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Re: Elk River Challenge [1 Attachment]

Debbie Natelson
 

Pardon my most unintended omission in my last email. HUGE thanks to the ever most generous Heikkilas -- who are hosting the Tuna BarB que.  I was certainly thinking of them in my thanks, but typing faster than sluggish brain.  

Thank you Vern & Janet!!! 
Debbie

On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 12:34 AM, Jon Harwood jcharwood248@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers@...> wrote:
 
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Free camping and tuna BBQ at the Heikkila's!



Re: Elk River Challenge [1 Attachment]

Debbie Natelson
 

Hi John,
Thanks or the reminder.  Is the tuna Bar-b-que Saturday eve, after the race -- or Fri eve?  Thanks again for taking charge of the race!  And thanks to Bernie (I am assuming), Bradie, and all on the generous and tasty food treats! 
Hope to see you this weekend,
Debbie & Paul


On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 12:34 AM, Jon Harwood jcharwood248@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers@...> wrote:
 
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Free camping and tuna BBQ at the Heikkila's!



Elk River Challenge

Jon Harwood
 

Free camping and tuna BBQ at the Heikkila's!


Photographer needed for Elk River Challenge and Round Shaw Row

Michael Lampi
 

A race photographer is needed for the Elk River Challenge (7/30) and for the Round Shaw Row (8/20). The regular photographer (me) will be unavailable for these two races.

If someone takes photos for the races I'll be happy to turn them into web albums to be posted at the Sound Rowers web site. However, I won't be able to work on them until later in August.

Thanks!


Michael Lampi


The Lake Sammamish Race made the Seattle Times

Michael Lampi
 

World famous in Seattle ;-)

Lake Sammamish event features watercraft races

 




Lake Whatcom photos now online

Michael Lampi
 

'Twas a fine day out on the water, and a great race put on by Brandon and Heather and the great group of volunteers.

Photos were trimmed from the 1154 taken to a mere 815. If anyone wants any of the ones not shown in the album in the chance they might be better than the ones posted just send me e-mail.

Lake Whatcom 2016

 



Best regards,
Michael Lampi



Provincetown coastal racing

Steve Wells
 


https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/index.jsp?job_id=4647&org_id=0 





Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta & Mini Triathlon 



   * Jun 4, 2016 

   * coastal 

   * Provincetown Harbor (bayside) 

   * Provincetown, MA (USA) 



   * 

Hosted By Orleans Sweeps and Sculls     * USRowing Registered 


PCRR Flyer - PDF download 


PROVINCETOWN TO HOST THE 2016 COASTAL ROWING REGATTA IN THE NORTHEAST REGION. 


Provincetown, Mass. – The Town of Provincetown will be the site of the 2016 Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta , June 4, 2016. 


“We are excited about hosting this growing sporting event,” Tony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, said. “Rowing competitions often take place on the West Coast, and this event will now be the first of its kind in Northeast. We believe it will be a huge success and will encourage the Regatta to return in future years.” 


Provincetown, known as “America’s First Destination,” where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620, has the open waters of the harbor and bay for the required distance of 8K. The town has the East-end harbor sandy beaches to launch and finish, access to the beach for athletes and spectators, a skilled harbormaster, a local yacht club, a youth sailing and rowing club, a US Coast Guard Station, a USRowing-affiliated regional club in Orleans, and many restaurants and accommodations within walking distance. 


Already popular in Europe and Canada, rowing is the fastest growing sport in America for men, women and youth. The Rowing Regatta is open to single and double sliding-seat boats (recreational, racing, and FISA-approved designs). Mixed doubles and masters-level racing will be included. Families and spectators are welcome and will have the opportunity to become familiar with several versions of rowing and rowing equipment. FISA-approved boats will be available for participants to try. 


Massachusetts has a long rowing history and today is home to the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, and the Blackburn Challenge, a 20-plus mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann. 


Provincetown is one of ' America's Happiest Seaside Towns ,' according to Coastal Living magazine, and has the seashore, restaurants, accommodations, nightlife, shopping and gyms to make hosting the Rowing Regatta the perfect destination. The travel website Trivago recently named Provincetown the number one destination to stay in 2016 , and Smithsonian magazine named it one of the ' 20 Best Small Towns to Visit ' in America. 


For information on Provincetown go to: www.ptownchamber.com or www.ptowntourism.com 


For more information about rowing and coastal rowing go to: www.usrowing.org and www.worldrowing.com



Re: BBRWR 2016 Photos now online

Michael Lampi
 

Also, be aware that most of the "missing" photos are generally good shots, just a bit repetitious or whatever. Also, many of the shots in the album are cropped, so if anyone wants the originals or perhaps think they might want the photos around a particular shot, just tell me and I'd be happy to send them to you.

Michael Lampi


BBRWR 2016 Photos now online

Michael Lampi
 

The photos have made it to the web site. FYI I did eliminate some 300 or so photos, but there are still a lot left over for the album.

Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race

 





Rescheduled: Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race

watersprite
 

From race director Peter Marcus:




Hey All,

Feel bad about last Saturday's cancellation! But....This Saturday, March 19th will be the "Re-do." Hope you can still make it. 0800 registration opens and Pre race at 0930 and race start at 1000 A.M.

Awards, soup and goodies after and if you did "early" pre-registration and I got a hold of you...your race shirts, sponsored by Kulshan Brewery and Rudy's Pizza will be waiting for you!

Cheers, hope you can still make it!! 


 


 Peter




Sound Rowers: Bellingham Bay 2016 | Event registration | Webscorer



Cancelled- Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race

Tyler Peterson
 

Cancelled...BBRWRACE Moved to March 19th...please tell all! Sorry.  Too much wind.


More info to follow from the Race director.




Re: Help wanted with Safety Planning

Steve Bennett
 

,Jim, Shane, Steve

I looked for, but couldn't find Steve or Shane's comments; would like to read them to be better informed.

I am forwarding Jim's note to the leadership of my outrigger club and organization (Wakinikona and PNWORCA), as I believe they face some of the same problems in their open water racing events that we do in Sound Rowers and Blackburn.

As Shane may have mentioned we have just begun working on - adding to and developing some guidelines for safety boat operations that he started some years ago for Sound Rowers.

If there is a discussion here and you keep us in the loop, I'll summarize our notes and send them along soon.  Also a comment or two, which Steve and Shane know I won't be able to resist.

Include us in the discussion,

Thanks,  Steve



On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM, evergreenrowing@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers@...> wrote:
 

Jim Gardner has written asking for thoughts on coping with better safety at The Blackburn Challenge. I've shared with him my thoughts, and Shane has also written to him. Feel free to add your ideas. His email is at the bottom of this piece.


Hi Steve,


Thanks for responding. I contacted Shirwin to begin to gather comparable information on how other races are handled, specifically from a safety perspective. I don't know if you're familiar with the Blackburn Challenge... it is a 22 mile open water race that circumnavigates Cape Ann. Last year we had 230 boats with 350 competitors, in a variety of categories...OC 6, Fishing dories, Surfskis, racing shells, etc. The conditions were poor...4-6 ft seas, and we had almost 60 boats DNF. Many boats, even those who finished, capsized at one point or another around the course, so we had a high frequency of competitors in the water, which quickly got the attention of the local Coast Guard and Harbormasters. The Coast Guard has requested that we tighten up on our safety procedures this year, so we are reviewing all aspects of what we do... what safety equipment we require of the competitors, how we check for safety equipment, how we position and employ chase boats, what kind of equipment/training the chase boat operators should have, how we communicate with the chase boats, how we monitor the progress of the race and determine whether we are missing any competitors, how we handle a competitor who abandons the race but is still on the water, etc.


Currently we require each competitor to have a PFD (inflatable ok), a whistle, a cellphone, water. We may expand that to include a compass and/or GPS. We are thinking that each chase boat should have extra PFD's, binoculars, throw rope, boat hook, hand pump, VHF radio, extra food and water, blankets, ladder. We want to provide direction for the chase boats so that they know how to respond to someone in the water (reach, throw, row, (don't) go), and also how to assist a competitor who is swamped to get back underway.


We have had problems making sure all competitors have all their safety equipment because we do not have a common launch point where all boats can be checked before they start, and trying to check at the start is difficult because the groups do not have much time between starts and we have an abbreviated window within which to start the race because of the tide. The Coast Guard has requested that we be able to tell them if someone is missing and give them a zone within which that boat was last spotted. This may not be possible as it would require us to track each competitor around the course and have specific funnel points through which all competitors must pass. Because of the nature of the course some folks stay quite close to shore while others can get a mile or more offshore, trying to find the best combination of wind, current, and wave intensity. The CG has also asked that we develop rescue guidelines for each boat category, but we may push back on that because we actually do not want the chase boats trying to haul swamped boats on board or leave the course to tow a disabled boat to shore. 


One thing I find interesting is your rule about not passing a competitor in the water. We may think about adopting that because it forces the competitors to police themselves. But, it could be difficult to enforce because of the wide spread between competitors.


I'd be especially interested to know what requirements you have of the chase boats...how many per course mile, how you deploy them, what gear they should have, what training they should have (or that you provide), whether you provide them with any written or verbal instructions about how to respond to someone in the water, a swamped boat, an abandonment. I'd also be interested to hear whether you try to track competitors around the course, and what kind of information, if any, you are expected to have for the local Coast Guard as the race progresses.


I've attached a video taken by an OC4 last year to give you an idea of the course and race conditions.


Thanks,


Jim (jkgardner@...)


Blackburn Challenge 2015 Boston Outrigger's Team Duke

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Help wanted with Safety Planning

Steve Wells
 

Jim Gardner has written asking for thoughts on coping with better safety at The Blackburn Challenge. I've shared with him my thoughts, and Shane has also written to him. Feel free to add your ideas. His email is at the bottom of this piece.


Hi Steve,


Thanks for responding. I contacted Shirwin to begin to gather comparable information on how other races are handled, specifically from a safety perspective. I don't know if you're familiar with the Blackburn Challenge... it is a 22 mile open water race that circumnavigates Cape Ann. Last year we had 230 boats with 350 competitors, in a variety of categories...OC 6, Fishing dories, Surfskis, racing shells, etc. The conditions were poor...4-6 ft seas, and we had almost 60 boats DNF. Many boats, even those who finished, capsized at one point or another around the course, so we had a high frequency of competitors in the water, which quickly got the attention of the local Coast Guard and Harbormasters. The Coast Guard has requested that we tighten up on our safety procedures this year, so we are reviewing all aspects of what we do... what safety equipment we require of the competitors, how we check for safety equipment, how we position and employ chase boats, what kind of equipment/training the chase boat operators should have, how we communicate with the chase boats, how we monitor the progress of the race and determine whether we are missing any competitors, how we handle a competitor who abandons the race but is still on the water, etc.


Currently we require each competitor to have a PFD (inflatable ok), a whistle, a cellphone, water. We may expand that to include a compass and/or GPS. We are thinking that each chase boat should have extra PFD's, binoculars, throw rope, boat hook, hand pump, VHF radio, extra food and water, blankets, ladder. We want to provide direction for the chase boats so that they know how to respond to someone in the water (reach, throw, row, (don't) go), and also how to assist a competitor who is swamped to get back underway.


We have had problems making sure all competitors have all their safety equipment because we do not have a common launch point where all boats can be checked before they start, and trying to check at the start is difficult because the groups do not have much time between starts and we have an abbreviated window within which to start the race because of the tide. The Coast Guard has requested that we be able to tell them if someone is missing and give them a zone within which that boat was last spotted. This may not be possible as it would require us to track each competitor around the course and have specific funnel points through which all competitors must pass. Because of the nature of the course some folks stay quite close to shore while others can get a mile or more offshore, trying to find the best combination of wind, current, and wave intensity. The CG has also asked that we develop rescue guidelines for each boat category, but we may push back on that because we actually do not want the chase boats trying to haul swamped boats on board or leave the course to tow a disabled boat to shore. 


One thing I find interesting is your rule about not passing a competitor in the water. We may think about adopting that because it forces the competitors to police themselves. But, it could be difficult to enforce because of the wide spread between competitors.


I'd be especially interested to know what requirements you have of the chase boats...how many per course mile, how you deploy them, what gear they should have, what training they should have (or that you provide), whether you provide them with any written or verbal instructions about how to respond to someone in the water, a swamped boat, an abandonment. I'd also be interested to hear whether you try to track competitors around the course, and what kind of information, if any, you are expected to have for the local Coast Guard as the race progresses.


I've attached a video taken by an OC4 last year to give you an idea of the course and race conditions.


Thanks,


Jim (jkgardner@...)


Blackburn Challenge 2015 Boston Outrigger's Team Duke



Two unrelated items: your SR origins & Sea Ranger Rowing Boat

Steve Bennett
 

If you look at the membership roster (SR Homepage), you will note that Don Kiesling has included a column to record how long you have been rowing, paddling, pulling, pedaling with us.  I encourage you all to plug in your SR origins by emailing the year and perhaps your first SR race to Don (surfski@...). He'll plug your info in. Thank him.   Just for the fun and history.

Also, I would like to try to paddle a Sea Ranger rowing shell as a canoe with a single blade.  Anyone know of one that I might take a dip in, perhaps a dunk, with the rowing mechanism removed? Would like to try a Merry Wherry, perhaps an Alden 16 as well.
I am playing with ideas/hulls related to open water canoe paddling.  Got ideas?  I'd like them too. 

Thanks,  Steve

Bellingham Rough Water coming up. Macho T-shirts, not usually that rough.



Re: online membership renewal

Steve Bennett
 

Don,

I just figured renewing members could type it in their own date on the renewal page - and that once you set up the "Racer Since. . "  entry widget there would be no need for further involvement by the techs.   No renewal; no bragging rights.  I sure wouldn't want to see you fielding every such entry "by hand."

But I think it is pretty great that you thought Reivers' idea worthy enough that you would offer to do so. Thank you for that, and for your service to this club. 

And thank you Reivers for your sweet idea and your sweet commentary,

Benjamin Button

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 10:14 AM, surfski@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers@...> wrote:
 

Steve:  Totally agreed on fun, informative, community building.  Like Whose Line Is It Anyway, "the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter."  Disagreed on hassle for the tech people.  But we're volunteers, and why volunteer unless you enjoy being hassled?  I added a column to the roster, and for now people can send me their date. (to surfski@...)  We'll have to figure out how to collect it during the renewal process.


Don 



Re: online membership renewal

waterbornewarrior
 

Steve:  Totally agreed on fun, informative, community building.  Like Whose Line Is It Anyway, "the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter."  Disagreed on hassle for the tech people.  But we're volunteers, and why volunteer unless you enjoy being hassled?  I added a column to the roster, and for now people can send me their date. (to surfski@...)  We'll have to figure out how to collect it during the renewal process.

Don 


Re: online membership renewal

Steve Bennett
 

Nyahh Don,

 This is a good little idea, fun, informative, community building.  Who of us really cares if it's accurate? or really about "membership. "  Just include it as a column labeled, say "SR Racer since . . ." The member will enter whatever four keystrokes he wishes which, if anyone wants to dispute for whatever ridiculous reason ,the truth can be proven by a perusal of our 35 years of results. (Shane B. might punch in his SR race total, if he wished, but I wouldn't give him a whole column!)

No hassle for the tech people, fun info about our community, show  of pride for our elders, what's not to like here?

Steve



On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:41 AM, surfski@... [SoundRowers] <SoundRowers@...> wrote:
 

It would be fun, but we just don't have the data.  People could submit it, but we have a hard enough time getting other more important info that we want!  Shane would probably lobby for a column showing races attended / completed / won!


Funny enough, managing membership for several years, I've noticed that a lot of people skip years and then come back.  For example, was a member in 2011 and 2012, skipped 2013 and 2014, back in 2015.  (Probably that Peace Corps stint in Uganda, eh?!)  I think online membership payment will help with renewals, and already many folks have used it.

Don



Re: online membership renewal

waterbornewarrior
 

It would be fun, but we just don't have the data.  People could submit it, but we have a hard enough time getting other more important info that we want!  Shane would probably lobby for a column showing races attended / completed / won!

Funny enough, managing membership for several years, I've noticed that a lot of people skip years and then come back.  For example, was a member in 2011 and 2012, skipped 2013 and 2014, back in 2015.  (Probably that Peace Corps stint in Uganda, eh?!)  I think online membership payment will help with renewals, and already many folks have used it.

Don


Re: online membership renewal

Reivers Dustin
 

I would be curious to see a column showing "member since".  Although some members might not want this.  It might be awkward to have a been a member of SR longer than your declared age.  There's a few who were just babies when they first joined.  Except I think Steve B. and Shane B. were actually never babies.  They were grumpy old men when they were born.  Kind of a Benjamin Button thing.  

rd


online membership renewal

watersprite
 

It's a work in progress, but you can now renew your Sound Rowers membership online! You can pay with PayPal or credit card. I think this should make payment easier for members to renew, and much easier for us to track and process.


http://soundrowers.org/wp/home/membership/


Try it out!

-Traci/Webmaster


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