We have a pattern of unsettled weather this week. Please come expecting to row in wet conditions but also be prepared to erg and do other indoor training if we have to move inside. We will keep watching the weather, but please meet at the pond unless instructed otherwise.
Evening Learn to Row update:
We will be erging this evening due to the weather. Please bring sneakers to erg in. We will meet in the program room at the Millworks.
We are watching the weather. Based on the current forecast, today’s program plans are:
-The morning Juniors program will meet at the pond and we are expecting to be on the water. Come prepared to row or erg in case our plans change suddenly.
-The Learn to Row class this evening may have to be re-scheduled due to weather. Stay tuned.
Westford Community Rowing
invites you to join us for
National Learn to Row Day
Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Come down to Forge Pond and try out one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The best part of all is it’s FREE!
- Rowing is a lifelong sport that is enjoyed competitively and recreationally
- For everyone age 12 and up
- Learn basic rowing technique and how to use rowing equipment
- Get a taste of what it’s like to row on the water (weather permitting)
- Learn about year-round programs offered by WCR, Westford Academy, and Westford Recreation for all ages and levels
All logbook scullers and some others who wish to row when there is no coaching launch on the water must have a current captains test on file to do so. Please see the Members Handbook for the rules regarding this requirement.
If you missed the captains testing held last Saturday, please contact our Safety Captain to schedule a test. If there is enough additional interest, we will schedule another testing day to accommodate it.
Anyone needing a swim test may use this link to sign up for a time to be tested Wednesday, March 28 from 7:30 to 9:00pm at Swymfit, 90 Swanson Road, Boxborough. Masters and high school rowers are welcome! The cost is $5 per test which goes to the facility for the use of the pool.
There is no power at the Millworks therefore mornng masters erging is canceled for Friday 3/9. Stay safe everyone.
Due to inclement weather, evening erging is canceled on 3/7/18.
Westford Community Rowing as a new stand-alone entity will run Adult Learn to Row and all Masters Rowing Programs starting in March of 2018. Stay tuned on our website for more information. In the interim, please contact us with specific questions.
Westford Recreation Department will run the Spring 2018 Middle School Programs and Summer Clinics for Middle School and High School-aged rowers. Contact Michelle Collett for information and with questions or concerns.
Westford Academy is expecting to run the Spring 2018 High School (juniors) rowing team, which will include rowers from other schools. Please contact Adam Gagne (WA Athletic Director) for more information and with questions or concerns.
Last Friday WCR and WA met to discuss the high school team and spring season. Attending were WA Principal Jim Antonelli, WA Athletic Director Adam Gagne, Ian Moffett (captain), Issam Alaga (captain), Fiona Moffett (parent and Friends of WCR vice-chair), and myself. Unable to attend due to scheduling was Maddox Angerhofer (captain).
There is a lot of enthusiasm for the crew team at WA. We all agreed the number one issue is identifying the coaches, and a search is underway. We also discussed regatta schedule. This won’t be finalized until a head coach is selected but we all agreed that recent spring seasons provide a good example.
The captains have organized an informational meeting for any returning or new athletes (athletes only) interested in spring crew on Wednesday, December 20, at 2:15in the WA Lecture Hall. If you are interested and can’t make the meeting, please contact one of the captains (Ian Moffett, Issam Alaga, or Maddox Angerhofer) so they can get an accurate list (or reply privately to this note if that’s easier). This will help WA plan for the spring.
WA plans to host an information meeting for athletes and parents in late January; stay tuned.
WCR is busy defining the masters programs and working with Westford Recreation on learn-to-row, middle school, and summer programs. We plan to hold a masters meeting/discussio in January.
As always your feedback and suggestions are welcome and thank you for your continued support.
Chairman, Friends of Westford Community Rowing
The coaching assignments for the Winter Indoor Rowing/Training programs are:
- Mon-Thu Afternoon Juniors - Jon Raichek and Jody Klenk (split)
- Tue/Thu Evening Juniors - Jon Raichek
- Morning Masters- Dave Deiuliis
- Evening Masters- Jon Raichek
- Tue/Thu Seniors- Jody Klenk
Jon Raichek has been the WCR Novice Boys Coach for the last two seasons. He is a USRowing Level 2 certified coach and an avid masters rower. Jon has been a part of WCR since its founding in 2008 and serves on the board of the Friends of WCR.
Jody Klenk is in the process of obtaining US Rowing Level 2 coaching certification and has an M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education. Jody is also an avid masters rower, rowing with WCR since 2012, and serves on the board of the Friends of WCR.
Dave Deiuliis is the Head Coach and Varsity Girls Coach Arlington-Belmont Crew. He has held many coaching positions at the High School and College levels.
Chairman, Friends of Westford Community Rowing
Dear WCR Community,
There was a very constructive meeting this afternoon concerning the future of Westford Community Rowing (WCR). The Town of Westford, Westford Parks and Recreation, Westford Academy, and the Friends of WCR (FWCR) were all represented.
All winter indoor rowing programs will run as scheduled with the exception of the Middle School program. The registered middle school athlete(s) will participate in the Junior Competitive program. Additional people can still register for these programs.
On-water programs at Forge Pond will resume in the spring! Lots of details need to be worked out but here’s an overview of what we discussed.
Westford Academy will organize and operate the High School Competitive Team. Principal Jim Antonelli will meet with the captains, representative parents, and FWCR over the coming weeks for input. Athletes from surrounding towns and Lawrence Academy will continue to be welcome in the program.
Westford Recreation plans to offer learn-to-row programs. As mentioned in our previous update, Friends of Westford Community Rowing will reorganize into an independent not-for-profit organization. This new organization will run the Masters Competitive programs and other programs not covered above, as well as manage the equipment.
Look for additional communications from Town Manager Jodi Ross and WA Principal Jim Antonelli, as well as further updates from FWCR as details become available.
Chairman, Friends of Westford Community Rowing
The mission of the Friends of Westford Community Rowing (FWCR) has always been to ensure local rowing opportunities for Westford and the surrounding area, across all age groups, for those seeking both recreational and competitive experiences. FWCR has largely operated behind the scenes, organizing fundraising initiatives and purchasing the equipment used by all the rowing programs. We represent a wide spectrum of the rowing community and have broad experiences that will guide WCR through the current transition.
Last night the board voted unanimously to reorganize in a way that will enable us to expand our scope and directly offer programs starting in the spring of 2018. We are committed to continuing the tradition of offering a wide range of high quality coached programs to all of our stakeholders.
It will take some time to work out the best way to organize and deliver all of the programs. The next step is meeting with the Town Manager, Acting Parks and Recreation Director, Parks & Recreation Commission, Westford Academy Principal and Athletic Director, and Westford Friends of Recreation. We will continue to provide updates during this process.
In the short term the Recreation Department will offer winter indoor rowing programs that have sufficient enrollment. We encourage you to sign up for any program that meets your needs.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to providing more information about the upcoming spring season as soon as we can. We want your input! Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at our Board email address email@example.com (which can also be found at www.westfordrowing.com/board).
The Board of Friends of Westford Community Rowing:
Peter Klenk, Chair
Fiona Moffett, Vice-Chair
Jon Raichek, Treasurer
Scott Wolpert, Clerk
During the recent change in leadership at the Westford Parks and Recreation Department, the town has been closely examining all recreation programming, including rowing. This has resulted in reducing staff at the department, and reevaluating the rowing programs offered. If you haven't seen today's email from Town Manager Jodi Ross, there is a copy at http://www.westfordrec.com/ forms/5902_westford_community_ rowing_update_11_28_2017.pdf.
The Board of the Friends of Westford Community Rowing remains committed to ensuring that high quality rowing programs for all ages continue in the Westford community. We ask for your ongoing support as we figure out the next steps. We only learned of the Town Manager's findings last week and did not know in advance of the staffing changes that were made earlier this week. We are meeting with the town to set a path forward.
In the meantime, anyone interested in winter training must sign up by Friday, December 1st, at noon. You can register online at http:/ /www.westfordrec.com/info/ activities/program_details. aspx?ProgramID=29126 or in person at 22 Town Farm Road. As stated in the town manager's email, programs without enough registered participants will be canceled.
Board of Directors,
Friends of Westford Community Rowing
Please register now at www.westfordrec.com. With the recent changes in leadership at Westford Parks and Recreation, all programs are being reviewed. Any program that does not have enough participants registered prior to the start of the program will be canceled. Therefore, if you want to participate in winter erging, you must be signed up at www.westfordrec.com or at the Westford Recreation Offices no later than Friday December 1st.