What inspired you to go to your first rowing practice; was there anything memorable about it?
My mom encouraged me to go to my first rowing practice in high school because I was tall and strong, and I ended up rowing for Moorestown Rowing Club for four years. We erged out of a teammate's garage in the winter, and the boats were kept outside all year, inside a barbed wire fence. Now, they have a beautiful boathouse; they've also come a long way in recent years.
Moorestown Crew is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation that is parent-sponsored to provide training and competition in the sport of rowing for students of Moorestown High School in Moorestown, New Jersey. Unfortunately, we are only able to serve students from Moorestown High School with our fall and spring racing teams. Our summer programs are open to everyone.
We are dedicated to the philosophy that all Moorestown High School students who are interested in rowing with us have the opportunity to do so, regardless of ability to pay. Anyone who wishes to row but feels the cost of doing so would be a financial hardship should contact the club's
MRC, PO Box 184, Moorestown, NJ 08057
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Week 2, Day 3 07/28/2016 Brief day 3 video link is below. Loooong video from today will be...
Week 2, Day 2 07/27/2016 All,
Below is the video from Day 2 of Week 2. I apologize, but...
Week 1 concludes 07/21/2016 Team,
Congratulations on completing the week. A dozen of you wrapped...
Day 3 videos 07/21/2016 Here's the link to the video from yesterday. Sorry for the delay...
07/19/2016 Another day under our belts and the kids are proving to be quick...
Successful Day 1 07/18/2016 Nice job today by everyone. We got a good amount of time on the water...
Summer Camps 07/15/2016 Greetings Everyone,
As you know, our Summer Camp begins next Monday,...
Congratulations on completing the week. A dozen of you wrapped up today while 13 will continue on next week. There are a dozen others who start on Monday.
Today was the first time we separated the Novice Immersion kids from the Learn to Rowers. Because everyone starting Monday will be new, you kids will continue to row together and continue to work on fine-tuning the technique we taught you this week.
Here's today's video. As always, the improvement from yesterday is obvious. More shocking is the fact that the comparison from Monday to today.
Another day under our belts and the kids are proving to be quick learners. As you'll see in the video below, the improvement from yesterday to today is remarkable. As they continue to gain confidence over the next few days their boat-moving ability will continue to skyrocket.
Nice job today by everyone. We got a good amount of time on the water and the kids are learning quick. I got a bit of video while out today. You can keep checking this YouTube channel as I will update throughout the week. You can also follow on Instagram at Moorestown.Crew.
As you know, our Summer Camp begins next Monday, July 18th. While most of you will be present Monday, this email is going out to those of you registered for the Week 2 Learn to Row as well - We'll see you in a week.
First off, the Camden County Boathouse on Cooper River is at 7050 N Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109. There are parking lots on both sides of the building and we will meet behind the building, between the boathouse and the river. Please DO NOT use the front door entrance of the boathouse...This is for guests of the catering facility upstairs. There are restrooms available but no locker rooms, so come ready to row.
Camp will be Monday through Thursday with each Friday reserved as a make-up day should we have to cancel do to inclement weather. Please note that we can row in rain! Our concern is wind and lightning. If a day has to be canceled you will receive an email, so please be sure to check before you leave. A final note about weather - We can practice in the boathouse and get work done if there are passing thunderstorms, so again, don't assume we will be canceling.
We will get started at 9:00 daily. I will take attendance and you will stretch as we go over the days plan. We will head back to the dock a little after 11:00 to get the boats and oars put away in time for an 11:30 pickup.
On Monday you will all begin on rowing machines learning the basics of the stroke. You will also get a brief lesson on the equipment and learning the difference between a gunwale and a collar. There will be a brief talk about safety, and we will very likely get out on the water for a short row. Getting the boats off the water on the first day usually takes a while, but we will make every effort to be done at 11:30.
In addition to a great staff of coaches I've also arranged for members of our varsity team to go out in the boats with you. This is done as a safety measure - In the beginning you will be nervous and have a great deal of difficulty coordinating all of the movements needed to make the boat move. The varsity kids will be in the boat to help out and keep everyone safe. As the week progresses and you become more comfortable their presence will become less necessary.
It's going to be HOT. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle. The boathouse prohibits throw-away bottles. There is a water fountain to refill your bottle before we go out/after we come in. You will not have access to the water fountain or restrooms when we are on the water.
Most people don't realize that your seat is on wheels. It's important that you wear tight-fitting shorts. If you wear baggy shorts they'll get stuck between the wheels and tracks and you won't be able to row. Our varsity kids all have spandex shorts or full-body spandex unisuits to prevent this.
Along those same lines, if you wear a shirt that is too baggy you will have difficulty getting your oar out of the water. The rowers unisuits address this issue as well.
Likewise, the shoes are connected to the boat. Wear socks.
Bring sneakers as we may send you on a short jog to get the blood flowing before you hit the water.
If you require any medication please be sure to bring it with you.
There are lockers available, but you will have to provide your own lock. You shouldn't bring any valuables in the boat with you (no cell phones) and you very likely won't have anywhere to keep a key, so bring a combination lock.
I think that's about it...Please respond with any questions.