We are only nineteen (19) short days away from the Head of the Ohio ("HOTO") race on October 2nd and it looks like there is a possibility that we will be able to fill a novice boat as well as our varsity boats this year. Since HOTO is a 3K race, it is imperative that our kids work to improve their conditioning and endurance for this long race. Yesterday, they ran bridges and practiced on the ergs improving their split times and form. It is amazing what happens when you hide the monitors and turn up the music!
Of course, they will continue working in the boat as well as on the ergs as race day approaches. If you have never been to a crew race, it is certainly an experience. And, HOTO offers a chance to experience nature and see many great teams come together for a little competition on Pittsburgh's own Ohio River. This race is known as a "head" race which means that the boats in a given race are not actually racing each other in real time. Essentially, they are racing "for time" such that the boat with the best course time will win. Not to worry though, race results are typically posted promptly on a board in front of the boathouse.
To kick the season off right, Coach Sands would like to have a brief meeting with all parents after practice on Saturday (9/17) morning. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. and will end promptly at 10:00 a.m. so that you still have time to get to your other activities for the day. This will be a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about rowing, racing and/or "the elusive chuck wagon". It's also a good time for our new parents to meet and greet some existing parents (good for carpooling discussions too). I hope to see you there!
Let's Go Trojan Rowers!