1999-2000 Archive

Wednesday, March 29, 2000. Geoff S. is going to check whether we can get the dock in this weekend. We can't really row until the dock is in. Sometimes you can wade into the water with a boat, but the wading-in area is (1) too narrow for an eight, (2) the riverbed at the shoreline is rocky, and (3) the riverbed drops off too rapidly. So we need the dock. Until then, all we can do is tinker with the boat's rigging. Luckily, it seems we have all the parts now.

Tuesday, March 28, 2000, 5 p.m. We hoped this would be our first practice on the water. Geoff Smith and I looked at the water at 4:30 p.m., which is rowable if you're experienced, with the onshore breeze. However, the dock is not in and the riverbed is rocky and drops off rapidly, plus there are hard obstacles that would make a landing with an onshore breeze tricky even with an experienced crew, so we did not row today. The good news is that Jane found the missing seats, and Geoff S. found and installed the missing piece to the back stay for the stroke's rigger.

Friday, March 24, 2000, 4 p.m. We rigged the boat. We're still looking for some missing seats, and part of the backstay for the stroke's rigger is missing. The boat will need a little more work before it is rowable. By the way, here's a link that shows a Schoenbröd rigger under stess. And another link explains the proper assembly of a Schoenbröd rigger.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 9 p.m. Meeting, 3rd floor of Wertz Hall. Goal: to find a time of day when we can all be in one place to row on the water, and to determine how many outings we should have each week. The more times we go out on the water, the better we'll row. We decided that rowing 5-6pm TWThF would probably be best for now, since a few people have classes ending at 4:00 or 4:50, and the cafeteria closes at 6:30pm.

Sunday, February 20, 2000. CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships, where world class rowers gather in the winter for fun competition. Last year's (1999) winner Rob Waddell from New Zealand was also the world champion in the single scull at FISA World Rowing Championships on the water, which in 1999 were in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada. It was the first time the world erg champion was also the champion in the technically demanding single. (The erg is a test of raw strength and endurance, but the single demands that you row well.) Waddell won again in 2000 in the International Final, after which a collegiate swimmer from Brown very nearly rowed faster in the College Final.

Monday, January 31, 2000, 6 a.m. We had our first group workout of the new millenium in the college's athletic building on the main campus (where the ergs are). Rowing technique was demonstrated.

Thursday, January 27, 2000, 9 p.m. Meeting, 3rd floor of Wertz Hall. We discussed levels of fitness, sports experiences, personal goals and interests, and scheduling possibilities for this semester, to figure out where we are in the great spectrum of rowing, and establish reasonable team goals. Probably the most important thing right now is that we find at least eight rowers and a coxswain who can get together with a coach on a regular basis, because that makes the best use of the equipment we have (an eight). I've been told we also have access to ergometers for winter training. And of course the college has other standard sports training facilities.
Jane Dunn, who founded the rowing club at Lycoming College, passed the presidency of the club to Geoff Smith.

Saturday, December 4, 1999. We derigged the eight.

Thursday, December 2, 1999. Preliminary meeting at Lycoming College. Started this web site.