he key focus of the second half of 2015 is Winter Sculling and Head of the Yarra.
Winter sculling begins with Sprints on the 6th June, we tend to begin with the APL time trial on the 13th June. You can do any or all of these events as you like (see web site or list below). Talk to any of the coaches. This is a good way to get some sculling experience, and there is an 800m “beginners” event to get less experienced scullers going
Head of the Yarra (HOY) is on Saturday 28th November.
In 2014 the HOY had close to 2000 competitors in a record field of 220 eights and created a marvellous spectacle on the Yarra as they raced from Birrarung Marr to the finish at Hawthorn Rowing Club, 8.6km upstream. Club crews representing every mainland state and New Zealand made the pilgrimage to Melbourne. The annual classic saw crews of all ability test their skill against the country’s best for fastest time over the gruelling 8.6km Yarra course......it is fun after you finish
The purpose of the planning meeting is to:
· Determine level of interest in either or both of these “events” (enables resource planning)
· Discuss how often and who you would like to row with, lets discuss some options, then the who
o Train in fours then put eight together
o Train in pairs to get skills up
o Train in scull through to end of August (winter sculling), then move to eight (3 months)
o Train in eight now (5.5 months)
· Discuss coaching options
o You ask us when you want a coach
o We build a program with a crew or group of girls of similar skill and experience and agree coaching
o You come down for “club” coaching days and get some help
o You get an external coach
Before the meeting, have a think about:
· what you want to do (nothing, sculling only, eight only, fours then eight etc.)
· when do you want to do it (begin in what month)
· who you would like to row with (if you leave it to me, you may end up with someone you don’t enjoy rowing with)
· how competitive you want to be (how hard you want to work? 10 sessions/week?)
For this meeting to work you need to have some ideas before the meeting, or you will end up doing nothing.
Have a think about the Six Round Handicap series! Email us or put your name on the list in the hall upstairs.
The Handicap Series is open to and encourages all ages and abilities. Each entrant will be allocated a handicap based on the Official Handicapper's expectations of relative ability. You can do this is a racing boat or a tub boat and you can do a short course (800m) or the full 2km.
The annual fee to register with the VSA is $24.00. The cost of entering each race is $6.00.