Goodbye October, Hello November!

Hello Mercer Family and Friends,

October was an exciting month for PNRA/Mercer! The Head of the Halloween was a great opportunity for our rowers to get in boats and have a fun but competitive start to their weekend. We had NINE mixed line-up boats and two 8th grade boats head out on the water, with the results listed below:

  1. Sneikus- 18:16.1
  2. Weir- 18:20.6
  3. No Name- 18:28.7
  4. J-kow- 18:33.3
  5. Caspersen- 18:42.3
  6. G1- 18:57.6
  7. Merion- 19:07.3
  8. B2- 19:08.7
  9. B3- 19:26.7

There was an incredible spread of treats after the race and we cannot thank the parents who donated goods and helped serve enough!

The Head of the Schuylkill was a successful weekend for our Masters and Novice crews. The Masters came away with a 2nd place finish in the Women’s 60+ Veterans 4+ and a 3rd place finish in the 40-49 Women’s 4+. The other Masters boats performed well taking 5th in both the 50-59 Men’s and Women’s 4+, and 4th in the 27-39 Women’s 4+. It was a perfect, sunny day for racing! The novice had slightly drearier weather; it rained the entire time the rowers were at the course! The team handled the weather well and raced to a 5th and 20th place finish for the girls novice boats out of 43 entries. The boys novice boats placed 19th and 32nd out of a field of 53 boats.

We are still looking for volunteers for the Frostbite and Braxton regattas on Mercer Lake November 11-12. We need stake boat holders for every shift, and a few more launch drivers to fill out the empty slots. The link for the Frostbite is HERE and the Braxton link is HERE. Stake boating is a great way for novice rowers to see how the start of a race will look before they compete on Sunday!

Lastly, there are two Women’s National Team rowers in need of local family housing ASAP! If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please contact Hilary at