Fall Club Meeting 2018 Recap

On Thursday Nov 29th club members gathered in Avon to discuss the past year, club updates and plans for 2019. It was a great to see everyone and meet some prospective members.

Registration is currently open for our winter training programming which includes both a Beginner/Learn to Row sessions as well as Experienced. More information as well as registration is available on our Clinics page here, https://fvra.org/clinics/ Register soon to hold your spot as there is limited availability.

The new club board was approved by all club members present at the meeting.
The 2019 board slate includes,

2018 – 2019 Officers and Board Members
Katie Ouellette, President
Kirsten Preskenis, Vice-President
Sabrina Lavieri, Secretary
Janice Wingo, Treasurer
Susie Hays, Board Member
Sara Richman, Board Member
Sonja Randall, Board Memeber
Edy Maselek, Board Member

Joining the board will be racing team member Sonja Randall and new FVRA club member and racing team member Edy Maselek. Welcome to you both and we look forward to a productive year ahead!

There are a couple of additional opportunities for winter training including a weekly strength training program as well as a group of members headed to West Hartford Yoga on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please email info@fvra.org to find out more about these opportunities.

We discussed the 2019 preliminary schedule, dates are listed below including possible programming, club events and races. Please keep in mind that at this point of the year looking forward into 2019 we are always tentative on plans but like to consider all options as they are finalized based on timing, coaching and equipment availability and the interest of participants. Additional details on all programming, events and races will be updated after the spring meeting in March 2019.

Preliminary Spring/Summer 2019 Programming
Recreational Group Rows – Spring – Fall – 2-3 Days a Week – TBD
Intermediate Sweep I – April – May – Sunday Mornings
Intermediate Sweep II – May – June – Thursday Evening & Sunday Mornings
Intermediate Sweep III – June – July – Thursday Evening & Saturday Mornings
Learn to Row 1 Day Sessions – May, July, Sept – Saturdays
National Learn to Row Day – Saturday, June 1st 2019
Learn to Scull Weekend Morning Program – May – June

Club Events (Preliminary Dates)
Club Craftsbury Weekend – June 21 – 23, 2019
FVRA Tag Sale – Saturday, June 29th

Possible 2019 Races
Will be finalized based on interest and rower/equipment availability

RRI/Litchfield Scrimmage Race? – Home @ Rainbow – Late May
Derby Sweeps & Sculls – Shelton, CT – June 15th, 2019
Cromwell Cup – Entry Cap – Boston, MA – Early July
Lawrence Celebration Regatta – Lawrence, MA – Early July
Northeast Regionals – TBD – Mid July
Festival Regatta – Lowell, MA – Mid/Late July
Methuen City Sprints – Methuen, MA – Late July
Pineapple Regatta – Gentle Giant Rowing – Cambridge, MA – Early August
Royal Canadian Henley Regatta – St. Catharines, ON Canada – Sunday, August 4th (Masters Races)
Masters Nationals – Grand Rapids, Michigan – August 15th – 18th

Mystic Coastweeks – Mystic, CT – Saturday, September 15, 2019
Green Mountain Head Race – Putney, VT – Sculling ONLY – Saturday, September 29, 2019
Head of the Riverfront – Hartford, CT – Sunday, Oct 6th, 2019
Head of the Housatonic – Shelton, CT – Entry Cap – Saturday, Oct 12th, 2019
Head of the Charles – Boston, MA – Lottery/Donation – Sat Oct 19th – Sun 20th, 2019
Head of the Fish – Saratoga Springs, NY – Oct 26th, 2019

Finally, Janice Wingo was awarded the Women’s Racing Team Outstanding Oarswomen award for her dedication to club support this past year. Her unwavering support, enthusiasm and willingness to jump in any boat at a moments notice helped make our intermediate and recreational programs this year a great success. She also stepped out of her comfort zone participating in her first head race in her 1x (Radio Flyer) at the Mystic Coastweeks Regatta in September. Congratulations Janice!


Janice racing at Mystic Coastweeks

The Outstanding Oarswomen award is given to a women’s racing team member who exemplifies good sports(wo)menship and sets a positive example for other club members through their actions and participation. This award was started in 2017 and was previously awarded to Sara Richman for her dedication to improvement in sculling, having learned to scull in early 2017 and racing the Head of the Charles in a 4x in the fall.

Finally, FVRA is planning a Winter Training Raffle which is in the process of being finalized. Prizes will include a new erg, some FAT ERGO gear and a 2 hour sculling lesson! Keep on the look out for additional information and ticket information.

If you have any questions about what was discussed at this year’s fall meeting please email info@fvra.org. We look forward to seeing everyone for Winter Training @ Trinity in January! Have a wonderful holiday season!