I'm here at the NK (Dutch National Championships) held at the Bosbaan in Amsterdam watching this huge event. I can't help but make a little comparison to the USA.
So at this regatta, you have all the clubs, and their loyal supporters and the club's heritage that brings a certain code of honour to the sport of rowing felt at the regatta. Then you also have the student clubs which would be somewhat equivalent to the universities of the U.S. You have novices and juniors, aspiring to be in the Senior A, all at one regatta, racing. It brings the whole family together. So there is a continuation from one part of your rowing, (junior, to university to senior) to another. Whereas it would seem like a very disjointed system where universities especially function like a closed entity. And in most cases, the dominent entity. NSR regattas are also distant, kind-of poorly attended, meaning in spectators, although wildly written about under pseudo-names (what kind of support it that)? I know rowing seems to have no status in the U.S being in the shadows of Football, Baseball, Basketball, so the experience of rowing in Europe is fantastic where suddenly your sport is revered and somewhat even recognized. (Tired of hearing the question, where do you put your fishing pole in that boat?!)
Bikes and Buoys
Bosbaan Boats and Cafe
and here come the bike supporters following every stroke of the race, cheering athletes on
It's National Selection Regatta (NSR) Time! First you have NSR 1 which is usually for singles and pairs. And then you have NSR 2 which features doubles and pairs again. For the Lightweight women double scull, abbreviated as LW2x this is the only olympic event. And through the USA trials system, this is the only selection procedure. You show up for the race, and who ever wins goes.
Our race schedule looks like this:
Tuesday 4/10/12 9:00am LW2x Time Trial 1
Wednesday 4/11/1210:10am LW2X Semi A/B
Thursday 4/12/12 9:40am LW2X Final A
Our event entries are up to 10 boats. We are racing for Lake Union Crew and will be abbreviated ast LUC. Thank you to Rome & Mara and all the rowers at LUC who have housed us and supported us while training in Seattle. Rome is currently away in Haiti doing her outreach program. Its fabulous gift of humanity and you can read more about it here on LUC's Outreach >> Rome went to Lesotho one year, for her outreach program, which was close to my heart, being in South Africa!
JL Racing made us very cool gear, which I got the opportunity to design again! Thank you Joline!
For Cal Rowing you have Julie and Kristin who were the USA double in 2011, and did very well, qualifying the boat for the olympics in the World Champs. Now this NSR 2 regatta is the race for who will be in that boat that qualified. Confused yet, doesn't make sense right? Go to Selection 101 for more details. Also racing are Jen and Jenny from Vesper/Pennac. Jen Goldsack was in the 2008 Olympic Lightweight boat. From OKC are the girls who medaled at the Pan Am Games last year October. Also from Seattle are the Pocock lightweights, and SRC girls who shared the waters with us. It's a stacked race! So looking forward to bringing out everyone's potential!