Welcome to the upcoming session of Rowing P.E.I.’s Learn to Row (LTR).
We have two LTR sessions coming up:
Saturday May 30th 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday June 2nd 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Both sessions will be held in the Grand Hall and on the docks at the Charlottetown Yacht Club at the bottom of Pownal Street. Parking at the club is limited so you may need to park on Pownal Street or Water.

You only need to attend one session.
Many of you have indicated which session you will be attending however I would like to have each person CONFIRM BY RETURN EMAIL THE DATE OF THE SESSION YOU WILL BE ATTENDING.
At the session we will provide an overview of the club and upcoming activities; an introduction to rowing techniques, parts of the boat, rowing commands and vocabulary; information on the harbour and our rowing circuits; and a presentation on safe rowing. Following the class portion of the course, each person will take part in a short tethered row beside the dock which will give you an opportunity to try out what was covered in the course.
In the weeks following the course, you will have TWO open water practice rows with a coach.  After that, you are certified as an LTR rower and can sign up to become a member for the summer.   We will explain the details as part of the sessions.
Learn to Row is a fun experience and we will have lots of coaches on hand to help you. In regards to clothing, wear layers of comfortable clothing and sneakers.
We look forward to seeing you at Learn to Row, if you have any questions please send me an email at rowingpei@gmail.com or give me a call at (902) 394-3297.
Thanks Nancy – Rowing P.E.I. LTR Coordinator

Please join us Saturday!

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This is Mike Gibson, president of Rowing PEI.

If you are new to rowing welcome, if you are returningwelcome back.

In preparation for our rowing season we will be moving ourboats from their winter storage location and placing them on the docks at theCharlottetown Yacht Club (CYC) this Saturday, May 23. This work is always made easier if we have lots of hands.  We are planning to have the trailer to theCYC for 11:00 am, if you are available to help we would appreciate it if youcould be at the CYC for that time.  TheCYC is located at the foot of Pownal St. if you have not been therebefore.  This weekend there will also bea lot of boats being put into the water with the crane so the parking lot atthe CYC will not be available for cars, just park up the street.  If we have sufficient numbers helping weshould be able to complete the job within a couple of hours.  Even if you haven’t started with us yetplease feel welcome to come and help it will be much appreciated and it is agreat opportunity to learn about how we handle the boats and you will get tosee our brand new coastal boats get unwrapped, it is like Christmas in May.

For those who are returning there will be a refresherhappening in the grand hall starting at 9:00 am.  This is to go over the commands and also giveyou pointers on how to assist new rowers as we have quite a few we will betraining over the next few weeks and will need the assistance of level tworowers to help. 

It looks like it might be a wet weekend so dress appropriatelybut the work needs to get done rain or shine. I hope to see many of you on Saturday.

Sincerely,

Mike Gibson

Help Wanted – At the Charlottetown Yacht Club – TOMORROW May 16th 8:00 a.m.

Another sign the season is coming: the docks are going in at CYC this Saturday.  Start time is 8:00 am in the morning. Ernie and I will be there. If anyone else is available and interested in helping they always appreciate extra hands.  It should be a nice day though the water will be cold. I would recommend wearing a life jacket if you have one.

Thanks – Mike

Our New Boats Have Arrived — and A Few Reminders!

rowing new boats 1 rowing new boats 2 rowing new boats 3 rowing new boats 4Mike Gibson, Ernie Morello and Nathan Gibson are back from their trip to Montreal to pick up our new coastal boats, to replace the ones that were destroyed.  We now have two new coastal doubles, two new coastal singles and a touring quad that we purchased from the Fredericton Rowing Club.

Mike reports that “it all went well and it is done. We have five wonderful boats to work with.  The trailer worked perfectly.”

Many thanks to the guys for making the trek.  They also picked up several other boats and delivered them to clubs in the Maritimes — which helped reduce the cost of the trip.

A few other notes:

-Jason Steeves is taking over the Indoor Rowing sessions on Saturday mornings at the Stratford Indoor Soccer Complex.  Please contact him directly to book: jason.steeves@gmail.com

-A reminder of the L2 Refresher Course on Saturday May 23rd at the Charlottetown Yacht  Club from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  All are welcome.  We need more L2s to support our upcoming Learn to Row session!   Please email: rowingpei@gmail.com if you are interested

-Online registration is on now!  Please register soon if you can so we know our numbers for the 2015 season.

As always, we welcome your questions and your participation.

 

Important Dates Coming Up – and thanks for Indiegogo Donations!

Online Registration is underway now!  Click on the link above to find out how to register and pay for your membership.

Saturday May 23 – L2 Refresher Course
Anyone who is interested in an L2 refresher or becoming an L2 – we are holding a workshop on Saturday May 23rd 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.  We will be reviewing on the water safety, supplying new drills to try in the boats and other material of interest to rowers with at least one year of experience.  Please book a spot if you’re interested. rowingpei@gmail.com

Learn to Row Dryland Sessions – Saturday May 30th 12:30-3:30 and Tuesday June 2nd 5:00-8:00.  We have limited space still available in our LTR program. Please sign up ASAP.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the LTR dryland sessions and open water rows. Please email if you are able to help. rowingpei@gmail.com

Indiegogo Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign — especially the Alberta Rowing Association who donated $1,000.  The campaign raised $2,465 in just one month.  Special thanks to Liza Jamani who created the campaign on Indiegogo.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rowing-pei-needs-your-help

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