Hurricane Florence forces the 12 going to the FISA Worlds to train on the erg!

Well, this should have been the last week of hard training before the FISA Masters World Championships in Sarasota.

Hurricane Florence had other plans (always those Italians …).

Tuesday night practice was spent fetching the trailer of UNC Men’s rowing team in Chapel Hill. Their Coach Micah Boyd generously offered us their trailer (ours still stolen - transporting hay and straw on some farm in Lee County) to bring our boats, oars and material to safety.

Wednesday morning: Last training. Brutal 5 times 500 meters all out.

Wednesday night: Conditions would have been perfect for practice. However, we had to load all our club’s belongings on the UNC trailer.

Half of our our members came to help.

 Part of the members who helped load all CHaOS possesions on the trailer. All in all 50% of membership came to help. Yes, that is sweat on the shirt of the famous CFO. Proud of the ethics of our members!

Part of the members who helped load all CHaOS possesions on the trailer. All in all 50% of membership came to help. Yes, that is sweat on the shirt of the famous CFO. Proud of the ethics of our members!

For a club that started with 4 boats 4 years ago, we have grown to quite some size … Total of 16 boats (all but 2) on the trailer, all oars, riggers, slings, and everything else

 Looks empty without our boats - Felix the trash man picking up all the trash before the flood washes it away.  If predictions are correct there will be water up to Felix’ waist - or even higher.

Looks empty without our boats - Felix the trash man picking up all the trash before the flood washes it away. If predictions are correct there will be water up to Felix’ waist - or even higher.

In 3 days this dock will be so deep under water that only the last big section and our white dock will be visible. Everything else will be under water!!!

Our equipment in safety: Located in the Crosswinds boat yard with an escape route through Apex Boatworks, 248 feet over sea level, 8 feet above flood level and far away from any tree that could be blown over.

A big Thank you very much! to John of Crosswinds Boating Center as well as Steve and Brandon of Apex Boatworks for your help and support. It is good to have a great landlord and generous neighbors.

What next?

  • Friday: weights in the morning, erg in the evening

  • Saturday: Erg - stay tuned for instructions from Richard M.

  • Sunday: Erg in the morning - potentially move trailer in the afternoon

  • Monday: first day of a week full of erging

  • September 23rd: Asheville Rowing Club comes to pick up our boats for Sarasota. Thank you very much!

  • Thursday September 27th: First 3 races in Sarasota at the FISA World Master Championships