Halloween Regattas and Spooky Sales

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Regattas

*CANCELLATION* The Head of the Colorado also know as the PumpkinHead planned by the Austin Rowing Club for the Lady Bird Lake/Colorado River in Austin, Texas was cancelled yesterday by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department due to dangerous lake conditions. Check the website for more information or to make a donation for the Pulling For Pink event: http://www.austinrowing.org

The Collegiate Small Boat Challenge continues for another day at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer hosts 55 entries from 7 clubs. Web: http://www.pnra.org

Tampa, Florida is celebrating Halloween with a Halloween Regatta hosted by the Plant High Rowing Association on the Bypass Canal at Harney Park. For more information see: http://www.planthughrowing.com

The South Shore Invitational, a Novice Challenge will be held on the Neponset River in Boston hosted by the Friends of Milton Crew with 17 entries from 4 clubs. Website: http://www.neponset.org

In the opposite direction so to speak, the North Star Challenge, a head race on the  Mississippi River will be held in Minneapolis hosted by University of Minnesota Men’s Crew. There will be 32 entries from 7 clubs. Minnesota Men’s Crew has a few older boats to loan out including a lightweight coxed 4+ and a few Vespoli 8+s if needed. For further information see: http://www.facebook.com/northstarchallenge

The Head of the Eagle, a traditional head race will be held at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Rowing Center will host 333 entries from 34 club on the Eagle Creek Reservoir starting at the South pool and finish at the North pool.  Gates open at 6am. This will be a dual race with a 4200m head race course and a 1000m buoyed sprint course. Dual sprint racing begins at 3:30pm. Web: http://www.indyrowing.org

The Naples Island Collegiate Rowing Challenge will be held in  Long Beach, California, hosted by Cal State Long Beach Crew at Long Beach Marine Stadium on Alamitos Bay. There will be 34 entries from 6 clubs including Master – Open – Collegiate Men & Women – Adaptive – Novice – International in addition to Halloween Themed Race and Hat Races. Check the web for details: http://www.beachcrew.org

Also in California, the Head of the Marina Regatta will be held in Marina del Rey for Master – Open – Collegiate Men – Collegiate Women – Collegiate Men & Women – HS – Junior – Novice, held by the  California Yacht Club. Web: http://www.calyachtclub.com

Held since 1989, Portland LO/OP Regatta: Head of the Willamette will be hosted by Oregon Rowing Unlimited and the Portland Rowing Club at Oaks Park. There will be 22 entries from 22 clubs. This is a full race weekend at Oaks Oak with the Portland Fall Classic on Sunday. Web: http://www.oregonrowing.org

The Fall Metropolitan Regatta will be held in New Rochelle, New York. This regatta is for Collegiate Men – Collegiate Women – Collegiate Men & Women.

And the Chicago Dirty Dozen Challenge will be held on the Chicago River in where else but Chicago. Recovery on Water, Inc. the 6k head race from the Damnrich Boathouse. See the web: http://www.dirtydozenchallenge.com/chicago

The Head of the Fish Regatta is always held on the last weekend in October hosted by the Saratoga Rowing Association.  The Head of the Fish 2015 is one of the largest regattas in the U.S. attracting 160 team from across the northeast with 2,500 boats to the State Boat Launch on Fish Creek in Saratoga, New York. New this year is shuttle service to and from downtown Saratoga. Web: http://www.sra.org            Live feed: http://www.streamlinerowing.com

The Head of the Occoquan will be held both Saturday and Sunday in Sandy Run Park, Virginia hosted by the Occoquan Boat Club. Web: http://rowobc.org/regattas-camps/hoto-general-info/

In Canada, the Canadian University Rowing Championships will be held on both Saturday and Sunday in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  Web: http://www.rowingcanada.org/try-rowing/university

Best wishes to all and have fun on those Halloween Rows!

Spooky Sales

It’s Halloween, a day traditionally know for trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving pumpkins, apple bobbing, haunted houses, horror films and for rowers we are tricked out in themed costume for our Halloween Row. But I suddenly find spooky sale promotions that even endear a launch off for a Black Friday kickoff. I guess that’s the spooky part.

Eastern Mountain Sports: 24 Hour Flash Sale! Scary Good Deals. This offer is only online, time sensitive and started last night with hours to go.

Land’s End: Celebrate Halloween with 31% off your order. Abracadabra. Broomsticks and cobwebs and old witches brew, we have spellbinding savings for you!

QVC: Skip the Crowds! Our best Black Friday KICKOFF, a month of Holiday Deals. Just in time for the tricked out Hoverboard you have secretly coveted.

Sports Authority: Scary Good Halloween Sale. Save $10 off your purchase of $31 or more. Online Only. Use code SPOOKY31.

Collegiate Small Boat Challenge

 The Collegiate Small Boat Challenge, a sprint race will be held today and tomorrow at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer will host 58 entries from 7 clubs on Mercer Lake. JLRacing has designed prizes for the Challenge winners. For more information see: http://www.pnra.org

What to Wear… Layers

What to wear, what to wear… So many layers!

With mornings getting colder and Daylight Savings time just days away, now is a good time to ready your layers and outerwear for the comforting task of keeping you warm. That is if you haven’t already risen to the toasty task!

First Layer: Base layer, usually Techwick

Second Layer: Insulation: Fleece, Microfleece is best if continuing to layer

Third Layer: Insulation: Down

Fourth Layer: Hard Shell

Also just as important is to keep layers of dry gear in your duffle. Changing into dry attire is one warm pleasure especially when getting caught in wet weather. I once rowed probably my fastest when caught in unpredicted hail. I still remember the toasty warmth of an old grey oversized waffle lined hoodie that was stowed in the car. It became my bestie with a cup of cocoa that day.

Another Day, Another Regatta

Another day for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, PA hosted by the University Barge Club on the Schuylkill River and The Leelanau Chase in Lake Leelanau, Michigan at the Fountain Point Resort hosted by the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club on Lake Leelanau. 

Head of Schuylkill Web: http://www.hosr.org         Head of Schuylkill Live Feed: http://www.rowinglive.com
The Leelanau Chase Web: http://www.fountainpoint resort.com/llrc/

In California, Row for the Cure San Diego will be hosted by UC San Diego Womens Crew on Mission Bay/Ski Beach. 134 entries from 23 clubs will be rowing for a great cause. UC San Diego Women’s Crew lost both alumna Lori Ann Uptegrove, and Triton family member Joyce Snyder to breast cancer in 2001. For donations and information see: http://www.uscdtritons.com


The Head of the Lafayette will be held in Norfolk, Virginia hosted by the Hampton Roads Rowing Club at the Robertson Rowing Center on the Lafayette River in Lakewood Park. 98 entries from 17 clubs are expected. Web: http://www.hrrc.netThe MPSRA Fall State Championship will be held on South Watuppa Pond in Fall River, Massachusetts hosted by the Massachusetts Public Schools Rowing Association. There will be 140 entries from 12 clubs. For details see: http://www.mpsra.org

Best wishes to all!



Secret City Head Race and More

  The 15th annual Secret City Head Race will be hosted by the Oak Ridge Rowing Association in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, home of Atomic Rowing. The 5000m head race draws 272 entries from 29 clubs to Melton Lake. For more information see: http://www.orra.com

The  Massachusetts State Championship head race will be held in Worcester hosted by Lake Quinsigamond Community Rowing & Shrewsbury High School Crew on Lake Quinsigamond. There will be 91 entries from 12 clubs. For live results see: http://www.herenow.com

 In Gold River, California, the Head of the American Regatta will be hosted by the Sac State Acquatic Center on Lake Natoma. There will be 637 entries from 65 clubs.  Web: http://www.sacstateacquaticcenter.com/ The Blake Haxton Fall Invitational will be held in Columbus, Ohio hosted by Upper Arlington Crew on Griggs Reservoir South. Web: http://www.haxtonregatta.info

The 2nd annual Head of the Fox Regatta will be held on the Fox River in Chicago hosted by RowAmerica St. Charles. 55 entries from 6 clubs will compete on a new shortened 4k course this year starting at the Red Gate Bridge. For more information see: http://www.rowstcharles.com

  Competing both Saturday and Sunday, the  Head of the Schuylkill Regatta will be held in Philadelphia hosted by the University Barge Club on the Schuylkill River. Please note: Mens & Womens Masters & Veterans Fours w/Cox have been moved from Sunday to Saturday. Also on Saturday there will be the Vesper Boat Club 150th Anniversary Row-By Phildelphia Gold Cup Races starting directly after the Gold Cup course set up at 11am. 

Web: http://www.hosr.com

For live feed see: http://www.rowinglive.com

Also over the next two days, the 3k Leelanau Chase will be held in Lake Leelanau, Michigan hosted by the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club at Fountain Point Resort on you guessed it, Lake Leelanau. For more information: http://www.fountainpointresort.com/llrc/

Good luck to all!

National Color Day 2015

Happy National Color Day!

What does your favorite color say about you? Today was created to draw attention and understand the importance of color in our lives. Color has an impact on how we feel, in our actions and even in how productive we can be. Look to these interpretations to see how color may be influencing you:

White is a lack of color, a blank slate in purity and innocence. White has a fresh washed quality of opportunity and happiness like a crisp linen sheet crackling in the wind under a bright sun. Yet white can also be cold, austere and incomplete like snow needing the experience of other color for warmth and vitality.

Like white, yellow is also a color of happiness, like the feeling you get as the bright, happy sun brushes your cheek. The good natured sun packs loads of essential Vitamin D. Yellow is approachable, fun loving and happy go lucky in color like the iconic smiley face.

Red is a power color, think Donald Trump’s red power tie or the passionate symbolism of love in a red rose held high on a stem of thorns. Red expresses a swagger of confidence, a can do attitude with the passion and excitement for a meaningful objective despite challenge and adversity. See red and conquer!

Tried and true blue is comfortable like your favorite pair of faded and trusted jeans. You’ve been through a lot together and earned every tear and weak point yet there is strength in every curve and nuance, fit like a glove and seemingly made just for you. No other pair will be quite like your favorite pair of jeans. From the darkest shade of deep ocean navy to the lightest stone washed, sun kissed sky blue the color is durable, loyal and lasting in a peaceful encompassing way.

Green brings a newfound balance relaxed and ongoing like a just mowed lawn and the emergence of sprouts and leaves on a brisk spring day. New life, new beginnings and the opportunity in the crack of a bat or the celebratory rage of cowbells at a rower’s regatta signify the virtuous season of green. Green is identified with grace under pressure, a cool head weighing potential and upcoming options.

Black is traditionally associated with grieving and vast completeness. But the color black is so much more. Black is engaging, the combination of all color. Then again black has depth, setting off all color yet noticed first because of its integrity. That’s what makes black the classic go to choice like the perfect, coveted little black dress. Black is inclusive yet maintains a presence unique onto itself. What other color comes close?

Then again we can shake up color blending perspective as we go:

Pink is sophisticated as the softer side of the power and passion of red when exposed to the open and stark sincerity of white.

Orange is vibrant in the blending of red and yellow often used in warning but the yellow also brings happiness to the powerful red.

And finally the royal hue of purple, the blending of red and blue, power and trust, fit for a loyal Royal.

So then, what do these color perceptions reveal about you?

Another Day at the Charles 

*CANCELLATION* In West Virginia, the Governors Cup/Head of the Kanawha on the Kanawha River is regrettably canceled by the University of Charleston.

 The 51st Head Of The Charles continues for another day on the Charles River in Cambridge. Check Web for information, results and live feed resuming at 8am: http://www.hocr.org

Rowing For RIO 2016 Pararowing Regatta in Turin Italy continues today. For details see the Web: http://www.canottieriarmida.it
And another day for the British Senior Rowing Championships in Nottingham, UK. For information see: http://www.britchamps.org
 The American Lake Fall Classic in Lakewood, Washington will be hosted by the Commencement Bay Rowing Club on American Lake.There will be 129 entries from 17 clubs.
For more info see: http://www.combayrow.net
Best wishes for all!

The 51st Charles and More

The iconic 51st Head of the Charles, the largest two day rowing competition in the world will be held all weekend on the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The challenging  three mile course passes under 6 bridges with many turns for coxswain to navigate. There will be more than 9000 rowers and coxswains making up 2,241 entries from 780 clubs aided by over 1,400 volunteers and viewed by over 400,000 spectators. For more information, results and live stream see: http://www.hocr.org

*CANCELATION* the Head of the Hillsborough, a race planned for Harbour Island in Tampa,  Florida was cancelled by The Stewards Foundation due to safety issues in course construction. For further information see: http://www.rowtampa.com

ROWtoberfest will be held in Chicago hosted by the Chicago Rowing Foundation at the brand new WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the north branch of the Chicago River. The all inclusive regatta is in its second year. CRF is home to Pauly’s Pals,  a rowing program for children with autism. For more information see: http://www.rowchicago.com

The Gator Head Regatta will be held on Newnans Lake in Gainesville, Florida hosted by Gainesville Area Rowing with 172 entries from 15 clubs. For information: http://www.gainesvillesarearowing.com

In Canada, the ERA Final, a sprint race will be held at Marina Venise in Laval, Quebec, hosted by Club d’aviron Terrebonne with 48 entries from 5 clubs. See the web: http://www.avironterrebonne.com

The Western Canadian University Rowing Championship will be held on Burnaby Lake in Burnaby, BC, presented by the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club with 102 entries from 8 clubs.

The Rowing For RIO 2016 Pararowing Regatta will be held both Saturday and Sunday in Turin, Italy. Web: http://www.canottieriarmida.it

The British Senior Rowing Championships will be held in Nottingham, UK both Saturday and Sunday. For more information see: http://www.britchamps.org

Good luck to all!

Great Quotes and Boats

“During their college years the oarsmen put in terribly long hours often showing up at the boathouse at 6:00am for pre-class practices. Both physically and psychologically, they were separated from their classmates….In many ways they were like combat veterans coming back from a small, bitter, and distant war, able to talk only to other veterans.”

– David Halberstam, The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal.