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Walter Mess Regatta Summary, Spring Break, Volunteers, Fundraising, Reminders

posted Apr 13, 2017, 5:38 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster
  1. Walter Mess Summary 
  2. Spring Break Practice 
  3. No Pre-Regatta Dinner but we do have RAFT food assignments 
  4. Seats Available on the Practice Bus 
  5. Bus Chaperone Needed 
  6. Volunteer Opportunities 
  7. Fundraising 
  8. Reminders 

1. WTW Crew met some challenging weather conditions again this past weekend with strong winds that ultimately led to the races after the lunch break being cancelled. Our boats that did get to race did a fantastic job though. The Men’s Novice 8 placed 4th in their flight and the Women’s Novice 8 placed 2nd in their flight. The Men’s Lightweight 4 placed 3rd in the finals and the Women’s Lightweight 8 placed 4th in the finals. The Women’s 1-4 placed 2nd in their heat and 3rd in the finals. We congratulate all of the WTW student-athletes who raced in the challenging weather and look forward to seeing the whole team race next weekend.

Thank you also to all the parents who volunteered, especially those who had to arrive extra early due to the schedule change.

2. There is no practice today (Monday, 10 April), but Spring Break practice begins tomorrow (Tuesday, 11 April). Since student-athletes will be at practice all day, they should bring lunches and snacks.
  • 11-14 April practice: 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-2:15pm 
    • Bus departs Woodson HS at 8:00am and returns to Woodson HS at 2:45pm 
  • 15 April Darrell Winslow Regatta 
  • 17 April practice: 9:00-12:00pm 
    • Bus departs Woodson HS at 8:30am and returns to Woodson HS at 12:30pm 
NOTE: Coach Fitz will be holding a “Dawn Row” by request for the Women’s 1V8 and LW8 Wednesday. Sunrise is at 6:36am and “show time” at the boathouse will be 6:05am for women able to attend on those two boats.

3. There is no pre-regatta dinner this week, but there are still food assignments for the Darrell Winslow Regatta RAFT. Please bring items directly to the river on Saturday, 15 April.

4. Tired of driving to the river? There are seats still available on the bus. The price will be $35 per week or $7 a day. Seats are available first come, first serve and we will need release forms signed before a student-athlete can ride the bus. Please contact the bus coordinator, Genie Heimbigner at: gbheimbigner@gmail.com for more information.

5. URGENT: We still have one parent bus chaperone slot open this Friday, 14 April. We realize the Spring Break sign-ups are long days and will give double credit for parents who sign up to fill Spring Break bus chaperone duties. If you have not signed up for two dates and have a student-athlete riding the bus, please sign-up here: Bus Chaperone Sign-Up.

6. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
  • URGENT: On 15 April we must fill one more VASRA position, the Driver Set-Up (Requires Launch Boat Driver Training). If you are able to assist, please sign-up at VASRA Regatta Volunteer Sign-Up
We should have more opportunities available soon. Each WTW Crew family has a requirement to fulfill at least two VASRA volunteer jobs during the season. Most volunteer jobs are on or around the water, please be sure to dress appropriately. Also, please arrive for check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled sign up time. If you have questions about the job responsibilities, there are descriptions on the WTW Crew website. We encourage everyone to add a cell number on Sign-Up Genius so we can call AND text with any changes to any of the volunteer positions.
7. FUNDRAISING:
  • Scrip orders due by the 15th of each month. What could be better than being able to work toward meeting your fundraising commitment without spending any extra money?! With Scrip, hundreds of vendor gift cards are available to you at face value, and WTW Crew gets a rebate – and 50% of that rebate will be credited to your family’s fundraising commitment! Think of Scrip as a change in your payment method. Instead of writing a check or paying by credit card for your normal monthly purchases, simply have some of these gift cards on hand and pay for your goods with them. You will be earning money towards your fundraising commitment while spending NO EXTRA money! Please contact Joan Fisher (joanmkf@aol.com) with any questions or click here to get started. 
  • Gorgeous WTW Crew Ties still available for purchase. 100% silk, woven, hand crafted in England, $25.00. Please contact Brian Boyle (brianboyle81@hotmail.com) to purchase and support the team. 
  • Beautiful Note Cards and Prints still available for purchase. WTW Crew teamed with Laura Riekki, an artist and rowing coach based in Orlando, Florida. Laura created a great image of the Woodson oars in action – sure to conjure up memories for current rowers and alums of all ages! $15 for a set of 5 notecards; $25 for a 12x12 matted print. 100% of the sale price will be donated to the team. Supplies are limited so act fast. Contact Joan Fisher (joanmkf@aol.com) to order. 
8. REMINDERS:
  • Rowers should bring their own reusable water bottles to practice and on regatta days. We will have water for refilling the water bottles and a few individual water bottles on hand at RAFT, but in general we encourage the use of reusable water bottles. 
  • Ladies: Attendance for practice is mandatory. In the case of an absence, please fill out this form to let team know of your absence. 
  • Here is the Carpool Interest Sign-Up for anyone who is looking to carpool to and from practices on Saturdays or Non-Bus days. Please sign up if you are willing to drive other student-athletes or if you need assistance in driving your student-athlete to and from practice. This is a way to get families connected, who are interested in carpooling. It does not ensure rides. 
  • We have a home regatta page on our WTW Crew website. Please check it out for details if you are not familiar with our home regattas at Sandy Run Regional Park. 
  • You can follow VASRA on Twitter @VASRAResults to get the latest on regatta and workday schedules and @VASRAParking for regatta parking updates. You can also follow Sandy Run Regional Park on Twitter at @SandyRunReg
  • Please share your accomplishments/achievements, no matter what it is, to wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. Send your submissions by Friday of each week. We will publish them in the following Monday issue of the WTW Crew Team Update. 
  • The WTW Crew website will always have the most relevant information you need to know, including anything urgent or time sensitive. Please check the site often. We also share important information on Twitter @WoodsonCrew.
  • WTW Crew Training and Conditioning manual. This is an excellent form of reference for technique, references, and nutrition. 
  • Parents interested in attending Stotesbury Regatta and would like to stay in the same hotel as the team please call the Hampton Inn Philadelphia- International Airport 8600 Bartram Avenue • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153, (215) 966-1300 no later than April 16th. Tell the operator that you are with WT Woodson Crew to reserve a room. 
  • SAVE THE DATES: There are three new events being added to the calendar
    • Apr 28: Frost Fair 
    • Jun 8: Woodson Spring Sports Night 
    • Jun 10: Crew Team Awards 
  • 2017 Regatta Schedule