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March 31st OSU Dual Griggs Columbus OH
April 14th Lindamood Cup Muskigham River Marietta OH
April 21st Hoover Invite Hoover Westerville OH
April 28th OSU Dual Griggs Columbus OH
April 29th Governors Cup Griggs Columbus OH
May 5th Blue and Burgundy Youth Regatta Great Miami Hamilton OH
May 12-13th Midwest Scholastics East Fork Cincinatti OH
May 19-20th Midwest Juniors East Fork Cincinatti OH
June 16th Midwest Masters Sprints Griggs Columbus OH
July 21st Michigan Club Invitational Argo Pond Ann Arbor MI
Sept 15th Head of the Cuyahoga Cuyahoga River Cleveland OH
Sept 16th Fall Nationals Cuyahoga Cuyahoga River Cleveland OH
Sept 22nd Frogtown Regatta Maumee Toledo OH
Oct 6th Charlie Doyle Memorial Regatta Miami River Dayton OH
Oct 13th Columbus Crew Classic Hoover Westerville OH
Oct 13th Speakmon Regatta Griggs Columbus OH
Oct 20th Hamilton Double Dam Great Miami Hamilton OH

Spring Clinics Upcoming

The following clinics are in Ohio this March. Plan on attending one and bring a candidate…

Sunday, March, 13, 2011 – geared toward current referees
Topics: Starting procedures, Referee Data System, Midwest regatta sign-up sheets,  basic rules review, self graded rules test, Rules Changes for 2011, Safety issues (hypothermia and shell rescue)
Time: 10 a.m – 3 p.m.
Location: Kroger Building, 4111 Executive Parkway, 3rd floor conference room, Westerville, OH 43081
Contacts: Roger Bailey, rbailey313@aol.com, 614-264-1598 or Helen Davis, dfmg2@aol.com

Saturday, March 19, 2011  – geared toward new candidates

Topics: Basic Rules of Rowing, The Referee Process (how to observe, how to advance, database system), Starting Procedures (to include marshaling) and What If? Scenarios
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Rowing Foundation, Rivergate Park, 1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 14113
Contact: Helen Davis, 614-783-4542,dfmg2@aol.com

Floation Suit Update

Everyone is always asking about the floation suits and when you can buy them etc. Below is the latest info.

Regatta Northwest has agreed to offer the “Active” flotation suit throughout the year at a 10% discount.  Referees will be able to order suits using discount code R1008.  This is a great change for referees.  The “Active” suit is a stock item and therefore minimum orders are no longer necessary.

Read the following carefully.

1.      The listed price is $277.00 and our price is $249.00 which

includes shipping.

This represents an 10% discount from the regular price.

2.      Only the “Active” model will be available at this discount.

The “Active”

model is a stock item and you should receive it within 15 days of the order cut off.

3.      Personalization is available at for $10.00, write your

personalization request in the

‘comment’ box and type in “referee special”.

4.      If you don’t personalize the “suit” they will allow you to

return

it if it doesn’t fit properly.

5.      It is very important that you use the sizing chart found on

their

website at www.regattanorthwest.com.

6.      The Regatta Northwest staff is very helpful especially where

there

are questions about sizing.  They can be reached at 425-482-1070 or

206-799-5112 or at regatt…@aol.com.

7.      You will need to go to their website for specific ordering

information and use discount code R1008.

8.      Ordering and payment will be made directly with

Regatta Northwest therefore credit cards can be used .

9.     For anyone who has ever worked in less than ideal conditions

this

suit will keep you very warm and dry. Just ask anyone who has one.

Regatta Northwest has agreed to offer the “Active” flotation suit throughout the year at a 10% discount.  Referees will be able to order suits using discount code R1008.  This is a great change for referees.  The “Active” suit is a stock item and therefore minimum orders are no longer necessary.

 

Read the following carefully.

 

1.The listed price is $277.00 and our price is $249.00 which

includes shipping.

This represents an 10% discount from the regular price.

 

2.Only the “Active” model will be available at this discount.

The “Active” model is a stock item and you should receive it within 15 days of the order cut off.

 

3.Personalization is available at for $10.00, write your

personalization request in the ‘comment’ box and type in “referee special”.

 

4.If you don’t personalize the “suit” they will allow you to

return it if it doesn’t fit properly.

 

5.It is very important that you use the sizing chart found on their website at www.regattanorthwest.com.

 

6.The Regatta Northwest staff is very helpful especially where there are questions about sizing.  They can be reached at 425-482-1070 or 206-799-5112 or at regatt…@aol.com.

 

7.You will need to go to their website for specific ordering

information and use discount code R1008.

 

8.Ordering and payment will be made directly with

Regatta Northwest therefore credit cards can be used .

 

9.For anyone who has ever worked in less than ideal conditions this suit will keep you very warm and dry. Just ask anyone who has one.

Although there are a few regattas in the midwest for refs to work (if they are a glutton for punishment), most of us take a break over the summer months to relax and recuperate. I know I personally have duct tape to eplace, flags to wash or replace and a seasons worth of heat sheets to clean out of my car. I’ll probably slack off in the summer on keeping the site up to date, but if anyone has pictures, equipment “good buys” or anything else they want posted, send it to me and I’ll get it up here.

Derek

Photo Additions

I often am wondering when I go to a new venue what it is actually like. What amenities does the start platform have? Do they even have one? In that spirit, I have added a photo section. I will be attempting to photograph all the positions at the various regattas this Spring and Fall. However, I would appreciate it if you all ready have good photos of the various referee positions (Start, Finish, Aligner, Marshal, or other interesting spots on the course) that you can email them to me at dblazo@earthlink.net and I’ll get them posted. This should give a new ref or a forgetful one some idea of what to expect when they get to the site. I’d also like an album for referees in action if you have any good shots of us as well.

Regatta’s and Weather

Everyone looks at the weather and typically looks at the high temperature and thinks to themselves, gee its going to be a lovely 67 degrees for my regatta this weekend. While that may be true, when you are preparing clothing and supplies for a regatta, I often take a different approach and recommend to all referees to do the same. Take this weekend in Cincinatti.

The weather is predicting lovely sun and a high of 68 degrees. So people would be thinking a nice Spring day right? Well, I won’t be thinking that unless I was working the finish line. The temperature in the AM around 7 when the boats would be launching and the refs will be getting on the water shows as 38 degrees. If you are on the water you can drop that by 10 degrees. If there is a wind at all drop it another 5 or 10 degrees. If there was going to be rain (which thankfully I don’t see any of) drop it another 10 degrees. So you see, suddenly, the refs should be preparing to dress for a cold 25 degree warming up in the afternoon (when it gets windier by the way) to about 55 degree day. In my book (especially as I get older) that ain’t warm. I’ll be in multiple layers and in my weathersuit. People make fun if you want, but I hope I am warm. Starting off cold leads to a miserable 12 hour day on the water.

Just wanted to post a friendly reminder that both May 1st regattas could use more referees (MACRA and the burgundy and Blue Regatta) in Athens and Hamilton Ohio respectiviely. Let Helen, Roger and I know if you can attend either of these.

Derek