Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

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Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

Postby LarryRow » February 19th, 2017, 9:36 am

Hello,

So, after a little over a year and a half rowing, with about 1.3 million meters on the erg, I've decided to take a one week rowing class at Craftsbury.

Has anybody gone? Can you give me any advice? I have never rowed on the water. I'm especially worried about flipping the boat over and righting it. I'm hoping the water is not too cold in the last week of June but it is Vermont!

As my swimming is not particularly strong, not that I'm going there to swim, LOL, I have enrolled in two swimming classes and have been rowing less and swimming more, often four times a week.

It was Chris Ives, my coach at EngineRm in New York City, who said Craftsbury was a great experience and that it packed a lot of learning into a short period of time.

All comments welcome.
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Re: Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

Postby c2jonw » February 20th, 2017, 9:29 am

Larry,
Good for you! One of the first things you are taught is how to get back in the boat after flipping, and having the knowledge that you can do this results in a better learning experience. Also they have a variety of boats so you'll be assigned one that is appropriate, with the opportunity to go narrower/faster/tippier as you progress.. C2JonW
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Re: Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

Postby LarryRow » February 20th, 2017, 11:00 am

c2jonw wrote:Larry,
Good for you! One of the first things you are taught is how to get back in the boat after flipping, and having the knowledge that you can do this results in a better learning experience. Also they have a variety of boats so you'll be assigned one that is appropriate, with the opportunity to go narrower/faster/tippier as you progress.. C2JonW


Jon, thanks for the encouragement! I know what I'm up against but I'm still scared. Here is a funny video that shows the problem:

https://youtu.be/E7YwizJN_Ec

I'm interested in trying different boats, maybe even a quad! I've been told that a quad is a stable platform on which to work. Of course, I'm also excited about having my own boat for the week.
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Re: Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

Postby c2jonw » February 20th, 2017, 12:46 pm

that's definitely the advanced class.......
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Re: Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

Postby LarryRow » February 20th, 2017, 7:12 pm

c2jonw wrote:that's definitely the advanced class.......


I guess I'll take some comfort in knowing that! It's nice that I won't have to show such mad balance skills.
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Re: Going to Craftsbury, any advice?

Postby LarryRow » February 22nd, 2017, 1:46 pm

So, I managed to bang my tailbone on the edge of the pool the other day so I won't be rowing for a while. It is bruised, I just hope I didn't fracture it. ;-(

I've pushed off the Craftsbury class to the last week of July. The water will be warmer by then anyway. ;-)

My mom grew up in Newport so I'm really looking forward to spending a week in the Northeast Kingdom.

I'm a big fan of Howard Frank Mosher's books on the area and will have to reread Disappearances while I recover.
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