Notes on Practices and Volunteer Opps
Dragon Boat Team for TRRA
Teamwork. Camaraderie. Power.
We're a diverse group of paddlers training on the water from Apr-Nov and indoors through the winter. We compete locally, nationally, and internationally. Join us! All you need is a willingness to work up some sweat, get a little wet, and have a lot of fun!
We had an inspiring turnout of rec league paddlers in the rain tonight! It ended up being a beautiful evening for a paddle....the rain let up after a while (after we were all good and wet!) and the river was calm, a little misty, and ... spacious. Not too many other folks on the water. The group paddles together very well -- it's a joy being in the boat.
From Ellen Law:
Just want to let you know I have not forgot about sending your individual feedback, I am heading to the white water in a few minutes but plan on doing this early next week. I hope to use the video shot on Monday to do some full reviews.
I may not be at practice Wed if I am still under the weather from my wisdom teeth removal.
Perri is taking the lead on placing a new order for team tee shirts. (Thanks, Perri!)
What a great morning. (Okay, hot as blazes, but otherwise great -- and the hot as blazes part just made the bloody marys that much better appreciated!) It was wonderful to have so many new people in the boats and in the boathouse.
Info from Patrick Long, Texas Dragon Boat Association (www.texasdragonboat.com), inviting us to their October festival:
We now have 29 guests signed up to come down and paddle with us on Saturday morning. We expect a few additional people--who haven't RSVP'd--so we are getting close to having to go out in two shifts. We are figuring that it would be good to have 6 Paddlefish per boat--1 steering, 1 drumming, 2 stroking and 2 paddling in the middle of the boat--which allows us 16 guests per boat--I am requesting that all Paddlfish arrive at practice at 8:30, so we can prepare and get our guests in the boat as quickly as possible. We will go over assignments tonight (Wed.) at practice. THANKS for all of your help.
Great racing, everybody! It was fun to look out in the mixed races to see where everyone ended up. Sometimes the pick-up seating flew in the face of all the strategic placement theory out there -- and worked anyway!
Ben, Nathan, and Kate are doing great in Seattle at the Nationals. For race results, see http://www.scn.org/rec/sckc/usack2005/results.htm . Ben is racing in the senior division; Kate and Nathan are in the junior division. (They're all racing with Erik and Ann as the TRKA -- Three Rivers Kayak Association -- team.)
Great job last night, everybody! (I'd say "great job, guys," but that could lead to the need for another of Doug's careful analyses of the correct forms of address when in mixed company and we don't have an "Adult" message board on which to hold that conversation.) ;-)
If you forgot to register online for the Lottie McAlice this weekend, please send me an email -- I'll send Jenn your names and get you registered offline. We do need an accurate count so we know how to set up the boats for the races.
Results are posted online now at http://www.drachenboot.de/en/festivals_2005/results_berlin.shtml for all of the finals.
The US Team Grand Dragons took bronze today in the 200m final! Canada won gold with a time of 54:11; Italy came in second.
This week is a hard week, next week is a replenish/low week.