DC Debrief

Confirmed by this weekend's DC experience(s): We have a great team. We paddle strong and with heart, no matter what the conditions.

Jack told the Tribune-Review reporter last fall that he was on the team because of what it offered: teamwork, comraderie, and power. I saw all three factors come out in full force this weekend. Congratulations!!!

Please let me know, via email or a post here, any feedback you have on (a) what worked or what didn't work in terms of how we organized ourselves for the festival, any lessons learned that you want to see applied to Toronto -- this could be stuff directly related to racing or stuff related to the logistics around getting us there and getting set up; and (b) what you think the DC festival organizers did well or should change for next year.


Blogger Kit said...

Thanks again to Georgia for the fantastic tee shirts! They definitely contributed to the "teamwork" factor in our presence at the festival site.

9:59 AM, May 31, 2005  
Blogger Mina said...

I have already expressed this to many people - I am in favor of taking pfds and paddles from the boathouse so we are not trying to find paddles without cracks and missing pieces and a smaller size vest just before the race. It would be one less thing to worry about at such a tense time.

10:52 AM, May 31, 2005  
Blogger lisa said...

I agree with Mina. Anything that reduces stress before a race helps. Georgia how do you feel about designing paddle covers?
In general I thought the races were better organized than last year, less waiting in the chute, easier to keep track of where everything was. I really think having team pfds would help our image and our confidence.

3:01 PM, May 31, 2005  
Blogger Jordan said...

I'm not sure that team PFDs would make all that much of a difference. I think only one of the New York teams that I noticed had uniform PFDs. The main difference that I noticed between us and the teams that beat us was the male to female ratio. While the other teams were paddling 12 men in all of the races, the most we had in the boat at once (paddling) was 7 in our 500m final. If we could get that 12:8 ratio with OUR technique I think it would be a wrap.

10:46 AM, June 01, 2005  
Blogger KathiRD said...

Love the t-shirts-the pictures look so cool with most of us in red matching t-shirts! I'd like to take our own paddles, but am a little worried about logistics for Toronto. Maybe if one or two cars with stuff are parked near the Harbourfront, so it is just a boat ride to bring supplies, rather than a bus ride, metro ride and boat to take paddles, snacks, canopy, chairs, blankets, etc. (I'm always a bit overwhelmed until I have a plan!) I would like to wear my pfd--the DC one kept riding up so much it was uncomfortable and almost distracting. I agree with Jordan that just a couple more benches of men would be great. When I think of the competition in our races, I'm pretty darned impressed. And, the post-DC picnic was such fun!

8:28 PM, June 02, 2005  

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