US Rowing Call for Volunteers for Club National Championships

The following message was received regarding the need for volunteers at the Club National Championships at the Cooper River course in Pennsauken.

As many of you know, the Rutgers Alumni Rowing Team is hosting US Rowing’s Club National Championship Regatta on the Cooper River, from July 11-15. We are still trying to fill some volunteer positions.

  • If you’ve got experience driving a boat, we can use you as a launch boat driver who follows the races.
  • If you’re between the ages of 13 and 25, we can use you on a stake boat, holding the boats steady until the race starts.
  • If you don’t drive a boat or are older than 25, we can use your help at the finish line, with registration, as a lunch coordinator, results runner, or any one of dozens of jobs.

Can you help? Why, yes, yes you can! Even if you aren’t able to volunteer for a shift, you can forward this email to at least one other person who might be interested in volunteering.

We strive to take care of our volunteers — t-shirts, sunscreen, water, a Rutgers Bag ‘O Swag, and whatever else we can find. (And lunch, if your shift is around lunch time, of course). (And perhaps a cool beverage or two if your shift is at the end of the day…). Those who need it can also get service hours through volunteering.

For those of you who have volunteered or raced, you know how important volunteer help is and how much fun it can be. For those of you who haven’t even been in a boat, volunteering is such a neat way to get an up-close look at both the races and what goes on behind the scenes. No previous volunteer or rowing experience is necessary (except if you’re driving a boat), and you don’t have to be affiliated with Rutgers either.

You can sign up to volunteer by clicking on this link to an online form. And, please!, forward this email on to others.


Independence Day Schedules

In case anyone else spent a half hour trying to figure out where the IDR schedules are, here are the links:

And the parking pass:

Safety on Windy Days

The recent high winds reinforces the need for caution when deciding if conditions are safe for rowing. Steady high winds make for unsafe rowing, and even occasional gusts can be a challenge to experienced rowers.

Before coming to the boat site, check the weather forecast to determine the wind condition. If it is windy, go down to the ramp and take a look at river conditions before carrying a boat down. Use good judgment and always err on the side of caution.  Novice rowers need to be especially cautious.  Don’t take foolish risks when the weather or the river is telling you to stay on dry land.

The board is gathering information to determine if there should be a hard “no row” wind speed. While that investigation is taking place, the board recommends that novice rowers or those just learning to row should not row if the wind is blowing or gusting at 15mph or more.

I had personal experience with this yesterday. I was below the launch ramp and taking a rest before I turned upstream. I forgot about the wind and was blown across some rocks that are near the surface due to the low water. I will be taking my boat to have the cracks in my hull repaired soon.


est. 1992