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HOLYOKE ROWS NEWS
 

July 2019
Hi all,
It's great to see so many new faces at the boathouse lately. I hope everyone is enjoying everything Holyoke Rows offers including the opportunity to be on the water, get more fit, row or paddle better, learn something new and meet friends.

Enjoy the newsletter.
-Stephanie


Stephanie Moore
Director and Coach, Holyoke Rows
office@holyokerows.org
NOTICED ANYTHING DIFFERENT
AROUND THE BOATHOUSE?

In his understated way, masters rower John Hooks Davis often leaves a wake of transformation in his path. Most recently, he's focused on oars.

John started improving our collection of oars last summer with two ideas: 1) we had one set of oars with horrible grips and 2) it would be fun to go to Vermont and visit the Concept 2 factory and learn about the oars from the makers. 

"It was fun and Steph C and I actually did get all the worst grips replaced last year," John says. (Steph C is masters rower Stephanie Colella.) They also came back from Vermont with their heads full of technical details and enough sleeves, collars, vortex edges, adjustable grips and two-part urethane glue to support this summer's work on oars. 

And then there's the painting. Have you seen the newly painted oars  (photo below)? Those "H"s look so sharp and pro that just looking at them makes us seem faster. 


DREAM PROJECT  
John's dream is to get a boat painted. He says the right way to paint a boat is in a spray tent but that seems unlikely for us to manage. "I think that a slightly less correct paint job would still improve our equipment and make people happy," John says.

Thank you, John, for all your work!

 
VOLUNTEER TO HELP JOHN
DONATE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A NEW 8-BOAT OR SPRAY PAINTING
KAYAKING
Kayaks are cool and we've got a bunch to share. Become a Holyoke Rows member and borrow one! One- and two-person kayaks, along with paddles and life vests, are available. If you need instruction, let Stephanie know.
 

                          KAYAK/SUP/CANOE MEMBERSHIP

Individual or Family: $90 with 2 volunteer hours

The kayak/SUP/canoe membership allows members to use a club kayak, stand-up paddle board or canoe on the river whenever they wish as long as the equipment is not being used by a class. Members may take out a limited number of family and friends. Friends who always come with a member should consider joining themselves. Boats must be signed out in the logbook when in use and then signed in again once they are returned in the boathouse.

Sign up for a membership here.

VETERANS KAYAKING

We offer a free membership to veterans. Just contact us and set up an appointment to get a key fob and an orientation. In addition, a meditative kayak program is available at our boathouse through the Springfield Vet Center. Register with them. It is a veterans only program that meets in the summer on Wednesday mornings.

COMING IN OCTOBER: A kayaking trip on the Connecticut River!

Questions? Go to holyokerows.org or email Stephanie at office@holyokerows.org

TO PAY FOR YOUR CLASSES OR MEMBERSHIP, REGISTER HERE.
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DRAGON BOATERS ATTEND THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL AND PADDLE IN THEIR FIRST RACE

Veterans Dragon Boat USA took part in Springfield’s Annual Dragon Boat Festival at PVRC on June 22. Before racing began, team members performed Honor Guard duties by presenting and raising the nation's flag to commence the festival. 

They paddled their new 20-seater dragon boat which had arrived at Holyoke Rows early enough that they had time to practice in it. Take a look at the photos to see more of the story.

A shout out to DAV-ch 11 for sponsoring team tee shirts; anonymous sponsors for team hats in memory of their WWII veteran grandfather; and to team member Don Owsiak for surprising us with our team banner.

Congratulations Veterans Dragon Boat USA team!

A few photos from race day:
Above: The team catches their breath after their race.
Below, top left: Team discussion, prepping for race.
Top right: Team photo with dragon.
Below, bottom left: Learning they won the first heat!
Bottom right: Honor Guard salute.
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WHO'S WHO AT HOLYOKE ROWS
Q & A with SUSAN MARCINIAK

 
Q: How did you start rowing?
Susan:  A friend told me the director of HR was hoping for one more participant in a beginner's class. I called Stephanie and was encouraged to stop by and try a class. I did and have now rowed for seven years. No one is more surprised by my continued participation in this sport than I am. I love it. Had I only known about it 45 - 50 years ago...

Q: What's the best part of rowing?
Susan:  I especially like Saturday morning rows - the quiet and calm of the river (excluding striper/shad season) as well as the quiet and calm of my mind before the day takes over. I only have to worry about the next stroke and the 87 things I need to do to make it a good one. Weekdays are okay too but sometimes the day's events clutter the mind and you still have to remember the 87 things for the next good stroke. I'm working on not thinking, just doing. I just need more time.

Q: What's your rowing goal?
Susan: 
1. To actually use my erg during the winter.
2. To be in a group picture hanging in the Boathouse Hallway Galleria.  
3. To figure out when the coach says little about my rowing during practice is it because:  A)  I am having a good practice or B) there is just too much wrong to comment on. I'm going with A.

Q: You are known for bringing delicious food to the HR potlucks.
Susan: I'm glad people enjoy what I bring to our potluck dinners. However, I must confess I sometimes use the group as testers for new recipes. If the plate is empty, I figure I can make it again. Hope that theory is right.

Q: What's something people might be surprised to know about you?
Susan: I've been a Candlepin bowler for over 20 years. I still get excited about spares and strikes.

Q: What do you consider your biggest rowing accomplishment?
Susan: Stephanie telling me I am allowed to put my name and the word "athlete" in the same sentence. 
 
 
Photo: Susan at the pie-making party before last year's regatta.
Who's Who Q&As profile members of the HR community. 

GOT TOWELS?
We need more towels to use to wipe down the shells after practice. If you have old or new towels you'd like to donate, please drop them off in Stephanie's office. Hand towels or larger, please. They don't need to be brand new -- just clean. Thanks!
YOU KNOW SHE LIKES TO ROW. DID YOU KNOW SHE'S AN EXPERT ON MOON ROCKS?

In case you missed it, masters rower Darby Dyer was recently interviewed by NPR about her life and being chosen by NASA for an exciting new project. Read the story. 
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 the date the classes begin, contact Stephanie at office@holyokerows.org.
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