Lineups updated and Schedule set. Review vital information about the regatta here: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/news/?job_id=4926&org_id=0. Most of you will just care about the parking rules. Tomorrow’s our first long trailer trip of spring. Let’s get the load right. For anyone wondering, here’s why we load things so precisely: 1. for weight distribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCh5xBKfbEI, and 2. for effective strapping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcMu03ASyBg.
Our Mandatory Parent Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30 PM at Granby High. Please make sure there is an adult representative for your rower. Come early if you would like to purchase Crew t-shirts for family members. Checks or small bills please.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.