Month: October 2015

BRC News 10/28/15: Regatta Wrap-Up

  1. Regatta “Bye” Week:  A chance to read cool stuff:
    1. Ted’s Leaf’s coverage of BRC at HOSR.
    2. Subscribe to the Row2K Newsletter.  Find your photo in the galleries.
    3. Check out more photos at SportsGraphics for HOCR and HOSR.
  2. Modified Demonstration Row:  planned for Thursday, October 29 at the final practice.  Dress for the weather, bring sneakers for a land workout if it’s too windy. Families are welcome to bring healthy beverages and snacks to celebrate a great season.  Thank you, Coach Liza!  Modified are welcome to join Winter Training at ROC Boxing in January.
  3. Regatta Fees for HOCR/HOSR
    1. Head of the Charles:  $205 per rower
    2. Head of the Schuylkill:  $200 per rower
    3. Please mail payments to:  Brighton Rowing Club Treasurer, PO Box 18724, Rochester NY 14618.
  4. Fundraising Shout-out:   A big thank you goes to the following donors. On behalf of our rowers, we thank you for your generous support!
    1. $100 Sponsorship — Gift from Cary and Stacey Greenberg, proud sponsors of Brighton Crew.
    2. Wish List Donors — Ann Marie and Ron Schneider for their purchase of: plates, bowls, spoons, forks, hot beverage cups, Cocoa Mix, Gatorade mix
    3. To reach Tracy, call 585.256.0635 or tracy.schleyer@brightoncrew.org.
  5. Final Regatta is Pull the Plug in Pittsford, Saturday, November 7.  Click Here for more info.
  6. End of Season Party?  Are you available to plan/host?  Saturday or Sunday after Pull the Plug?  Another time?  Let me know…
  7. Looking forward to Winter and Spring:
    1. Winter training will be at ROC Boxing, starting late January.  Stay tuned for details.
    2. Spring Regattas will be same as last year: Mercer, Buffalo, States, Syracuse, Pittsford.
    3. No practice during February break, but practice WILL be held for Novice and Varsity during Easter break (3/25-4/1/16).  Rowers are expected at every practice.  Coaches expect that you don’t plan vacations, college visits, etc… during the Easter break.
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

BRC News 10/20/15: Philly travel and more

  1. Fundraising:  Message from Tracy:  “Last week we thanked the families who volunteered for the Head of the Genesee. We found out that Beth and Leah Poland need to be added to the list of those we thank. If anyone else was not recognized, please let me know so we can make sure BRC gets the credit.”
    1. To reach Tracy, call 585.256.0635 or tracy.schleyer@brightoncrew.org.
    2. Check out our Wish List;  can you provide any of these items now?
  2. What a privilege for BRC to compete with over 10,000 athletes from around the world at Head of the Charles in Boston last weekend! Kudos to the Girls 2x, Girls 4+ and Boys 4+ for solid performances in strong fields of rivals.  Watch the webcast of the race.  Several BRC alums were on hand to cheer the teams.  Thank you to coaches, Tamara Abbott and parents for a successful trip.
  3. Head of the Schuylkill, October 24-25 Another fabulous event on a beautiful, historic course for Novice and Varsity in Philadelphia.  Click Here for details.   Key travel info:
    1. SignUp Genius is live.  For parents who can’t make the trip, there’s a lot you can do to support the club.
    2. Team travel schedule:  Click Here for details on the HOSR regatta page:
      1. Saturday, 10/24, 8:45am:  board bus at BHS parking lot for 9am departure.  Seats available on the bus for parents who would like to ride.
      2. ~4-7pm:  arrive Reading Terminal Market for dinner/sightseeing in Center City
      3. ~7:30pm:  arrive at DoubleTree Suites 640 Fountain Rd Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.  Rowers must stay with team at hotel and ride the bus to the regatta site.
      4. Sunday, 10/25, 7am:  breakfast at hotel lobby, board bus for 7:30am departure for regatta (1x scullers will depart earlier for their 8am races; talk to Coach Will).
      5. BRC Race Schedule:  Click Here.
      6. ~4pm:  depart regatta
      7. ~11pm:  arrive BHS; kids will call from the road with updates.
    3. PARENTS:  Please email Tamara Abbott with your child’s travel plans so she has an accurate head-count!  tjabbott32@icloud.com, cell: 585-749-7524.
    4. Cost of this regatta TBA; depends on the number of rowers participating.
  4. Modified Demonstration Row:  planned for Thursday, October 29 at the final practice.  Ask coach Liza for details.
  5. Final Regatta is Pull the Plug in Pittsford, Saturday, November 7.  Click Here for more info.
  6. End of Season Party?  Are you available to plan/host?  Saturday or Sunday after Pull the Plug?  Another time?  Let me know…
  7. D&C Article about Kennis Cady:  I wanted to share this link/info with families who may not have seen it.  Kennis rowed with our Modified team in Fall 2014 and was a delightful girl from a warm and generous family.
  8. Please let me know if you have any questions:  stephanie.siegrist@brightoncrew.org.
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

BRC News 10/12/15: Upcoming Regattas

  1. Fundraising:  Message from Tracy:  “A big shout-out to the following individuals who volunteered at the Head of the Genesee. By volunteering, they raised funds that help keep us from increasing BRC fees. When you see these folks, please thank them:
     Irene Allen
    Candice Leit
    Joi Freeman
    Tracy Schleyer
    Helen Siegrist
    Peter Siegrist
    Stephanie Siegrist”
    1. To reach Tracy, call 585.256.0635 or tracy.schleyer@brightoncrew.org.
    2. Check out our Wish List;  can you provide any of these items now?
  2. Pay Regatta Fees Promptly:  Please keep it simple for our treasurers, Surendar Jeyadev and Geoff Hale!
    1. Novice do not yet owe any regatta fees; local regattas are included in everyone’s season registration.  Cost of Schuylkill TBA soon; this will be the only extra fee for Novice.  Varsity participates in up to 3 away regattas, so they incur additional costs.
    2. All Varsity should have already paid for DC regattas.
    3. Do not expect to wait until the end of the season and lump all payments into one check!  BRC covers hotel, equipment transport, event registration, etc… ahead of time and needs to be reimbursed.
    4. Please mail payments promptly to:  Brighton Rowing Club Treasurer, PO Box 18724, Rochester NY 14618.
  3. Head of the Charles, October 16-18:    Girls 4+, Girls 2x and Boys 4+.
    1. This is the world’s largest regatta, and it’s a privilege to compete at this world-class event…BRC will have 3 out of the 2248 boats from 778 clubs racing that weekend.  Go BRC!
    2. Click Here for more information, including VIP race schedule and link to watch the live stream.
    3. Rowers making this trip will receive separate emails with details; costs TBA.
  4. Head of the Schuylkill, October 25-26 Overnight, away regatta for Novice and Varsity in Philadelphia.
    1. Another exciting, large, regional regatta, with 266 clubs competing.
    2. Click Here for more info.  Travel logistics and cost TBA.
    3. SignUp Genius is live.  For parents who can’t make the trip, there’s  a lot you can do to support the club.  Everyone’s favorite people are the ones who help unload the bus when we return late Sunday night (hint, hint!)
  5. Modified Demonstration Row:  planned for Thursday, October 29 at the final practice.  Ask coach Liza for details
  6. Final Regatta is Pull the Plug in Pittsford, Saturday, November 7.  Click Here for more info.
  7. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

BRC News 10/5/15: Hooray, Novice!

  1. Head of the Genesee Highlights:
    1. Congratulations Novice rowers on a silver medal in your first regatta!   Did you know that when you win gold, you throw your coxswain in the water?
    2. Way to go, Helen and Franie:  Gold medal in the 2x after passing 4 boats!
    3. Nice rowing and great teamwork by all BRC rowers.  Results on Regatta Central.
    4. Watch for Ted Leaf’s article in an upcoming issue of the B-P Post.
    5. Thanks to all parents who helped and visited at the boathouse and hospitality tent.  It was nice to see everyone!
    6. If you have some good photos, please send them to webmaster@brightoncrew.org.  We never got around to team photos, but hope to do that sometime this season.
  2. Board Meeting This Week: Thursday, 10/8 (and every second-Thursday), 7:30PM at Siegrists’, 93 Southern Parkway.  Please send ideas, concerns or agenda items for future meetings to webmaster@brightoncrew.org. We need 2-3 Members-at-Large.  If your kid loves rowing, the club needs you.  Don’t wait to be asked, please contact any board member.
  3. Fundraising:  Tracy has already followed up with some of you for sponsorship contacts.  Details are now on the website.
    1. To reach Tracy, call 585.256.0635 or tracy.schleyer@brightoncrew.org.
    2. Check out our Wish List;  can you provide any of these items now?
  4. BRC Merch:  So nice to see everyone in their FanGear from Athletic Outlet!
  5. Head of the Charles, October 16-18:    Girls 4+, Girls 2x and Boys 4+.  Click Here for more information.  Rowers making this trip have received separate emails.  Make sure Tamara knows your travel plans.
  6. Head of the Schuylkill, October 25-26 Overnight, away regatta for Novice and Varsity in Philadelphia. Click Here for more info.  Travel logistics and cost TBA.  Rowers should tell coaches and Tamara Abbott (regatta@brightoncrew.org) if he/she is NOT going.
  7. Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for your cooperation.
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

Never Mind…Racing IS on the River on Sunday

Regatta organizers announced that the HOG races will be on the Genesee River on Sunday.

Conditions have improved and weather is looking much better (the sun might even come out!)

Race schedule will be the same as is posted on Regatta Central.   If you don’t hear otherwise, Coach Will generally expects rowers to be at the boathouse 2 hours prior to their scheduled race time.

Parking will be tight; consider the roundhouse lot on the other side of the canal and walk across the bridge.  Better yet, ride your bike and travel up and down the course.

Rowers should plan on spending the day on-site:  helping teammates with equipment and cheering.

Hospitality Tent will be set up at the boathouse.  Thank you! to everyone who signed up to help!  Food all day; come eat and visit.

Spectators:

  1. Starting line is just north of Jefferson Rd. Finish line is at the Genesee Waterways dock.
  2. Good viewing for families will be either side of the river north of our boathouse, or on the pedestrian bridge.  West side of the river near the dredging barge is a great spot. Most other crews’ tents will be along the east side, north of the canal.
  3. How to watch for your kid:
    1. Know their bow number (check the race schedule)
    2. Head races are against the clock; boats cross the starting line every 20 seconds (usually) in order of bow number.
    3. Faster boats can pass those in front of them; boat that is being overtaken must yield.
    4. Boats take about 15-25 minutes to cross the finish line.
    5. Results are posted at Genesee Waterways Center (launch docks for all other teams) or on Twitter @HOGregatta.

Other thoughts:

  1. Rowers should read about the regatta rules.
  2. Dress for the weather.
  3. Be prepared, be flexible, be alert to changes in the schedule.  Given weather, course change and novices, races may run behind.  🙂
  4. See you there!  Good luck and row hard, BRC!
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)

Heads-Up on HOG Regatta

I  wanted to give everyone a heads-up about PROBABLE changes for BRC racing at the Head of the Genesee on Sunday, 10/4.

  1. FYI,  race course for college racing today was moved to the Erie Canal due to wind and debris on the river.  I assume Sunday’s racing will also be on the canal.
    1. I will send confirmation and new info as it becomes available.
    2. Thank goodness we have the option for a different venue, and BRC rowers have experience on this part of the canal (an advantage over the competition!)
    3. Starting line is east of Winton Road, finish line is east of Kendrick Road (behind Ronald McDonald House.)  Course is 4441m long.
    4. BRC boats will still launch from our dock 50 minutes prior to race time.
  2. I don’t know if schedule will be the same as is posted on Regatta Central.
    1. For now, assume it is.
    2. If you don’t hear otherwise, Coach Will generally expects rowers to be at the boathouse 2 hours prior to their scheduled race time.
    3. Parking will be tight; consider the roundhouse lot on the other side of the canal and walk across the bridge.  Better yet, ride your bike and travel up and down the course.
    4. Rowers should plan on spending the day on-site:  helping teammates with equipment and cheering.
  3. Hospitality Tent will be set up at the boathouse.
    1. Thank you! to everyone who signed up to help!  Many hands make light work!
    2. Food all day; come eat and visit.
  4. Spectators:
    1. If racing is on the canal, it won’t be visible from the boathouse.  Finish line is a brisk 15-minute walk from the boathouse along the canal path.
    2. Good viewing for families will be anywhere along the canal path.  Meridian Center is near the start; The Reserve (off South Clinton) has a nice dock.
    3. How to watch for your kid:
      1. Know their bow number.
      2. Head races are against the clock; boats cross the starting line every 20 seconds (usually) in order of bow number.
      3. Faster boats can pass those in front of them; boat that is being overtaken must yield.
      4. Boats take about 15-25 minutes to cross the finish line.
      5. Results are posted at Genesee Waterways Center (launch docks for all other teams) or on Twitter @HOGregatta.
  5. Other thoughts:
    1. Rowers should read about the regatta rules.
    2. Dress for the weather.
    3. Be prepared, be flexible, be alert to changes in the schedule.  Given weather, course change and novices, races may run behind.  🙂
    4. See you there!  Good luck and row hard, BRC!
Posted by Stephanie Siegrist (Brighton Rowing Club)