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Pensacola Coastal Rowing race

Steve Wells
 

The premier USRowing sanctioned Coastal Rowing Event in the United States will be held on Pensacola Beach, Florida, located gulf side in October 2015.  This event features "open class" races as well as a traditional FISA open water 4k to 6k event.   FISA racers, coaches and event staff from around the world are expected to participate.  Pensacola Coastal Rowing will be advertising this summer to register participants into the "open class" event following the FISA competition.   For more information:  contact info@....



Re: La Conner photos now online

debbie natelson
 

Thanks Mike! Glad that Kate could join you --for the scenery -- and "ambiance" of open water racing --even if that means water from the heavens.
Thank her for being such a trooper. 
Deb


On Sunday, February 8, 2015 8:23 PM, "soundrowers.yahoo@... [SoundRowers]" wrote:


 
You may not believe this, but I had planned a couple of months ago to take my wife with me on the Escapade for this race just to show her one of the beautiful places where we are lucky to race. Having a roof overhead was an afterthought.

After the cloth I had been using to clean rain from the lens finally became soaked I stopped taking photos. Probably a good thing.

Michael Lampi

La Conner 2015






spammers

watersprite
 

Fed up with spammers.  Group membership is now moderated.


La Conner photos now online

Michael Lampi
 

You may not believe this, but I had planned a couple of months ago to take my wife with me on the Escapade for this race just to show her one of the beautiful places where we are lucky to race. Having a roof overhead was an afterthought.

After the cloth I had been using to clean rain from the lens finally became soaked I stopped taking photos. Probably a good thing.

Michael Lampi

La Conner 2015




La Conner

watersprite
 

Online registration is open until 9pm Friday night.  Do it now!


Sound Rowers: La Conner 2015 | Event registration | Webscorer 


You can also check out the pre-race meeting notes: http://soundrowers.org/docs/preRace2015.pdf



 


New position: Webscorer Tech

watersprite
 

Sound Rowers has a new position for a tech-savvy, level-headed individual (or two or three). Responsibilities include: being conversant in all aspects of running the Webscorer application; specifically race registration, race timing, and uploading results. Also ensuring the tablet and keyboard are fully charged on race day. The application is pretty straightforward to use, but requires training and practice for ease of use. As it may be a bit much to ask a single person to attend every Sound Rowers race, this position could be shared - as long as all are equally up to speed on the application. A stipend of $40 per race is available for this position.

If interested, contact webmaster@....


Sound Rowers & Paddlers Annual meeting review

Tyler Peterson
 

Sound Rowers & Paddlers Members,
 
Thank you all that made it to the 2014 Annual meeting last month.  Attached is a copy of the minutes. Please take time to review them and contact me with any questions.  Here are a few of the highlights:
 
1) We have money and are in a good financial standing.
2) All races were well received and went well.
3) Ross Island was voted to become a permanent race for sound rowers.
4) We will need a new Race Director for Shaw Island in 2016.
5) Race schedule approved (see the website for details).
6) A new race has been added for us in Wenatchee, WA "Guano Rocks Race".  See our race schedule for more details.
7) We are looking for someone to manage the Webscorer / Ipad for our races.  It would be a paid position.  Contact Traci Cole with questions webmaster@...
8) Sail/ paddle hybrid class may be tested this year.
9) A relay with multi class legs may be tested this year. 
10) Don Kiesling will now manage the Sound Rowers & Paddlers race Schedule.
 
Read the attachment for more details-
 
I'll see you in La Conner on Feb 7th,
 
Tyler Peterson
Sound Rowers & Paddlers President
 
 


2014 Annual Meeting Agenda

Tyler Peterson
 

Sound Rowers & Paddlers Members, Race Directors and Board Members,
 
Our annual meeting is this Saturday morning (Dec 6th) at 10:00 AM at the Lake Washington Rowing Club.  The annual meeting is an excellent place to have a say in the future of the organization as well as a good opportunity to understand how we operate.  The meeting is open to members and non-members but only members can vote on issues and elections.  I do my best to run an efficient meeting, but everyone must realize that trying to address a years worth of developments in one meeting can take time. 
 
The meeting is to be held at:
The Lake Washington Rowing Club www.lakewashingtonrowing.com
910 N. North Lake Way
Seattle, WA 98109
 
We will be meeting in Celebration Hall on the second floor.  I'll have signs pointing you in the right direction.  You are welcome to bring any refreshments you feel appropriate. 
 
Here are a few key Items that you may need to review prior to the meeting:
1) I will need someone to take the minutes, transcribe them, then have them to me sometime in the next month or so.
2) We will be looking for a new volunteer to set up the race schedule for next year (2016).
3) We are looking for a new Race Director for Shaw Island- our longest running race.
4) The terms of two board of directors will expire this year and they will need to be replaced.
 
Feel free to bring a boat and use the Lake Washington Rowing Club dock for a row or paddle prior or after the meeting.  The dock is private, built by LWRC but typically open to all paddle/ rowing craft.    
 
Attached is a copy of the first draft of the agenda.  Please contact me if you have any questions, modifications or additions.
 
Thanks,
 
Tyler Peterson
Sound Rowers & Paddlers President


2015 SR Race Schedule.

Shane Baker
 

I've contacted all current SR Race Directors regarding next year's schedule. Some have not bothered even to acknowledge my email. At this year's Annual Meeting someone can take over the job of putting the Race schedule together. Same thing last year.  I'm done. Shane.



Safety boats needed in Kenmore this Saturday

watersprite
 

A call for help...  safety boats are needed for the Kenmore distance race this Saturday.  If you are not racing, you might consider volunteering an hour or two for a good cause.  There are two race starts, the 5k at 10am and 10k at 11am.  If you are interested, please contact Doug Ritchie at dougcritchie AT hotmail.com.  More info about the race at http://kenmorewac.org/racing/kenmorecascade-canoekayak-distance-race.  Thanks!


-Traci




New race in Kenmore, Saturday October 25

watersprite
 

The brand new Kenmore~Cascade Canoe and Kayak Team is hosting its first race in Kenmore at the new Squire's Landing Park.  Options are for single and double canoe, kayak, and paracanoe.  Distances are 5k and 10k, each a mass start.  More information can be found at Kenmore~Cascade Canoe/Kayak Distance Race | Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center

 


Re: US Rowing explains Coastal Rowing

Paul W.
 

Actually, Coastal rowing has a longer and more varied history in the UK especially the South coast of England (sliding seat) and especially long history of "Cornish Pilot Gigs"(fixed seat) in the SW and the Isles of Scilly including one of the worlds oldest races. Unfortunately FISA went with the European style which is more off-shore than coastal compared with the lighter English styles.
cheers Paul


Photos wanted

Steve Wells
 

Maas Boat Company is once again looking for calendar worthy photos of Maas Shells (in action or quietly resting) for 2015. Photos should be a minimum of 2MB. If your photo is chosen, you get a free calendar! Send candidates to: maasboats@...

 



Re: US Rowing explains Coastal Rowing

rogerslaymaker
 

Hi All,

Having rowed these boats in Noli Italy several years ago I can tell you that they are good boats ideal for the conditions being rowed in however the significant drawback is their weight, you need a trailer. There are a lot of protentially good venues for this but it needs the engagement of the clubs, most individuals wont be trailering boats around to do this. Coastal rowing was developed in France and the rules for the boats were just to meet what was being produced at the time, heavy robust boats in fiberglass. As for ease of learning, yes they are more stable but it takes a lot of skill to row well in rough water not to mention a certain attitude of mind.

Wik's version of coastal rowing is more like Australian surf boat racing, FISA coastal rowing is around a triangular course from a mass start on a start line, no 2 lane racing. Perhaps Mr Wik's intention is to spark interest in the boats but this format of racing is not FISA coastal rowing.

Roger
www.virginiarowing.com
Edon recreational rowing boats
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On Fri, 10/10/14, evergreenrowing@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [SoundRowers] US Rowing explains Coastal Rowing
To: SoundRowers@...
Date: Friday, 10 October, 2014, 18:50


 









COASTAL
ROWINGWhat
is coastal rowing?Coastal rowing is the extreme
version, the adventure side of rowing. It involves rowing
along a sea coast and out into the sea and is one of the
fastest growing communities of rowers. It is especially
popular in Italy, France and Great Britain to name a few. It
can be found in all corners of the world including the
Maldives and many parts of Africa. Coastal rowing boats are
also used inland on some lakes and rivers where the water
tends not to be flat.

Rowing on rough water means that coastal rowing
is quite different from the flat-water Olympic style of
going in a straight line. Coastal rowers instead, often
prefer rough water which adds a whole new dimension to the
sport with many coastal rowers cherishing the exhilarating
aspect of rowing in extreme conditions. 

Coastal rowing is easier to
learn than flat-water rowing, due partly to the stability
and robustness of coastal rowing equipment which differs
from the Olympic-style boats. The standard boats are singles
(or solo), doubles and coxed quadruple sculls. But just
knowing how to handle a coastal rowing boat is not
sufficient to become a good coastal rower. Crews must be
aware of tides and currents, learn about the course's
topography and know what to do in the midst of maritime
traffic and in case of bad weather. For more information on
coastal rowing, visit worldrowing.com.Events2014 World Rowing Coastal
Championships2015 World Rowing Coastal
ChampionshipsBoat
ClassesSolo
(C1X)Minimum
length - 6 mMinimum
weight - 35 kgDouble
sculls (C2X)Minimum
length - 7.5 mMinimum
weight - 60 kgCoxed
Quadruple Sculls (C4X+)Minimum
length - 10.7 mMinimum
weight - 150 kgN.B.  Your
American open water boat is ineligible (too long, too light,
too fast). Instead, buy a heavier, shorter boat and be like
the French.










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US Rowing explains Coastal Rowing

Steve Wells
 

COASTAL ROWING

What is coastal rowing?

Coastal rowing is the extreme version, the adventure side of rowing. It involves rowing along a sea coast and out into the sea and is one of the fastest growing communities of rowers. It is especially popular in Italy, France and Great Britain to name a few. It can be found in all corners of the world including the Maldives and many parts of Africa. Coastal rowing boats are also used inland on some lakes and rivers where the water tends not to be flat.

Rowing on rough water means that coastal rowing is quite different from the flat-water Olympic style of going in a straight line. Coastal rowers instead, often prefer rough water which adds a whole new dimension to the sport with many coastal rowers cherishing the exhilarating aspect of rowing in extreme conditions. 

Coastal rowing is easier to learn than flat-water rowing, due partly to the stability and robustness of coastal rowing equipment which differs from the Olympic-style boats. The standard boats are singles (or solo), doubles and coxed quadruple sculls. But just knowing how to handle a coastal rowing boat is not sufficient to become a good coastal rower. Crews must be aware of tides and currents, learn about the course's topography and know what to do in the midst of maritime traffic and in case of bad weather. For more information on coastal rowing, visit worldrowing.com.

Events

Boat Classes

Solo (C1X)

  • Minimum length - 6 m
  • Minimum weight - 35 kg

Double sculls (C2X)

  • Minimum length - 7.5 m
  • Minimum weight - 60 kg

Coxed Quadruple Sculls (C4X+)

  • Minimum length - 10.7 m
  • Minimum weight - 150 kg
N.B.  Your American open water boat is ineligible (too long, too light, too fast). Instead, buy a heavier, shorter boat and be like the French.



US Rowing discovers us (or not)

Steve Wells
 


Going Coastal

October 10, 2014

 

 

 John Wik is heading up USRowing's costal rowing efforts.

During his seven-year career as a USRowing referee, John Wik has either been actively trying to keep boats in the right lanes, rowing safely and not interfering with each other, or teaching referees how to run clean races.

He has a whole new game plan now. Wik, whose official title as a member of the association’s staff is Director of Referee Programs is now in charge of what he likes to refer to as “NASCAR,” division of rowing, something more commonly called Coastal Rowing.

Beginning this spring, USRowing will begin hosting up to 10 Coastal Rowing regattas. It’s a little like the kind of racing that life guards have been doing on beaches around the world for a while, but with faster, more stream lined boats.

And it is sure to bring more excitement to the rowing community, according to Wik.

“It’s a wild sport,” Wik said. “Going out you’re allowed to touch oars, you are allowed to touch boats, and they expect it to happen, so there is not that kind of interference. It’s intense. It’s like watching NASCAR racing.”

Under direction from the USRowing Board of Directors, Wik will be heading up an effort he hopes will expand the membership base for USRowing, bring a sport that has already being raced internationally and growing in Europe and make rowing racing a little more fun to watch.

“I think our sport needs to have something a little bit more exciting going on,” he said. “If you think about it parents and spectators stand on the side or the bank or a river or race course. As the boats are coming by, they can begin to see them coming, the boats pass in front of them and then they’re gone.

“Unless you really understand the compotators that are racing and what’s happening in the race, it’s very difficult for the spectator to fully appreciate the sport itself.”

Coastal rowing, Wik said, will change that. The plan being developed will involve having two, side-by-side lanes for racing with two boats or crews racing at the same time in each lane, using either singles or “solos” as they are called in coastal rowing, or doubles.

The participants start on the beach in a standing start, run to their boats and then row out to a larger turning buoy two hundred and fifty meters away and come back. In addition the boats have to shalom through a set of three buoys. Once back on the beach, the athletes jump out of their boats and run to the finish line.

Adding to the fun are the varying conditions of weather and surf conditions with large surf being the preferred challenge.

“In coastal rowing you see boats clashing together, you see a lot of activity that with wave and weather conditions make the sport that much more difficult. And I think it’s a much more exciting part of our sport to watch.”

Coastal rowing has for the last several years been part of the FISA’s world rowing programs. The governing body of international rowing hosts a world costal rowing championship. The next one is scheduled for October 17-19 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
There is racing in three boat classes for men and women, including solos, doubles and 
quads.

Wik said he first head about coastal rowing when he learned that referees from the U.S. were going to Europe to officiate the world class coastal rowing events.
“I began to look at what world class coastal rowing is all about and I began to realize that is a whole sport developing in Europe around the concept of coastal rowing. And that got me thinking this is a direction we have to take,” he said.

“The other thing that struck me was that in the United States we have about ninety-four thousand miles of coast line and about just a little bit better than half the population of the country lives within ten miles of the coast. That’s a huge population that we are not serving in rowing that we could be serving by expanding into coastal rowing.”

The plan currently being devised by Wik for USRowing calls for the association to purchase a fleet of 10 boats, six solos and four double and the necessary equipment to run the races. USRowing will provide the officials and will seek out host clubs from rowing communities on the East and West coasts.

According to USRowing Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Merry, developing coastal rowing is not just an opportunity for rowing in the U.S. but provides opportunity to grow the sport internationally.

“Coastal rowing could be one of the most interesting new components in our sport in a long time,” Merry said. “It can bring the sport to kind of the everyman and the way that we are approaching this is to start of with a national footprint of events with relatively low barriers of participation into racing.

“I feel like it could be the opportunity for rowing to engage another group of people who aren’t part of our traditional culture yet. But it could become like a standalone in the traditional culture, like snowboarding was to alpine skiing or it could increase the popularity of rowing the way BMX has increased popularity in cycling events at the Olympics.

“Ultimately, down the road, this may turn into a future Olympic sport,” Merry said. “It’s kind of sexy, it’s kind of aggressive and fun and a little bit risk taking. It just has a different flavor to it. It doesn’t by any means replace the traditional aspects of the sport but I think it does bring new opportunity.”
The first event is intended to be held in early March in Sarasota, Fla., and a second is being discussed as part of the San Diego Crew Classic March 28-29. “I’ve been in touch with the people in Sarasota and they are very excited,” Wik said.

Wik said he hopes to be able to develop 10 sprint events and is developing a plan that would have longer races, much like head race events run off shore along a circular course four to six thousand meters long.

“I’m very excited about this,” Wik said.

To read a story and watch a video about Wik’s Delmarva Odyssey in a costal boat click here.

Click here to see FISA footage from the 2013 World Coastal Rowing Championships.

Ed Moran, ed@...



Monterrey Crossing 2014

Steve Wells
 

Report from Tim Huebner:

* we had only 5 escort boats, two cancelled the night before.  It was rough on the escorts -- burning lots of extra fuel and getting walloped
* at our skipper's meeting the evening before we discussed the forecast for difficult conditions, we didn't get close to cancelling but we thought about the possibility
* appended below is Tom Dexel's description of the quad's experience -- DNF.  Chris Dadd was stroke, filling in for a fireman off to fight   
* appended below THAT is a note from Eileen (who will also write a blog post)
* here's a link to MY blog post: http://openwaterrowing.blogspot.com/
* my GPS said 26.6 miles.  Patrice's said 26.8 miles.  But I think we did not reset at the same time.
* i have attached the record times from history
* i have attached a graphic from Patrice's GPS
* the starting line is the pier at Aldo's restaurant on the west side of the harbor (approximately the fuel dock)
* all boats started between 6 and 7 AM.  It got light at about 6:25 or so because of the overcast.
* most of the race it was a high overcast with a few sun showers popping through
* Monterey was mostly hidden by low overcast
* the finish is an imaginary line between the Coast Guard Jetty and the end of Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey (in theory this is 25.5 miles if one rows in a perfectly straight line)
* finishers received T-shirts, engraved beer glasses, and medals
* except for the quad, everyone finished including the several first timers, let's call them 'pollywogs'
* after about 8 miles completed, i was completely soaked by the waves.  We were rowing inside of whitecaps -- not just a few but many.
* i don't think we could come to an agreement on the waves.  I would say 8 foot swells and 12 foot sets underlying 3 -5 foot chop.  But it's next to impossible to separate the patterns in the chaos.  Some of the experienced escorts said more and some said less.  Some said the swell period was 10 seconds or less but i think it was more like 12 seconds.  In any case they were very steep.
* the SERC double came upon a feeding frenzy of dolphins they said "at least fifty".  Their escort said "over a hundred"!
* i think everyone saw whales
     Please feel free to forward this to others such as Maas Boat Company, etc.


 Best regards,
Tim

Tim Huebner, Santa Cruz, CA
never_late@...510-207-3395510-207-3395



Re: Inside Passage Slideshow

Debbie Natelson
 

Traci and Tracy, 
Heard about it a few weeks ago -- thru Gerrie and your pals at Greenlake C&KC (you modest things you).   So we registered a few weeks ago. Really looking forward to hearing about (& seeing) a bit of your amazing paddling adventures. Thanks for sharing this with us.  Those who haven't yet registered - do so soon. You know this will be a great show.
See you Tuesday,
Debbie 

On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM, watersprite@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers@...> wrote:
 

Now for a change of pace: Tracy Landboe and Traci Cole are presenting a slideshow of their 2012 inside passage trip at the downtown REI, Tuesday, September 30th at 7pm. Free!


The Inside Passage - Sea kayaking from Seattle to Ketchikan - REI Outdoor School classes

The Inside Passage - Sea kayaking from Seattle to Ketchikan - REI Outdoor School classes
Seattle REI — The Inside Passage - Sea kayaking from Seattle to Ketchikan Adventure Date: 9/30/2014 Event Location: Seattle REI Event Fee: Free Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM PDT
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Inside Passage Slideshow

watersprite
 

Now for a change of pace: Tracy Landboe and Traci Cole are presenting a slideshow of their 2012 inside passage trip at the downtown REI, Tuesday, September 30th at 7pm. Free!


The Inside Passage - Sea kayaking from Seattle to Ketchikan - REI Outdoor School classes

 


Budd Inlet Photos now online

Michael Lampi
 

It was a great day for a race, and conditions were pretty good, too. Photos are now available at the Sound Rowers photo web site: Budd Inlet 2014

 



Thanks to Peter for running an excellent race!

Michael Lampi