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