Notes from September Parent Meeting

 

September 9, 2017

Please feel free to call Coach Gene at (336-257-9009) or email contact@greensborocrew.com with questions.

Practice Times:

All practices are at Lake Brandt starting until October .

High School Students
M-F 4:30-6:15 and Saturday 9:00-11:00

Middle School Students
M, Th 4:30 to 6:15 and Saturday 9:00 -11:00

  • Please have your rower to practice on time. If you are running late due to traffic, please text one of the team student leaders.
  • Please be prompt for pick up. Practice ends at 6:15.

Dues: Most of you have paid – Thank you!

Returning High School Students $545.00

New High School Rowers $455.00

Middle School $385.00

Please pay online or make check payable to Greensboro Crew.  

GENERAL INFORMATION

General Guidelines:

  • Parents, please do not walk over to the boats or “join in” the circle. We like for the team to facilitate practice without much adult intrusion.
  • Please keep clear of boat handling. Do not walk down to the ramp when boats are launching or recovering.
  • Masters row on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  Please be aware they will be near the boats warming up and recovering the boats when the kids come in from practice. It appears chaotic but it is very organized.
  • Please do not try to have you rower leave practice early-they are out on the water and coming in early is not practical.

Clothing for Practices:

  • Water bottle – please be sure your rower brings one to each practice
  • Rowers should wear athletic clothing-t-shirts, spandex, tight fitting clothes.  Loose clothes can and will be caught in the slide causing a problem.
  • Rowers should wear flip-flops or sandals to practice.
  • Socks: rowers should bring a pair of socks to wear while they row.
  • Sweat Shirts or jackets may be needed as we get deeper into Fall.

Forms:

  • Swim form/waiver: New Rowers are asked to complete a set of forms and return immediately.  Swim forms and waivers must be completed once.  Returning rowers whose parents completed the forms in the past do not need to resubmit.
  • Medical/insurance form: this is an online form which will be emailed to all parents next week. This form must be completed prior to the first race.
  • USRowing waiver: this is completed online each year by a parent and costs $6.75. I will send you this link. You can click the link and see if your child is current.

Weather:

  • “If we are not sure – we stay on shore.”
  • Practice may be shortened or canceled depending on the weather.  Lisa and I will maintain a watchful eye on the forecast.
  • An email and text alert will be sent out by 3:00 if the practice is canceled.
  • Coaches will monitor the weather via radar apps while on the water. At the first sound of thunder or first sighting of lightning, we head in to shore, no questions asked. Safety is always priority.

Regattas & Events: see the website for details

    • September 16, 2017 Anniversary Row – Oak Hollow Lake. All Rowers. This is an important event for the club as an anniversary. But more importantly for the new rowers, this is their first chance to cut their teeth in a racing scenario. This is where they will probably make lots of mistakes and learn a great deal from these mistakes in an event where the results don’t really mean much. After the races there is a potluck brunch for all parents and rowers. 
    • Fall Dance 6-10pm. $10 pay at door. High school rowers bring an appetizer. Middle school rowers bring a dessert. 124C Wade Street, Jamestown.
    • September 30, 2017  High Point Autumn Rowing Festival  at Oak Hollow Lake-All rowers
    • October 14, 2017 Head of the James, Richmond, VA -All Rowers Bus trip.
    • October 21, 2017: Greensboro V High Point. – Lake Brandt. All rowers
    • November 4-5, 2017 -Head of the Hooch – high school only (middle school rowers whose skills meet a certain standard may be asked to row.) Bus Trip
    • November 11, 2017 Head of the South – Augusta, GA. All rowers.
    • November 18, 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet – all rowers & parents – Sedgefield Country Club.

Bus Trips:
Greensboro Crew & High Point Rowing Club will charter a bus to travel to the Head of the James in Midlothian, VA and Chattanooga, TN and Augusta, TN regattas.  An email will be sent out giving details and costs are currently on the register link of www.greensborocrew.com.  The bus is first come first served with only 52 seats.
General information regarding the bus trips:

    • All bus trips depart from the Walmart Supercenter just around the corner.
    • Departure time is based on arriving at the regatta site in time to rig and practice.
    • The bus will return to the Walmart SuperCenter.  The return is normally late.  Rowers will give their parents a 45 minute heads up on exact arrival time. Text alerts will also be issued on arrival times. 
    • All seats on the bus and hotel rooms are assigned typically by which boat rowers are in. 
    • All rowers are invited to ride the bus; however, a level of maturity and a sense of responsibility and decorum is required.
    • It is not mandatory to ride the bus. Rowers can travel with parents.  

Uniforms:

  • Greensboro Crew and High Point Rowing Club race under the HPG umbrella. There is a uniform package online for a great value of $115, which includes a number of items including a bag with the rower’s name on it. However, it is only necessary to purchase the HPG racing shirt $15 and if your son or daughter races in the duel against  High Point then they will need to purchase a home colors Greensboro ‘green’ tank for $15 if they do not already have one.

    HPG Rowing enjoyed great success at the inaugural North Carolina Youth Rowing Championships. Rowers from the High Point Greensboro club won state championships in 7 out of 14 events the club entered.

Greensboro Crew to Join High Point for 5th Anniversary Row & Potluck on Saturday morning

High Point-Greensboro Rowing will celebrate its 5th birthday on Saturday, September 16 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members followed by a potluck breakfast at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year and masters by age.

Families and friends are invited to join the rowers for the potluck brunch after the boat races.

Use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC for GPS directions. 

The club has much to celebrate after 5 years, with a record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad. This past year the club won 7 state championships, earned its first medals at youth Regionals, and made historic first time appearances at both youth and masters nationals.

Last year 9 eight-man crews as well as some smaller boats lined the start of the race course at Skeet Club Bridge to race the full extent of Oak Hollow Lake to Johnson Street Bridge and club founder Gene Kininmonth predicts there could be more crews this year.

All rowers participating in the Crew’s 5th Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 7:30am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. Rowers and families should park on the grass behind the sailboats. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

All participating rowers will receive the HPG Spirit shirt to race in on Saturday upon arrival.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Grade 6 -12) are eligible to join the team. No experience necessary. Adults will have the opportunity to join a learn to row class in August. Email contact@highpointrowing.com or see the Registration page for details.

Space still available in the Middle School Fall rowing clinic

Email Coach Gene Kininmonth with questions: contact@greensborocrew.com

When students join the Middle School program they are also joining a community of young students from public and private schools from across Greensboro, which makes Greensboro Crew so special. They are at the beginnings of a sport in which they will forge friendships that can accompany them throughout their entire life.

Greensboro Crew’s novice girls crew are all smiles at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

REGISTER HERE for Middle School rowing Fall 2017 for $385!

Registration is not complete until receipt of payment and waivers received, so parents are strongly encouraged to register quickly to avoid disappointment.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

WHEN: The middle school spring season runs from August 28 through to November 2. Rowing sessions are offered Monday & Thursday afternoons from 4:15pm until 6:15pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 11am.

WHERE: Practices are at Lake Brandt as the weather warms. Click for DIRECTIONS.

RACING: In the Fall of 2017 the Middle School squad will race at the Anniversary Row on September 16 in High Point, the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on September 30, the Head of the James in Richmond on October 14 and the Head of the South on November 11. Please note, it is not mandatory that students participate in all races.

WHAT TO WEAR: Students should wear normal athletic attire suitable for the weather and flip flops rather than running shoes as participants will walk the boat into the water.

This program is designed for students in Grades 6 – 8. No experience is necessary but participants must be confident swimmers for safety reasons. New members must have a parent complete the waiver and swim form found on the registration page.

FAQS:
Is rowing for both boys and girls?
Yes!

Where does the team row?
The team rows at beautiful Lake Brandt.

Are all practices mandatory?
No. So, if you cannot make it to all practice sessions that is OK. Keep in mind that like anything in life you only get out of something what you put into it. We find that the longer our rowers are on the team the more committed they become. If you cannot make a practice on a certain day please ask the coach if you can row on a different day instead.

Does everyone get to race?
Everyone who regularly attends rowing practice gets to race. A student will not be eligible to race if he/she has missed so practices that their rowing ability is deemed by the coaches to potentially have a negative affect the performance of their fellow rowers.

What if I missed the first day?
No problem. Just email Coach Gene with the date you are available to begin. Some of our rowers do not begin until late September.

Greensboro rowers are delighted with their silver medal performance at the 2016 Head of the South regatta.

 

Olympic Rower Lisa Schlenker Joins Greensboro Crew

GREENSBORO, NC – Greensboro Crew has hired Olympic rower Lisa Schlenker, who has previously coached the University of Wisconsin and the United States U23 national team.

Coach Schlenker will have a “signature role” on the club’s youth program and guiding its current coaches.

Schlenker served on ten U.S.A. national teams winning three world championship silver medals during her career as a lightweight rower. In 2004 she represented the United States in the women’s lightweight double scull at the Olympic Games in Athens. Off the water, Schlenker has broken three world records on the Concept II ergometer rowing machine, two of which still stand today in age related categories.

Upon retiring from international rowing, Schlenker went on to coach rowers at both the international and collegiate levels. At the University of Wisconsin, she served as head coach of the women’s lightweight squad, where her crews won 5 medals at the national championships.

Coach Schlenker. says she is thrilled to be joining the coaching staff and community of rowers in Greensboro. “I hope that my love for this sport will be a vessel of enthusiasm for those choosing to join the Greensboro crew family. No matter what level of experience a rower has, my goals remains the same; learn from others, grow as a person, create lasting bonds and share in the joy of being on the water and pulling as one.”

Greensboro Crew founder and executive director, Gene Kininmonth says the club conducted a 6 month national search for an elite rowing coach. “Coach Lisa is the ideal coach to guide our rowers and coaches in Greensboro. Her lifetime track record of success – both in personally winning championships and guiding others to also do so – is a testament to her commitment to excellence. But just as importantly, Lisa understands that rowing is an opportunity for kids to get outdoors, to relax, and just be themselves. An opportunity to get in great shape and do it in a very safe and healthy way. We are honored that she has joined our rowing club.”

Watch Lisa Schlenker racing at the 1999 World Rowing Championships.

Back to School Sneak Peek Week Coming Up at Lake Brandt: Youth ages 12 – 19 can try rowing for one week free!

THIS IS OUR MOST ULTIMATE DEAL OF THE SUMMER – FREE ‘LEARN TO ROW’ FOR ONE WEEK!

Whether you are going into grade 7 in middle school or a high school Junior, you may be looking for a new sport . If so, then this is your chance to give rowing a try for free. Five days of rowing at Lake Brandt – you can come to one practice or all five.

Just register and show up. It is that easy!

FREE SNEAK PEEK WEEK: August 28 – September 2, 2017 from  4:30pm to 6pm.

This summer up to 60 high school and middle school students will be part of our rowing program at Lake Brandt. This Sneak Peek will give you a great intro on learning about rowing to see if the sport is for you.

No experience necessary but you must be able to swim as a safety precaution if you join the team. Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

WHAT? Sneak Peek Week is one week of learning to row for FREE, where students will learn the technique needed for rowing in racing boats on the water.

WHEN? 4:30pm to 6pm on Monday, August 28 though Saturday, September 2. (Note the lake is closed on Tuesdays, so no rowing then)

WHERE? Lake Brandt Marina: 5945 Lake Brandt Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455

COST? FREE!

Also, be sure to have a parent sign the waiver and swim form certifying that you can swim. These can be downloaded on this page. Bring these forms with you.

Also bring the following:
• flip flops and normal athletic attire
• water bottle

Questions? Just email Coach Gene at contact@greensborocrew.com

Show your Support for the Rowers with the HPG Spirit Shirt!

Show your support for our rowers with the new ‘HPG Spirit Shirt’.

Available now for a limited time only, this incredible High Point Greensboro ‘Spirit Shirt’ is for sale to parents, spouses, siblings, alumni, and friends of our rowers for just $25. Proceeds support the team!

P U R C H A S E  H E R E ! ! !

Designed with a European soccer shirt in mind, the HPG Spirit Shirt features the embroidered club crest, as well as logos from Greensboro Crew and High Point Rowing Club on the sleeves.

This shirt looks great on men and women in all sizes. Get yours for a limited time only.

Adult Rowing Starts this Week at Lake Brandt and it is not too late Register!

Rowing is a beautiful, zen-like activity done in some of the most picturesque surroundings.

Lake Brandt Marina, Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Crew is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Rowing” for adults – Fall Session! Rowing will take place on Lake Brandt. The purpose of Masters Rowing is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“Masters” is Greensboro Crew’s answer to the high interest in rowing among adults in the Triad and participants may join as individuals or groups of 9 through a corporation (and enjoy a 10% discount).

Greensboro Crew is a community of adults working together in an encouraging team environment to enjoy the beautiful, zen like sport of rowing.

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format on rowing machines and then progress to the real thing in boats. As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted.

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and running shoes are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth on the rower). Bring a water bottle too!

Address: 5945 Lake Brandt Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455 This is Lake Brandt Marina. This is not a mailing address for the rowing club.

Cost: $200 per participant. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@greensborocrew.com

DATES and TIMES: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions, or both.

Mon & Wed Evenings: 6pm – 7:30pm starting August 7 and concluding September 27.

Mon & Wed Mornings: Note, starting August 7 for the first three weeks practice times in the mornings will be 7:15am – 9am. On August 28 the times will adjust back to 8:45am – 10:15am. The Fall season concludes September 27.

Weekend Rowing: Saturday 7:15am – 8:45am and Sunday 8am – 9:30am, starting August 12 and concluding October 1st. (Note, there will be no practice on Sep 30).

Masters Unlimited $275: Row any and all of the above times. 

Summer Adult Rowing is Coming to Greensboro’s Lake Brandt

No experience necessary – we will teach you to row this summer!

Summer Rowing is Coming – Register today!

Lake Brandt Marina, Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Crew is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Rowing” for adults – Summer Session! Rowing will take place on Lake Brandt. The purpose of Masters Rowing is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“Masters” is Greensboro Crew’s answer to the high interest in rowing among adults in the Triad and participants may join as individuals or groups of 9 through a corporation (and enjoy a 10% discount).

Rowing has taken off as the new spinning and we have established an enthusiastic group of adults wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth.

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format on rowing machines and then progress to the real thing in boats. As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted.

DATES and TIMES: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions, or both.

Masters Unlimited! $275 Get it all for one low price! Monday and Wednesday evenings starting June 12 ending August 2, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

And: Sunday mornings from 8am – 9:30am.

And: Monday through Saturday mornings from June 12 through August 5 from 7:15am to 8:45am. Wow!!!

Rowing Mon & Wed (evenings) $200: Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting June 12 ending August 2, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Rowing Mon & Wed (mornings) $200: Monday and Wednesday mornings starting June 12 ending August 2, from 7:15am to 8:45am.

Rowing Sat AM and Sun AM $200: Saturday 7:15am to 8:45am and Sunday 8am – 9:30am. Weekend sessions start June 17 and finish August 6.

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and running shoes are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth on the rower). Bring a water bottle too!

Address: 5945 Lake Brandt Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455 This is Lake Brandt Marina. This is not a mailing address for the rowing club.

Cost: $200 per participant. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@greensborocrew.com

Greensboro Crew Wins Inaugural Duel With High Point


Lake Brandt, Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Crew showed speed and form on a glorious spring morning to win the inaugural cross-town duel over High Point today.

After racing most of the spring season under the combined HPG Rowing umbrella, the squads broke up by training base location for the two clubs’ first official racing encounter.

With Greensboro still in its first year of racing it was agreed that the races would be between middle school and novice rowers, who are in their first year of rowing. Greensboro Crew boated two crews for the race while High Point had one.

The distance was 1,250 meters.

All three crews jumped out quickly and evenly of at the start. However, within 200 meters one of the Greensboro Crews experienced a near boat stopping crab, which all but ruled them out of contention.

The other Greensboro Crew, coxed by Ella Nichols, did not miss a beat and capitalized on the distraction by taking a enthusiastic move on High Point and pulled ahead to a half boat length lead.

The margin between High Point and Greensboro stayed relatively the same as the crews raced down Lake Brandt toward a rapidly approaching finish line.

Sensing the thrill of victory in the final 200 meters Greensboro Crew raised their cadence in a brilliant burst of speed to win by open water.

The winning Greensboro Crew boat was comprised of coxswain Ella Nichols, stroke Ryan LaPierre, Hadley Cowan, Corinne Alt, Kate Messick, Kennedi Ratcliffe, Kate Cole, Grace Denenny, and Keagan O’Connell,

Greensboro Crew snatches victory over High Point in the inaugural duel on Lake Brandt.

After the initial race all three crews turned around and competed for an additional race over 500m. The winning Greensboro Crew from the previous race locked oars with High Point in the first 10 strokes but the coaches allowed the race to continue.

Ella Nichols’ Greensboro Crew was the quicker boat to recover and soon both crews were quickly making chase against the other leading Greensboro Crew.

Ella’s crew found the speed needed to win the race with the second Greensboro Crew in second place in an almost dead heat with High Point.

The inaugural duel between High Point and Greensboro was all for fun…OK and maybe a little pride as well : )

Free Sneak Peek Week. Try Youth Rowing for Free!

Whether you are in grade 6 in middle school or a high school Junior, you may be looking for a new sport . If so, then this is your chance to give rowing a try for free. Five days of rowing at Lake Brandt – you can come to one practice or all five.

You need to be able to swim with confidence for safety reasons.

Just register and show up. It is that easy!

This summer up to 60 high school and middle school students will be part of our rowing program at Lake Brandt. This Sneak Peek will give you a head start on learning about rowing to see if the sport is for you.

No experience necessary but you must be able to swim as a safety precaution if you join the team. Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

WHAT? Sneak Peek Week is one week of rowing, where students will learn the technique needed for rowing in racing boats on the water.

WHEN? 4:30pm to 6pm on Monday, June 5 though Friday June 9.

WHERE? Lake Brandt Marina: 5945 Lake Brandt Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455

COST? FREE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Also, be sure to have a parent sign the waiver and swim form certifying that you can swim. These can be downloaded on this page. Bring these forms with you.

Also bring the following:
• sneakers and normal athletic attire
• water bottle

Questions? Just email Coach at contact@greensborocrew.com