Master’s Nationals : Life in the FLA

A sunny place for shady people.
A sunny place for shady people.

I arrived in Tampa & drove down to Sarasota after a stunning red-eye ride from SFO. Decent travels (sleep on a plane is never deep and always uncomfy). Landed at my crash pad for the week, a shrunk down condo version of the Golden Girls house complete with a Patrick Nagel hanging on the wall on a palm tree & sea shell wallpapered backdrop and a spacious lanai! (I paint a silly picture but the place is actually well decorated, comfy with beautiful Floridian landscaping in an affluent planned community on a country club golf course. It’s no more than 1/2 mile from the race course for convenience as well.)

After getting my bearings & doing some light shopping, I thought I had accidentally landed on the set of of “The Sixth Sense” remake because everywhere I went I SAW DEAD PEOPLE! Then I realized, the walking dead were actually the retired local yokel community. Chatting folks up, I learned that some retired folks do live here but the 1/3 to 2/3 of the properties are owned by out-of-towners & Canadians who flood here in the winter as tourists. Run into the occasional rower out & about. Fully fleshed, well hydrated, muscular, tan people really stick out in this community.

To kill some down time, I went to the Mariners Rays game. $5 parking and $13 ticket. Cheaper than the movies. It was pleasant but I’m definitely spoiled to the expectations we have in the Bay Area regarding our sports. Even the food served ain’t the same. Well . . . Except for the pricing!

Took a peek at the race course & walked around. They are feverishly landscaping & putting on the finishing touches to the tents & spectator areas for the regatta. It kind of reminds me of the Gold Rush setup. Still a ton of construction & infrastructure to be built but the buoys are in he water and ready to go. I’ll attach a rendering of what they hope to have complete for the 2017 World Champs versus what we have here today.

Alright, off to clean the kitchen (This place is a Sur La Table graveyard of kitchen appliances. I’ve made my own yogurt & various attempts at the perfect kale, chia/flax & fruit smoothies. Gotta hold onto that lightweight status just a few more days!). Oh and to my lightweight, naturopath, herbal remedy shaman priestess EBRC sisters, DO NOT, under any circumstances drink the tea you recommended while consuming coffee, kale smoothies, okra, fruits, & oatmeal! Are you kidding me!?!? Does this thing have an off button? You know what I mean. 😉

Alright, off for a row over, equipment adjustments, wait out some possible rain & eat some food. May make a run to the beach afterwards or try to find the aquarium (I LOVE aquariums. Such a sucker.) or a Salvador Dali museum I saw somewheres along the way.


EBRC Learn to Row Day : July 20th

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Come one, come all down to the boat house on Saturday, the 20th of July for our second Learn to Row (LTR) of the Summer. We’re going to be going over standard rowing terminology, proper use of a land rower aka ergometer, take some strokes on the Oakland Estuary and learn all about the sport.

The EBRC Learn To Row Class will be held on Saturday, July 20th, from 10am to 1pm.
Jack London Aquatic Center
115 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94607
 
For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact info@eastbayrowingclub.org

Our two-week LTR program will begin that following Monday the 22nd for all novice men, and the 23rd for all novice women. The two week learn to row class extends until August 3rd.

See you down at the boathouse!


Learn to Row Day(s) 2013

The East Bay Rowing Club has hosted two Learn to Row days in as many weeks. The first was with our local community, taking one and all for a guided tour around the boathouse, on the ERGs and onto the water! A glorious weekend day was welcomed by dozens of landlubbers wanting a taste of the pleasure and pain involved with our great sport. Attendees came from Alameda, San Francisco, and Contra Costa Counties to get a glimpse of what the EBRC is lucky enough to experience every day, a side of Oakland that is stunning and beautiful on the waters of the estuary.

Next up was a private event with our friends in the Coast Guard. Many cadets hopped off their cutter Stratton and it’s home base in Alameda, right down the road from us. We give them quite a bit of barking each morning at 6am, as the tip of their cutters mark our starting line for the 2k training sprints. I’m sure they get quite a kick watching the occasional boat dump or locking oars from some of our novice boats! A few dozen attendees from the USCG were quick to learn the seaward ways of port and starboard, and they even taught us a few things about knot tying and the tides. We’re looking forward to getting the invite to come and see their boathouse (hint hint).

Come one, come all down to the boat house on Saturday, the 20th of July for our second Learn to Row (LTR) of the Summer. We’re going to be going over standard rowing terminology, proper use of a land rower aka ergometer, take some strokes on the Oakland Estuary and learn all about the sport.

The EBRC Learn To Row Class will be held on Saturday, July 20th, from 10am to 1pm.

Jack London Aquatic Center
115 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94607

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact info@eastbayrowingclub.org

Our two-week LTR program will begin that following Monday the 22nd for all
novice men, and the 23rd for all novice women. The two week learn to row class extends until August 3rd.


National Learn To Row Day – June 1, 2013

East Bay Rowing Club Celebrates National Learn to Row Day

In honor of the national campaign, East Bay Rowing Club is offering a free introductory class on sweep rowing.

Oakland, CA – May 06, 2013 – East Bay Rowing Club (EBRC), a competitive and recreational rowing club, announced today that it will offer a free Learn to Row class on National Learn to Row Day- Saturday, June 01, 2013.

USRowing, the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States, and Concept2, the oar and ergometer manufacturer, have encouraged rowing clubs around the country to introduce newcomers to the sport of rowing. More than 100 clubs throughout the United States are expected to participate. EBRC will open its doors for a free introduction to rowing in a fun and inspiring environment.

Participants can expect to:
– Tour the boathouse and get acquainted with rowing terms
– Learn the basics of the rowing stroke on an erg (indoor rowing machine)
– Understand basic boat handling
– Apply new skills with a short row in our barge and get a taste of rowing on the water
– Learn about opportunities to join our men’s and women’s teams

The session will take place from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Class size is limited, so participants are encouraged to register by sending an email with contact information to info@eastbayrowingclub.org. Drop-ins and all fitness levels are welcome. This event is designed for adults; however, if youth are interested in this program, please contact us for special arrangements.

Location:
Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero Ave, Oakland (South of Jack London Square – please note some GPS units do not route to the correct address)

What to wear and bring:
Comfortable but tight-fitting clothing, hat, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses and a bottle of water.

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About East Bay Rowing Club

Founded in 2007, EBRC is a non-profit organization with a Master’s rowing program consisting of approximately 90 rowers, and a Youth rowing program that runs the Oakland Technical High School rowing program. Additionally, EBRC engages with military veterans and adaptive rowers. Through participation in the sport of rowing, EBRC emphasizes fitness, sportsmanship, safety, etiquette and environmental awareness of the Oakland Estuary, its wildlife and surrounding waterways. EBRC also trains athletes to compete in regional and national rowing competitions. Members of the Master’s team range in age from 22 to 74.

EBRC is always looking for new members to join the team. Oakland and San Francisco Bay
Area residents interested in the sport of rowing, experienced or not, should send an email to info@eastbayrowingclub.org to learn more.


Oakland Tech 2013 Summer Camps

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A new series of summer camps have just been announced for youth rowers in the Bay Area. Led by Axel Stelter – former Cal rower, member of the German national team and, more prolifically – EBRC men’s head coach. Held at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland, these sessions are a great introduction to the sport and preparation for the next year of high school rowing. Sessions start June 24th and run all the way until August 19th. Take one, take them all!

In addition to being a great way to gain collegiate scholarships, high school rowing helps shape discipline and commitment to a team and one’s own personal fitness. Oakland Tech’s teams will compete all across the state and country at youth rowing events. Learn a sport that will be with you for the rest of your life, something that you can enjoy forever.

Sign up now for Oakland Tech Rowing Summer Camps, open to everyone!
Session 1: June 24 – 28
Session 2: July 8 – 12
Session 3: July 22 – 26
Session 4: August 5 – 9
Session 5: August 12 – 19

Camps are from 12-3pm from Monday through Friday.
$200/student

For more information, email rowing@oaklandtech.org today! Don’t forget to like them on Facebook as well.


Proposed Oakland Boathouse-to-Boathouse Race

Connecting the Lake to the Bay
Connecting the Lake to the Bay

Great publicity this week about the opening of the channel by Lake Merritt (thanks, Measure DD!). As a former LMRC member, I can attest firsthand about what grand tradition they have, seeped in 100 years of history. One of the oldest clubs on the West Coast, the LMRC has been cordoned off in their landmass-surrounded lake for their entire existence, the dam having been implemented 150 years ago (thanks, Sam Merritt!).

LMRC has been a great sister club to the EBRC. We relied on them physically and mentally to get through the times when our location and club status was still uncertain. With Lake Merritt, still home of the SW Regionals, there was only the possibility for about 100-125 strokes before you had to spin your boat and go back the other way. Now, with the gradual opening of the channel over the next few years, the possibility for a unique sprint course presents itself.

A boathouse-to-boathouse journey back into the history of Oakland, the community and the bay. What will start at the boathouse of Lake Merritt will end at the boathouse of the boathouse of the EBRC. I present to you now, rowing community, the first draft of the Lake-to-Estuary Race.

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  1. Starting at the Southeast end of the lake, the timed heats begin. Southwest finger will be for warm-ups and staging.
  2. Dodging the flock of ever-present Canadian Geese that hang out by the fountain, the boats first wind their way to the around the Fairyland area.
  3. Once in the center of the lake, the boats begin to position for a wide right turn to go under the 12th Street bridge, to the sound of hundreds of screaming, cheering fans.
  4. The boats continue down the channel, past Merritt college, the track stadium, baseball field and Knickerbocker’s Bend.
  5. Rowers will be able to see the bay as they hit Stelter’s Strait, continuing on under 880 until the furious reach the Jack London Aquatic Center (EBRC boathouse) where they will weave their way out to the estuary.
  6. A final right turn awaits them, setting themselves up for the sprint the flagpole in Jack London square, where more legions of screaming fans await to grant them their deserved glory. Google Earth tells me this is just over about 3500 meters, a perfect ‘short head’ or ‘long sprint’.




As the changes from Measure DD continue to take effect, bridges will be raised and the waters of the lake will creep closer to those of the estuary. We’re looking forward to many more celebration days together as these barriers between are brought down.


The Great Outdoors

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A recent NYT mag article describes the benefits of exercising in the outdoors versus a sweaty gym. Longer duration, greater euphoria and more calories burned. We at the EBRC are not sure whether or not the recently declining temperature at 5am sees an inverse correlation to the advantages mentioned, but all that shivering done in the boat has to count for something! [ Update  – apparently that shivering really does count for something. ]

In all seriousness, the nirvana we all seek is that period just before sunrise, three-quarters of the way through a hard workout where we look at each other with childlike giddiness. We are so lucky to be able to do this with one another.

Here’s the link: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com


Super-Row Sunday!

Generating enough wattage to light up the Superdome!
Generating enough wattage to light up the Superdome!

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.


xMatters Makes Teamwork Matter!

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Another great team building event with the local folks at xMatters. They were well-versed on all aspects of rowing and moving as a team out on the water. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your co-workers and enjoy a unique experience out on the bay. xMatters showed determination and grit in their rowing, they can really compete out there on the bay!

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.


EBRC Boathouse Workday : Mission Accomplished!

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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.