By Julia Simpson
Crew is different than many other sports- it's on water rather than land, yes. But more importantly, it's different because of the sheer amount of time spent as a team outside of practice or race time. Between daily drives to and from the river and long regatta days, the crew team spends countless hours together not even on the water. It's amazing to look at people on the team and think of all the times that you've rowed in boats with them, all of the regattas at which you've competed together, and all of the crew memories that you share. Rowing in a boat with others is an incredible opportunity. The practice, focus, and skill required to make the boat move quickly and gracefully is not easily learned. The feat of accomplishing this at the same time as one to three other people is enough to create a unique bond between boat mates. This is truly what makes crew a sport all its own. The required intense synchronicity forms bonds that will never be broken. This connection makes it all worth it- the 6:30am trailer arrival times, rigging in the rain, and pushing out the last 500 meters. To everyone on the team, thanks for the dedication both to rowing and to your boat mates!
By Jasper Baur
It was a brisk 37 degrees outside, yet that did deter the boys and girls of Westfield Crew from training. For over an hour and a half the rowers braced the cold through a series of intense erg sprints.
"Virtual Rowing Race to Benifit Westfield Crew Team" By Jackie Lieberman
WESTFIELD, NJ — Money raised from Resolution Row, an indoor rowing race this weekend, will go to pay for equipment and training for the Westfield Crew Team. About 100 people ages 12 and up of all abilities are expected to come out and compete, without having to endure icy temperatures. Some are traveling from as far away as Pennsylvania, according to Tim McAuliffe, the team’s assistant coach and event organizer.
Rowers will compete with rowing machines according to skill level and watch their avatars race across a big screen in real-time races ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 meters. Prizes will be awarded to first place finishers.
For the Westfield Crew Team, “It’s a good test for the rowers as they go through winter training, and it’s also fun,” McAuliffe said.
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The cost to enter is $25 and includes a long-sleeve t-shirt. Registration is open to novice through master rowers, with a youth category beginning at 12 years of age. Beginners are encouraged to participate and will be taught basic rowing technique.
Register online by Jan. 7 by clicking here, or enter at the event. Doors for Resolution Row will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Washington Elementary School, 900 St. Marks Ave.
Resolution Row is first race of its kind in the Westfield area and the first for the new non-profit Westfield Indoor Rowing LLC, a 501(c)(3) organization.
“Our mission is to introduce rowing to a wider group of people and generate funds to purchase equipment and additional training for the Westfield Crew Team,” said McAuliffe.
Westfield Crew Finishes Fall Regatta Season By Vicki Simpson
WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Westfield Crew team wrapped up its Fall season at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta in Princeton. Team members competing against other high schools in the area rowed to a second place finish. Coach Tim McAuliffe said, “The rowers improved a great deal this season, if we compare times and ability we are ahead of the spring season already and it is because the team is putting in the effort.” The fall season included regattas in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at venues such as Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River. Westfield Crew is a private, tuitionbased, not-for-profit club open to all Westfield students grades 9-12. Practices are on the Raritan River launching from Rutger’s University boathouse. Learn more about Westfield Crew at www.westfieldcrew.com
Vicki Simpson is a mother on the Westfield crew team.