August was a busy month, so it's time to take a deep breath, practice hard and get ready for Jacaranda! That's not to say we will have a quiet time, there's still a lot happening.
Rainbows regatta was a great experience and certainly provided some very stiff competition. The teams that came from Queensland showed great technique and fitness and took out a swag of first places. However, we were not disgraced and our times showed that we were within a couple of seconds of most of the competition and faster than Grafton in our second heat. We just need to keep up the hard work, improve our fitness and then watch us fly at Jacaranda! If we can drop our times by 3 to 4 seconds we'll be in with a good chance. The sign-on column for Jacaranda is on the website and we would like to see a full boat. Who knows - if our Men's Come & Try day is a success we might be able to enter a team in the mixed event also.
Our movie fundraiser was a great morning and everyone had a lot of fun as well as enjoying the movie. Good to see so many turn up. We raised $989!! Thanks everyone for the delicious morning tea, for donating or searching out all those great prizes, to Janine for all the organising and Debbie for allowing us to host the movie premier. Our next chance to rake in the dollars will be on Sunday October 18th when we are cooking the BBQ at Bunnings, Grafton. We will need plenty of hands up to help with this. There will be more information out closer to the time, but be sure to keep the date free.
Whilst our regular sweeps Chris and Ree were tripping around the globe, we have been very fortunate to have had Chris Moran keeping us on the water and sharing his knowledge and experience with us. Chris has also volunteered to sweep and coach a men's team if we can attract a dozen or so into the club. We hope that this will come about as we will benefit greatly by expanding our membership and promoting our sport to the wider community.
To work towards this goal of getting a men's team on the Clarence Coast we are hosting a Come & Try Day for men only. It will be held on Saturday September 12th. Any men wanting to have a go are welcome at the Moby Dick boat ramp on Yamba Road at 8.30 am for some on-land instructions followed by a session on the water afterwards. Please promote this amongst the men in your life. It's a great workout for fitness and strength.
♫ 'The times, they are a changing' ♫ From Wednesday September 9th we will revert to our summer paddling times. Be at the boat ramp at 3.30 pm for a start on the water at 4.00 pm. This will have us back in at 5.00 pm with plenty of time to clean up and return the boat to its shed by 6.00 pm (dark).
There are two meetings in September to note in your diaries:
Board Meeting - Thursday 10th September
General Meeting - Saturday 26th September
The venues and times for these will be advised by email.
We thank Dot for again taking on the role of Treasurer. To lighten her load she will now be assisted by Lynda Leslie and Lyne Rae who have taken over the job of searching and applying for grants for the club.
Some words of wisdom:
"Victory belongs to the most persevering" - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Take each setback as feedback" - Anthony Robbins
"Until you try, you don't know what you can't do" - Henry James
We have a big month coming up with meetings, more fundraising and another regatta. It's all happening for the CCs!
Our AGM will be held Saturday 8th August at 10.30 at Yamba Bowling Club in the Board Room. Have your coffee after training then head to the Club so that we can start on time. Everyone is encouraged to come along. It's your club, have your say on the composition of the Board or on any other matters that concern you.
Rainbows regatta is on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August. Saturday's races usually involve round robin 100 metre sprints. These are great fun, a dash for the line - you won't even have time to get tired. 200 metre races are held on Sunday. The regatta is held in the calm waters of Shaws Bay. There is a caravan park with cabin accommodation right on the bay so you can walk to the venue from your cabin, or otherwise there are plenty of motels etc in Ballina. It is a very social event with Saturday evening drinks at the Shaws Bay Hotel. If you haven't entered your name on the Regatta page yet, please do so, as the coaches need to start work on our regatta preparation. Let's pick up where we left off in our last heat at Urunga!
Link to the caravan park: http://www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au/park/info/shaws-bay Mention that you are there for the regatta and you may get a discount.
We have another fundraiser this month following on from our hugely successful market stall. If you haven't heard, we raised $634.50 from our cake and book stall. A great effort. We are holding a movie premiere at Yamba Cinema on Thursday 27th August, starting at 10 am. We are providing morning tea, holding raffles, a chocolate wheel etc before the showing of Ricki and The Flash which stars Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield. Tickets will be $15 each and we are having flyers printed for you to hand out to all your friends so that we fill the seats and raise lots more funds for equipment.
While Chris and Ree are off in Russia drinking vodka and learning Cossack dances we will have Chris Moran keeping us on the water as sweep for the next month. We are extremely grateful to Chris for stepping in and giving up his time and sharing his knowledge with us. This will also be very beneficial to our trainee sweeps (the ones looking scared sh....ss at the back of the boat).
Anyone who would like to do something really valuable for the club is encouraged to think about undertaking a Coaching Course. These courses are conducted by DBNSW at regular times during the year and they are holding one in Ballina on Saturday 22nd August (to coincide with the regatta there). Contact Gail or Dot if you are interested.
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