Great Quotes and Boats 

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”
– Christopher Columbus 


Valentine’s Day Row

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In British Rowing, GB Senior & U23 Trials will be held today through February 17 in Caversham, headquarters of the British Rowing team. Attendance is by invitation only for M1x, M2-,W1x, W2-, LM1x, LW1x entries. 

In New Zealand, the New Zealand Rowing Championships planned for today through February 18 on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel for Open, Junior and Novice entries were on hold due to a potential algae Bio-Security Hazard. Despite wind, racing continued, and will start again tomorrow. 

Didymo, a.k.a. Didymosphenia geminata, a.k.a. rock snot is a species of algae that thrives in cold, freshwater lakes, rivers and streams. Didymo can be prolific quickly becoming problematic for fish and waterways and New Zealand is one of the countries to pass legislation to prevent further spread incorporating a Check, Clean and Dry campaign.  Didymo cells exist in many freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in colder temperatures but the blooms of this algae are different than other algae because they are made up of carbohydrate-based stalks. Didymo stalks litter the water in an their attempt to survive. Didymo blooms support the tubifex worm, host for the fish parasite Myxobolus cerebralis which causes skeletal and neurological damage in fish. To combat the spread of Didymo all entries are required to Check, Clean and Dry boats with detergent and failure to comply will be a breach of the Bio-Security Act and subject to prosecution.

For results check HERE.

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

-Humanitarian, Activist, Baptist Minister, Civil Rights Leader, Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004), Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

This quote is taken from Reverend Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and is the theme of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Today, January 16 celebrates the memory of MLK and in his honor the National Park Service Department launches the first of 10 free entry days throughout the year to the 120 National Parks located across the country. 

Leap Seconds into a New Year

Happy New Year!

As rowers we know that seconds really do count, but did you notice that 2016 was a bit longer? Maybe just a little, like one second longer?

Well it was. One tiny second longer that is. The countdown to the New Year last night had an added second due to the Earth slowing down rotation and getting out of sequence with the almighty atomic clocks that keep precise time. Horologists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London compensate for the difference with a “leap second” added just after 23:59:59 last night to even things out. NPL invented atomic time as a way to be more accurate and predictable than using the Earth’s rotation to track time. In France, the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS) at the Paris Observatory determines when to use a leap second giving the world a six month advance notice to ready time keeping devices, clocks and computers. 

At first I thought it’s just one second, but last night was the 27th time NPL has used a leap second. The last time was June 2015. Senior Research Scientist Peter Whibberly of NPL explains that “Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time from drifting away from Earth time. Although the drift is small, taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one hour difference, if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”

And so it goes, seconds really do count.