Posts Tagged ‘SBTC’
After we all got over the fact that our destination of St. Catharine’s, Ontario is actually SOUTH of Craftsbury, the athletes and coaches of the Small Boat Training Center hit the road on Sunday to start our journey to the place where legends are made: The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
Some of us spent the night somewhere in New York State, while others went all the way through to Canada in one trip. Regardless, we all got across the border without any difficulties, and wound up on Henley Island to rig boats (all 19 of them) on Monday morning. We then moved ourselves into four town houses that we’ve rented from Brock University for the week. With air conditioning, a full kitchen, and a bed for each of us, we couldn’t have asked for a better setup!
Due to the nature of the regatta, some SBTC athletes started racing on Day 1, while others have had to wait with excessive amounts of taper-induced energy, waiting for their chance to battle it out on the water. Craftsbury has been doing very well so far, with many boats advancing all the way from the heats to the finals, and even on to winning Henley Gold (U23 Men’s Lightweight Single and Senior Men’s Lightweight Four). Results so far can be found on the Canadian Henley website or you can check out the latest press release for SBTC specific results.
That’s all for now – check back in a couple days for a new blog post, and don’t forget to look at the press releases to see results of all the Craftsbury athletes!
[I apologize for the lack of pictures, but it’s been difficult to send large files over the internet here. We’ll be sure to post a bunch at the end of the racing.]
Today the SBTC folks were going to hike Mount Mansfield, and since Lauren and I had pretty much free rein to do whatever we wanted for our OD, we went with them! It was very fun to get to hike with some different friends, especially since the rest of the team had left for the weekend and we would have otherwise been alone. The rowers don’t do much cross-training so it was great to see them up on top of a mountain.
The Graves brothers apparently always race each other up the mountain, on a course that consists of just running up under the gondola. Although John couldn’t come because of a nasty infection in his leg, we took that route up. I have to say it’s definitely my least favorite way to get up the mountain. It did mean that we were spit out at the bottom of the Cliff Trail, though, which turned out to be incredibly fun – scrambling up rocks, using your hands to pull yourself up and in some cases squeezing between huge boulders.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous and it was a great way to spend the 4th. Plus, the mountain breeze was a nice respite from the extremely hot weather we were facing down in the valley.
We’re now preparing for a week-long BKL camp, which will be really fun but will considerably curtail our ability to go on any sorts of adventures, so it was nice to do something exciting before we settle in for a week of work – even if it’s the best kind of work!