Nationals 2016 (Part 3/3)

I know this post is quite late and I haven’t posted in a long time. School has been very busy (trying to get a paper out!) and I just haven’t had the time.

The last day of Nationals was also the last day of the 2015-2016 season. There was good, there was bad, and there was complicated.

And there was a protest.

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More on that later.

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Nationals 2016 (Part 2/3)

Saturday was gender day at Nationals with the longer distances: 500 m and 2 km races! Lots of racing and podium for everybody.

Day 2

^Photo credit: Ed Nguyen

Day 2 2

^Photo credit: Anne Zeng!

Day 2 3

^Photo credit: Anne Zeng!

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Nationals 2016 (Part 1/3)

I decided to skip Montreal Challenge and post it at another time so the Nationals post wouldn’t be too long in coming. A lot of things happened this weekend and it was quite an eventful regatta. Things didn’t necessarily go perfectly, but that’s the way life is.

Day 1

^Photo credit: Anne

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TIDBRF 2016

This post is a long time coming and I know it’s very late but hey, maybe it’ll be good to rekindle some of the fire from this competition in anticipation of upcoming Nationals.

TIDBRF was a weekend of huge ups and downs and the way things panned out was almost as if it were the plotline of a movie. So many emotions, it was definitely a dramatic weekend to remember.

*Spoiler alert* It was a successful weekend. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Joe

^Photo credit: Joe

Desmond

^Photo credit: Desmond

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Pickering Dragon Boat Festival

I KNOW I’M EXTREMELY LATE WITH THIS POST AND OTHERS. PLEASE BEAR WITH ME. Note that the remainder of my conference series will be posted at some point as well.

The Pickering regatta was the second race of the season for Iron Dragons and NDRC Women, and the first race of the season for NDRC Green, Yellow, and open. A new thing this year for NDRC is the creation of two mixed teams. We put in two approximately equal teams for Pickering and it was an interesting experience. We have so many members this year that we practice with two boats, and I think it’s significantly contributed to our training improvement, as we always have some internal competition pushing each other to go hard.

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Milton and Toronto Women’s Regattas (Part 1/2)

The summer’s barely started (technically it’s not even summer yet) and we’ve already had two regattas in one weekend with a third this past weekend (post about Pickering coming up eventually, probably). Going to be busy!

Last weekend was a moderately successful weekend. Iron Dragons participated in Milton, where I drummed and coached, and NDRC Women participated in the Toronto Women’s Regatta, where I steered (I was content not to paddle since paddling is really too much work).

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Back on the Water

Today was our first NDRC water practice of the year. We had almost two full boats (I think 17 paddlers per boat, plus two steers), so I think that set off a nice tone for the rest of the season.

I had originally expected it to be quite cold, as it was forecast to be 3 degrees (feels like -1 with the windchill), but it was actually not that bad. It did look relatively windy, though, so I really did not want to sit up in front since the front gets super wet, particularly on windy days. I’m usually up at the front, somewhere in the seat 1-2 range so I normally would’ve headed to that area, but I was not in the mood today. So I snuck around to the back of the boat and sat in seat 9. I’m pretty sure Justin judged me. He and Brian ended up pacing our boat, which was perfectly fine since both of them are pacers anyway.

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