Every action at practice is directed towards the regattas. All of the work that we do on the water, on the erg, and the running trail is designed to make our crew as successful as they can possibly be on race day. This involves an incredible amount of work. For every minute that an athlete spends on the race course, she has logged hours of practice time. Every stroke that she takes in competition is backed by hundreds of strokes taken in practice.
Consequently, we take the regattas very seriously and expect the athletes to do everything in their power to be as well prepared as they can be. If they do so, then regattas can be very rewarding – exciting, exhilarating, and memorable for all the right reasons. They represent the athletes' best chance to test their abilities, to push their limits, and come together as a team in a way that only an athlete could ever truly comprehend.
Regattas often last all day and, while each boat has their designated time to row, team members are expected to stay and support their teammates. Once we get to the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the events can run two days (should boats advance). Please note that once boats are launched, race times are out of our control. While the officials do try to adhere to schedules, frequently race times are delayed. Be prepared for those delays and unpredictable circumstances.
Rigging and de-rigging boats are race day standards and the responsibility of the team. Athletes are expected to take part in both of these activities. Skipping these responsibilities may negatively affect an athlete's racing opportunities. Prior arrangements to leave may be made with the coaches through your parents, but should not be abused.
IMPORTANT: All team members should report to the trailer two hours before the FIRST Radnor girls' race of the day. This should be confirmed with the coach prior to the regatta.