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This season’s emails from Mike Baker, WWRA Program Director. Newest first. Long page!


Date: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 10:20 AM
Subject: Let’s Reconnect! WWRA Announces Summer Adult Rowing Programs.
Wayland Weston Rowing Association (“WWRA”) would like to reconnect with you! After a 2 year hiatus, we are relaunching our adult rowing platform. I hope you can join the fun.

Our Adult Learn-to-Row program ($175) introduces participants to the sport of rowing. Weekday and weekend sessions are available; please click on this link to the WWRA website for details: http://wwcrew.org/summer-rowing-programs .

Our Recreational Rowing Program For Experienced Rowers ($300) will consist of organized coached practices on Lake Cochituate. The program will focus on refining skills and building fitness. It runs from July 10 to August 11. Practices will run from 5:30am to 7:00am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

So much has changed at WWRA since you last rowed with us. Specifically, we have purchased four new Filippi 8+ rowing shells, four new Filippi 4+ rowing shells, three Swift singles, as well as new oars to power these boats through the water. We have also replaced both our docks and installed new ventilation fans in the boathouse.

There’s a lot to be excited about at WWRA these days! I invite you to sign up for one of our programs and experience this excitement yourself.

To enroll in a session, please click on the following link to the registration page of the WWRA website: http://wwcrew.org/registration/summer-rowing-programs . Or click this link to enroll on FamilyID: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/search?query=Wayland+Weston+Rowing .

Please feel free to contact me by email (rowingmike@gmail.com) or telephone (508 367 1380) if you need additional information. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Come back to Lake Cochituate this summer. Come back to WWRA. Come row with us!

Regards,

Michael Baker
Program Director, Wayland Weston Rowing Association
– Spring 2017 MA Public H.S. Varsity Girls Champions
– Spring 2017 MA Public H.S. Varsity Boys Champions
– Spring 2017 MA Public H.S. Novice Girls Champions


Date: Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 3:58 PM
Subject: Wwcrew: Summer Programming

Hello all,

 
We have been working hard to make sure that we can offer summer camp programming and we are in the last stretch.  Some of you may have heard that in order for WWRA to offer summer camps, we have had to file an application with the town and comply with state regulations and policies. We have been working on it for roughly a month and it is looking good for us to start on June 26th.  
 
If there is a delay in being approved for “camp” status, we are still able to run a two hour per day program until we get approved.
 
We are going open registration tonight for the camps.  If we don’t get approved for official camp status prior to June 26th, we will add more sessions at the end to make up for the lost hours on the water. I will email you tonight with the direct link to registration. 
 
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION***
Because of the State’s regulations and policies for “Summer Camps”, WWRA will need extra information from you:
 
– HEALTH FORM: same information that has always been on our registration, you can input this during registration (this is not a separate form). 
– IMMUNIZATION RECORD  
– PHYSICAL EXAM:  this is the same clearance that is needed for each school, we just need a copy of the document that the doctor provided you.
– PHOTO OF CHILD 
– TRIP PERMISSION SLIP:  only for the crews going to Club Nationals.
– SWIMMING TEST:  everyone will take a swim test on the first day, regardless if you had taken one before.
 
All the records need to be submitted prior to June 26th.  The town will not allow you to participate if you don’t have the records in.  You can email them to me (rowingmike@gmail.com) or you can drop them off next Thursday or Friday at the boathouse.  
 
 
Summer “CAMP” Schedule:
 
Grade 6-12 Morning Rowing Camp
Runs June 26th – August 25th;
Offered weekly, M-F. 
Half-Morning Session: 8:00am-10:00am, $150. 
Full-Morning Session: 8:00am-12:00pm, $250.  
 
Competitive Rowing 
Runs June 26th  – July 17th;
Offered weekly, M-F.
M-Th 8:00-1:00pm and F 8:00-10:30am, $2,200.
 
Development Rowing
Summer I: Runs June 26th – July 14th;
Summer II: Runs July 19th – August 4th;
*Depending on interest, we may add an additional week to the last camp.
Offered weekly, M-F.
M-F 9:30-1:30pm, $700.
 
If there is a delay in the approval for Camp Status, all camps must run during the same two hour period:  Starting Monday, June 26…  Monday-Friday 8:00am-10:00am.
 
The Competitive group will start Thursday, June 22nd. 8:00am-10:00pm
 
I know this is a lot of information, and if you have any questions, please email, text, or call me!
 
Our staff undergo hours of mandatory training that involve an in-depth examination of program policies, emergency procedures, group work, curriculum planning, behavior management, bully prevention, team building, service learning, character building and child development. Training and Certifications in Safety, CPR & AED and Basic First Aid are also mandatory. All staff submit a written
application with work history and references and are screened, interviewed and CORI background checked prior to hiring.  This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents of licensed camps may request copies of background checks, health care, and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances. 
 
This camp has applied for initial licensure from the Board of Health within the last six months, pursuant to 105 CMR 430.000: Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children (State Sanitary Code, Chapter IV)
 
 

 

Mike Baker
Program Director, Head Varsity Girls Coach
Wayland-Weston Rowing Association

Date: Mon, May 29, 2017 at 6:11 PM
Subject: WWcrew: Summer Rowing…Club Nationals Must sign up by May 31st

Good evening, 

What a weekend!  I hope everyone enjoyed a well deserved day off.  Coree is in the process of writing up the Regatta Recap but until then, on behalf of the entire coaching staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
 
There is nothing better than putting in millions of meters on and off the water and ending the season with the State Championship.  The whole team stepped right up to the challenge and crushed it.
 
Many of you have asked about the summer programming and I want you to know that we will be offering two High School programs:
 – Non-Competitive.
 
We are in the process of registering WWRA as a camp program with the Town of Wayland and when that is completed we will be able to run programs longer that 2 hours.
 
Until then, we can only offer 2-hour programs, Monday-Friday 8-10am (charging you for only the 2-hour program).  We are hoping that we will get approval from the town before Summer 1 starts but in the meantime, we can only advertise the 2 hour program.  Once we are approved, the programming will shift to M-Th 8am-1pm, F 8-10:30am (an additional $350 will be required).
 
This is Very URGENT:  If you are interested in competing at Club Nationals, YOU MUST SIGN UP BY THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 31ST.  
 
We were able to book flights with Southwest Airlines to Columbus, OH this morning, but because the Regatta is only 6 weeks away, Southwest requires a final Group Reservation by May 31st. 
 
We are asking for a deposit of $300 (nonrefundable) so that we can secure your ticket.  The remaining balance will be due prior to the start of the program (June 19th).
 
Here is the direct link to register (there are only 18 available spots):
 
I will send more information and links to the non-competitive programming tomorrow.
 
Thank you and congratulations again to all,
 
Mike
 

Mike Baker

Program Director, Head Varsity Girls Coach
Wayland-Weston Rowing Association

Date: Fri, May 19, 2017 at 3:28 PM
Subject: WWcrew: Buses for tomorrow’s racing

 
Hello all, 
 
Please make sure that you are not late to the bus…We are leaving from the Weston Middle School.

Departing from the Weston Middle School

6:15  
Girls 4X
Boys Lwt 4
Girls Lwt 4 
 
7:45
Girls 1V8
Boys 1V8
 
10:45
EVERYONE ELSE!!!   
 
Buses will be departing from the race course around 12:00 and 3:45
 
Let your coach know if you have any questions.
 
Thank you 
 
MIke

Date: Thu, May 18, 2017 at 10:11 AM
Subject: Wwcrew: Club Code for USrowing

Good morning, 

I received a few emails last night regarding the club code…
 
Please use the club code EUZXC.
 
Please let me know if you have any issues!  or you can always call USrowing at 800-314-4ROW (4769) or email  members@usrowing.org
 
 
Thank you 
Mike
 
Mike Baker

 
Date: Wed, May 17, 2017 at 1:40 PM
Subject: WWcrew: Northeast Youth Championships

Well, here we are, Regionals!!!

 
We will be racing this weekend at the Northeast Youth Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
 
“The USRowing Northeast Youth Championships offer the most opportunities for crews within the region to qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championships, as well as an opportunity for novice and junior varsity crews to compete in a full slate of racing.  Nearly 2,000 athletes, representing over 400 crews from over 40 teams are expected to compete in this event.” 
 
The weather is looking great and we look forward to fast racing!
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
 
**The USRowing Northeast Youth Championship is a USRowing-owned event.
Each participant is required to be a current, “Championship” member of USRowing.  https://membership.usrowing.org/   
Unfortunately, it costs $45 online and $50 onsite!
 
If you signed up last year, you will need to renew in order to race, if you are a novice, you most likely never had a championship membership and will need one.  This needs to be taken care of by 8:00pm Thursday night.  
 
**Each participant  MUST have a signed waiver on file for 2017.   
 
**If you are not sure whether you are racing please talk with your coach before you pay for a membership.
 
**The course is open on Friday to practice: Varsity coaches would like the rowers to row the course on Friday afternoon…that is if schedules allow. (Carpooling will be needed)
 
Google Doc with more information
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Thank you, 
 
 
Mike Baker

 
Date: Fri, May 12, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Subject: Wwcrew: ***MUST READ*** Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta Schedule Update

Because of the bad weather on Sunday, the race directors have changed the schedule.

 
Unfortunately,  because of prom, this means that the Varsity boys will not be able to race this weekend and the Varsity Girls have limited events they will be able to race in.
 
All novices will be able to race.
 
Please find below the email that the race director had sent out…you will also find the Saturday’s new race schedule.
 
 
Varsity rowers that will not be racing will have practice at the lake tomorrow.  Your coach will email you the practice times
 
I will send out more information tonight when I get back from dropping off the trailer
 
Mike Baker

Date: Wed, May 10, 2017 at 1:40 PM
Subject: WWCrew: Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta…AKA Lowell Invite

Just like last year, we have an interesting weekend ahead of us. 

It looks like all varsity events will be done on Saturday, roughly around 12:30 and rowers that are going to the Prom can leave when their boat duties are completed.  We will try to organize a bus to leave around 1:30, but just in case, if you are planning on going to the prom, you should organize your own ride.

The coaching staff has been inundated with requests in the past regarding leaving “early.”  Please remember, we participate in the ultimate team sport, and only with exceptions may you leave early and or not on the bus.   

Please see the Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta Google Doc.  

Since the schedule just came out, I will need some time to work out the bus schedule.  I will update the Google Doc as soon as it is completed

If you have any question specific to your squad, please contact your coach. 

Thank you

Mike


Date: Fri, May 5, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Subject: WWcrew: Busy weekend ahead of us…Must read

Hello all, 
 
We have a very busy weekend ahead of us, with the Novice Crews heading to Lowell for the Novice Challenge and the Varsity Crews staying home for our Invitation Regatta.
 
I have a couple of important announcements for Sunday:
 
*****We are excited to announce that there will be a Boat Naming Ceremony/Christening on Sunday at the conclusion of the Wayland-Weston Invitation Regatta. *****
 
There will be bubbly for adults, sparkling juice for rowers and cake…what would a Christening be without cake!
 
All Varsity rowers are required to be at the Naming Ceremony.  We ask that you are there by 4:30pm; the ceremony should run roughly 45 minutes.  We will also need help bringing the hulls to and from the beach!!  🙂   
 

Other announcements:

  1. Coaches will send out information on line-ups and what time they want their squad’s boats to be at the boathouse.
  2. Please follow this link  https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/venue/?job_id=5119&org_id=0 foParking & Shuttle Map, Coxswain’s Course Map & Starting Docks, Race Course Aerial Photo.
  3. You can get dropped off at the beach, but parking is located at Cochituate State Park.
  4. 4) Link to the Schedule and the Results:  https://herenow.com/results/#/races/20393/results.
  5. We are still looking for stake-boat holders…We need 1 more morning volunteer form 8-:12:30 and 2 more pm from 12:30-4:30…Contact Coree if you are available coreewaylandweston@gmail.com
  6. We have other “rower friendly” volunteer spots that need to be filled. We cannot have a successful race without your help… PLEASE head to WWIR *Event* SignUpGenius  to volunteer.
 Thank you. Mike and Coree
  
Mike Baker
Program Director, Head Varsity Girls Coach
 

Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 11:11 AM
Subject: WWcrew: SARATOGA!!!!! US ROWING WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED…READ EMAIL

Good morning,;

 
It’s that time a year again to make sure your 2017 USRowing Waiver is signed or you/your child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RACE!!!!
Waivers are needed in order to compete in USRowing-hosted and -sanctioned events…Which Saratoga Invite is
 
 
Please make sure that you have signed it this Calendar year.
 
*If you already signed a USRowing waiver in the past, you would have made a username and password and given a member number.  Make sure you sign in and use the same membership number they gave you.
 
 
* You will need the club Code:  EUZXC 
*Please take note of your child’s US Rowing number.

Just follow these easy steps to sign your waiver–

  1. Visit the Membership PortalYou’ll see two large icons –  “Individuals” and “Organizations.” You want to select “Individuals.”
  2. Mouseover the “Members” button and click on “Sign Waiver” in the dropdown menu. 
  3. Enter your Member Number and the password for your account. If you forget either, click on “Forgot My Member Number” or the “Set/Reset Password” link and follow the directions.
  4. Answer the four (4) Member Education questions if asked. Don’t worry if you get any wrong. This does not impact whether you successfully sign the waiver or not and is not attached to your member account. It helps USRowing focus on education programs that are needed by the membership.
  5. Click the checkbox to confirm you understand and agree to the terms of the waiver. Click the “Submit” button.
  6. Next, you may be asked whether you will be participating in National Team Selection process. If not, select “No.” If you do plan on trying out for the National Team, select “Yes,” and watch the 14 minute Anti-Doping Compliance video. Once viewed, click on the three (3) checkboxes and click on the “Submit” button.
  7. Complete the process! If you are renewing your membership or joining for the first time, you’ll advance to the payment screen. If you’re membership is active, you’ll advance to your Membership summary with a confirmation that your waiver has been signed. In either case, you’ll receive an email verification.

That’s it! For a step-by-step demonstration on how to access your account and execute your waiver, check out this informative video (scroll down to the bottom of the site and you will see the video). http://www.usrowing.org/sign-a-waiver/

Enter club code EUZXC and follow prompts. 

Please take note of your child’s US Rowing number.

Mike Baker
Program Director, Head Varsity Girls Coach
Wayland-Weston Rowing Association
rowingmike@gmail.com
 

Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 10:40 AM
Subject: WWCrew: Saratoga Registration Dead Line has Passed!

Good morning, 
 
If you have not yet registered for the Saratoga Invite…departing this Friday afternoon, please do so ASAP.  We are still missing roughly 20 registrations.  It is very important that you take care of this by this evening.  I will be sending out Saratoga information in next 24 hours to only the athletes and parents that are registered.
 
If you need financial assistance please don’t hesitate to let me know!
 
Follow this link to complete the registration:
 
 
Thank you 
 
Mike
 

 
Date: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 10:43 AM
Subject: WWcrew: April Break Days Off / Schedule

Good morning, 

 
This schedule is only for VARSITY
 
I know most of you are trying to figure out college visits over break and with East being that weekend is making it difficult.
 
I just want to confirm with everyone:
*Friday 14th – Monday 17th off  (no practice for the entire Varsity)
*Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st double practices (times vary depending on coaches’ availability)   
*Saturday 22nd  Harvard Henley regatta.
 
 
If you have any concerns regarding college visit dates please contact your coach, they will be able to let you know what other days you can go.
 
 
I hope this all helps, 
 
Mike
 
 

Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:46 AM
Subject: WWcrew: Driving To and From Practice, Spring Fundraiser, Cancellation reminder, Saratoga Invite registration is now open
To: coach@wwcrew.org, Wwcrew Parents <wwcrew_parents@wwcrew.org>, wwcrew_students@wwcrew.org
Cc: “McGrath, Michael” <McGrathM@weston.org>, Heath Rollins <heath_rollins@wayland.k12.ma.us>

Good morning, 

We have seen some really nasty days on the water the last two weeks and I am amazed how great everyone is doing.  Please make sure you bring the appropriate clothing for any type of New England weather.  

****Announcements****

-Please, Please, I beg you, STOP COMPLETLY at the four-way stop sign AND drive slow through the neighborhood and parking lot when you drive in and out for crew.   *When you stop at the stop sign do not accelerate to the posted speed limit right away.  There have been many concerns that drivers are accelerating too quickly after stopping and driving out of the parking lot too fast.  If you are late, you are late, if you are cold and hungry, you are cold and hungry, there is nothing worse than hitting a kid playing in the road or a pet that runs out in front of you!!!!  The coaching staff and neighbors have witnessed both rowers and parents driving like this!!!!  

The Spring Party and Auction IS STILL ON, this Saturday, April 1, at 7pm!!!   luckily the weather looks like it will be cleared up by then!!!

Please RSVP and pay via Splitzee. If you’re on the fence, I know it’s a busy time of year, you can also join us the night of and we’ll take your payment then. If you’re unable to join us, consider supporting our team with a donation, which you may also submit via Splitzee.

Food and libations– Bring something tasty to share! And please remember to clearly label any serving utensils or trays so they can find their way back to you.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aeab23a4f94-spring1

Volunteering– Great way to meet other community members and help the party flow. You’ll still get to enjoy the event and wont miss any action.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aeab23a4f94-spring

Location details:

Hosts- Susan Dacey and Bruce Daniel

7pm-9:30pm

80 Loring Road, Weston

Please park along just the west/”even” side of Loring or Autumn

For more information, please go to www.wwcrew.org

If you have decided that rowing is not your “thing”, tomorrow is the last day to get a full refund or the Spring season.

If you decide that would like to drop from the program, please let me know by 8:00 pm Friday, March 31,  and I can process your full refund. 

– Saratoga Invite Registration is now OPEN

http://www.familyid.com/wayland-weston-rowing-association/saratoga-invitational-spring-2017

-Saratoga Information

We will travel to Saratoga, NY for the Saratoga Invitational Regatta April 28-30.
The Saratoga Invitational is one of the Spring’s classic regional regattas, drawing clubs and schools from New England, New York, and beyond for some great competition.

Overnight trips like this are not included in the participation fee, so there is a charge for this trip to cover the expenses.  Because we are staying two nights and adding the extra cost of the charter buses the fee for this trip is $310.

Because the trip is roughly one month away, we need to start to finalize hotel rooms and a final count for Saturday night’s dinner.

This fee should not be a barrier to anyone’s participation.  There are scholarship funds available.  Please contact me (rowingmike@gmail.com) to request a full or partial waiver of the fee.  Any requests will remain confidential.

We will leave right after School on Friday, April 28 (time TBA) and will be staying at the HYATT PLACE SARATOGA MALTA, 20 STATE FARM PLACE MALTA, NEW YORK 12020,

THERE WILL BE rooms available for parents on a first serve base when they come available, I will send out a registration link via Familyid.  We will not know how many rooms are available until I get a final count of athletes.  

We will return Sunday evening after racing concludes (hopefully arriving between 9-10pm). 

If you are interested in attending the regatta, here is the link to the website:  http://www.saratogarowing.com/saratoga-invitational/  

I will be updating you with more information by the end of next week.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope to see you on Saturday at the Spring Party!

 

Thank you,

Mike


From: Michael Baker <rowingmike@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 3:53 PM
Subject: WWCrew: Crash B’s Recap

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE THAT RACED AT CRASH B’s THIS PAST WEEKEND.
 
We had a great showing this year, and even though the weather was horrific, the racing was amazing.
 
Crash B’s is the WORLD INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP.   We witnessed top athletes from around the world breaking their own person bests and setting world records.  We also saw our own athletes breaking new person best.
 
The conditions were not the greatest at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, the air was dry and it was hard to find an open erg to warm up on, but it never bothered our athletes.
 
In the Junior Women’s Lightweight Category, Kyra Patterson crushed erg # 37 with a person best of 7:39.6,  rounding out the 10 with a ninth place overall
 
On lucky erg # 37, only a couple races after Kyra, Max Marchiony raced in the Junior Men’s Lightweight, and pulled his personal best of a 6:37.0  almost squeaking in a top ten finish with an 11th out 190.  Jack Spector coming off an awesome  wrestling season, pulled a 6:42.5 coming in 25th followed by Drew Macklin with a 6:49.2 coming in 40th, Michael Dremov, with a personal best,  rowed a 7:05.4 placing 48th  and Vadim Trubetskoy rounding out the Light Weight field with a 7:23.9, also a personal best.
 
In the Junior Men’s Open was our very own Will Paquin coming in 52nd with a great time of  6:44.2
 
What an awesome day!!!!!
 
Congratulations to you all!
 
 

Date: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:13 AM
Subject: WWcrew: Important Information…PLEASE READ ENTIRE EMAIL

Good morning,
 
I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend at the Head Of The Charles and is looking forward to our last race of the season this weekend.
 
I have lot of information in this email and there will be more coming in the next 24 hours (regarding the Head Of The Fish)
 
 
Please read the entire email
 
*Head Of The Charles Re-caps
*Head Of The Fish Info
*Winter Training
 
*Head Of The Charles Re-caps

The Varsity Boys 8 placed 30th out of 86 boats at the Head of the Charles. Brutal conditions led to some very tough rowing but the boys were able to persevere and gain seats on the boat in front of us. We obliterated our rivals, Arlington Belmont, who placed in the high 60s. Belen Jesuit, the lightweight national champions, only beat WW by 1 second, a time that could be easily beaten. The Head of the Charles has put us in a confident position for the Head of the Fish as well as the spring.

 
The Head of the Charles is always an exciting time of the season for Wayland Weston. The girls varsity team raced in the women’s youth 8+ and women’s youth coxed quad.
 
The women’s 8+ raced with Danielle Kahan, Emilija Ianace, Katherine Maietta, Caroline Greenlaw, Catherine Upton, Kyra Patterson, Elizabeth Kaye, Sydney Orlov and Neha Joshi. The women’s 8+  was bow number 45, event 36 and had to compete with 85 teams, coming in with an amazing 40th place.
 
The women’s youth quad was a brand new entry to this year’s regatta with Amanda Mosher, Zoe Koechling, Clara Hurney, Katherine Williams and Alexis George. The women’s quad was bow number 17, event 35 and raced with 25 teams, coming in with another fantastic 11th place, qualifying both boats for next years race.
 
**Head Of The Fish Info**
Parents, please come if you can.  This year the weather looks great and we always need some help at the food tent.  If you are planning on making the trip we would love your help.  Please follow this link to sign up via Signup Genuius
 
Unfortunately we are at full capacity at the hotel and do not have any extra rooms for parents. We would love for you to come up and if you need help finding a hotel/room let me know and I can give you a hand
 
 
Link to Goggle Doc (Regatta information)  WILL BE UPDATED BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON
Buses will be departing FROM THE WAYLAND HIGH SCHOOL…Saturday at 3:30pm… NOT THE BOATHOUSE  
This is because the traffic coming and going late Sunday night with the buses and the cars through the neighborhood is very loud and we had a few complaints last Spring.  We need to keep the neighborhood happy.
 
 
***Winter Training*** 
 
PLEASE PLEASE participate in a winter sport at your school!!!!!!!!!  Participating in your School’s winter sport will prepare you for the spring season.  In addition, here are some more advantages:
 
–contribute to your school: winter season is your chance to be part of another school team and to be a three-season athlete.
 
–develop strength and endurance by cross-training, and avoid overuse injuries:  it is good to move your body in different ways, and sometimes you can more quickly develop strength that is good for crew by doing other exercises.  Swimming and cross-country skiing are exceptional sports for developing endurance that crosses over to crew.
 
–create balance in your life:  all crew, all the time may not be healthy or productive for everyone.  Consider whether the variety of a different sport and taking a break from crew may be good for you.
 
If you are not going to do a winter sport, you have the option to do Winter Training with WWRA.  This year, we are back with The Longfellow Sports Club at 203 Oak Street, Natick.
 
Attendance is NOT mandatory but realize that just to maintain fitness you need to train for at least 3 days/week… If you have to miss a day here and there that it is fine; if your family is going on vacation in February, that is fine.
 
At this time, we are offering a “bookends” option as well: the “bookends” option  is for those who do a winter sport, but who want to maintain their fitness in the period between seasons.
 
The Winter Training fee will include a full 7 days/week club membership, for the duration of the winter training sessions (Nov. 14 – March 16).
 
Should you decide, you will then have the option of joining the club with your own personal membership for the remainder of 12-month year (ending October 31st, 2017) for $199.
 .
 
Here are the details:
 
WWRA Winter Training
When: Nov 14-Mar 16, M-T-Th-Fr 3:30-5:30pm
(Monday, March 20 is the first day of the spring season.)
Where: The Longfellow Sports Club at 203 Oak Street, Natick, MA 01760
Cost: Full Winter $640, “Bookends” Fall $130  Spring $230
 
If you have any questions, please ask your coach and or me.
 

Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 8:01 PM
Subject: WWcrew: uniforms are required for Wednesday for TEAM PHOTO
 
We will be having our TEAM PHOTO TAKEN THIS WEDNESDAY .
 
IT IS MANDITORY THAT YOU WEAR YOUR WWCREW UNIFORM.
 
When you get the chance put it right in your book bag so you don’t forget
 
Thank you and I will see you all tomorrow
 

Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 7:54 PM
Subject: WWCrew:The 52nd Head of The Charles Weekend is here!
Hello everyone,The 52nd Head of The Charles Weekend is here! Come and cheer for Wayland-Weston Crew as our athletes compete on a world renowned course.The weekend’s weather doesn’t look great, but it will still be better than most days last spring. Grab your WWCrew gear and your cheering voice and head down to the Elliot Bridge or the Weeks Foot Bridge as our crews race down the Charles River.Lets take over the bridges and make our voices heard…Our rowers will love it!!!We will have three crews racing on Sunday:

  • Event #  35  9:47 AM Women’s Youth Coxed Quad – Bow # 17
  • Event #  36  10:05 AM Women’s Youth Eight – Bow # 45
  • Event #  43  12:43 PM Men’s Youth Eight – Bow # 30

Both of the girls boats will be launching from CRI and will be meeting 2h45m before the start of their respective races. The boys will be launching from FALS. (Alex will let you know when he wants you to meet).

Maps of the course can be found here – including traffic pattern and bridge information.

Parking to spectate  

Harvard Stadium, Gate 14 (link)

Accessible off of Soldiers Field Road heading East.  Parking will be available for approx. 500 cars. Location is across from the FALS/Rowing and Fitness Expo area.

Available: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Parking Fee: $30/day

Regatta info Links:

HOCR Home Page  (Here you will find all the information you could possibly need)

Results

Row2K

If you have any questions, please contact your coach; if you can’t reach him or her, contact me.

Lets make “WAYLAND-WESTON CREW” the loudest cheer this Sunday!

See you on the bridges

Mike


Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 7:35 PM
Subject: WWcrew: Oct 29-30 Head Of The Fish Regatta Sign Up

Hello parents and rowers,
 
We will travel to Saratoga, NY for the Head of the Fish Regatta Oct 29-Nov 30.
 
The Head of the Fish is one of the fall’s classic regional regattas, drawing clubs and schools from New England, New York, and beyond for some great competition.
 
Overnight trips like this are not included in the participation fee, so there is a charge for this trip to cover the expenses. The fee for this trip is $225 and payment should be made online on FamilyID.com.  The deadline for payment is October 12th.  Here is the link: http://www.familyid.com/wayland-weston-rowing-association/head-of-the-fish-saratoga-ny-2016
 
This fee should not be a barrier to anyone’s participation. There are scholarship funds available. Please contact Mike Baker (rowingmike@gmail.com) to request a partial or full, confidential waiver of the fee.
 
We will leave  Saturday early afternoon, it is an approximately three hour drive.
 
We will stay at the  HYATT PLACE SARATOGA MALTA  20 STATE FARM PLACE MALTA, NEW YORK 12020
 
We will return Sunday evening after racing concludes (hopefully arriving between 9-10pm). Dinner will be provided Sunday evening.
 
If you are interested in attending the regatta, here is the link to the website for the Head of the Fish: http://www.saratogarowing.com/head-of-the-fish/
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Thank you,
Mike

Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Subject: WWcrew:Our First Race Of The Season…This Weekend

Good evening,
 
Only 4 more days until our fist regatta of the season!
 
I know for quit a few of you, this will be your first regatta and there will be a lot of info given to you in the next couple of days.
 
I would like to take this moment to briefly explain Saturday’s and Sunday’s schedule;
 
SATURDAY:
All squads will be de-rigging and loading the trailer from 8-10:30am.
The coaching staff is aware of athletes taking SAT’s on Saturday.  For those who will be at the SAT’s – best of luck!  (And don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunity to help rig/de-rig/load/un-load at the regatta!)
 
SUNDAY:
We have four buses that will be transporting ALL the athletes to and from the regatta!
 
DEPARTURE TIMES FROM THE BOATHOUSE: 
6:00am****ALL NOVICE BOYS AND  NOVICE GIRLS and ALL COXSWAINS  
7:00am**** ALL VARSITY BOYS, VARSITY GIRLS
 
Please arrive at the boathouse no less than 15 minutes before departure.
 
The Novice buses will be departing the race race course to come home around 12:30pm
Varsity will be departing the race course after all the boats have been loaded on the the trailer, hopefully around 3:30-4:00
We are centralizing all regatta information this year….This weekend’s Textile River Regatta information can be found by following this link:
 
Within the Doc you will find information organized by tabs:
*Bus and Regatta Schedule
*Directions and Parking
*Regatta Links (Home Page, Results, Directions)
*Squad Line-ups
 
The weather at the Textile has always been unpredictable and this year will be the same.  It looks like it might rain with the temps hovering around 60 degrees.  The best thing you can do is bring extra clothing, it is always in your best interest to bring more that you think you need.  There will be plenty of room to store your gear in the bus.
 
If you have specific “squad” questions, please do not hesitate to contact your coaches.  If you have other questions, please let me know.
 
Thank you and have a great night

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Date: Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 12:18 PM
Subject: WWcrew: Ergathon Info

Greetings WW Crew Parents,

The message below was sent to all rowers today, and we’d like to share it with you as well, so you know about it.

Rowers are expected to make a substantial effort to raise $300 or more. They are not “required” to raise money, and you are not, in any way, expected to contribute any specific amount.

Additionally, when your rower asks you for a contribution, we encourage you to “require” them to ask 10 other people — friends, family and others — before you say yes.  Making “the ask” and making the case of “why rowing is important and the Crew needs support” are life skills.

Please support your rower’s efforts, and let us know if you need anything from me, or from our Ergathon Co-Chairs, Chris Maietta and Jen Apazidis. You can reach both of them through ergathon@wwcrew.org.

Mike Baker

September 6, 2016

Hello Athletes,

The Ergathon & Pancake Breakfast plus Learn to Row, Joy Rides, Launch Rides and more is 16 days away. Seats in the boats are limited, so invite family and friends from far and near to save the date, and invite them to come to the Ergathon, reserve a seat in a boat, and support you and the WW Crew.

If you don’t invite them, they won’t attend or donate.

Fundraising Update:

It’s time to get off the starting line. You have your team assignments, and links to your team’s fund page are below.  You can share the link with anyone, anywhere, any time so they can contribute online.

Team Bubble Dock: https://splitzee.com/fund/bubbledock

Team Sherlock: https://splitzee.com/fund/sherlock

Team Bow Ball: https://splitzee.com/fund/bowball

Team Broken Skeg: https://splitzee.com/fund/brokenskeg

Team Heel Tie: https://splitzee.com/fund/heeltie

Team Loose Top Nut: https://splitzee.com/fund/loosetopnut

Team Ejector Crab: https://splitzee.com/fund/ejectorcrab

Team Millie Millie Millionaire: https://splitzee.com/fund/milliemilliemillionaire

Prizes: The winning Ergathon team will be immortalized on a brand new trophy that will be displayed in the Boathouse.  If participation in fundraising is 100%, meaning that every single athlete generates one or more contributions, there will be a Barbecue & Pizza Party on the Beach.

Answers: We’d like to give you answers to questions we’ve already received:

1. “What do I say to people?”  Here’s a 1-page Tip Sheet to review before you call/email/text/post, and you can download it from the Info for Rowers page.

2. “Do you want people to contribute online?” The answer is “Whatever is easiest for the donor.” Here are three options:

  1. Online – Give your donor the link to your Team Fundraising page where they can contribute by credit card or PayPal.

  2. Cash or Check – They hand it to you and you hand it in on Fridays to Mike Baker along with your Pledge Form (printable PDF).

If you need info, help, reminders or anything else, please let us know before or after you also speak with your coach, captain, and teammates.

Mike Baker

Program Director, Head Coach – Varsity Girls

2016 Ergathon

Save the Date: 8am-12noon, September 17, 2015

Wayland Town Beach, 25 Parkland Drive

Visit wwCrew.org/ergathon for info on the Ergathon & Pancake Breakfast.

Sign up for Learn to Row, Speed Ride, Launch Rides & more.

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From: Michael Baker <rowingmike@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 1:57 PM
Subject: Wayland Weston Crew Fall Middle School Rowing program.

Good afternoon,

I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the first couple days back in school ( rowers and parents 😉  )

We are very excited to announce that we are now offering  a rowing program for 7th and 8th graders this fall starting next Saturday 10th.  I am not sure if your school made the announcement this morning but I just wanted to make sure you knew.

I know a few of you are in the big High School now and are rowing with WWCrew but I just wanted to make sure that everyone that rowed during the summer knew about our big news

If you are now in High School and still have friends in the Middle School, please let them know.  You will find below more information and if you have any questions please let me know.

Wayland-Weston Crew is now offering a Middle School Rowing Program.  

This program is ideal for any 7th and 8th graders that are curious about rowing, or may have rowed in the summer, although no rowing experience is necessary to start.  You will learn how to row in a variety of racing boats, and will be practicing out of the Varsity Wayland-Weston Crew’s Boathouse, located at the Wayland Town Beach on Lake Cochituate.  This program runs for five weeks, starting September 10th and running through October 8th.  Practices meet each Saturday morning from 10:30am – 12:30pm.  The fee is $150 for the full five week program, and includes WWCrew Middle School Program T-Shirt.  To register, please visit http://www.familyid.com/wayland-weston-rowing-association/wayland-weston-rowing-association-middle-school-rowing-program 

 If you have any questions, please visit WWCrew.org or contact WWCrew Program Director Mike Baker at rowingmike@gmail.com

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From: Michael Baker <rowingmike@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 9:44 AM
Subject: WWcrew: Parent’s Meeting Sept. 7th…Board Meeting Sept 8th…Middle School Rowing Starts Sept 10th…Labor Day Schedule

Good morning,

I know that everyone is initiated with emails in the beginning of the school year.  To our best ability we try to send out as much information per email so we don’t fill up your inbox.  Please read the whole email

*I am waiting for confirmation from Walyand High School, but please save the date and time for the parent’s meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 7-9pm at the Wayland High School’s Lecture Hall.  The Lecture Hall is on the second floor of South Building.

This year we will be spending most of the time broken down into each squad, therefore I ask that at least one parent attends per family.  There is a lot of information that needs to get out face to face rather than reading an email or relayed by the athlete.

Letter from WWcrew Board President, Adam Schayowitz

Dear Parents and Rowers,

Welcome back, we hope everyone had a relaxing summer.  It’s great to be back on the water and getting into the routine of the fall season.

We will be having our monthly WWRA meeting next Thursday, September 8th at 7pm at the Weston Community Center.  This is a great chance to learn about the program and become involved in the organization.

We use this time to get input from coaches, rowers, captains, parents and board members about the current and future activities in the program.  We typically discuss operational logistics, equipment needs, infrastructure needs, volunteer activities, upcoming fundraising activities and many other topics.

We apologize for back to back meetings but this is a busy time of year with lots of information to convey.  Hope to see you all at the Parent Information night and at our monthly Board meeting as well.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

Adam Schayowitz

President, WWRA

Middle School Rowing:

It is very exciting, we now have a Middle School Rowing Program.  We are starting off small with only 5 Saturday practices starting Sept. 10th  right after the High School practice…10:30am-12:30pm.    Please let your friends, neighbors, family know.  It would be great to get 20 7th and 8th graders out on the water.    We will be looking for Varsity volunteers to help out, this will be a great opportunity to fulfill your community serves hours, and be role models to a bunch of 12-14 year olds.  Please find below a little blurb you can send out…its what I gave to the Wayland and Weston Middle Schools

Wayland-Weston Crew is now offering a Middle School Rowing Program.  

This program is ideal for any 7th and 8th graders that are curious about rowing, or may have rowed in the summer, although no rowing experience is necessary to start.  You will learn how to row in a variety of racing boats, and will be practicing out of the Varsity Wayland-Weston Crew’s Boathouse, located at the Wayland Town Beach on Lake Cochituate.  This program runs for five weeks, starting September 10th and running through October 8th.  Practices meet each Saturday morning from 10:30am – 12:30pm.  The fee is $150 for the full five week program, and includes WWCrew Middle School Program T-Shirt.  To register, please visit http://www.familyid.com/wayland-weston-rowing-association/wayland-weston-rowing-association-middle-school-rowing-program

If you have any questions, please visit WWCrew.org or contact WWCrew Program Director Mike Baker at rowingmike@gmail.com

Also, just a friendly reminder – we will not have practice this weekend, which is Labor Day weekend (Friday Sept. 2nd – Monday Sept. 5th)  I hope everyone enjoys the last real weekend of summer.

Thank you and I look forward to meeting you next week at the parent’s meeting.

Mike Baker

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