Racing season is underway! I'm sorry for being long winded, but I want to make sure everybody is aware of our expectations for the weekend. Please read all of this so you're not caught off guard by anything!
First off, this regatta is historically one of the biggest, if not the biggest, regatta in the world in terms of number of entries. The course will be busy, and the traffic will make it difficult to get to the course. Please give yourself at least an extra 30-45 minutes to get to the course each morning. Eat Breakfast before you leave the house.
Next up, Saratoga has added 2 lanes to the course this year. This makes creating a schedule a nightmare because there isn't a program available to do this so all entries need to be manually entered. What this means for us is that the schedule is approximate at the moment, and we may not have
the final schedule until the day of racing.
If your rower is not racing on Friday or Sunday, they have the day off. There will not be coaches or boats at the boathouse Friday to have practice.
ALL rowers should be at the race course by 7:00 Saturday morning. Coxswains, and bow seats in sculling boats, need to be at the course by 5:45. Since the course has changed a lot, it's really important that coxswains are on time for the coaches and coxswains meeting. Again, give yourself more time than you think you need, there will be a long line for traffic.
Parking is $15 per day at Lee's Park.
All freshmen and varsity rowers are expected to stay at the course all day! Your team will be there to help you out and cheer you on all day, we ask that you return the favor. It will be a long day, but we will feed you. Middle school rowers are allowed to leave when all middle school racing is complete (Which should be around 1:30).
For Sunday racing, rowers will know if they need to be at the course or not. Freshmen and varsity rowers who are racing will need to be at the course at 8:30 Sunday morning, middle school rowers who are racing should arrive at noon.
For the weekend, each rower is expected to know when their race is and when their coach expects them to be at the trailer getting ready. Rowers should plan on being done eating and using the restroom by this point, and should be ready to race. Each rower is also responsible for making sure the rigging is tight for their seat before they leave to race.
What rowers should bring to the course:
Racing uniform. All rowers in each boat need to be wearing their racing uniform when they race.
Water bottle. Rowers will be expected to hydrate well all day, they should bring a refillable water bottle that they can carry around all day to stay hydrated.
Sneakers. Rowers may be required to jog as a warmup before heading onto the water. Running in sandals, boots or flats is not acceptable.
Clothing. Just a quick reminder that rowing is a water sport. If you end up wet, you need dry clothes to change into.
Right now looks like a high of around 60 all weekend. This means that at 6 or 7am when you arrive at the course it will likely be much cooler than 60, and when you leave the course after 7pm Saturday it will again be much cooler than 60. Please bring warm clothes that can you can peel off throughout the day as it warms up. There is also a chance of rain, so please be prepared. Rain boots are good, as it gets quite muddy up there.
Last on the agenda is attitude!
Winning is fun, but good sportsmanship is a requirement for all Shen rowers. Please come to the course ready to help your teammates and show respect for your competitors.
If you have any additional questions, please either ask your coach, or e-mail me at DrewKroft@shencrew.com
Please find additional information on the Saratoga website: http://www.saratogarowing.com/saratoga-invitational/
Map to get to the course is also located on the Saratoga website: http://www.saratogarowing.com/map-of-sra-facilities/