Tuesday Row Update

From safety Mary Lynne Bruvels:

Due to high winds there will be no rowing tonight for racing boats. Because the wind will be dropping somewhat there is a possibility that the coastal boats will be able to go out. That decision will be made on the dock at row time.

For those of you who have to travel in a distance to row, the odds of us going out are not that high so please take that into consideration. 

You can track the current and upcoming wind conditions by visiting Windfinder:
http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/charlottetown

With the stretch of windy, unsettled weather we have been having, we advise all members to keep an eye on the wind and weather forecasts before coming to the dock.

 

 

Thursday night rows cancelled

Sorry for the late notice.  But there is lightning in the forecast and heavy rain, so the safety has decided to call off both of tonight’s rows.

Again, we apologize the notice didn’t go out sooner.

Lots of rows ahead this weekend!

 

July Newsletter

 July 2014 newsletter

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 Thank you to everyone who attended our barbeque and Learn to Row graduation.  We had fantastic weather, good company and TONS of food.  Wow…what a feast!

It was great to gather everyone together to celebrate.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make this Learn to Row session such a success. It was our most ambitious LTR group to date, with 25 participants.

A special “shout out” to Mary Lynne Bruvels and her team who took on organizing our biggest LTR group ever.

We are very excited to have a new “lively” group of rowers joining us this summer.

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RED, WHITE AND ROW!!

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We had a great turnout for our first ever Red, White and Row event on Canada Day!  The rowers were decked out in red and white…with lots of flags.  Thanks to the safeties and L2s who came out to make this event possible.  Next year, we hope to add pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream!

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Coming Up….Saturday July 26th 8:30-9:00 a.m. (in the hall – CYC or on the grass in front of CYC)

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Certified Yoga Instructor/ Rowing PEI Board Member Nancy Russell will lead a ½ hour yoga class at the CYC – please bring a yoga mat or towel – no experience necessary!

To be followed by bagels, cream cheese and fruit

If you are signed up for the 9:00 row, the food will be available after the row!

*Stay tuned for our August “Fun Regatta”!

We have purchased buoy markers and timers and plans are in the works for Rowing PEI’s first “fun regatta”.

It will be a great event for every level of rower. We hope as many members as possible will take part!  More details to come soon.

 Post Tropical Storm Arthur

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Thanks to the team of volunteers who tied down and kept an eye on our boats all weekend as Post Tropical Storm Arthur approached…and hit…the Charlottetown Yacht Club.  This has re-affirmed the club’s commitment to purchasing a trailer for our boats so that we are able to move them when weather conditions warrant.

Competitive Rowing

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There are a number of technical coaches and “coaches in training” involved with the club this season including Canada Games coach Mike Gibson, Stephen Murray, Nathan Gibson and Travis Cheverie.  If you are interested in trying a seat in one of the racing boats or would like a training program, please drop us an email at:  rowingpei@gmail.com

This is available to all ages and every level or rowing experience!

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 2014 Individual Membership

TO REGISTER: https://membership.rowingcanada.org/

Individual membership: $285.00

Family membership: $285.00 plus $225.00 for the second family member, $200 for each additional member

Daily rate: $50 *some conditions may apply

Tonight’s row cancelled due to lightning in the forecast!

Hi all – Tonight’s safety Mary Lynne Bruvels is cancelling because there is a potential for lightning in the forecast. This is one of the conditions when safeties will cancel the row.
Rowing PEI is looking for your feedback on the current rowing schedule.  Are there times when you would like to row that we are not offering?  Are there rows that have been full and you have been unable to sign up?  Any other suggestions to make the sign up process smoother?
Please send your feedback to us at rowingpei@gmail.com
Thanks, Nancy – on behalf of Rowing PEI board

Post Tropical Storm Arthur

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Thanks to the team of volunteers who tied down and kept an eye on our boats all weekend as Post Tropical Storm Arthur approached…and hit…the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

On Friday, a group led by Mike Gibson and his power screwdriver secured all of the boat platforms to the rowing docks.  Then all of the boats were securely strapped down.  The quad was lowered to the dock on top of some old tires to keep it from toppling over.

On Saturday, the watch began.  The wind was coming from the south, which meant it was going to hit the Yacht Club full force.  On Friday, about 25 power and sailboats were lifted out of the water.  The ones who chose to stay in the water tied up as best they could in anticipation of 90 km + gusts.

By Saturday afternoon, some of the docks were beginning to come apart.  That was bad news for our rowing fleet because pieces of the docks were being pushed towards our boats.  Some CYC volunteers worked hard to get the floating bits secured and away from our sculls.

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CYC volunteers lifting debris away from our rowing docks

On Saturday afternoon, Rowing PEI volunteers began taking shifts so that we had a continuing presence at the Yacht Club.  The winds were picking up and the worst was yet to come.

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Saturday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. – significant wave action with higher gusts still to come

By Saturday evening, one sailboat had sunk and the dock it was on had split away.  Another boat broke free and was pushed towards Victoria Park where it crashed on the rocks.  Our boats were holding (with a few extra line replacements along the way).  They were tense hours, hoping the rest of the docks would hold.

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Saturday afternoon – our boats are secured and the docks are holding – with a few reinforcements

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Saturday afternoon – this is the dock that will break away several hours later

 

 

 

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Sunday morning – lots of debris

We can report that our boats appear unscathed.  By Sunday morning, there was a lot of debris in the water around our red safety boat. We are hoping that nothing was punctured. A lot of debris was also piled up on our docks.

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Sunday afternoon, the crane lifts the sunken sailboat “Surprise”

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Floating debris around our rowing docks

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Sunday afternoon

The clean-up is now underway.  At latest report, the CYC will have a dumpster on site on Monday and all of the debris will be removed from the docks.

If you are signed up to row on Monday, please check your email before you head down to the docks.

Again…many thanks to the volunteers who took care of our boats this weekend…both from Rowing PEI and from the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

Red, White and Row!

We had a great turn-out for our first ever Red, White and Row event on Canada Day!  The rowers were decked out in red and white…with lots of flags.  Thanks to the safeties and L2s who came out to make this event possible.  Next year, we hope to add pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream!

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Jason takes on the challenge of the coastal single on Canada Day!

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Our rowers in the coastal quad are decked out in red and white!!

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And we had both of our coastal doubles out! Thanks to Travis and Sterling, Andrea and Elizabeth for being part of Red, White and Row 2014.

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Learn to Row 2014

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Thank you to everyone who attended our barbeque and Learn to Row graduation.  We had a fantastic turnout and TONS of food.  Wow…what a feast.  It was great to gather everyone together to celebrate.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make this Learn to Row session such a success.  A special “shout out” to Mary Lynne who took on organizing our biggest LTR group ever.
We are very excited to have a new group of rowers joining us this summer.
See you on the water!
Nancy, on behalf of the Rowing PEI Board

Help needed Friday 5:00 p.m. and Saturday rows cancelled!

Because of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Arthur, Mike has cancelled both Saturday rows. He will be at the Charlottetown Yacht Club around 5:00 p.m. Friday to move gear and tie boats down. If you can drop by and help, extra hands would be appreciated.
Stay tuned for word on when we can get the boats safely back in the water. We may have another work party Sunday depending upon how much gear we move this afternoon.