Race Prep Day: Clean water and warm weather!
Racing starts tomorrow, and today was all about race preparations, final adjustments to boats, and getting our minds focused on the weekend ahead. All the crews arrived at Henley Island early this morning, after a solid breakfast at the hotel. Boats were shoving off the dock by 8:15am, and the water was calm and clean for our last day of training. A thunder storm rolled through St. Catharines last night, and so the air was humid and thick, but perfect for a morning row. By 9:30am, the girls and boys crews were coming off the water for a short break, rehydration, snack. We switched boats and went out for a second row in the morning between 10:30-12:30, taking advantage of the calm weather in anticipation of the wind picking up in the afternoon. The Brentonians got their first taste of southern Ontario humidity as the temperature slowly climbed throughout the morning. Sunscreen, hats, and water became the prescription from the coaches as we went out for the second morning row. Crews practiced starts from the gates, and made their final trips down the 2KM course.
After a full morning of rowing and race preparations down at the Brentwood tent on Henley Island, the crews returned for lunch at Subway and the Salad Shop! Lunch was followed by a quiet afternoon in the air-conditioned hotel of academic prep, and a swim in the hotel pool. We all traveled to Antipastos for dinner at 6:00pm for an all-you-can-eat-and-take-away dinner of pasta, meatballs, roasted chicken, and garden salad. The traditional captains speeches were made by our boys crew captain, Alex R., and our girls crew captain, Brook M., to inspire their crewmates for the weekend ahead. Mr. Carr closed with inspirational words on the long and hallowed tradition of Brentwood rowing. The athletes were reminded of the 87 gold medals that Brentwood rowers have earned over the many years at Canada’s national championships (CSSRAs), and the legacy that they build upon as they compete for their school this weekend.
All is now quiet on the Brentwood hall – yes we have our own hall!- of the hotel now. Crew meetings are all done, the coxies have their crews organized, and the athletes are doing their best to sleep with the anticipation of putting down some fast numbers in the days ahead. The coaches wished their athletes the best of luck, and are excited to watch as their crews compete and progress at the Canadian “Schoolboy” national championships in St. Catharines starting tomorrow. Good night from the Garden City.
Mr.Beatty – Junior Boys coach.