Kurt Johnson competed in his first sprint races at the River City Rebellion hosted by the River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento on July 10th. He was accompanied by Coaches Pat Tirone and Bob Oprandy and assisted by Bob Lee. Bob O also sculled in all three rounds of the regatta, in which singles and doubles compete against one another. Kurt and Bob managed to race successfully through the turbulent water in the center of the course, called “the washing machine” by RCRC members, and later enjoyed the post-regatta BBQ to refuel within a half hour of their last race, one of the tips shared by Sarah Koszyk at the Sports Nutrition talk in Stockton the day before.
Ultra-runner and dietitian/nutritionist Sarah Koszyk, M.A., RDN, gave an excellent presentation to 22 DSC scullers on July 9th. Chock full of ideas about pre-, during and post-workout fueling and hydration, Sarah offered tips about food combining of use to all who attended. She had well-informed answers to a host of questions, and many in the audience have already begun changing their eating habits as a result of what they learned from Sarah. Thanks to Dorbea Cary and DSC’s Events Committee for arranging this special event.
DSC was well represented at this year’s Gold Rush Masters Regatta at Lake Natoma. All four events generated much excitement. Bob Oprandy waited his turn at the starting line till the other five older racers were off, and with a strong push in the second half he passed three of his competitors. In his first non-novice race, Bob Lee bested Bob O’s time by quite a bit in a later race, finishing behind three of the fastest Masters scullers in his age category in the U.S.! In a Women’s Novice 1x race, only 5.6 seconds separated all four entrants and Linda Payne, in her first race ever, finished less than 2 seconds behind the winner and just ahead of Shari Lowen, former DSC Board member who finished in third place. Rebecca Abreu would have been right in the mix if an equipment failure hadn’t forced her out of the race, but she later sculled alongside Rachel Tappero in the TA (Trunk and Arms) race. Mario Gonzales raced in a 2x with Renaldo Abreu in bow in the LTA category, finishing in 5:35. Rachel and Mario continue to be para rowing pioneers in Central California regattas. A host of DSC volunteers helped make the day a great success.
On Saturday Feb 28th, a group of DSC scullers completed a destination row to visit a family of hogs living on an island on the Delta. The hogs came running when they found the carrots and apples we tossed them from the coach launch and the folks in the coach launch got a scare when the mother hog tried to climb in the boat. We all enjoyed photo opps with the hogs from a safe distance. Everyone loved visiting the hogs and gathered for coffee, tea, snacks and hog stories at Toots Sweets after the row. (Written by Dorbea Cary, 4/6/15)
THERE WAS SUNSHINE INSIDE DURING THE WETTEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR! All four Delta Sculling Center scullers that competed in last weekend’s indoor championships DAZZLED us with personal records (PRs) in their events. At the Golden State Indoor Championships, Valdez and Mario, representing DSC’s “Oarbusters,” DSC’s adaptive program, finished their 1K events in 3:34.3 and 4:25.5 respectively. Masters scullers Bob Lee and Andre Vanatta came in at 3:38.7 and 3:05.5. For Bob and Mario, it was their first time competing in an indoor rowing regatta, and Mario’s gold medal shone as brightly as his smile. The following day at the Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championships Valdez also bested his PR for a 2K race (his very first one), finishing with a silver medal time of 7:37.3. Doing two all-out rows on consecutive days was AMAZING! CONGRATS to all four competitors and the camaraderie at DSC behind their success!
THANKS to Jeanine Fuller and all those who helped in so many ways, DSC had a terrific booth: it had a drawing for a sculling lesson and a Bass Pro Shop gift card, video of sculling, a Maas single on display, an erg and the debut of Linda Payne's new oar boxes (a big hit). We also handed out gummy worms to all with a wonderful cartoon reminding boaters of their wake and what it does to rowers on the water.
Lots of help setting up the booth with Linda A, Carol, Linda P, Angela and Bob L Thanks Bob and Renaldo for trying to get the generator to work. And no act is too small - thank you Dorbea for supplying rocks to hold down flyers - they were needed as the wind picked up!
Coach Steve, Angela and Bob L helped coach people on the erg and demonstrated the stroke with the oars!! Check out Coach Bob as he instructs this awesome new erger in the attached Record article on Sunday. Fab technique - how did you get him rowing so well, Bob, so quickly???
Brian definitely helped hold down the fort and was great at visiting the other booths and getting to know our neighbors, Great marketing!
Karen, Valdez, Tom and Theresa, thank you for talking to our visitors and staffing the booth in the afternoon.
Tearing down the booth and getting everything back to the boathouse went very smoothly with Theresa, Valdez, Brian, Pat, Bob and Bob O's family.
It takes a village! And a village with an incredible leader is even more successful - so ultimately it comes back to our event planner extraordinaire, Jeanine Fuller (who spent the ENTIRE Day on site) for helping us pull off another great success! A final big thank you to you, Jeanine!
Thanks one and all! And thanks to everyone else who wanted to make it but couldn't due to other commitments. We know it was a busy weekend, given the holidays, and even if you weren't there, we felt your support!
Dr. Bob has been rowing for a few years - he rowed first with Deep Water Rowing (University of the Pacific's Masters team) and then with SRC Masters. For the last two seasons, he's been with Delta Sculling Center, dedicating his training time to sculling and competing in single sculling events. This past Sunday, October 12th, despite every kind of wind imaginable encountered on the 5k race course at Head of the Port (River City Rowing Club, West Sacramento, he brought home his first gold in the Novice 1x race! Well, as you can see the first place medal was a glass mug instead of "bling!" Congratulations, Dr. Bob - stay on it!
Oct 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
Row to Maui is underway it's not too late to participate remember - log what you can every meter helps you gain fitness it is meant to be a fun, team-building activity for the winter months no pressure! Anyone with a desire to participate is welcome to join!
Ten scullers from Delta Sculling Center drove up to Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe just in between bad blows of smoke from the Tahoe King Fire. Together they rented a beautiful 5-bedroom, two-story home just a short walk from the lake, car-topped their singles there and quickly became "Fallen Leaf Lake Family." Dorbea & Theresa organized everyone to share meal preparation so that no one had to stray far from the lake and their FLL home. The next trip here won't come soon enough - it was so relaxing and many a kilometer was sculled!
The happy smiles on the faces of these folks result from each one having finished sculling 13 miles alone in their single boats! Each took right around 2 hours to complete the course. Congratulations due to all! Not pictured are Duke & Denise from DSC who dropped buoys to mark obstacles on the course and then staffed a safety launch for more than five hours! Then they picked up the buoys! And many thanks to North Bay Rowing Club for organizing and holding this wonderful annual event! See you next year!
What an amazing day it was at the Gold Rush Regatta at Lake Natoma on May 10th! At the forefront were two Delta Sculling Center athletes, R. and Valdez, who finally rowed in their first regatta. The drama began at the dock they were about to launch from when it was announced that their race might be cancelled because of the 16-17 mile-an-hour winds and even stronger gusts that whipped up the water. Many elite single rowers were giving accounts of how challenging it was to row on the choppy lake and threatening to “scratch” in their own events. After those agonizing moments of uncertainty, Coach Pat Tirone in consultation with launch driver Toby Johnson and Regatta Organizer DeDe Birch decided to give it a try, fully understanding that they may have to abort the event if the winds proved too difficult. The race was on and adaptive scullers R. and Valdez rowed strongly down their lanes. The cheers from those on the shore were an indication of how historic an event this was at the annual Gold Rush Regatta, perhaps the first time adaptive single scullers raced in California’s Central Valley.
While R. and Valdez were at the forefront, those behind the scenes insured that the event could take place. Duke, his wife Denise and Bob L. were incredible at helping to get the boats and all the equipment loaded at the boathouse in Stockton the evening before the regatta, going over Coach Pat’s detailed list of items needed for the race. Pat and husband Bob arrived for the coaches’ meeting at 7 a.m. and to ready boats and oars for the scullers. A couple of hours later Duke, Denise, and Bob L. arrived at the lake and unloaded more equipment. After R. and Valdez and friends and family members arrived, volunteers Andre, Jeanine, Angela, Anne and Theresa showed up to lend their hands to launch the scullers. Bob L. and Andre, who had both rowed in sweep boats in prior regattas, sculled for the first time in a regatta that windy day, providing solid pacing and competition for Richard and Valdez.
Not to be forgotten was the incredible support of regatta organizer DeDe Birch, starter Eric Weir, the regatta launch drivers (including Toby Johnson), and the Sac State Aquatic Center under Brian Dulgar’s direction. They not only allowed adaptive scullers to participate in this year’s Gold Rush but also provided two single sculls and oars for Bob L. and Andre to race alongside Valdez and Richard, respectively.
Finally, Carol Coddington & Linda Acton, volunteer assistant coaches and Coach Steve Mayo provided many months of dedicated commitment to help ready R. and Valdez for this first regatta. Always at practice without fail, always providing encouragement, support and challenge, these folks traveled the long road with our athletes to their first regatta. Never has the saying about “It takes a village…” been more appropriate than on that windy day in May!
Baby Cora, who rocked to the rhythm of Momma Anne’s sculling till a week prior to her birth, is Delta Sculling Center’s first newborn “sculler-to-be”. Six pounds 6 ounces at birth, Cora is already growing rapidly so she can get back in a scull with or without Mom next time. Thanks to sculler Theresa C., Cora’s photo is taped to the boathouse wall, providing new energy for all DSC scullers who chat there before their training sessions. In the picture you can see that Baby Cora is already looking longingly at her new DSC unisuit which she is anxious to grow into. Congrats to Anne, husband Chris, and Cora’s sister Claire for the healthy new addition to their family and our DSC family!
Andy Baxter and Ron Harvey, both world champion rowers with stories of courage and unwavering determination, will share their incredible respective journeys to the Olympic trials and the Paralympic Games at a special event at the University of the Pacific, June 8th from 1-3 p.m. at the Vereschagin Alumni House on the University’s South Campus. The event, which will inspire rowers and other athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, rehab professionals, physical therapists and sports and exercise enthusiasts, will be hosted by the Delta Sculling Center with the support of the University of the Pacific. The cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for students.
Andy Baxter is the author of Rowing Yesterday and a two-time Master World Champion and U.S. and Canadian Master Champion. His book chronicles his and Stephen Kiesling’s incredibly arduous training regimen for pairs competitions that got them to the Olympic trials in 2008. They were both in their 40’s and a testament to what disciplined training and a never wavering commitment to a goal can accomplish. Baxter will share his expertise as a specialist in ageless health and fitness, medical exercise and post-rehab conditioning and address many of the needs, concerns and interests of audience members.
Ron Harvey, who finished 5th and 8th in adaptive single sculls at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, respectively, will do a question-answer session during the two-hour event. Harvey, who also medaled at the 2004-2006 World Rowing Championships, will share the challenges of training and of making the kinds of adaptations necessary to be among the world’s best adaptive scullers.
Both speakers will provide a very memorable afternoon that will leave you inspired to pursue your own life changing goals.
March roared in like a lion and out like a lamb for DSC. After pioneering a two-night Sample Sculling class in February, Dale Mizuno, Clare Hanley and Tom Tillotson all kept their momentum by completing Sculling Level I on March 21st, the first such class in DSC history. Hot on their heels was a second group of Sample Sculling grads in early March, Anne Dowling, Monika Levy, Sue Lavieri and Theresa Chinchiolo. Their enthusiasm for their new-found sport was so great that instead of waiting to run the next Level I class in May, as originally planned, DSC created a Sunday morning Level I—and graduation day for the 2nd group was March 30th. All seven grads truly appreciate the beauty, grace and cognitive and physical demands of sculling and have decided to take Level II, which will help them refine the basics they gained in March. In fact, some committed to using DSC’s facilities for a year to erg weekly, which will augment their Level II (and beyond) experiences. In that way their sculling will benefit from on-going fitness and technique work on the erg, which will allow them to push boats further and faster during their Level II lessons. Many thanks to all the wonderful experienced scullers who assisted our newest scullers: Carol Coddington, Linda Acton, Susan Ollis, Lisa Rodrigues, Bob Lee, Angela Ferrarese and Kari Jones.
Lago di Como in Italy, the River Shannon in Ireland, the Ticino region of Switzerland—and now the Stockton waterways. A contingent of six rowers on tour with the Rowing The World organization completed two long adventure rows out of Buckley Cove, April 12-13. The visiting rowers from Canada, France, Norway and Seattle teamed up with the Delta Sculling Center, in collaboration with the Stockton Rowing Club. The Saturday expedition was several miles into Fourteen-mile Slough, and on Sunday the scullers braved choppy waters past the port of Stockton and went down the more protected Calaveras River on their way back to Riverpoint Landing. The 40 kilometers of sculling during the weekend was punctuated by social activities and information about the California Delta. Sculler and naturalist Phoebe Storey accompanied DSC Coach Pat Tirone in a coach boat alongside the scullers to share her knowledge of the Delta.