  All 6 crews qualified for finals or petite final events at NYSSRA Championships.  Girls Lightweight 4+ & 4x came in FIRST in their races, and are headed to Nationals in June: D&C article here.  Congratulations and thank you to all BRC rowers, parents, coaches for an amazing regatta last weekend.  If you have not yet paid your States regatta fees, please mail to Treasurer, Brighton Rowing Club, PO Box 18724, Rochester, NY 14618.
  2. Syracuse Chargers Regatta, Saturday, May 16.  Details available on the Regatta Page.  BRC has 5 entries; race schedule posted here.  Coaches will tell rowers what time to arrive, usually by 7:30AM.  Rowers will be either rigging boats or helping set up the BRC tent when they arrive.  Travel time from Rochester is a good 90 minutes by the time you park and walk to the site.  Spectators welcome: visit the SignUp and let us know how you will help out. There is no additional fee for this regatta; it’s included in registration for the season.
  3. TCMS Sports Assembly on Friday, May 22, 8-9AM is BRC’s most successful recruiting event.  About 6-8 enthusiastic rowers needed, wearing BRC gear and medals, to chat up the rising 9th-graders.  More details about this, Summer Learn-to-Row Camps and National Learn-t0-Row Day on June 6 coming soon!
  4. Modified Rowers  have 2 more practices, 5/18 and 5/20.  A demonstration row is planned about noon on Saturday, 5/23 during the Pittsford Regatta.  Please let Liza know if you’d like to participate.  All Modified rowers and families are welcome to hang out at the BRC tent and enjoy the racing.  Details TBA.
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

BRC News 5/5/15: “States” Regatta Info

  1. Congratulations to all BRC rowers and coaches for a strong performance at the John Bennett Regatta in Buffalo last weekend!  It was great to visit with all the parent-spectators…thanks for your help!  We are 2 for 2 with great weather/racing conditions…let’s hope it continues all season.
  2. NY State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs, 5/8-10.  Details available on the Regatta Page.  BRC has 7 entries; race schedule not yet posted (as of this writing; it’s usually released on Thursday.) Athletes, chaperones and parents riding the bus should be at the BHS parking lot by 11:15.  Special info for AP exam-takers on the regatta page.
    1. Parents must send a note to their school’s Attendance Office about the student’s early departure.
    2. In the past, students have brought their suitcases to school and stored them in the main office (Novice can ask Varsity for travel tips).
    3. For parents driving their own cars:  Please enter your name on the SignUp, so we know who’s coming.  Also, we need one parent to bring the 2 propane tanks for the grill in their car (the tanks cannot ride on the bus, and there’s no room on the boat trailers).
    4. We also need someone to organize the pizza party (Becky will provide instructions). Please use the SignUp for this and other needs.
    5. There is room on the bus for parents who want to ride; please see the SignUp.
    6. There’s an indoor pool at the motel…bring your swimsuit and a towel!
    7. Pack a bag lunch to eat on the bus, and money for 2 dinners on the road.  BRC hosts a pizza party at the hotel on Saturday night for all rowers, coaches and parents.
    8. Weather predicted near 90!  Bring your water bottles and sunscreen.  Also, this site is frequently MUDDY, even without rain.  Bring boots or other capable footwear!
  3. Modified Rowers usually have a demonstration row at noon on Saturday of the Pittsford Regatta (this year, May 23).  Details TBA, but save the date!
  4. Recruiting new rowers:  TCMS Sports Assembly, Friday, May 22, National Learn-to-Row Day and Summer Learn-to-Row camps are valuable club-building opportunities.  Dates and details TBA.  Chat up your friends and invite them to row!
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)