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HOLYOKE ROWS NEWS
 

August 2019
Hi all,
The kids are gone!  We weathered putting more than 500 kids in boats and everyone had some fun. Many thanks to our summer staff: youth  director Ciara Prieto, leaders Charlotte and Miranda Brunette, Tighe and Claire Smith and Trevont'e Moore.  

And now it is regatta season.  
Our masters and youth will travel around New England to several regattas this fall, but the one not to be missed is our very own PAPER CITY REGATTA on Sunday September 22.  I encourage all our athletes to jump in a boat and race. Use your teammates to motivate you to go beyond what you thought you had in you. It isn't like that cross country race in high school where it was all about you and your performance. Gone is the anxiety and fear of failure. It is the boat that races and wins. Competing can be FUN! 

On Saturday September 21 we will host another NECKRA canoe and kayak race. This is the Octoberfest  (yes, I know it is in September but I didn't want to get behind -  you know how I am).  Join us for the 5k or 10k race and then some great brats, beer, pie and camaraderie.  

We can use volunteers at any of these event if a seat in the boat isn't the place for you (this year).  

Many thanks,
Stephanie

Stephanie Moore
Director and Coach, Holyoke Rows
office@holyokerows.org

WEEDING
It may look like Stephanie and rower Andy Fisk are on a slope in the Swiss Alps but they're actually on the roof of the boathouse. "The boathouse has a green roof which is a system to catch rainwater and reduce runoff into waterways," Andy says. The plants (sedum and other hearty perennials) are in trays on top of the roof. Stephanie and Andy were weeding to keep woody shrubs and trees from growing. 

We are looking for volunteers willing to do this next year. 
It's a one-of-a-kind experience!
VOLUNTEER

 

KAYAKS, CANOES AND THE BOATHOUSE CHALLENGE 
On July 10, Holyoke Rows hosted the Holyoke Rows Boathouse Challenge. The 10K canoe or kayak race began at the Holyoke Rows boat ramp then headed south, around the MA Turnpike bridge, north approximately 5K to the Route 391 bridge and then back to the finish line at the ramp. Approximately 50 entrants competed in either single or double kayaks or canoes in 14 categories and the winners received cookies.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced paddler, watch for the 2020 Holyoke Rows Boathouse Challenge. There are races for both the competitive paddler as well as the recreational paddler.




VETS STEPPING IN
On August 3, Veterans Dragon Boat USA team members, Oreste Varela, Netsahri Ortiz and Nelson Serrao, jumped at the opportunity to fill empty seats in the Dragons Alive dragon boat, racing in the Waterford, NY Dragon Boat Festival. In the dragon boat world, camaraderie is key among paddlers across all teams, and there’s no hesitation for teams to reach out to one another to help fill their boats when one of their paddlers is unable to participate.

Oreste, Netsari, and Nelson not only gained an exhilarating race experience and new friends, but their boat took first place in the B Division. 
Well done!

Photos: At left, Netshari (green cap) and Oreste (red bandana) - starboard side, and Nelson (no hat) - port side. At right, Oreste, Netshari, Nelson - Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY

WHO'S WHO AT HOLYOKE ROWS
Q & A with STEPHANIE COLELLA

 
Q: How did you start rowing?
Steph:  I started rowing as a sophomore at Springfield College in 2008 (ouch). Our home boathouse was Holyoke Rows. That was before HR had the beautiful building we have now. At that time, our boats were in a big garage and oars were stored in an outdoor cabinet. I rowed and coxed for SC and Steph Moore asked me if I would be interested in coxing for the Masters. When I started coaching at SC, Steph asked me to coach the Masters for a season, and then at that point I was old enough to BE a Master.

Q: What's the best part of rowing?
Steph: The best thing about rowing for me is the camaraderie. I get to work out and spend time with people who have literally watched me and helped me grow into my adult life. Because of how wonderful the people are, going to practice is always a positive - even if I’m not thrilled with my row on a particular day.

Q: What has surprised you about rowing?
Steph: How diverse it is. There are so many people who don’t fit the mold of the stereotypical athlete who are phenomenal rowers. There is a job in the boat for everyone. 

Q: What do you do when you're not rowing?
Steph: I am an occupational therapist for work. Outside of work, I love to ride my bike, garden, build stuff, and play with my dogs.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?
Steph: Not one time in my entire educational career was I given detention. : )
 

Photos: Top, Steph rowing with HR at The Head of the Fish regatta in 2016. Bottom, coxing Springfield College crew in 2011.

 
SPECIAL REGATTA SECTION


SIT READY!
FALL REGATTAS START SOON

Regattas are an exciting opportunity to race other crews in New England. It's friendly competition and we have fun. The schedule is below. Sign up asap on our Google doc. You'll see the "races" tab at the bottom and there are links to find out more about each regatta. If you're new to racing and have questions, please don't hesitate to ask Stephanie or other rowers who have raced before.
 
Sept. 14: Springfield Rockrimmon
Sept. 21: CRI Fall Classic
Sept. 21: Head of the Hudson
Sept. 22: PAPER CITY REGATTA: HOLYOKE ROWS' HOME REGATTA
Oct. 6: Riverfront Recapture, Hartford
Oct 10: Head of the Housatonic
Oct. 12: Hadley Chase
Oct 19: Head of the Charles
Oct 26: Head of the Fish
 
PHOTO FLASHBACK TO OUR REGATTA LAST YEAR
Below, clockwise from left: On the dock, selling Paper City Regatta tees, Womens-8 Masters crew, the pies for the winners!
PAPER CITY REGATTA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Please contact John at Hooksdavis@gmail.com or Stephanie if you're interested.
 
Be part of the excitement as crews from around the region come to Holyoke Rows for our home regatta. Help make our regatta run smoothly and be an excellent experience for all involved. Check out some of the volunteer opportunities below. And there's always more and we can make the job as small or big as you have time for. 
 
Before the regatta: Prepare boathouse and grounds (clean, cut grass, organize boathouse, help marking the course).
Day of Regatta: parking, timers, dock master and assistants, people to sign in rowers, sell tee-shirts, runners/gophers.

 

WHAT'S A HEAD RACE?
Our fall rowing races are all Head races. If you're wondering what that means and how it's different from a Sprint race, this article from US Rowing gives a good explanation. 
 

BAYADA REGATTA PHOTOS
Check out these photos (nice drone shots too) from the Bayada Regatta in Philadelphia. Stephanie and Carol won first place! Congratulations!


CRAYONS IN THE DRAGON BOAT?
The Veterans Dragon Boat USA team members helped kids get back to school with all the right stuff. The team gathered school supplies and delivered them to Project New Hope for their Back To School Backpack Drive
for children of veterans. 


 
 
If you don't already, please use Google docs to sign up for rowing practice and races. The coach really, really, really appreciates it.

If you need access, please let Stephanie know. If you think you've signed up but it doesn't show up, be sure you're clicking both green checkmarks.
 
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HOLYOKE ROWS 2019 SUMMER CALENDAR

Check our Google Doc for races this summer and fall.

July 1: Summer youth programs begin

July 8:  Beginner sweep rowing classes begin (You can drop in anytime for one class or all!)


July 10: Holyoke Rows Kayaking Challenge

Aug. 6: Intermediate sweep rowing classes begin (You can drop in any time for one class or all.)

Sept. 3: High-school programs begin

Sept. 21: Holyoke Octoberfest Kayak Race

Sept. 21: Pie-making for Paper City Regatta

Sept. 22: Paper City Regatta 

For more about any of these programs or to register, go to the "programs" tab on HolyokeRows.org.  If you're interested in rowing before or after the date the classes begin, contact Stephanie at office@holyokerows.org.
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