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St. Andrew’s, Team Photos Today, Pre-Regatta Dinner Assignments, No Bus Friday, Walter Mess Regatta

posted Apr 1, 2019, 4:50 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Apr 1, 2019, 4:50 AM ]
  1. St. Andrew’s Summary
  2. Team Photos Today
  3. Pre-Regatta Dinner Assignments
  4. No Bus This Friday
  5. Walter Mess Regatta
  6. Volunteers
  7. Parent Row, April 7th
  8. Boat Christening, April 7th
  9. Rummage Sale, April 28th
  10. Spring Break Information
  11. Upcoming Dates

1. NEW: It turned out to be a beautiful day at the St. Andrew’s Regatta on Saturday and a good experience for all of our student-athletes who participated. Here is the link to photos of the team from the regatta. If anyone has any photos from the day they would like to share and that we could post on our site, please send them to wtwcrewphotographer@gmail.com. A special thank you to all of the parents who volunteered at the RAFT tent.

The links to the full results for the St. Andrew’s regatta can be found on our home page.

The day started with the Women’s 4th Freshman/Novice 8 (W-4F/N-8), Woodson’s Women’s Freshman 8 pulled a 6:26.2.
In the Men’s 4th Freshman/Novice 8 (M-4F/N-8), Woodson’s Men’s Freshman 8 pulled a 5:13.8 and placed 3rd!
In the Women’s 3rd 8 (W-3-8), Woodson’s Women’s Lightweight (LWT) 8 pulled a 5:16.5 for first place!
In the Women’s 1st Varsity 8 (W-1V-8), Woodson pulled a 5:11.9 placing them 5th.
In the Men’s 2nd Varsity 8 (M-2-8), Woodson pulled a 5:10.6 placing them 5th.
In the Women’s 2nd Varsity 8 (W-2-8), Woodson pulled a 5:51.8.
In the Men’s 1st Varsity 8 (M-1V-8), Woodson pulled a 4:53.9.
In the Women’s 5th Freshman/Novice 8 (W-5F/N-8), Woodson pulled a 6:26.2 and placed 3rd!
In the Men’s 5th Freshman/Novice 8 (M-5F/N-8), the Woodson Men’s Freshman 8 pulled a 5:48 and placed 3rd!
The last race was the Men’s 3rd 8 (M-3-8). Woodson pulled a 5:29.1.

We congratulate all the WTW rowers and coxswains who participated in Saturday’s regatta and look forward to our next regatta at the Occoquan this Saturday.

2. NEW: Team Photos Today. A Lifetouch photographer will be at the river to take team and individual pictures at the beginning of practice today. Returning rowers should wear their unisuits, novice rowers should wear their white 2018 -2019 team t-shirt. If you already ordered photos online, the order should still apply to this new photo day. If you have an order form, you can send the form and payment with your student-athlete today. If not, we should have an opportunity to order photos online after they are taken.

3. NEW: Pre-Regatta Dinner Food Assignments for all families. Our next pre-regatta dinner is this Friday from 7-9pm (* requires authentication). Thank you to the parents who have signed up to help. Here are the dinner and RAFT food assignments for all families. Please bring the assigned food items to the pre-regatta dinner, even if your student-athlete is unable to attend the dinner. If an athlete’s last name falls between the names listed then that is their food assignment.

4. REMINDER: No Bus This Friday. If you are in need of carpool options, please use the #carpool channel on our Slack account.

5. NEW: Walter Mess Regatta this Saturday. Student-athletes will be told which boat they will be on and what time to arrive. As a general rule and unless told otherwise by a coach, rowers must be at the boathouse no later than two hours before their scheduled race, and coxswains must be there for the coxswains’ meeting.

The heat sheets are not available until later in the week, so we recommend following @VASRAResults on Twitter and watching our Home Page for more information as well.

We also want to remind everyone to follow the posted speed limits driving to and from the river and in Sandy Run Park.

SHUTTLE LOCATION CHANGE TO HALLEY ES: If you want to save some money (it costs $20 to park at Sandy Run during a regatta), you have the opportunity to use the Halley Elementary School (ES) (formerly operated out of Silverbrook Elementary School) shuttle which is free to student-athletes and family members from our school and a few others who contribute to it.

Due to a renovation at Silverbrook Elementary School, the free shuttle will now operate out of Halley Elementary School at 8850 Cross Chase Cir, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
  • If you are planning on parking at Halley, you have two options. You can either drop off your rower/coxswain first, then circle back to Halley, or head straight to Halley and take the shuttle along with your rower/coxswain. If you choose the latter, be sure to allow for extra time as the shuttle needs to get through the same traffic to get to the park.
  • We have access to all three lots around Halley, which, if we park two to a bus lane, equals about 120 spaces. We are welcome to park on either street leading to the school. Please use common sense and abide by regular street rules – do not park on a yellow curb, do not block anyone’s driveway and do not park in front of a fire hydrant. You will be towed. Please note: There is no handicapped parking in the bus parking area.
  • The bus will pick up passengers at the red X in the first picture below. It is across from Door 3 in the bus parking lot. The shuttle will drop you off at Sandy Run at parking lot C in the second picture below.



  • It is approximately a 10 minute shuttle ride to the park, but please plan to arrive at the school at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours before race time to allow ample time to get to the Grandstands at Sandy Run to watch your race.
  • The shuttle bus will start approximately two hours before the first scheduled race and last bus two hours after the last race.
  • The first departure from Halley is scheduled for 6:30 am. The second departure is 15 minutes later.
  • The buses will continue this :00/:30 and :15/:45 schedule all day, with staggered 30 minute lunches mid-day.
  • The last bus will depart Sandy Run 2 hours after the last race.
  • Several shuttle routes share Lot “C” at Sandy Run. The designated location for the Halley shuttle stop is against the tree line in the middle of the lot.
To help get ready for regatta day, here are some highlights of what is available on our website:
  • Home Page – Key information for the next regatta will be found on the home page, including regatta heat sheet when available (Woodson races highlighted), links to applicable sign up geniuses, any last minute volunteer requirements, etc.
  • Sandy Run Park – Description of the park including maps, parking information and how the Silverbrook bus works, along with other tips and information for regatta day,
  • 2019 Regatta Heat Sheets and Results – Heat sheets when available, links to the regatta on Regatta central, and official results when available for all regattas this season.
  • 2019 Regatta Schedule – Full regatta schedule for the 2019 season.
6. REMINDER: Volunteer Opportunities. Thank you to the student-athletes and parents who have signed up to help in various roles so far! We do still have some volunteer opportunities if you still haven’t satisfied your volunteer requirements. Here are the sign-up genius links for the pre-regatta dinner, RAFT, and VASRA. Those signed up to volunteer for any of the above this weekend should receive reminders, but we recommend that you check the sign-up links above to ensure you know what volunteer opportunities you signed up for and that you are there on time.

7. REMINDER: Parent Learn-to-Row: Sunday, April 7th 9-11am. Get a first hand look (and feel) of what rowing is all about at this special event. You will gain a new appreciation for how hard your rower works, and how easy they make it look. You will be coxed by our own coxswains and coached by our phenomenal coaching staff. Boats will go out in rain or shine. Space is limited. Please sign up here. After you are done with the learn-to-row, stay for the boat christening ceremony. (mentioned below)

8. REMINDER: Boat Christening Ceremony, April 7th. All are welcome to join us for the boat christening ceremony at the boathouse at 11:30am. After a short presentation, light refreshments will be served.



9. REMINDER: Rummage Sale on April 28th 8-2pm. Let’s Marie Kondo our closets to pay for our new boat! Shifts available for any parent and/ or rower either needing volunteer hours or just enjoying setting up a yard sale! We also need some supplies (folding tables, clothing racks, hangers, bags, poster board, water, bagels) and some advertising help. All shifts will be at the Sandinos home, 8600 Canterbury Drive Annandale.

What sells: baby clothes and gear, athletic equipment, tools, children’s clothing, kitchenware, furniture, kids toys, jewelry, gardening supplies... 

What doesn’t sell: stained clothing, broken toys, mattresses, swimsuits.

Please bring only clean, re-sellable items! When you sign-up, please give us an idea of what treasures you are contributing.

Please sign-up here to donate or volunteer.

10. NEW: Spring Break Practice Schedule:
  • Monday-Thursday, April 15th - 18th 8:30-10:30am and 12:00-2:00pm
  • Friday, April 19th 8-11am (scrimmage, no spectators)
As a reminder, there is no bus service during Spring Break.

11. UPCOMING DATES (through May):
  • April 5--Student Holiday and Pasta Dinner -- Practice, but NO Bus
  • April 6--Walter Mess Regatta
  • April 7--Parent Learn-to-Row and Boat Christening Ceremony at Sandy Run (more information above)
  • April 12--Pasta Dinner -- Practice, but NO Bus
  • April 13--Darrell Winslow Regatta
  • April 15-19--Spring Break - two practices a day (schedule above)
  • April 19--Friday Scrimmage - no spectators
  • April 26--Hey Day Booth fundraiser at Woodson (during the school day), Practice, but NO Bus, and Pasta Dinner
  • April 27--Al Urquia Regatta
  • April 28--WTW Crew Rummage Sale (sign-up here) - remember to gather your items now for donation later.
  • May 3--Pasta Dinner -- Practice, but NO Bus
  • May 4 --VSRC Day 1
  • May 10--Pasta Dinner (Senior Night)-- Practice, but NO Bus
  • May 11--VSRC Day 2
  • May 17-18--Stotesbury in Philadelphia, PA
  • May 24-25--SRAA Nationals in Dillon Lake, OH
  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting