COLD WATER/WEATHER REMINDERS:
– Dress appropriately w/ layers (& no heat draining cotton) as well as bring a change of clothes for when you get off the water.
– Days are short: be prepared for dark mornings and evenings. Use lights on your boats if launching or returning to dock in dim light.
– Check weather at the Accuweather site for Lowell. Be prepared for sudden changes in rowing conditions—this is a mountain lake and conditions can/will change rapidly.
– Practices may be cancelled due to wind, fog, ice, and temperatures below 30 degrees. Members should stay alert to upcoming possible bad weather.
– If the Coach needs to cancel practice due to weather conditions, it will be noted on the spreadsheet. Check before you head out to the lake. If there is a last minute cancellation, where possible text notices will be sent.
– If rowing without a Coach, be prepared for self-rescue if you flip into the water. You have less than 10 minutes before hypothermia and/or drowning become a danger as water and/or air temps go below 4o degrees. ALWAYS ROW WITH A BUDDY AND CARRY A CELL PHONE IN A WATERPROOF CASE WHEN ROWING UNCOACHED. AN INFLATABLE LIFEJACKET IS YOUR BEST LINE OF DEFENSE.
Emergency Supplies are kept in a labeled box under the counter in the boathouse for anyone in cold distress (fleece, hats, mittens, pot to heat water, tea, emergency blanket). If you use any of these, let the Safety Committee know so we can re-supply.
JOIN IN THE ERGING FUN. IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, GO TO CONCEPT2 TO REGISTER AND INCLUDE O.A.R. AS YOUR TEAM AFFILIATE. THEN START ACCUMULATING THOSE METERS DURING THE NOVEMBER 23- DECEMBER 24 WINDOW. FOLLOW THE CLUB’S PROGRESS ON THE AFFILIATION STANDINGS LINK. Order teams alphabetically with the up/down arrows, then you can look at OAR meters for the season (which started May 1), and for specific Challenges and individual member’s meters.
TOO WINDY, COLD OR FOGGY TO ROW? SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY! HOT CHOCOLATE WITH SPRINKLES AT THE SUNRISE CAFE IN PLEASANT HILL. THANKS TO CINDEE FOR THE PHOTO.