Wednesday
May102017

Parent & Spectator Information

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Info on parking, food tents, results and general information 

Thursday
May082014

Notes

Greetings All
You will find a great deal of information within this email.  Please look everything over carefully, and PLEASE pass the necessary information on to your parent groups.
Lee's Park was hit hard by the late Winter, frequent rains, and back-to-back 2-day regattas already hosted there this season.  The space that has been allotted for our use has been made smaller for this Regatta. 
[1] Please find attached, several items:
  1. Map of Lee's Park trailer & Food Tent locations
  2. The WaterFront Food Tent sites
  3. The State Boat Launch
  4. The entire Regatta Venue"How to Scull the Boat" diagram
[2] Teams should be able to find all team Food Tents on these maps.  I made every effort to get your team tents near your trailer.  With many of you needing 2 or more tent sites, it was not always easy.  Some of these people are already driving me crazy so proceed with caution.
[2] Boat Trailers have been assigned to Lee's Park.  If you are not on that map, you are in the State Boat Launch.  Manhasset and Pelham will park theirs in the woods along the back parking field.  Please park where you are assigned at Lee's Park.  There are docks for the amount of crews there.  Those parking at the Boat Launch will be parked as they arrive.  Should you arrive Thursday night or before I am there to park your trailer, please park it on the piece of land immediately behind the State Boat Launch.  Do NOT park yourself under any circumstances.  We will park in the morning when I arrive.  No trailers will be allowed into either Park after 11:00pm.  We will have Securityboth Friday, and Saturday, night.
[3] Coxswain's Meeting is 1 Hour before the first race.  If you have issues, scratches, etc. please show up earlier and we can go over them.  The meeting will be held at the Regatta Director's Trailer which is located immediately as you drive into the State Boat Launch on your right.  The Chief Judge Referee is Joe Carlson.  He has an excellent staff of veteran JR's.  First Launch is 30 minutes before your race.
[4] Lightweights & Weigh-Ins:  Begin Friday.  Please have your entire Boat present WITH a team Official/Coach.  I will weigh in rowers until9:00pm on Friday.  Weigh-ins will begin at 6am on Saturday.  Once you weigh in, you are done for the entire weekend.  Fancy Bracelets will be given to the Lightweights.  An athlete must be within 2 pounds in order to get a second chance.  If they fail to make weight the second time, they are not eligible to race the event.  Have your spare present.
[5] The Schedule for the Time Trials has been made.  Also, the format for progressions is also made.  I will pass them along tomorrow if you have not already seen them.  People keep sending me scratches, additions, sad stories, etc.....so it continues to evolve.  I would prefer NOT to have a billion versions of the schedule out there confusing people.  As an FYI, I seeded off of the 2013 results.  It's not perfect, but it's better the any other option.  Bow #'s have been assigned and will be put into your registration packet.  Please put these bow #'s back into the milk crates when you return to the dock so we can use them next year.  You will need our own bow #'s for the Sprint Racing.
[6] Progressions:  I will send along a Heat Sheet that allows you to put crews into their correct lanes using their Time Trial time.  (ie) Winner of the TT gets Lane 5, Second gets Lane 6......... Each Final will have 9 boats.  Events with 15 or more entries get B Finals.  Events with more than 30 boats get C Finals.  Race Course:  Lane 1 is the closest lane to the Regatta Side - Lane 10 is the furthest.  We will not use Lane 1 unless there is a Protest upheld by the Chief JReferee & Jury.  Maps of the Race Course are on the www.saratogarowing.comwebsite .
[7] Time Trials:  Will be run in Lanes 3 & 4.  If your Bow # is an ODD number, you will row down in Lane 3.  If your Bow # is an EVEN number, you will row down in Lane 4.
[8] Traffic Pattern (water):  Crews going up to the starting line, can never cross the buoy line along the outside of Lane 1.  There is plenty of water to row up to the start without needing to do so.
[9] Parking (land):  Lee's Park will be charging for parking all three days.  They charge $15 for Saturday & Sunday for sure.  Not sure aboutFriday.  Please don't hassle the guys doing the parking, it certainly doesn't go to them.  Some warnings for your parents:  (a) the County Sheriff has told me he will NOT be as lenient with people parking on the State Route 9P.  People who park along the major road will be ticketed if even one inch of tire is touching the white line.  The City Police on the other side of the Bridge will enforce a no-parking-along-the-road rule.  This was quite a safety hazard the past two weeks.  Parking tickets run $80-$130 I'm told.  That is surely more than $15.  (b)  Please tell your parents to park where directed, and NOT try to find all the sneaky ways down to the water.  There will be a tow truck awaiting to remove people's cars.  We don't have time to chase people around. 
[10] Some Coxswain's Notes:
   For the many of coxswains/bows who will not make the CC Mtg.Know all of your race information (Time, Event, Heat, Lane, etc)
  • Know traffic patterns of the launch site, and patterns on the water.
  • Check your equipment COMPLETELY on shore.  Tighten everything.  Shoe tie-downs before you head to the docks.
  • Get your crew quickly onto, and off of, the dock - keep the rowers in line & focused
  • Don't hug the shore, but do NOT go near Lane 1 which is fully buoyed
  • As an oncoming race approaches, cease rowing so that you do not wake Lane 1 or stray into it
  • Stay single file as you approach within 500m of the start - It narrows there
  • Counter Clockwise warm-up pattern above the start - listen to the Marshals please
  • If you are being passed during the Time Trial, you MUST move yourself to the outside lane.  If you are in Lane 3, slide over into Lane 2.  If you in Lane 4, slide over into Lane 5.  If the boat passing you is within a boat length, they are faster than you, and you must give way.
  • The stake boats have numbers on them as you approach them from the warm-up behind.  There are 500m of warm-up lanes (double lanes) leading to the stake boats.
  • Go to www.saratogarowing.com and get the course maps printed off
  • watch this video: http://readyallrow.wordpress.com/tag/stake-boat/
  • and this one: cMUz7pQx0Aw
  • and this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3-bZFBmbVc (best one)
  • Be locked onto the stake boat at least 2' before your race
  • Know how to "scull your boat around"
     
  • Check in with the Marshals at the Start.  Listen and be ready.
  • They aren't yelling at you, the are speaking over the wind.......
  • Go between the stake boats and then back into it
  • Move into the Stake boats by keeping YOUR stake boat on your Starboard Side as you go around it.
  • Watch the Starter - the race begins on the drop of the Flag, not the sound of the word "row"
  • There is NO breakage zone.  Be aware of this.  There is no Breakage zone
  • Rain probably Saturday - dress appropriately
  • To protest a race, you MUST raise your hand AND put in your protest in ON THE WATER.  Make sure the JRef attends you after the race.
  • Keep your boat straight, and your crew safe.
  • Row completely through the starting line.  There is another race coming behind you.
  • Lane 10 runs out of water quicker than the other lanes after the finish line.  Be ready to turn towards Lane 9 quickly (and safely)
  • Have class, motivate your boat, without demeaning those you are racing. 
  • Ask questions in advance if you do not understand something
  • The SAFETY of your crew and those around you is more important than going fast, but out of control. 
  • Have fun !! 
[11] Buses:  Those buses will athletes at the State Boat Launch should park on the piece of property immediately behind the Boat Launch.  Those buses with athletes on Lee's Park should drop off the kids where the parking field meets the Waterfront Trailer Field (by the ditch) and the follow the gravel road to the back Bus Lot (on the map).  Buses should always stay on the gravel roads. 
[12] GPS:  You can put 543 Union Avenue; Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 into your GPS.  This will get you to the Bridge.  Cross and turn left into the Venue.  ALL DROP-OFFS WILL BE DONE IN FRONT OF THE BLUE BUILDING ALONG ROUTE 9P.  PARENTS WILL NOT DRIVE INTO THE VENUE TO DROP OFF AND MAKE ALL THESE 3 POINT TURNS SNARLING TRAFFIC.  COACHES, PLEASE GET THE WORD OUT TO YOUR PARENTS ON ALL ISSUES RELATING TO THEIR CARS, TRAFFIC PATTERNS, ETC.
[13]  As always, my cell is 518-376-9172.  Call if you need anything.

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PS. If at all possible, small teams, please try to share a trailer with someone.  Several of you are close to teams that could help get your team here without needing the extra trailer.