Regatta Sport – Most Items Ready for Collection!

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to advise that the Regatta Sport order has arrived.

Please come and see Coach Jules today to collect your items from the Conference Room.

(Please note that the jackets have not arrived and an update will be provided as to when these are expected).

If there are any questions, please see Coach Jules.

Thank you!

Mercer Fall Classic Race Day Information

Hello Everyone!

On Sunday the Mercer Juniors are competing at the Mercer Fall Classic.  This race is at home on Sunday.

Please check HERE for line ups and arrival times.

There are two races on Sunday – a head race around the lake in the morning, and then a 2km race in the afternoon. There is additional information on Regatta Central but the athletes will be fully informed by their Coaches on how the day will run.

Please ensure you are in racing uni’s (Varsity) or tee shirts (Novices) and bring additional clothes in case there is any change in the weather. Please bring food for the break and your reusable water bottle.

An additional reminder: there will be a whole team photo in uniform (racing uni’s (Varsity) or tee shirts (Novices)) on MONDAY 4 November at practice. Please wear your uniforms!

Please note we are also expecting the Regatta Sport orders (excluding the jackets) to arrive on Monday, so please see Coach Jules for your items on Monday!

If there are any other questions, Athletes please speak to your Coaches.

Go Mercer!

Head of the Schuylkill Information

Hello,

Below you will find some additional information about the Head of the Schuylkill on Sunday, October 27:

Lineups: please check this google sheet for boat lineups and race times (check back soon for varsity girls lineups).  ARRIVAL TIMES TO THE VENUE ARE ALSO LISTED HERE.

Trip Fee: if you have not yet paid, please do so here.

Drop-off/Pick-up and Parking:  The Head of the Schuylkill is technically an away regatta, but parents and athletes are required to get themselves to the course. Please refer to the lineups google sheet above for specific arrival times to the trailer for each race. There is no access to Kelly Drive without a parking pass and we do not have enough passes for all parents. It is HIGHLY encouraged that you utilize the off-site parking ($15/day) and the FREE shuttle when dropping off your son or daughter. Even if you are not planning to stay and don’t want to pay to park, the free shuttle will be much easier and safer than trying to navigate the road closures. The exact location of the trailer will be sent out late Friday evening. Please review the venue map here. Please allow plenty of time to get to the trailer. Please plan to be at the venue for most of the day. The athletes will need to get the boats loaded onto the trailer after the race before they are allowed to leave the venue. Please check with your coach if you have specific time constraints.

Racing:  This is a head race. That means the boats are coming down the course one at a time, with about 15 seconds separating them, rather than spread across in lanes. The google sheet (link above) will have bow numbers updated as soon as they are released as well as posted on the Parents of MJRC Facebook page. Please check on race day as there are sometimes scratches or changes that affect bow numbers. Once the racing is over, please wait until you hear from your athlete before you pick him/her up. The athletes will need to de-rig the boats and load them back on the trailer before they are allowed to leave, which does take some time.  The coaches ask that you not hang around the trailers while the athletes are working, but rather wait until you hear from them.

Spectator Information:  We will have the NEW Mercer tent set up for this event. We will need some help setting the tent up on Sunday morning! The location of the tent will be somewhere along the shore near the trailer (which will be posted Friday evening). We don’t have a specific food/drink signup for this, but if anyone wants to bring bars, healthy snacks for the athletes, please feel free! There is also a covered grandstand located at roughly the half way point of the race. Please don’t use the trailer as your race-watching spot as this is for coaches and athletes only.

Miscellaneous:  The Head of the Schuylkill is a large regatta, with many clubs competing in events throughout the day.  There will be a lot of exciting racing, but it will also be very crowded.  Please pack some food, water, and extra gear for your athletes!  There are water fill stations located throughout the venue, and some vendors at the course, but it’s best to come prepared.

Weather: Forecast is calling for rain which means the venue will be wet and muddy. Please be sure athletes have rain gear and BOOTS. Also, please have the athletes bring extra clothes to change into after racing to de-rig and load the trailer (put a bag of clothes in a trash bag so it doesn’t get wet).

Regatta Website: http://hosr.org/. This has information on parking, directions to the venue, spectating, etc.

Good luck to all boats!

Go Mercer!

Head of the Schuylkill Travel Roster and Information

Head of the Schuylkill 2019

Hi Everyone!

Next weekend the Mercer Juniors will be competing at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta!

Please remember all races for Juniors are on Sunday!

Make sure that you bring clothes for any and all weather (including warm clothes and rain gear)! Make sure you have your racing unisuit (or shirt and black/navy short trau if you are a Novice).

TRAVEL ROSTER: Please click HERE for the travel roster for the weekend.

TRIP FEE: The fee for the regatta is $38. Please click HERE to pay.

Please remember that athletes need to make their own way to and from the regatta. Link in with other athletes who are travelling to the regatta to car pool if need be.

More Information: Please see the link HERE (https://hosr.org/) to the Regatta website!

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Coach!

GO MERCER!!

Updated – Some More Patagonia Orders Available

Hi Everyone!

Some more of the Patagonia order has arrived and is ready to be collected.

Please see Coach Jules or Coach Arlynn to collect your items. 

Please see the below list – it includes the orders that are fully completed and ready for collection. 

John.M
Shea.S
Steven.K
Toots
Tyler
Nick Brennan
Lidia
Patrick Murland
Paxton Family
Grace Brown
Michelle.K
Noah.M
Peggy.C
Ellie.C
Elizabeth. K

If your name is NOT on the list, your items will be delivered soon – watch out for another blog post.

If there are any questions, please see Coach Jules.

Thanks!

Patagonia Order – Most Items Ready for Collection!

Hi Everyone!

Most of the Patagonia order has arrived and is ready to be collected.

Please see Coach Jules or Coach Arlynn to collect your items. 

Please see the below list – it includes the orders that are fully completed and ready for collection. 

Riley Cooper

Devon Reid
Sophie Cracer
Olivia Andersen
Teddy Schneider
Audrey Lucerne
Grant Smith
Eva Wojnvich
Andrew Griesinger
Lidia Krigeris
Heilbronn Family
Cara Barkenbush
Tyler Watton
Riley Sidebottom
Sean Miller
Nick Brennan
Sam Hicks
Noah Mothai
Caroline Adams
Patrick Murtland
Grace Brown
Elizabeth Krist
Dereck Quinn
Lindsey Bouldin
Katherine Kelly

If your name is NOT on the list, your items will be delivered soon – watch out for another blog post.

If there are any questions, please see Coach Jules.

Thanks!

Mercer Practices – This Weekend (10/18, 10/19, 10/20)

Hi Everyone!

Please see below for the practice schedule for this weekend,  Friday 10/18, Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20:

 

Varsity Boys: Practice is still on for those not travelling to Boston on Friday 10/18. 

However, Practice is cancelled for Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20. 

 

Varsity Girls: Practice is cancelled for those not travelling to Boston on both Friday 10/18 and Saturday 10/19.

 

Novice Girls: Practice is cancelled for Friday 10/18. 

 

Novice Boys: Practice is cancelled for Friday 10/18. 

 

If there are any queries, please see your Coach! 

Head of the Housatonic Final Info! For athletes and spectators!

Hi Mercer people,

We have copied an email from the Head of the Housatonic regatta director below with some final notes and notices to help everyone’s weekend go more smoothly if you;re traveling to cheer on the rowers! Please read carefully if you’re traveling.

Go Mercer!

Coaches, Competitors, Family Members and Guests –

We are delighted to be your hosts once again for a fast, competitive day of racing at the Head of the Housatonic on Saturday, October 12. This is a long note, but please read through and follow these guidelines to ensure a successful day for everyone.

Please share this information widely with the families and friends who will join you at the regatta. Thank you!

WEATHER – After months of drought, Mother Nature picked this week to open the rain spigots?!?!  Good grief. Saturday will be cool and cloudy, with temperatures rising through the 50s in the morning and into the 60s in the afternoon. A northerly breeze will keep things on the chilly side.  The ground will be wet, so please use appropriate footwear!

HEAT SHEETSWe do not provide printed heat sheets at the regatta.  Please go to www.HereNow.com on Friday to print out your heat sheets before you come to the event.  There will be one oversized heat sheet posted on the side of our Pack Rat container, located near the Registration Tent.

RIVER CONDITIONS – River weeds and blue-green algae are both under control this year: present, but not a major problem. Athletes may still notice some algae in the river, but we have been rowing on this all summer without incident or illness. If you wish to learn more about this condition, you can go to this State of Connecticut website.

REGISTRATION – We open for business at 7:00 a.m. Saturday at the Registration Tent.  Crews that are launching from Yale or New Haven RC will pick up their registration packets at those locations.  Please note, we organize registrations by club, not by event.  Every year, we have two or three scullers show up at registration AFTER their club director has picked up all the packets, and then they have to track down the club trailer to pick up their bow number.  Scullers — please coordinate with your club director before Saturday about this.

WEIGH-IN – All athletes entered in the lightweight 1x events must report to the Registration Tent and weigh in.  Weigh-in hours are 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Athletes who do not weigh in are not medal-eligible.

TENT SITES – Tent sites have been assigned to all programs that purchased them. Please see the regatta website for this year’s tent site assignments and communicate these to your parents and guests. The sites are numbered in sequence, beginning with #1 located at the south (downstream) end of Indian Well State Park (to the right as you face the river from the park).

WIRELESS SERVICE – Cell phone reception at Indian Well State Park is spotty.  Do not count on being able to phone or text from your device while you are at the park.

RESULTS – We have partnered with HereNow.com to provide online race results shortly after the conclusion of each event (hopefully you’ll find a cell phone signal if you’re at Indian Well State Park). These are UNOFFICIAL results, pending the resolution of any protests.  A hard copy of each event’s results will also be posted on a bulletin board near the Registration Tent as soon as available.

PROTESTS – Any crew wishing to file a protest must come to the Registration Tent and complete a Protest form.  Protests will be managed according to USRA Rules and the decision of the Chief Referee is final.

AWARDS – We award gold medals in every event, silver medals in every event with at least six crews, and bronze medals in every event with at least ten crews.  Medal winners can pick up their hardware at the Registration Tent.

NO PETS – Our permit from the State of Connecticut does not allow us to host dogs or other pets at the regatta.  Please make alternative pet-care arrangements for the day.

PARKING – On-site parking at Indian Well State Park is the single scarcest resource at the regatta.  Therefore, we implore everyone to cooperate with the following guidelines so that we can make the experience easy for everyone.

With only the exceptions noted below, we require that all vehicles use our offsite parking location as described on the regatta’s website.  People parked offsite will ride a constantly-circulating shuttle bus to get to Indian Well State Park.  Please allow at least 30 minutes for transport from the parking site to the regatta venue.  We charge $15 for offsite parking, which we split 50-50 with our volunteer partners from Habitat for Humanity (the rest helps offset the cost of shuttle bus service). Cash only – we are not able to accept credit cards.

PARK ACCESS — What vehicles are allowed into Indian Well State Park?  It’s a short list:

·        Cars with a racing shell on top

·        Trucks towing a boat trailer

·        Team buses and vans

·        Cars that have a valid handicapped parking tag

·        Cars with a parking pass issued by New Haven Rowing Club.

If your vehicle does not fall into one of these categories, you must use the offsite parking location.  Please DO NOT waste time bargaining with the volunteers or Shelton Police who are stationed at the park entrance.  Plan ahead so that you have sufficient time to get to the regatta.

TEAM BUSES & VANS — Parking space for team buses and vans is limited.  Once this area is full, drivers will be instructed to drop off their passengers, leave the park, and return at the end of the regatta for pickup.  Please do not hassle or try to negotiate with the NHRC volunteers.

BOAT TRAILERS — Trucks towing boat trailers can access the park from 12:00-6:00 p.m. Friday.  After dropping off the trailer, drivers will receive a parking pass from NHRC volunteers that will allow them access to the park on Saturday.  If you arrive before or after that time, you will not receive a pass. If you need an exception to this schedule, please contact trailer parking czar Marc Nemeth (mnemeth@jonal.com).

There is a security guard on duty at Indian Well State Park until midnight on Friday.  New Haven Rowing Club and the State of Connecticut are not responsible for any damage to equipment or trailers that are left overnight at Indian Well State Park.

The park opens at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, and all trailers must be onsite before 8:00 a.m.  Trailer drivers: please comply with all instructions from NHRC volunteers and park as efficiently as possible.  If you take more room than necessary, it will make the day harder for everyone.

CHUCK WAGONS & FOOD TRUCKS — Chuck wagons or food trucks with a parking pass will have access to Indian Well State Park.  Once you have dropped off your gear at your rented tent space, you MUST repark your vehicle in a designated parking area.  The lane between the rented tent sites and the trailer parking area is for emergency vehicles only.  This rule will be enforced by state park personnel, so please just do the right thing and move your van or car as soon as you have dropped off your gear.

Thank you for making the Head of the Housatonic part of your fall racing calendar, and for cooperating with these common-sense guidelines to make the day a great one for all.  We’re excited to host you.

New Haven RC

Head of the Charles – Travel Roster and Information

Hello everyone!

Even as we finalize preparation for the Head of the Housatonic this weekend (with everyone leaving tomorrow!), we are looking forward to the second regatta of the season.  The Head of the Charles (www.hocr.org) is a Varsity/Masters-only regatta scheduled for October 19-20 in Boston, MA.  This regatta is by invitation only, and this year we are sending an 8 and 4 for the varsity boys, two 8s and a 4 for the Varsity girls, a women’s masters 8+, and a men’s masters 4+.  It is amazing to have so many boating racing at such a prestigious event!

The travel roster can be found here and will be updated will the final roster for Varsity Boys tonight. The girls roster is set.

The tentative lineups can be found here and will also be accessible tonight – these are subject to change.

The current tentative schedule for the regatta is as follows:

Saturday:
10:10am Women’s Masters 8+  Bow #15

10:35am Men’s Master’s 4+ Bow #25

Sunday:

9:07am Women’s Youth 4+ Bow #70
10:24am Women’s Youth 8+ (both entries) Bow #5 and Bow #15

11:58am Men’s Youth 4+ Bow #72
1:12pm Men’s Youth 8+ Bow #27

Travel Plans:
We are departing from the boathouse at 5:30 am Friday, October 18.  Athletes should arrive at the boathouse 15 minutes early, packed and ready to leave.  They should also bring snacks and water, but the plan is to have lunch on the road.  We will drive directly to the course so the athletes can rig the boats and get in a practice row.  We will be returning to the boathouse on Sunday, October 20, some time in the evening.

We will be traveling in 4 vans, two for each team. The girls 4 will split between the two 8s vans; they have jumbo vans with additional room for luggage.

The cost for this regatta is higher than it is for most other regattas.  This is in large part due to the costs associated with traveling to Boston this weekend; the Head of the Charles is a prestigious regatta that hosts clubs and teams at all levels from all over the world. The trip fee for the HOCR is $570 this year and can be paid here – please register as soon as possible!

We will provide updates on ETA’s, as well as results, on Facebook.  We will do what we can to post on the blog as well, but please use Facebook as your primary source of information.  If you are watching from home, results will also be posted on www.RegattaCentral.com.  You can also follow via livestream from the event website www.hocr.org.  

Hotel Details:

PNRA has secured rooms at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA  02466 for athletes and coaches. Phone number: (617-969-1000)

Meals:

The following meals will be provided:

Lunch Friday, October 18 ordered sandwiches
Dinner Friday, October 18 – $20 per diem
Breakfast Saturday, October 19 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Saturday, October 19 – $15 per diem
Dinner Saturday, October 19 – team dinner at Bertucci’s, all you can eat
Breakfast Sunday, October 20 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Sunday, October 20 $15 per diem
Dinner on Sunday will be by boat on the way home.  Athletes will purchase their own.
*****  Please have your athlete bring cash for snacks, meals, and event gear.  *****

A huge thank you again to everyone who has offered to help.  We look forward to another successful regatta.

Go Mercer!

Head of the Housatonic 2019 – please read if not traveling for weekend practice schedule!

Hello!

Below you will find information regarding the Head of the Housatonic Regatta.

For athletes not traveling to the Housatonic – there will be regular practice on Friday, October 11th. Varsity girls not traveling will also have practice on Saturday, October 12. Varsity boys are off after Friday until Monday (no Sunday practice).

We will be leaving the Caspersen Rowing Center at 4:00pm on Friday October 11th (or earlier if everyone from a van is there). Please bring dinner for the ride up and any other snacks you may want to eat! Vans will make a short stop but it will be easier if not everyone needs to get dinner during this stop. Please be on time so the vans can get on their way as soon as possible.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Hampton Inn Danbury, 81 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT 06810, tel: 203-748-6677

REGATTA SITE AND DIRECTIONS: Please click HERE

PARKING is $15 dollars this year and you will have to take a shuttle down to the race course. Please allow at least 30 minutes for transport from the parking site to the regatta venue.

SPECTATORS AND COURSE INFORMATION: Please note there is NO WATER available at the race course! We will bring a the large 10 gallon jugs for athletes to refill their water bottle, but please make sure athletes and spectators bring a full water bottle to the course! We also have a new 10×20 big blue Mercer tent! The tent is coming up on the trailer, and will be a great place for parents to congregate and watch the races together. We have reserved a waterfront tent site – please look for the tent and join other parents in cheering Mercer from that location!

SATURDAY LUNCH: We have ordered Panera for all athletes and chaperones. There are limited options at the course as well.

SATURDAY DINNER: Please bring money for the ride home as we will be stopping to get food.

WIRELESS SERVICE – Cell phone reception at Indian Well State Park is spotty. Do not count on being able to phone or text from your device while you are at the park.

Please check the parents Facebook page for any details regarding arrival at the BH on Saturday night. The parent coordinators will do their best to keep that updated throughout the day depending on service at the race site.

LINEUPS: Please click HERE. Please note that lineups are TENTATIVE and subject to change; race times will be updated when finalized by the regatta.

Thanks and GO MERCER!!!

Head of the Housatonic – Travel Rosters and Trip Fee on Thursday

Greetings,

The travel roster for Head of the Housatonic will be available by tomorrow (Thursday) after practice HERE. (Note: the novice girls travel roster is complete).

The Trip Fee for the race will be $210 and will be available to pay on Thursday HERE.

We will be sending a more detailed blog post early next week with more information, but here is some general information if you plan to attend.

Go Mercer!

Patagonia Orders – Mercer Athletes Only

Hi Everyone!

Order forms for the (optional) Mercer Patagonia gear are now available! These items are limited to current Mercer athletes (juniors and Masters) only – not for friends and family.

Forms can be printed HERE to complete your order.

Please note there are two pages, with the Total Price for the entire order included on the second page.

ORDER FORMS AND PAYMENT (CASH OR CHECK ONLY) MUST BE RETURNED TO COACH JULES BY END OF VARSITY PRACTICE (6:45pm), TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER.

Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association.

Late orders can not be accepted, nor can orders be submitted to Coach Jules without payment.

Please note that all Patagonia clothing is optional.

Please contact Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org) with any questions!

Mercer Gear Available to Order NOW

The PNRA Mercer Regatta Sports online team store is now open! On the team store, you can use your own credit card to order team uniform items as well as training gear.

The store will be open for ONE WEEK ONLY – opening today, Wednesday 18 September and closing at 9pm on Wednesday 25 September.

You must submit your order within this time frame.

To access the team store follow the steps from Regatta Sport in the PDF here.

If you have any questions, please contact your team administrator: Coach Jules (jhowarth@rowpnra.org)

Canadian Henley 2019

Hi all,

 

Time for the last regatta of the summer, Canadian Henley! This is the first time Mercer will be attending Canadian Henley since 2016, and since it is a new experience for most of the athletes and parents, please read this carefully, as there are several unique features that are different from many of our other races.

 

The trip fee has been finalized and will be $855 for the week; it can be found HERE. Any issues please email Hilary at hgehman@rowpnra.org.

 

The vans will depart the Caspersen Rowing Center on Monday, August 5th at 8:45am. Please be on time! We are not able to pick the vans up until Monday morning, but an on time departure gives us the best chance of getting a practice row in at the course Monday afternoon! They will return between 9 and 11pm on Sunday, August 11th. Rowers and drivers will communicate their return as they travel. (Please note that the boys van assignments are posted in the travel roster from yesterday’s blog post.)

 

Because this is an international trip, all athletes traveling will need a passport, passport card, or photo ID and birth certificate (15 years old and younger ONLY). In order to race, all athletes will need a photo ID with their name on it – we recommend an old but relatively recent school ID.

 

The team will be staying at Brock University in dorms. We do not know the specific building or area yet. Athletes will be supplied with sheets, pillow, and a towel, and it looks like the dorms have air conditioning (fingers crossed!). Laundry services will be available for a small fee. Please remind your athletes that lost keys carry a several hundred dollar replacement fee, so ensure they are very careful with their room keys!

 

All meals have been arranged for, starting with Monday lunch and ending with Sunday lunch. For lunch, athletes will be given $10 per diem to purchase their own. Breakfast (6:30-7:30am) will be at the Brock dining hall Tuesday through Sunday, amd dinner Monday through Saturday (7-8pm). We are required to follow these times or we are charged extra.

 

All athletes traveling will receive a team Henley shirt; the cost is included in the trip fee.

 

Lineups and a final schedule will be posted here with a link this weekend; in the meantime, the preliminary draw is available on the Canadian Henley website.

 

Thanks for your patience and GO MERCER!

Varsity Boys Henley travel roster

The varsity boys travel roster can be viewed HERE.

There will be a blog post with additional information, including trip fee, in the coming day or two. In the meantime, any boys parents with questions please contact the parent coordinators and they will communicate with the coaches about frequently asked questions.

Thank you!

Overpeck info!

Hello everyone!

The moment you have all been waiting for! HERE is the link for the Overpeck lineups, arrival times, and more for tomorrow!

As Hilary mentioned, the trip fee is up and can be paid HERE. Please pay this asap or contact Hilary with issues.

The link to the regatta site, with all directions, schedule, and more, can be found HERE.

The lineups and names that are posted on regatta central and here now are incorrect. Please use the lineups sheet on the above link to find the most up to date lineups and race times.

The below link is for the waiver for tomorrow’s regatta. This must be completed by tonight!  (They just posted it today, so that is why this is being sent out now!) http://www.bcrowingacademy.org/OSSWaiver.html

Here is the parking pass for tomorrow: http://www.bcrowingacademy.org/OSSR_Parking_Pass.jpg

There are two entrances to the park:

120 Challenger Road

Ridgefield Park, NJ

AND

50 Fort Lee Road

Leonia, NJ

Spectators can park in the old basketball field near Lot A, or near to Lot C.

Please bring food, water, blankets, chairs, and anything else you might want for during the racing! We will have the water coolers with ice.

Lastly, as Hilary mentioned in her email, the deadline for the Canadian Henley waiver is TONIGHT! The link is HERE. For the boys, as mentioned at practice, please fill it out anyway since the lineups cannot be finalized until entries are released next Monday or Tuesday. Coach Jamie will let athletes traveling know ASAP! Coach Matt has released the travel roster via email to all the girls.

Philly Youth and upcoming regatta details!

Hi everyone!

This blog has a lot of information about the coming regattas, so please read carefully!

This Saturday is the Philadelphia Youth Regatta. It is on the Schuylkill river in Philadelphia – athletes are expected to provide their own transportation. Racing is all day Saturday, and the link to the lineups can be found HERE. (Please note that the boys lineups will be finalized later tonight and updated with race times, arrival times, etc. – the only changes at this point will be due to weather or hot-seating conflicts.) The weather for Saturday is predicted to be EXTREMELY HOT in Philadelphia, with a heat index of over 100. Please have athletes bring plenty of water, ice, coolers, etc – whatever they need to stay cool! The coaches are monitoring the situation and will adjust race lineups as needed if it s too hot for multiple races – rowers will be informed as soon as any decisions are made.

Two other important notes: please note that these regattas often require a parking pass printed from their website to get through to Kelly Drive – please plan ahead and print one if parking there. Also please pay the trip fee here if you have not already HERE.

Next weekend is the Overpeck Regatta on Saturday July 27. This is another all-day regatta held on Overpeck Creek in north Jersey. Athletes will need to provide their own transportation. The trip fee and lineups will be posted next week. We anticipate the trip fee being similar or less than Philly Youth.

The last race of the season is Canadian Henley in St. Catherine, Ontario. 24 rowers and 4 coxswains per team will be attending. The travel list will be posted next weekend. Athletes and coaches will leave Caspersen early on Monday, August 5 and return late on Sunday August 11. The trip fee is still being finalized, but the current estimate is $700-800, which includes entry fee, all transportation, rooming at Brock University, and 3 meals a day (starting dinner Monday and ending Sunday breakfast). More details will be provided next week.

The last day of the summer season will be Friday, August 2nd for those not traveling to Canadian Henley. Registration for fall varsity tryouts and novice will open July 31st.

Any issues or questions please direct to Hilary or have your child ask their coach.

Thank you for your support and GO MERCER!

Hats and Visors are here!

Trendy headgear is now on sale in the boathouse office!

Hats and Visors, $30 each – protect your skin, protect your eyes… what better way to look cool in the summer sun!

Congrats to all of the rowers returning from Nationals – we hope all of the rowers will enjoy their next few weeks off, and look forward to seeing everyone back at Mercer later this month!

Youth Nationals Travel Information!

Youth Nationals 2019

 

Hi all!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the banquet last night and celebrated the (almost) end of the spring season for the programs. With that being said… onto the last one! It’s time for Youth Nationals. Please read this blog carefully, as all of the relevant information for the trip can be found here.

 

Youth Nationals 2019 will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, from June 6-9 (this is a change from previous years, when there were only 3 days of racing). The team will be flying down early on Tuesday, June 4th and returning late evening Sunday, June 9th (or extremely early Monday June 10th). The flight and transportation information is below. We have contracted with A1 to provide a bus from the boathouse to the airport and back again on the return. Athletes will contact their rides with ETA to the boathouse after departing the Philadelphia airport Sunday night.

 

Please note that since we are flying on Southwest, all passengers are allowed a free checked bag, so there will be no additional fee for this.

 

Departure:

Bus leaves Caspersen rowing center @ 2:45AM on Tuesday, June 4th en route to Philadelphia airport.

Flight Southwest WN3529 Tuesday 4 June 19

Depart Philadelphia 5:45am

Arrive Tampa 8:25am

 

We have rented several vans for transportation for the duration of the trip. Athletes will drive to Sarasota to rig and row then check in at the hotel.

 

Hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota

3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida 34237

Telephone (941) 365-7300

Approximately 12 minute drive from course

 

The hotel has kitchens in the rooms and breakfast is included, so most of the meals will be there. There will be at least one team dinner out; both teams would love to have all families join us for the dinner. Details will be forthcoming, but please email Matt (mcarlsen@rowpnra.org) or Jamie (jhamp@rowpnra.org) if you can come! We would love to have everyone who is traveling for the race at dinner with us!

 

Wednesday will be a training day, with racing Thursday through Sunday. After racing Sunday, the teams will try to find something enjoyable (beach?) for the rest of the day before heading to the airport.

 

Return:

Flight Southwest WN4466 Sunday 9 June 19

Depart Tampa 8:40pm

Arrive Philadelphia 11:15pm

Bus picks up at airport and expected arrival at Caspersen around 12:45-1am

 

Trip fee: The trip fee will be posted sometime later this week; Hilary will send out an email when the link is live. The current fee is around $1150, but we are still hoping to subsidize the trip by transporting boats and other equipment for teams. We understand it is an expensive trip and have done our best to keep costs down, but there are several costs (extra day of racing, hotels, trailer, etc) that are unfortunately fixed. We are committed to helping make it affordable; if you need financial assistance, please contact Hilary at hgehman@rowpnra.org

 

The girls travel roster is finalized; the boys travel roster will be finalized by the end of practice this Friday, but boat lineups are still subject to change.

 

Any further questions, please contact the parent coordinators, Hilary, or the coaches if necessary. Thank you for your support and GO MERCER!

 

Saratoga Invitational Information

Saratoga Invitational 2019

Hi everyone!

Congratulations to all the athletes who competed this weekend at Mercer Sprints!  The racing went off smoothly despite the weather and all the crews had great performances!

On Friday, April 26th, select varsity and novice athletes will depart for the Saratoga Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The tentative lineups can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VDOesZL_RWH3yoyhAIdsqnPriz_TvPST2VIxZmNXbs0/edit?usp=sharing

The link to pay for the trip is here.

We understand this is an expensive trip, but every athlete races multiple days. Please email Hilary at hgehman@rowpnra.org with any financial concerns.

If you are a parent who is attending the regatta to watch, please fill out this form here to help the parents coordinators plan for spectators and enhance your regatta experience.

Below is information about the event.

TRAVEL DETAILS:  

There will be one van per boat.  The novice coaches will be transporting their athletes; parent volunteers will be driving the varsity vans and serving as chaperones for the regatta.

Athletes should arrive at the boathouse at regular practice time on Friday. The vans will depart as soon as all athletes in the van have arrived. All athletes should remember they are representing Mercer and wear appropriate clothing, preferably with a Mercer logo. The athletes, coaches, and chaperones will be staying together at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saratoga Springs both Friday and Saturday night.  Racing is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The vans will depart the course on Sunday around 5pm and return to the boathouse. Please note: all athletes are expected to remain at the course on Sunday until all Mercer crews are done racing! No vans will be departing until that time. ETA is expected to be 9-10pm, but please text your athletes for updates. Parent coordinators will also post in the parents Facebook group.

Hilton Garden Inn – Saratoga Springs

125 South Broadway

Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

FOOD:

Athletes should bring any extra snacks they want for the drives and weekend racing. For the drive up Friday, all athletes will be provided with a fruit cup and sandwich. Vans will stop at least once, but try to bring extra food to minimize stop times and keep the arrival in Saratoga as early as possible. Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday will be at the hotel, and lunch will be provided at the course both days at the Mercer Tent. Dinner will be catered at the hotel on Saturday night. Athletes will be given $15 cash to purchase dinner on their own at a rest stop on the way home Sunday.

RACE VENUE INFORMATION:

The trailer, tent, and launch area for the race is at Lee’s Park, adjacent to the course.  Parking is available for $15 per day. There will be a Mercer Tent for parents and lunch location. This is where everyone will gather for food and to cheer on the athletes, so if you are planning to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!  

Lee’s Park

1464 Route 9P

Saratoga Springs, NY

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

In past years, the weather has often been cold, wet, and windy.  Athletes should pack extra layers and be prepared for all conditions.  Athletes may want to bring extra money for the regatta as well – many of them like to buy t-shirts.  If you have any questions, please contact either Jeb Barkenbush at jebarken@gmail.com, or Jen Closser at closserj@gmail.com.

GO MERCER!

Neczypor Regatta Information

Good evening!

All 4 teams are starting off the season this Saturday at the Steve Neczypor regatta in Cherry Hill/Camden, NJ. Racing is ONLY on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 am until around 4:30 pm. Travel roster, lineups, and race information (including race times, arrival times, lanes, and more!) can all be found HERE:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jDpWctxEw6CYrpeyGrSD7Ts5Zti4E1Hi4smVgxu2ZHI/edit#gid=500935567

Coaches will also be providing the rowers with all necessary information, so please check with your child about details. They will know the answers if they have been listening.

Transportation is not provided for this regatta, so all rowers must find their own ride to this race. The location where your athletes should be dropped off is the corner of Cuthbert and North Park Boulevard in Cherry Hill, NJ (you can probably use 510 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 as a GPS address, which is pretty close to where the trailer will be parked). Athletes should bring their own food and plenty of gear/clothing for a full day at the course, especially if they are racing more than once.

For parents hoping to watch the racing, this is a great venue to do so! The parent coordinators have arranged for the Mercer tent and tables to be near the finish line for viewing. There is a potluck signup link to volunteer to bring food for athletes and spectators – please volunteer to bring something if possible! We are hoping to make this a low waste event, so please bring reusable coffee mugs and water bottles to fill up!

Also, as a reminder, please be sure to pay the Trip Fee for the race. It is $27 and you can pay by check made out to PNRA (drop off with your coach or with Hilary in the office) or via Regatta Central via this link. If your son or daughter is NOT racing, you do not need to pay the trip fee.

Please reach out to your coach or to Hilary (hgehman@rowpnra.org) with any questions.

Go Mercer!

Neczypor Regatta Roster/Lineups

Hello!

Below is the link where you will find either the roster or the lineups for the Neczypor Regatta on April 6th. Please note: These are tentative lineups. Final lineups will be posted after practice on Thursday, April 4 and any changes will be reflected here as well. Please check back on Friday, 04/05 for final lineups and race times, etc. Lineups could change up until the boat pushes off for the race on Saturday. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jDpWctxEw6CYrpeyGrSD7Ts5Zti4E1Hi4smVgxu2ZHI/edit?usp=sharing

GO MERCER!!

Varsity Boys Holy Ghost Scrimmage this weekend

Hi everyone,

The Varsity Boys are racing Holy Ghost Prep from Bensalem, PA this weekend from 7:30-10:30am. For parent hoping to come watch, the race schedule and lineups for the first piece are below. Please plan on watching from the marina side of the lake, as you would any other regatta. We will be racing two 2k pieces from the start line and finishing with a 1250m piece starting at the finish line. After the racing, the boys will dock and finish out practice. There will be a small food tent and parents are welcome to come back to the boathouse after racing! A huge THANK YOU to Jen Closser for helping organize all the moving parts for this weekend and for all the parents who have volunteered to help out. If there is anyone else interested in helping at the start platform, please email Jamie at jhamp@rowpnra.org or Jen at closserj@gmail.com. Thanks and hope to see you all Saturday!

Lineups link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18g6wALsNP59HGU5n6MnzXvYXfmV_IjsN1qIQj1nl4Qg/edit?usp=sharing

Please note: there will be some switches between boats between the pieces, so don’t rely solely on this for identifying your athletes!

 

Race Schedule:

8:20am 1v and lwt 4s (4 boats)

8:40am 2v 4s (3 boats)

9:00am frosh/novice 8s and mercer 3v 8 (3 boats)

9:20am 4s race 2

9:40am 4s race 2

10:00am 8s race 2

 

Go Mercer!

Spring Patagonia Order

Order forms are now available for this season’s Patagonia gear! Forms can be printed here –  Spring 2019 Patagonia Order Form – Sheet1 – or they can be acquired from the boathouse office. Order forms and payment MUST be turned in to Coach Anna by the end of practice on Friday, 3/29. Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association. Late orders cannot be accepted, nor can order forms submitted without payment. Please note that all Patagonia clothing is optional. Please contact Anna (akalfaian@rowpnra.org) with any questions!

Welcome to the Spring 2019 Season!

Hello Parents and Rowers,

 

The spring Varsity season is officially underway, and the Novice season will be starting up on Monday. We are so excited to be getting back out on the water again and preparing for our first race, which is just three short weeks away! With the start of the season, a few logistical reminders:

 

First, please make sure that you have registered through Regatta Central! When doing so, please make sure that your contact information is correct, as we often distribute updates via email.

 

Second, please make sure that all of the necessary forms have been submitted and are up to date! With the exception of the swim test, all of the forms need to be resubmitted on a yearly basis, so any forms submitted prior to June 2018 will need to be renewed in advance of the spring season. Please ensure that novice rowers bring their forms on the first day of practice, or submit them in advance at the main office or via email to akalfaian@rowpnra.org or ahennessey@rowpnra.org. For safety reasons, we will not be able to allow rowers on the water if they have not submitted their forms.

 

Finally, please mark your calendars for the mandatory Parents Meetings. There will be separate meetings for varsity and novice parents; they will each take place at the boathouse the Saturday following the first week of practice. Hilary Gehman (Director of Mercer Rowing Programs) and the head coaches will provide important information about the season, give the novice parents an introduction to the sport, and answer any questions parents may have:

Varsity Parents Meeting: Saturday, March 16, at 9:00 am

Novice Parents Meeting: Saturday, March 23, at 9:00 am

 

Go Mercer!

Spring 2019 varsity tryouts schedule and updates!

Hi everyone!

It may not feel like it but the spring season is here! Varsity tryouts start this week (tomorrow, March 4) and run through the Row for a Cure on Sunday, March 10.

If you have not already registered, please register for both tryouts (free) and the Row for a Cure ASAP!

Due to the weather predictions this week, the current plan is for the teams to follow the WINTER SCHEDULE. FOr those unfamiliar with this schedule, this means practice will be 4-6:15pm every day (except Mondays for the boys, which is 5:45-8pm). The boys are at warehouse Wednesday and Friday, and the girls are there Tuesday and Thursday. Coaches will announce any potential changes at practice and tell athletes if they should check back for updates the next day. We will continue to monitor the weather and try to post updates and make announcements at practice as we try to get out of the water this week.

 

Thanks and GO MERCER!

Coach Matt and Coach Jamie

No practice for Boys teams Monday, 02/18/19!

This is just a reminder that there is NO PRACTICE for both the Varsity Boys and Novice Boys for Monday, February 18, 2019. This is to provide a day off after the tank session this morning. Please enjoy the day off from practice and school for President’s Day!

Practice will resume normal schedule Tuesday through Friday, 4-6:15pm and Saturday 9:15am this week. Thanks!

 

Also please remember to spread the word about our OPEN HOUSE for prospective new rowers, this Saturday from 11:30am-1pm!

Go Mercer!

Summer Learn-to-Row Coaches Needed!

Hi Mercer team!

Interested in spreading enthusiasm for the sport of rowing to the next generation of athletes? Ready to recruit future teammates? Want to get $$/volunteer hours for spending time on the water? Apply to be a coach for this summer’s Learn-to-Row Camps!

We are looking for responsible, encouraging, and enthusiastic rowers and coxswains to teach the basics of the rowing stroke in the boat and on the erg, lead land exercises, and most importantly, create a fun environment to introduce campers to the sport. There are five week-long camp sessions (June 24-28, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug 2, and Aug 5-9). Each camp runs Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. Head coaches (~8 per week) will lead practices from the launch (must have a Boating Safety Certificate, have completed their senior year of high school, and have at least 2 years of rowing/coxing experience. First Aid/CPR certifications preferred.) Assistant coaches (approximately 25 per week) will provide help and encouragement as experienced pairs/coxswains in the boats (must have at least a full season of rowing/coxing experience; assistant coaches under 16 will be compensated with volunteer hours.)

If interested, please fill out this application (link below) by Monday, February 11.
Email Coach Anna (akalfaian@rowpnra.org) with any questions.

https://goo.gl/forms/dAhVQGj9DiEIPtPE2

2019 Spring and Summer Schedule

Below is the schedule for the spring, summer and start of fall seasons. It is a lot of information so please read carefully. Some of the races earlier in the season are still tbd and we will update as soon as we know more details.

First a few reminders: please be sure to communicate early with your coach if you are planning any college visits or other trips that will require you to miss practice. There is a new NCAA rule that allows girls in their junior year to be invited on official visits. This is the first year of the rule and it is unclear how many college coaches will utilize it this spring. As a reminder, missed practices may effect boatings. In addition to communicating with your coach, please remember to fill out the absentee form. 

Also, anyone interested in possibly rowing as a lightweight this spring must have the Lightweight Health Form completed by a physician and turned in no later than March 11, 2019. Here is the form: Lightweight Health Form spring 2019.

Spring Schedule*:

Saturday, March 2: end of winter for varsity

Sunday, March 3: USRowing U19 ID Camp for girls at Mercer boathouse

Monday, March 4 – Sunday, March 10: varsity tryouts (including Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure)

Sunday, March 10:

  • Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure at Peddie School – all Mercer event (fundraiser for Central and South Jersey Susan G. Komen)
  • end of winter for novice (after the Row for the Cure)
  • USRowing U19 ID Camp for boys at Mercer Boathouse

Monday, March 11: beginning of spring for varsity

Saturday, March 16: Varsity Parents meeting, 9 a.m. at boathouse

Monday, March 18: beginning of spring for novice

Saturday, March 23: Novice Parents meeting, 9 a.m. at boathouse

Saturday, March 30: Metropolitan Youth Speed Order, Passaic River (tentative)

Saturday, April 6: Neczypor Regatta, Cooper River (tentative)

Sunday, April 14: Gonzaga v. Mercer, Mercer Lake – varsity boys (we are looking for a girls team to host)

Friday, April 19-Saturday, April 20: Mercer Lake Sprints, Mercer Lake – all Mercer boats
NOTE: this is Easter and Passover weekend

Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28: Saratoga Invite, Saratoga Springs, NY – varsity, tentative novice

Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Mercer Lake – all Mercer boats

Monday, May 13: end of spring for varsity and novice

Tuesday, May 21: End of Season Mercer Banquet for all Mercer rowers and parents at Hamilton Manor (note: if there is availability, this may be moved a week earlier).

Summer Schedule**:

Those who qualify for Nationals will continue to train through June 9

Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9: USRowing Youth Nationals (Sarasota, FL)

Monday, June 24: summer season starts for everyone

(this gives 6 weeks off for those who do not qualify for nationals and 2 weeks off for those who do qualify for nationals)

Proposed summer races:

Saturday, July 20: Philly Youth Regatta

Saturday, July 27: Overpeck Regatta

Tuesday, August 6- Sunday, August 11: Canadian Henley, St. Catharines, ONT (select boats)

August 12: end of summer season

Monday, August 26: varsity captains practices start and start of novice fall

Tuesday, September 3-Friday, September 6: varsity tryouts

Saturday, September 7: varsity fall starts

*For the spring season, the varsity girls will have Tuesdays off and practice both Saturday and Sunday (exact time is tbd, but likely 10:30-1:00 on Saturday and 7:00-9:30 on Sunday). Weekday practice time is 4-6:45 pm. The varsity boys are still tbd on whether they will follow that plan or stick with a Monday through Friday and one weekend day practice schedule. Novice practice is Monday through Friday 4:15-6:15.

**For the summer season, practices will run Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. No weekend practice.

Cleaning Out the PNRA/Mercer Gear Closet!

Know a junior rower who might like a retro uni? A parent who needs a car magnet? PNRA/Mercer is cleaning out the gear closet, just in time for the holidays! We will be selling both Mercer and US Olympic gear, including vintage unis and tech gear, t-shirts, outerwear, and more. A table will be set up in the boathouse office on Tuesday 12/18 and Wednesday 12/19 from 5:45-6:15 pm – sizes and quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Hope to see you there!