Swim Test #3 Wednesday; ORR Saturday

Swim test:  The next swim test is Wednesday.  Practice is also happening at the boathouse for those who have already passed the swim test.  If you are swimming, don’t go to study hall or to the boathouse.  Just come to Maury.

  • Drop-off is 1630 around by the gym, where we got in the school last time.  Pickup is the same location.
  • The test should go quickly.  Rides can stick around and take students home by 1700.  If students want to stay, I will offer training until 1800.  The training may be in the pool, or it may be outside.
  • If anyone fails the swim test, I will see if we can stay in the water for a while and do some practicing (I’ll bring my swim gear).
  • Make sure to bring the necessary gear for participation and COVID precautions.

ORR:  Watch this blog for posting of ORR lineups and race times.  Expect them Thursday or Friday, after varsity participation plans are stable.  Racers arrive by 0730 Saturday, and can depart when all our boats have raced.  That time depends on which crews we enter.

Swim test attempt #2 is tomorrow (Wednesday)

We are almost certain it will work this time.  Much of the data below is the same, but there are a few key changes.

  • Practice time is 1530 to 1800.  Location is Maury High School.  Drop-off and pick-up are at the front of the school on Shirley Ave.  Early pickup is possible, but only if arranged.
  • Swimming will run 1630-1730.  For arrival flexibility, students can show up as late as 1610.  We enter the school at 1620 and start swimming at 1630.  If students have to arrive later than this, they must pre-arrange the time with the coaches.
  • Be prepared to follow all NPS COVID rules while in the building.
  • There is no study hall.  Please do what is needed to get to Maury.
  • If you won’t be swimming (a few of you missing paperwork), still come to practice.  When done swimming, we will still have important stuff to do (you will participate).
  • Swim test details are here:  https://granbycrew.com/athletes/student-rules/swim-test-requirements/, including what you need to bring with you.

Joining Up, Rev1

I promised more information to our new members joining the team. Here it is (revised to clarify COVID screening in week one). The contents are useful for varsity too. If you’re considering joining, please read the info after reading the next two posts.

The barge is ready

Our test of the barge went well. It will be an excellent tool in quickly training what we hope will be a very large group of novices joining this year. Interested students can read below for info on joining the team.

Granby Crew is recruiting

Looking for a sport for fall, winter, and/or spring season(s) in 2021-2022? Consider rowing. No prior experience is needed.  There are no try-outs.  There are no cuts.  If you’ve got the drive and enthusiasm to keep up with us, we’ll help you become a competitive athlete.  Attend practice, and you’ll race. We have a full year’s training planned (calendar is here).

Perhaps some past highlights will motivate you. Want more info? Start your reading here. There’s lots more info here. Want to ask questions? Come see us at sophomores orientation on the 1st or freshmen orientation on the 2nd. If you’re worried this is a water sport, don’t be.

Want to improve you’re endurance? We do plenty of that. Want to lift? We do that too. Want to win races? We’ve done that at the Regional and State level. Want to learn while you train? Scroll down the posts below as far as March 13 to appreciate our emphasis on teaching and learning. Want a college athletic scholarship? Women have a shot (men… not really); see video below of our most recent athlete to get one.

Summer training posts

We all miss water time (see video below for reminder).  When we get it back, we’ll want to make the most of that rowing.  The more physically prepared we are, the more fun it will be.  Wouldn’t it be great to row like an end-of-fall HOTO-8 on day one?  I’ll be posting summer workout suggestions in updates to this post.  Each week will have a primary focus.  Here are the weeks.


We didn’t get to do our safesport lesson this year.  The video below is a small make-up session.  Safesport is about treating each other with respect and kindness.  And how we interact often starts with how we speak.  It’s worth taking some notes, and really thinking about the points being made.  Because this isn’t just about safesport.  Quality speech is a key skill for coxswains, captains, teammates, etc.  Want to do well in future job interviews?  Speech is vital.  Miss speaking to your friends in person?  Improve the conversations you will eventually have.  Oh… one more thing.  Notice how the video ends with speaking AND listening.  If you want people to listen to you, start by listening to them.  That’s safesport too.


Sitting is bad for you.  Do less sitting.  Maybe distance learning lets you stand up in class.  Maybe you’ll discover that’s better for your learning… and your health.

Going Forward

For anyone really bummed about loss of the season, I’ve added a short document to the attendance page for your consideration.  Ok, with the season cancelled, it’s time to think long-term.  Our training calendar is adjusted for the routine we need when racing is further away.  You can do more than listed, but any extra needs to be green.  Build your cardio base, train healthy movement patterns, and strengthen key muscles.  Here is the details page for this week (the more intense weeks will stay in the posts below).  Daily core work next year will replace a few cals with new ones, so use this list.  Previous weeks:  week4, week5, week6, week7.  To motivate your work, consider the following: