Erg and Weight Room Re-Closed

The governor has re-ordered the closure of a variety of facilities including indoor fitness centers. Accordingly, the erg room and weights are off limits until further notice.  Please continue to keep each other safe by diligently wearing masks, keeping social distance, maintaining the 2 person limit to a boat bay, and practicing good hygiene.  The situation is fluid, so be prepared for change even as we continue smart, best practices.

Protocol Reminders

LBRA members,

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:

  1. Wear your mask to the club and at all times that you are not on the water.
  2. 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.
  3. Keep making reservations, be it club equipment or private.
  4. 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

President, LBRA

Waivers Required for iCrew Reservations

All members are now required to sign a waiver and stage 3 protocols before making a reservation on iCrew.

As a reminder, anyone currently wishing to row (even in a private boat) must first make a reservation on iCrew so that we can maintain controlled numbers at the boathouse at any one time. If you haven’t yet made an account on iCrew, go to LBRA on iCrew and register using the registration code: beach.

To sign the required documents: 

On the iCrew home page, scroll to “documents” to view the waiver. There should be two documents to sign, “Stage 3 Protocols” and “Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability”. There is no need to print or email the documents, you can simply type your name in signature box and click “sign”.

Be safe out there!

Boathouse Phase 2 Starting Now

The City of Long Beach approved our Stage 2 Protocols today which means that starting today (6/11/2020) all singles can be rowed at the boathouse, private and club. That being said, there are limits to what times people can row, how many at once, and who can physically enter the bays. The protocols are below.

To summarize key points, only 1x rowing is allowed, rowing is only allowed at designated hours (currently 6 am – 10 am) when volunteer attendants are there, and any boats stored in the bays – club AND private – will be carried in and out of the bays by the attendants. If private owners wish to carry their own boat, the boat must remain on the wash deck. Email Sarah if you would like to have your boat remain on the wash deck.

Finally, the attendants at the boathouse are there to ensure all members follow the guidelines. Those who do not follow the guidelines and the guidance of the attendants will be removed from access on iCrew and will be restricted from rowing.

Stage 2 Protocols

Charles Griffin

President LBRA

Parking Lots Update

Just checked with Marine Bureau:
If gates are open then parking lots are open too. Be smart and observe social-distancing, do not congregate, try to park every other space, but you may park by the boat house!

Charles Griffin

President LBRA

West Coast Masters Championship Regatta – Cancelled

 Update:  West Coast Masters
                      Championship Regatta – Cancelled 
Dear Rowing Friends,

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Long Beach Rowing Association Board of Directors has decided to cancel the West Coast Masters Championship Regatta that was to be held this July.  We made this decision to ensure the health and safety of all athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators, and the general public. This decision was not made lightly, but timing is crucial with too many unknowns on the horizon.

Because of so many canceled regattas in 2020, we look forward to hosting the Christmas Regatta on December 5 and 6 – YES!  Two full days of rowing to offer more racing.

We look forward to getting back to our workouts and the camaraderie of our clubs and teams.  We hope you stay healthy and can join us in December.

Sincerely,

Kristina Duggan
Regatta Director

Long Beach Rowing Association
Board of Directors

Closure Info

Hello Everyone,

I got a number of emails asking about the boathouse closure and if there were any ways to work around it. I took your questions and concerns to the Board and have answers for you below:

Can we use the Bays and just avoid the Erg Room? No, even though you would be maintaining more than 6 ft of space when you are on the water, we, as an organization, would need to open the facility in order to get access to equipment and we can’t guarantee sanitary conditions for everyone.

What if I move my equipment out onto the wash deck? No, since we rent the facility, we feel responsible for anyone who stores their equipment on the premises. Please note, the Board is currently talking about ramifications for anyone who decides to not observe these rules which may include suspension from the club. This is a serious health crisis and we need all members to comply.

Based on the past two responses, I want to move my personally owned equipment out of the boathouse while it is closed. How can I do that? You will need to find somewhere else to store your equipment, and you are responsible for transportation out of the boathouse. Once those plans are in place, contact me (Sarah) or A.C. to schedule a time to be let in and collect your equipment. Remember, if you chose to car top to the parking lot and walk your boat to the dock, you can not use boathouse owned supplies to clean your boat after.

Can I borrow/rent an erg from the boathouse? Unfortunately, due to the logistics involved in lending/renting out equipment on such a large scale, as well as the financial risk the boathouse takes having so much equipment out of our control, we’ve decidednot to have ergs leave the boathouse. That being said, we do still have 4 ergs left for sale. Let me know if you are interested.

I hope that answers your questions for now. Please let me know if you have others and I will be sure to keep the board informed.

Stay healthy and keep washing those hands!

Sarah