Alert: River Hazard

sunkboat1We have received word from the Eagle Fire Co. of a partially sunk boat on the PA. side of the river (off of a Ferry Street Landing), about 25 feet from shore. The boat could move into our downstream rowing lanes if the current shifts. The ownership of this boat is not known and it could be in the river when club members resume rowing once the water temp rises above 45 degrees. The fire company will mark this hazard so it is more visible.

Please look for this hazard during your down river row.

Thanks!

We Mourn the Loss of Fran Borian

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Fran Borian, one of our most ardent lady single rowers, in her blue Van Dusen. (Photo courtesy of Jane Wilson)

Fran Borian, long time member of Swan Creek Rowing, passed away this past Friday, March 27th from injuries related to a skiing accident. Fran’s obituary can be found here.  Arrangements are as follows:

Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State St., Doylestown, where friends may call from 9 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler.

New Rule Regarding Cold Water Safety

Important Notice to all club members:

As we are bringing out the boats this coming weekend, please note that there has been a change to the conditions that will put a Red Flag up at the site.

The “Red Flag–No Rowing by any club member” designation has been revised to include the water temperature to be less than 45 degrees.  This is added to current restriction of 12 feet of water as read by the NOAA/USGS guages in Trenton.

We will also fly a Blue Flag while the temperature is less than 60 degrees.  The Blue Flag will require:

A chart explaining the club’s flag system is here.

Rowers classified as Novice and Youth rowers to adhere to the “Four Oars Rule.” If the combinedwater/ambient air temperature does not total 90 degrees (F) or greater (with water temperature at least 45 degrees) a SCRC boat must use a least four oars to ensure a minimum of stability in the water.

As usual the in the early spring, the river is running high and cold.  Please check the website and the link to the NOAA/USGS Site for the water level and temperature.  Note that the temperature is approximately 40 degrees which will place a Red Flag at the site.  We will send a note to club when the water temperature is steadily above 45 degrees.

The boats are coming out storage over weekend so we will be set to row when the river conditions will are safe.

Successful Work Party

Hello Swan Creek Rowing Club!

We had a great day on Sunday! We completed phase one of our preparations for the 2015 rowing season at SCRC! A big thank you goes out to Alan for organizing the clean up and the boat move this coming weekend. We were able to accomplish all of the needed tasks on the list. This is largely due to the efforts of some of our members and youth team parents. We had a great group of folks working at the site this weekend! Swan Creek would like to thank some Dads from the youth program; Mr. Sterling (Reese’s dad), Mr. Lear (Mason’s dad) and Mr. Cantrell (Olivia’s Dad) and the guys from the men’s sweep team (Tom Linus, Matt, Bob, Joe, Gary, Jack, Mark C., Steve & Holly) David, Ron & Megan (a new member from last year’s LTR) as well as the ever present Ted Pytlar. All of the boat racks have been worked on and the 8+ rack redesigned by Matt Jezyk to handle our growing fleet! We are also rebuilding the sculling blade rack and adding the space for sweep oars.

Our Youth team came out in impressive numbers (I cannot attempt to name them all!). We have a great group of young adults here at SCRC! Their attitude is great and they are happy to give back to their club. Large tasks are taken care of quickly with team work! The kids cleared out all of the dead branches, old boat racks and all garbage. The site looks looks great and is ready for the 2015 season.
Getting all of this work done this weekend was important because we have a tree service coming in this week (weather permitting) to remove a dead tree at the back end of the boat site. We were able to secure approval from the Parks Commission last week to remove the tree that was hanging over the private 1x boat racks.

All in all it was a great day! The snow was melting and the smell of spring was in the air! Next week we tackle the boat move and follow up on tasks from this weekend.

Yours in Rowing,
Richard