Dragon boat sighted in East Liberty..... Posted by Hello


Moraine Retreat

Thanks to Ben's great coaching work and the logistic crew's great organizational efforts, we had a wonderful weekend at Moraine State Park. We learned a lot about the relationship between a paddle, a boat, and some water -- and we learned a lot about ourselves. I really appreciate everyone who was there helping to make this a wonderful team experience.

Some highlights: Lori's coffeepot, swallows on the lake, Kate's cake, Kathi's patience with my steering us in circles, the 360-degree races, Bob's weightlifting grab bag (and sword), Cabin 8's hospitality, Jen's determined analysis of the team star challenge, Ben's patience, and paddling in the Sunday morning snow with the geese (AKA "poopers") and the osprey.


The Splash rides again..... Posted by Hello

Practice Tonight

Practice tonight will be indoors. Get a good warm-up and stretch (this should take 15 to 20 minutes), then move to the weight room for push-ups, hangs or pull-ups, and crunches.

Then move to the ergs -- do four 2000 meter pieces at a steady pace (control!)-- in other words, try to hit the same time for each of the four 2Ks.

We're back on the water on Saturday.


April 9 Meeting

A few notes from our meeting last Saturday--

Recruitment-Lisa shared the roster update. We discussed several recruitment ideas:
--the Rec. League needs to be successful-we need 2 Paddlefish/week to be involved as well as coaches and steerspeople. The coaches and steerspeople are paid positions. The three sessions begin on June 7, July 19, and August 23 and are each 4 weeks.
--Stefani has sent an e-mail requesting that we participate in Highmark's Walk for a Healthy Community on May 21 (refer to her e-mail or ask her for info)
--Woody will be talking to various groups, promoting TRRA programs, including Dragon Boating and would like a member of the Paddlefish to come along.
--April 30 and May 7 will be "bring a friend" practices. Please e-mail Lisa to let her know if you will be here and will be able to help.

The majority of the team who voted, prefers the "curved" fish logo that Ben presented. He will put some finishing touches on the design, before we decide what we want to do with it....hats? t-shirts? TATTOOS!

Dick gave the equipment update:
--2 Dragon Boats
--1 oar, then a second replacement oar appeared so we are good on oars
--49 paddles-3 different lengths-they have all been tagged as to S/M/L
About half are in very good shape, 24 are in poor/very poor condition and will need to be repaired. It will be a 2-3 step process including sanding, epoxy and a finish coat. Dick will set up a couple work days, probably after Saturday practices. As a bonus, working on our paddles will count as TRRA volunteer hours. If you have a Random Orbital sander, bring it along on the work days.
--6th Presbyterian Church has two lockers that we can have to put our supplies in.

We reviewed the information that Jack prepared about fundraising and determined the items we felt were most important to be covered if we receive a grant or have a fundraising event:
--Registration fees for festivals
--Team PFD's and uniforms
--Travel expenses
--Team tent or canopy

We agreed to further discuss recruiting at the retreat.
As always, those of you who were at the meeting should review these notes and add or correct in "comments".


Planning for the Retreat

At Saturday's meeting a sign-up sheet was circulated to plan for meals at the retreat. It was agreed that we would follow the same arrangement as last year. Therefore, Friday dinner on your own; Saturday lunch and dinner with the group, as well as, Sunday lunch; breakfast with your cabin; bring the snacks and beverages you will want. As I recall last year, lots of extra snacks were brought to share so there should not be a shortage. The cabins are equipped with some pots, pans, and dishes but each cabin did need a coffee pot. Do we still have paper products somewhere?

Here is the list from Saturday:

Saturday Lunch:
Corned Beef (Mina and Judy)
Macaroni Salad (Judy)
Bread and sandwich vegetables (Mina)
Peanut Butter Butterscotch cookies (?)
We can probably use more side dishes.

Saturday Dinner:
Salad (Kathy R-D)
Rice (Kit)
Cookies (Lisa)

Kathy R-D is also bringing her famous bean dip. Georgia was volunteered to bring Whiskey cake (Georgia feel free to change this if you like!).
We need one or two main dishes and more sides.

No one volunteered for Sunday Lunch but last year this was a picnic after paddling.
If you are going to the retreat at Morraine please add to this list.


Safety Meeting

We talked briefly last night about the upcoming safety meeting -- here's the specific info on this. Please do come if you can!

There will be an additional Safety meeting for those who missed the last two. It will be held in the lounge at Washington’s Landing, April 12, 6 pm. The TRRA Safety Committee made rule modifications over the winter, so it is in everyone’s interest to attend these meetings. It is absolutely mandatory for all coaches and crew captains to attend a safety meeting.


Water Warriors

Cheers to everyone who braved the Pittsburgh version of spring weather on Saturday to take the boat out for our inaugural on-the-water-season paddle! (And special paddle-waving cheers to Bob for steering through the muck and eddies!!!)