I am sorry that I missed out on the chance to write you on Father’s Day. I have been distracted by going out and rowing most mornings since we have moved to Stage 3 protocols. I love multiple person boats, but it is terrific to get out with friends in our singles. Most of those rows have been a challenge as my conditioning disappeared while sheltering at home, and my technique kept company with my conditioning. I am happy to report that after the third row, I have noticed that it does not hurt as much, I do not wheeze as much, and my technique is improving to the point that I can start paying attention to my chronic problems of my hands too slow away and my shoulders are too tense. (Yes, Anna, I hear you telling me to relax them.)
This return to rowing depends on all of us working together to keep it safe. If we ignore protocols, then we may lose this privilege. Further, a member contacted me concerned that her safety is compromised when fellow members ignore those protocols set up to keep us all safe. Therefore a couple of reminders:
- Wear your mask to the club and at all times that you are not on the water.
- Please make sure all club equipment is washed with soap and water, then dried and finally sprayed with disinfectant. Spray disinfectant on oarhandles, foot stretchers, seat and oar locks. Disinfectant is in a black spray bottle in the same place as bucket, soap and sponge, at the opening of bay 1 and 5.
- Keep making reservations, be it club equipment or private.
- We have a couple of ergs on iCrew now too. If you’re interested in erging at the club, please talk with Sarah or Hanne ahead of the first time to get instructions on proper Covid cleaning protocol. You can pull the erg outside or erg inside as long as Roworx are not in session.
Finally, I want to call out Vince. He volunteered to be disinfector for the club, and he shows up every day wearing his mask and spraying down lots of high-tough areas. He is making it better for us all.
Join iCrew, make a reservation, wear your mask, and come row a single. My soul is already in recovery after a handful of times on the water.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Charles E. Griffin III