Though there is talk of more snowy weather in the days ahead, spring is on it’s way! I know I speak for everyone when I say I am anxious for evenings on the cove with warmer weather.
Our winter conditioning classes are wrapping up soon. The Junior Racers have been working hard to improve their overall endurance and 2k erg scores in preparation for the spring sprint season. Other club members participated in Winter Conditioning for All Ages where they saw improvement in their erg scores that they hope will translate into more speed in the water season. I want to thank Groton Public Schools for allowing us to use the Fitch Field House once again for our programs and my fellow coaches Courtney and Andy for helping run these two winter programs.
Over the winter months, the Board of Directors has worked to make the transition as smooth as possible now that Kristen and George are overseas. One of the exciting changes is the transition to online registration for classes and membership. After piloting using Regatta Central as a club management system for fall classes, we decided to dive in and make 100% of our registration for events and membership paperless! If you intend to take a class, be sure to sign up early online using Regatta Central, as space in all of our classes are limited! By signing up online, you are also signing our participant waiver. While membership fees have remained the same in 2018, our class fees have increased slightly to compensate for the transaction fees for this service. Members and students still have the ability to pay by check should they choose, but most participants have been taking advantage of the ability to pay via credit card.
I want to remind our community about the importance of on-the-water safety. While we hope to get on the water during the last week of March, it takes time for the waters of Beebe Cove to warm up. Members should sign out in the log book in the oar locker and take a walkie-talkie. We encourage our members to row during group rowing times and use the buddy system, but should you row alone, you should inform someone of your rowing plans. Always check your equipment prior to rowing and report any equipment breakage or issues in the log book! You can also leave a note on the whiteboard in the oar locker if you have any equipment questions or other concerns as they arise.
As always, if you ever have questions, comments, or concerns for the club, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see everyone on the water this spring!
Renew your membership or sign up for spring classes here.