HOTO Wrap-up

As promised, here are the videos from HOTO.  Our men show up at 6:08 closing on the boat ahead and holding off the boat behind (Hickory).  Thanks to some aggressive coxing by Jack and some serious ability to suffer by all our rowers, they pass that boat at painted rocks, almost catch another boat at the finish, and never allow Hickory to catch them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6Us07FGMo

Our first women’s boat shows up at 4:37, trying to hold overlap on a crew overtaking on the outside.  They do that, and turn well around the far markers.  Starting 10th is tough, but we were only passed by one crew.  Dealing with that overtaking crew hurt our painted rocks turn, but the rest was solid.  It’s fairly obvious when our second women’s boat shows up.  It looks like they had a respectable painted rocks corner, and have a big gap to the boat ahead.  But thanks to a good finishing course and strong rowing, we catch that crew by the finish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai4hw78EB78

Here are the times.  Our men went 1.2 seconds faster than last year, even though conditions were slower this year.  They were within 10% of the fastest crew, the second-best we’ve ever done (best was the 2012 W8+ at 9%).  Our ladies were slower than last year, but put up two respectable times for such young boats.

I want to close by congratulating our two seniors in the WV8+(a) on their final HOTO with Granby, and point out that the other 25 of you have a shot to race again next year and go even faster.  How fast will you be?  How many boats will you pass?  As for the rest of the team, will you fight your way into a HOTO boat next year?  Tryouts for those seats start in one week, and run 12 months.  Let’s get it Granby!

Photos

These photo albums have recently been posted on Facebook (click to view):

2016 HOTL – Photos from the Launch Boat (photos by HRRC’s Ben Krasney)

2016 HOTL – Team Photos & More (photos by Gerald Sanchez)

2016 HOTL (photos by Susan Lowe)

2016 ORR Varsity Team Photos (photos by Gerald Sanchez)

Additional photo albums from October’s varsity Oyster Reef Regatta are also on Facebook.

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HOTL and HOTO Lineups

It’s been a strong fall season.  We’re looking good for our two big regattas.  Here are the HOTL and HOTO lineups.  Expect an email Friday night with more details about racing this Sunday.  Don’t forget to wear team shirts to school tomorrow.  If anyone asks, it’s never too late to join crew.

September 15 and 29

CHANGE IN DUE DATE. Please note that all athlete paperwork is due on Thursday, September 15 BEFORE the swim test. Go to https://granbycrew.com/athletes/the-right-form/ to download forms and get more details. Bring (1) last 11 pages of the Parent Athlete Contract, (2) page 26 & 48 of NPS Athletic Handbook, (3) US Rowing Waiver, (4) VHSL Physical Form, and (5) Concussion form.

And mark your calendars: Mandatory Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 PM at Granby High School.

Fall recruiting continues

Granby Crew is always looking for interested students.  With a new school year about to start, this is the best time to join our team.  Right now we’re at the boathouse on weekdays from 1530-1800 to work on our equipment and do a bit of calisthenics.  But on Tuesday the 30th we’ll be over at the school for freshman orientation with a display of equipment and team members available to answer any questions you might have about crew.  Come see us there, or drop by the boathouse.

Crew Open House at Lakewood Park

All students (Freshman through Senior) are invited to attend Granby High School Crew’s Open House at the Lakewood Park Boathouse.  Come meet the Coaches & Varsity athletes on Thursday, August 18 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  The boathouse is at the back of Lakewood Park, within the Robertson Rowing Center.  1612 Willow Wood Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509.