The EBRC competed in the Peninsula Indoor Rowing championships a few hours before kickoff of the Superbowl last week, and scored a touchdown (along with the extra point) by coming away with eight medals! The erg chains were white hot by the time we were finished with them! Congratulations to all the rowers on burning off the buffalo wings ahead of time.
Thanks to all who came out for our semi-annual boathhouse workday. Much was accomplished and the equipment is now in good shape for spring racing season. The majority of our fleet had their riggers cleaned, hulls polished and cox wiring checked. The ergs were adjusted and chains lubed (just in time for those upcoming erg tests!). Thank you to all who gave a few hours on your weekend to help contribute to the EBRC.
Thank you so much to WorkFit U for working with EBRC on a wonderful team building event on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. The WorkKit team showed their grit and determination, going from a group of wide-eyed, novice land-lubbers to a in-sync team of salty veterans of the oar – all in the course of an afternoon! Whether it was helping set the balance of the boat or getting the cadence of the stroke seat, their team was eager and willing to become a tight crew, moving the boat together.
To book some time for your team out on the estuary, contact EBRC today – we look forward to working with your corporation to have a great event.
East Bay Rowing Club made a very strong showing its first year at the Head of the Charles Regatta! Demonstrating the power and the potential of the club, two of the three boats entered through HOCR’s lottery system will be automatically entered into next year’s regatta based on their 2012 performance.
The women raced Saturday morning in the Women’s Senior Masters 4+ event, led by Pauline Velez in stroke seat. Passing a boat in the second mile of the course between the Weeks and Anderson bridges, the four finished 10th of 28 in an extremely competitive row. Congratulations to Pauline (4), Annie Mudge (3), Lisa Warhuus (2), Frederika Horton (1), and Elizabeth “Biz” Bernal (c) for such a fine showing!
Next up on the water for EBRC was the Men’s Masters 4+ in the early afternoon. Despite erratic winds, a mostly novice crew, and a broken collar on Luke Olona’s oar in stroke seat (which only became worse as the race wore on), the guys passed three boats through the course, finishing 11th out of 22 entries. Gina Gozinsky, coxing Head of the Charles for the first time, has definitely earned her merit badge. No one was as prepared for this course as she was, and it showed. Luke (4), Chris Groves (3), Devin Kelley (2), Charlie Noyes (1) and Gina (c) are thrilled with their results, and are already missing the balmy Cambridge weather.
EBRC’s final entry, the Men’s Master’s 8, followed after the Men’s 4+ in the afternoon as the sun came out and temperatures rose into the mid-70’s. Although they were passed early on by the 1st and 3rd place boats, the men held off all other boats with a clean row to the finish line in 18 minutes 30 seconds. Led by stellar coxswain Cait Hart from Austin, TX, the stroke pair of Paul Norberg (8) and Gil Gazda (7) set the pace at a 30-31 SPM over the 5K course, with rowers Ken Lutz (6), Luke Hunter (5), Steve Clark (4), Paul White (3), Nick Cawthon (2) and Jim Gotch (1) driving strong across the finish line and leaving it all out on the water.
HOCR, 2013, here we come!
Stop the presses – there’s a new movie about rowing! Relive all of your most self-conscious moments about getting swapped during seat races or the weigh-in. Remember the internal drama and angst between rower and coach after a hard prescribed land workout. Watch your split times go higher that James Van Der Beek’s hairline. Just the sounds of the horn and whoosh of the stroke in Dobly Surround sound makes this movie get two thumbs up in EBRC’s book. When it comes to teenage rowing dramas, Backwards : The Movie is leading the regatta right up Dawson’s Creek. I only hope that this Hollywood rowing trend keeps up, as Danny Devito needs to rejuvenate his career in the coxswain’s seat of the next blockbuster.
East Bay Rowing Club is hosting opened its doors to the public on National Learn to Row Day, Saturday, July 21st, 2012. Visitors toured the boathouse, got a crash course in indoor rowing (erging), along with the basics of the rowing stroke and a brief overview of the equipment used and programs offered at East Bay Rowing Club. Despite the somewhat windy conditions, visitors got out on the water with a quick trip out into the estuary in an “eight” with an experienced coxswain and rowers to guide them. Looking forward to our next event in January.